An Olympic first

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Sarah Attar, who is eligible to compete for Saudi Arabia because her father was born there, is one of the first two Saudi Arabian women to ever compete in the Olympics. Judo competitor Wodjan Shaherkhani, born in Mecca, is the other. In the first Olympics since the Arab Spring began two years ago, Brunei, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are all sending women for the first time. A female athlete will represent each of the 204 countries in the Olympics for the first time in the history of the competition.
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The offices at Haas Pavilion will surely be buzzing with calls when single game football tickets, now dynamically priced, go on sale to the general public on Wednesday.

Cal football, men’s basketball ticket prices to change

The cost of single game football and men’s basketball tickets will vary throughout the season to reflect market value.

When single game football tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, for the first time, they will be priced dynamically. Last Monday, Cal athletics announced a partnership with Qcue (pronounced QQ), a sports pricing software provider, for football and men’s basketball tickets.
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Dana Vollmer, who finished her Cal career in 2009, won a gold and set a world record in the 100 fly Sunday.

Olympics wrapup: Day two

Dana Vollmer didn’t just win Cal’s first gold medal of the Olympics, she did so in a special kind of fashion. Vollmer’s outer cap fell off in the first half of the 100 fly, and her time at the halfway point of the race was only the third-fastest. But a less-streamlined Vollmer swam the race of her life, setting a world record en route to her gold medal finish, becoming the first female swimmer to crack the 56-second barrier in the event.
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A smoking gun

CITY AFFAIRS: We are unable to make sense of a UCPD officer's horrific and unjust killing of a dog at People's Park last week.

The metaphor, it’s a dog-eat-dog world, unfortunately hit too close to home on July 21 at People’s Park. At 12:14 a.m., while administering a normal patrol of the park, a UCPD officer noticed someone sleeping on the ground. Beside the man was a dog — unleashed, according to UCPD.
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Up in flames

CAMPUS ISSUES: We are outraged and saddened by the October date of the Big Game and the consequent cancellation of the historic bonfire.

In January, the Pac-12 sent an idiot wind chilling back to the Bay Area, reverberating as it struck down history and tradition. The scheduling decision to pit the Big Game on Oct. 20, instead of the traditional matchup in late November or early December, is unbefitting of one of college sports’ greatest rivalries.
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Leavening the psyche

Michelle's mish-mosh

The scent permeates the household in a fit of yeasty seduction. That sweet, heavy flavor conjures memories of mornings in the kitchen, picnics with gingham tablecloths and evenings flowing with wine and cheese. Bread is the simplest form of sustenance, enjoyed by the poor man and the king alike.
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USPS

Post office sale is a surrender to corporate interests

The selling off of the U.S. Postal Service properties is the latest example of the movement to corporatize what’s left of the public sector. It comes in a long line of privatization efforts — from shrinking the public school system to expanding the prison system to contracting out the U.S. military.
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