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In The 1870s And '80s, Being A Pedestrian Was Anything But

Huge crowds packed arenas to watch the world's best pedestrians walk in circles for six days at a time. And trainers encouraged the athletes to drink champagne — at the time considered a stimulant.

Sheldon Adelson listens as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during the Republican Jewish Coalition meeting on March 29 in Las Vegas. Several possible GOP presidential candidates gathered in Las Vegas as Adelson, a billionaire casino magnate, looks for a new favorite to help on the 2016 race for the White House. Julie Jacobson/AP hide caption

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Politics

Mega-Donor Opens Wallet On The Hill To Kill Online Gambling

Sheldon Adelson is possibly the most influential campaign donor in the U.S. He also happens to be the head of the Sands casino empire, and now he's behind a push in Congress to ban online gambling.

University of Miami President Donna Shalala cuts down the net after a basketball game against Clemson last year. J Pat Carter/AP hide caption

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Sports

Should The NCAA Change Its Rules To Pay For Play?

Arguments over money and big-time college athletics are more fiery than usual these days. We asked Donna Shalala, president of the University of Miami, and our readers if athletes should be paid.

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Bob Butler (left) and Bob Gordon work on a memorial Thursday at Central Christian Church in Killeen, Texas, for the victims of the Fort Hood shooting. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Sheldon Adelson listens as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during the Republican Jewish Coalition meeting on March 29 in Las Vegas. Several possible GOP presidential candidates gathered in Las Vegas as Adelson, a billionaire casino magnate, looks for a new favorite to help on the 2016 race for the White House. Julie Jacobson/AP hide caption

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We hate losing twice as much as we love winning, behavioral researchers say. And that gets us into trouble with financial decisions. iStockphoto hide caption

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