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September 11, 2008

Flying With Bullets

Flying with Bullets

In the 7 years since 9/11, much has changed in the United States and abroad - especially when it comes to air travel. Virtually all passengers know what it's like now to take off their shoes, get rid of their bottled water, and wade through long checkpoint lines. Pastor Phillip Miles has gone to the Russian city of Perm off and on for the past 10 years. At the last minute before his most recent rip, Pastor Miles packed a box of bullets in his luggage as a gift. He got permission to fly with the bullets by airport security in South Carolina, but authorities in Moscow arrested him and charged him with smuggling. Pastor Miles was sentenced to 3 years and 2 months in prison. He talks to Dick Gordon about what life is like inside a Russian prison and how it felt to win his release.

  • Learn more about Pastor Miles's return to the US

Paralympic Athlete

Elexis Gillette is one athlete who couldn't wait to get to Beijing. He has been ranked second in the world in the long jump. Elexis is also blind. He's competing in the Paralympics - and his events also include the triple jump, the 100 and 200 meters, the 4x100-meter relay, and the 4x400-meter relay.

Elexis lost his eyesight in the fourth grade. But he's always been athletic, and this year he's ready to compete against the best in the world. He talks to Dick about what it was like to lose his sight, and he explains exactly how track works for those who can't see.  His trainer Wesley Williams also joins the conversation to explain what he does to help Elexis.

  • Check out Lex's profile and check on his progress
  • Follow Lex's story on his blog, No Stoppin' Now
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