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April 17, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- World War II hero Raoul Wallenberg, singer Lena Horne and golfer Jack Nicklaus would be added to the list of Congressional Gold Medal recipients under measures that have cleared the House. The action comes as the House prepares to vote this week to create a Mark Twain commemorative coin to raise money for organizations dedicated to preserving the author's legacy, notwithstanding his low opinion of Congress. ("It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress," Twain wrote.)
August 3, 2013 | By Stephen Bailey
Bucky Lasek slammed his skateboard down on the top of the vert ramp in celebration. It was only his first run of the day, but it set the tone for the contest and ultimately was enough to win. After winning the first vert gold medal at X Games Los Angeles in 2003, Lasek won the last Saturday, securing an unprecedented fourth straight gold and eighth overall in the event. "The fact that I opened up X Games with a win and closed it with a win, that's pretty gratifying," Lasek said.
December 7, 2002 | Susan Freudenheim
The American Institute of Architects will not have a Gold Medal winner in 2003. At a meeting in Washington Thursday, the organization's board of directors did not achieve the three-fourths majority needed to select the winner of its highest honor, which is awarded annually to an architect whose work has had "a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture." The AIA did not release names of the nominees, in accordance with the organization's bylaws.
February 22, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia - For snowboarder Vic Wild, the difference to make up after one run in the final of the parallel slalom  - 0.12 seconds - was nothing like the deficit he faced the other day in the parallel giant slalom final, more than half a second. The American-born Wild, now racing for Russia, powered down the course and defeated Zan Kosir of Slovenia to win another gold medal, by a margin of 0.11. It was his second gold medal in four days. Had he competed here for the United States, Wild would have been the most successful American athlete at these Olympics.
August 4, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Logan Pouelsen, a sophomore at Huntington Beach High, helped the USA 15U national baseball team win the gold medal at the COPABE Pan American Games on Sunday, retiring three consecutive batters in the seventh inning in relief, two by strikeouts, to preserve a 6-1 victory over Cuba in Colombia. What a week it was for a USA team that received a three-run home run from Andrew Vaughn. The Southern California contingent made major contributions. Starters on Sunday included shortstop Chase Strumpf from JSerra, outfielder Christian Moya from Bishop Amat, infielder Isaak Gutierrez from St. John Bosco and first baseman Blake Sabol from Aliso Niguel.
September 8, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Three standout high school baseball seniors from Southern California will be returning home with a gold medal. The USA 18U baseball team won the IBAF World Cup in Taiwan on Sunday, defeating Japan, 3-2, i n the championship game. From defeating Cuba to rallying several times in the tournament, the USA team was able to pull out victory. Making major contributions throughout were pitcher-infielder Jack Flaherty of Studio City Harvard-Westlake, pitcher Jacob Nix of Los Alamitos and outfielder Scott Hurst of La Puente Bishop Amat.
July 28, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Life isn't going to be the same for 12--year-old Justin Campbell, a pitcher from Simi Valley who led the USA 12U national basebal team to an 8-1 win over Chinese Taipei on Sunday in the gold medal game of the International Baseball Federation World Cup before a near capacity crowd of 10,500 in Taipei City. He was named to the all-tournament team as the best starting pitcher after going 2-0 in the tournament with one save. He pitched 5 2/3 innings on Sunday, allowing one run on six hits while striking out four.
February 19, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
As the Olympic men's hockey tournament moves on to the semifinal round Friday, six of the seven Ducks who departed for Sochi nine days ago still have visions of gold. Defenseman Cam Fowler and Team USA play Team Canada and its Ducks' stars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in a rematch of the overtime gold-medal game of 2010, while Finland, with veteran forward Teemu Selanne and rookie defenseman Sami Vatanen, upset Russia on Wednesday to advance to a meeting with top-seeded Sweden, which has forward Jakob Silfverberg.
December 26, 2013 | By David Wharton
For the second time in recent weeks, a former Olympic men's figure skating champion has announced that he will not try for individual gold at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. Evgeni Plushenko, who won the title at Turin, Italy, in 2006, said he will instead focus on representing Russia in the new team event. “I understand everything adequately," Plushenko told R-Sport after failing to win his national title on Christmas Day. "It will be enough for me to take part in the team event.” Earlier this month, defending champion Evan Lysacek of the U.S. announced that a torn labrum will prevent him from skating in Sochi.
December 23, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
The American Institute of Architects has broken the gender barrier for its highest award, the gold medal. The 2014 medal is going to famed California architect Julia Morgan nearly 57 years after her death in 1957 and more than 100 years after the first gold medal was conferred. Morgan, whose most famous building is Hearst Castle at San Simeon on California's central coast, was “a pivotal figure in the history of American architecture and American women,” according to an article the AIA published on its website announcing the award -- the eighth gold medal awarded posthumously.
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