The Weekend Wrap-Up :: July 7 - 14, 2012


  • 1.) It’s getting nasty in the presidential campaign with each side accusing the other of lying about Mitt Romney’s role at Bain Capital. With jobs the number-one issue in the election, the Obama campaign says that Romney was running the private equity firm at a time when it was investing in companies that were sending American jobs overseas. Romney insists he’d already left Bain at the time in question. - CBS News
  • 2.) The U.N. singled out government forces Friday for blame in the latest massacre in Syria, a frenzy of killing that raises new questions about whether diplomacy has any chance to end the crisis more than 16 months into the bloodiest revolt of the Arab Spring. The accounts of the killings and death tolls varied widely. Late Friday, local activists backed away from early reports that more than 200 people were killed. One said he had confirmed 74. Another provided a list of 103 names. For its part, the Syrian government said more than 50 people were killed when Syrian forces clashed with “armed gangs” that were terrorizing village residents. The regime refers to its opponents as terrorists and gangsters. - Associated Press
  • 3.) A blistering report released Thursday found Joe Paterno helped hush up allegations of child sex abuse against a former assistant that went back more than a decade, sacrificing the ideals he preached to protect his football program. Paterno, former FBI Director Louis Freeh said, was “an integral part of this active decision to conceal.” - Associated Press
  • 4.) Thousands of protesters marched through the Mexican capital against President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto, accusing him of buying votes and paying off TV networks for support. The demonstrators, including students, leftists, anarchists and union members, shouted slogans criticizing Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, and the electoral authority. Pena Nieto won the July 1st election by almost 7 percentage points, according to the official count, returning the PRI to presidential power after 12 years in the wilderness. - Reuters
  • 5.) Matador Jose Pedro Prados cowers in front of a bull’s horns during the sixth bullfight of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain. The iconic ‘Running of the Bulls’ took place this week as people from across the globe flood the city’s streets to celebrate the legendary festival of San Fermín. - Time
  • 6.) Comic-Con International has once again descended upon on San Diego. As usual, comic lovers, would-be super heros, movie buffs, costume wearers, celebrities and, of course, Twihards have taken over the city’s Convention Center and Gaslamp District. - Mashable
  • 7.) Flames rise from a derailed freight train early Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio. Part of a freight train derailed and caught fire in Ohio’s capital city, shooting flames skyward into the darkness and prompting the evacuation of a mile-wide area as firefighters and hazardous materials crews worked to determine what was burning and contain the blaze. - Associated Press
  • 8.) Ernest Borgnine, the beefy screen star known for blustery, often villainous roles, but who won the Best Actor Oscar for playing against type as a lovesick butcher in “Marty” in 1955, died. He was 95. His longtime spokesman, Harry Flynn, told The Associated Press that Borgnine died of renal failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with his family by his side. - CBS News