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Urban Golf

Certain personal attributes can be advantageous in particular sports. In basketball, height helps. For sprinting, fast twitch muscle fibers...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJwLcrUy4BYCertain personal attributes can be advantageous in particular sports. In basketball, height helps. For sprinting, fast twitch muscle fibers are a boon. With golf, a sizable trust fund sure doesn't hurt. Along with squash and polo, golf has long been considered a patrician pastime. But from Paris to Portland, roving bands of revolutionaries are reclaiming this sport for the masses by taking golf quite literally to the streets. When you combine egalitarian ideals with natty fashion, a dose of whimsy, and plenty of beer, a good time is par for the course.

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Bombshell in Baghdad

Lara Logan is breaking stories and barriers in the world of network news. PLUS: An original GOOD Video Presentation.

It's hard to look away when Lara Logan is in front of the camera. And it's not because of her blond mane or eye-catching good looks-in today's tepid TV news world, female correspondents are expected to look like models. It's something else that keeps you transfixed-that unrelenting stare as she delivers exclusives from inside a war zone, the gaze that tells viewers that she's been there and knows what she's talking about. Because she has, and she does.Consider her night-vision dispatch from an Afghani minefield or her on-camera infiltration of a Taliban stronghold, and you begin to understand how Logan landed the job of chief foreign correspondent for CBS almost two years ago, at age 34. Though some detractors publicly questioned her quick rise to the top of one of the Big Three networks, Logan has quite the resume. She has been covering conflict for 17 years now-she began reporting as a teenager in her native South Africa. And in her dispatches from Iraq, where she's been covering the war, it's clear she's earned her stripes.Her career began during the heady final days of apartheid, working for the South African newspapers The Daily News and the Sunday Tribune. "You had this sense all the time," she says, "that just beyond your reach there was the truth. The government protected us from that very, very heavily. … I believed enough that the world should know what was happening [and] that if people knew what was really happening in South Africa, that would have to make it change. And I think, in the end, that is what happened."\n\n\n
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"My single greatest achievement is being able to say screw you to all the people who said that a woman like me couldn't make it in this business."
Now, Logan is on a brief trip back to New York from overseas so she can accept an Emmy for "Ramadi: On the Front Line," a heart-racing piece she did for the CBS Evening News that opens with a breathless Logan in full fatigues and helmet, running toward a shaky handheld camera as gunfire thunders all around her. It's like a scene out of Full Metal Jacket, with the addition of the gorgeous and utterly composed Logan."It is so much worse than you can imagine," she says of Iraq, leaning forward. "Do you know what a quadruple amputee looks like? Go to a burn-victim unit, go to any hospital in Baghdad and tell me it's getting better." Her intensity belies the coolheadedness expected of TV reporters. This frankness about the war helps set her apart from some of her colleagues, but it has also gotten her into trouble on more than one occasion.

Logan won an Emmy in September for her story "Ramadi: On The Front Lines" about soldiers in Iraq's Anbar province.

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