Read this: Haiti earthquake updates, Maryland speedskater Simon Cho, Teddy Pendergrass
Good afternoon, everyone. More difficult images and coverage are coming out of Haiti by the minute, as earthquake relief begins. The Red Cross has estimated 50,000 are dead and President Obama says $100 million in aid is on its way. Keep track of all the Haiti earthquake developments here.
In other news:
Until recently considered an up-and-comer on the cusp of moving into the country's super elite, Cho has struggled to qualify for coveted Olympic grants that would help offset annual speedskating costs of nearly $40,000. To meet his sport's heavy training demands, Cho dropped out of high school after his sophomore year.
Last year, his parents sold their small, take-out restaurant, Kasey's Seafood in Upper Marlboro, merely to pay the bills.
"It doesn't matter for the rich people, but I am not rich," said Cho's father, Jay, who moved his wife and daughter into a rental apartment with their son in Salt Lake City, where Jay Cho took a part-time job. "If you don't have money, it's very tough to have the American dream."
I'll tell you what's a real killer: scientists. The only way you can handle them is to keep them away from each other at the table or get them to talk to the whole table about what they are working on. And then change the subject.
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January 14, 2010; 1:36 PM ET
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