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8:15am

Fri July 27, 2012
The Torch

Place All Metal Objects In The Tray, Please... Oh, Hi Kobe!

As Team USA basketball player Kobe Bryant passed through a security checkpoint Friday, British soldiers were moved to relax a ban on photography in the area.
Vickie Walton-James NPR

We ran into USA Men's basketball at the security sweep today. Yes, even big-time basketball players and coaches must suffer the indignity of the magnetometer. We were all making our way through security into the Main Press Center, where the team was about to meet journalists.

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo, coach Mike Krzyzewski and much of the rest of the team seemed to have little trouble getting screened. Assistant coach Nate McMillan may have forgotten to empty his pockets, because he got the pat-down.

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7:25am

Fri July 27, 2012
The Torch

Let's Catch Up: Lighting The Olympic Cauldron, And Angry Fans

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 11:57 am

This sculpture of a skeletal gymnast stands in London's Olympic Village, where athletes are preparing for today's Opening Ceremony. If you think it's weird, you're not alone.
Alexander Hassenstein AFP/Getty Images

Good morning. Today's lone public Olympic event is the Opening Ceremony, which begins at 4 p.m. EDT. NBC will not air the broadcast until the evening, however, at 7:30 p.m. in all time zones. We'll have a post later about that issue, and how you can watch. For now, here's a rundown of news items:

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5:00am

Fri July 27, 2012
The Two-Way

In London, The Games Are Afoot

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 5:47 am

The Olympic Flame as it passed through London on Thursday.
Andrew Cowie AFP/Getty Images

You've almost surely heard by now:

The London Summer Olympics officially begin today. The opening ceremony, with — we hear — a song from Sir Paul McCartney, some farm animals and "helmeted cyclists wearing giant silvery-blue flapping wings, pedaling around in two huge circles" — is to start just after 4 p.m. ET.

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11:13pm

Thu July 26, 2012
Poetry

Honoring The Games, And The Past, With Poetry

Originally published on Sun July 29, 2012 8:34 pm

Ron Tanovitz

In the days of the ancient Greeks, poetry and sport went hand in hand at athletic festivals like the Olympics. Poets sang the praises of athletic champions and, at some festivals, even competed in official events, reciting or playing the lyre. Here at NPR, we're reviving that tradition with our own Poetry Games.

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11:13pm

Thu July 26, 2012
The Torch

'Tremendous Honor': Dancing For The World At Olympics Opener

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 9:44 am

Sasha Feachem (right) will be performing in an urban street dance during the London Olympics' opening ceremony Friday.
Tom Goldman NPR

The London Summer Olympics officially begin today with the opening ceremony. Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle of Slumdog Millionaire has put together the latest Olympic kickoff spectacle. As NPR's Philip Reeves reported yesterday, a preview video has been released.

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