The Weekend Wrap-Up || July 1 - 8, 2012

  • 1.) President Barack Obama gestures to members of the media, telling them to stay hydrated and drink water, as he crosses the South Lawn of the White House to board Marine One helicopter. The heatwave sent temperatures soaring over 100 degrees in several cities, including a record 105 in Washington. - Associated Press
  • 2.) Jubilant Libyans marked a major step toward democracy after decades of erratic one-man rule, voting Saturday in the first parliamentary election after last year’s overthrow and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. - Associated Press
  • 3.) Spud Byrd, of Bowling Green, Ky., paints a star on a 300-by-600-foot American flag in the front yard of Robert and Doris Burr’s home in Bowling Green ahead of the fourth of July. - MSNBC
  • 4.) Actor Andy Griffith, the friendly face who played across people’s living rooms as Sheriff Andy Taylor on “The Andy Griffith Show” and Ben Matlock on “Matlock,” died at the age of 86, Sheriff J.D. “Doug” Doughtie of Dare County, North Carolina, said Tuesday. - CNN
  • 5.) Mitt Romney’s campaign, which scored $100 million in June, also outraised President Obama in May, taking in $77 million compared with $60 million from Team Obama. - The Week Magazine
  • 6.) George Zimmerman, who shot and killed 17-year-old Florida teen Trayvon Martin in February, was released from jail for the second time on Friday. Zimmerman, who faces a second-degree murder charge for killing Martin, was able to post the $1 million bond that a judge set Thursday. - Bay News 9
  • 7.) Scientists at Europe’s CERN research center have found a new subatomic particle, a basic building block of the universe, which appears to be the boson imagined and named half a century ago by theoretical physicist Peter Higgs. “We have reached a milestone in our understanding of nature,” CERN director general Rolf Heuer told a gathering of scientists and the world’s media near Geneva on Wednesday. - Reuters
  • 8.) Intense flooding in the Black Sea region of southern Russia killed 103 people after torrential rains dropped nearly a foot of water, forcing many to scramble out of their beds for refuge in trees and on roofs, officials said Saturday. - Associated Press