Jul 30 2012

Superman Stuck?

Superman roller coaster strands riders for 2 hours at Six Flags. U.S. NEWS 

A new roller coaster stalled 150 feet above the ground Sunday afternoon, stranding a dozen riders for almost two hours at a Northern California amusement park, according to local reports.Twelve passengers on the Superman Ultimate Flight roller coaster at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Calif., became stranded atop the park’s newest ride when it stopped at its crest around 2:30 p.m., Six Flags spokeswoman Nancy Chan told the Vallejo Times-Herald.

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Jul 30 2012

Giving Beyond Belief

Kirk Douglas Donates $50 Million to Charity. msn 

The star and his wife, Anne, will give the money to five nonprofit organizations through their Douglas Foundation.

In a statement, 95-year-old Douglas says, "Anne and I are of one mind in our philosophical approach to philanthropy. We believe caring is sharing."

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Jul 30 2012

Dealing with Dissapointment - Bouncing Back

How to you handle crushing disappointment? 

Last night in the Olympics, the women's gymnastics competition brought that to light so well. Jordyn Wieber, the reigning World Champion missed out on a chance to compete for the All Around Gold Medal. How would you encourage her?

Jordyn Wieber: Dreams of Individual Gold Deflate After a Lifetime of Focus. abc NEWS 

"It's very sad," said Roni Cohen-Sandler, a clinical psychologist from Weston, Conn., who specializes in adolescent stress.

"I do worry about kids -- and they are kids at 17 -- who feel as if winning a gold medal will completely change their life and make or break them as people," she said. "That's very dangerous."

"Hopefully, their coaches and parents are supportive and not focused only on their successes and failures," she said.

When parents live vicariously through their athlete children, losing can feel like "double failure," said Cohen-Sandler, who is author of the 2005 book, "Stressed Out Girls: Helping Them Thrive in the Age of Pressure."

Jordyn Wieber's mom comforts her with twitter hug. mnn

Jordyn Wieber’s Coach Calls Elimination an ‘Injustice’. abc News

Even Wieber, it appears, has already turned her individual disappointment into a focus on the next goal, the team final on Tuesday with a Tweet.

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