He always said he’d be back.
Arnold Schwarzenegger returned to his birthplace in the village of Thal in Styria, Austria, on Friday for the inauguration of his museum.
Moving through the crowd and smiling broadly, Schwarzenegger waved to well-wishers as they snapped photos of him and screamed his name. Even in the rain, common folk and dignitaries, including federal chancellor Werner Faymann and Styria Governor Franz Voves, showed up in large numbers for the event, which was accented by a serenade from the village band.
Schwarzenegger, wearing a gray suit, looked more like the Governator than the hometown boy who left this small town in the late 1960s to pursue a career in America as a bodybuilder.
The former California governor told young people that he wanted them to understand that everybody can have success.
"The museum is a symbol of the will, that everyone has a chance in life,” he told them, according to CNN affiliate ORF in Austria. "Personal success is the result of determination, hard work and tenacity."
Mementos from his three careers - bodybuilding, acting and politics - are enshrined at the museum. From his weight-training days, there’s a barbell. Representing his time in Hollywood, there's some "Terminator" paraphernalia and the sword he used in the “Conan” films. Also on display is a copy of his desk from his time as governor.
Unveiled at the event was a hulking bronze statue of Schwarzenegger flexing as a bodybuilder.
Schwarzenegger used the occasion to indulge fans via social media as well, tweeting a photo of himself hugging his former teacher. “She said she lived this long to make sure we made something of ourselves,” he tweeted.
Schwarzenegger was accompanied by his 18-year-old son, Patrick, who was met by a chorus of screaming female fans.
Comment of the Day:
"I'll agree to be a 1950's stereotype of a man if women agree to be a 1950's stereotype of a woman." - whogas
Men must "man up" using "industriousness, marriage and religion," writes former Secretary of Education William J. Bennett. Women now hold more college degrees, and male unemployment is at 20%. Worse yet, he writes, older men now spend more time playing video games than do teenage boys.
CNN.com readers disagreed about his definition of "success" and particularly about those video games.
drewscriver said, "This is one of the daftest articles I have read in a long time. Religion, marriage, and work are the values of a society? What about lack of responsibility for actions, and absence of critical thinking skills!"
kogonon said, "I think there are more definitions of men than a 1950's 'Father Knows Best' image. Males are just as dynamic and complicated as women are, they just don't show it because of societal norms."
insulted05 said, "Video games are the death of the modern man? I have two Masters and work three teaching jobs, including one full-time, and help out with the housework. I spend every night with family and take care of most of our home improvement projects. All of that ...and I LOVE video games. All of my close friends (a general manager, pharmacist, chiropractor, and police officer) love video games, and we play them together when we can.They are exemplary men, husbands, and fathers."
coates32 said, "OK, I'm a gamer and I'm disgusted that someone Mr. Bennett would even write an offensive, bigoted article like this. Women aren't trying to 'take down the man.' They just want to improve their lives, like everyone else. And the bit about blaming games for 'the decine of men,' even though 40 percent of gamers (or more) are female, is just idiotic."
obinthakur said, "This article doesn't take into account how society and expectations have now changed since the 60's. Religion is irrelevant to the argument (I'm from the UK and have rarely come into contact with anybody claiming to be religious in the last 2 decades), and it is possible to live a perfectly happy life without getting marrried and having children."
AmoItaliano said, "My girlfriend and I have 2 girls, 2 and 4 years old. My job allows me to spend a great deal of time at home with my kiddos. I have become an expert in my girls' favorite toys, foods, clothes, bedtime stories, and ways to braid hair. I take them to all their doctors appointments. I am up all night tonight with a sick kiddo sleeping on my lap as I type away on the computer. Being a dad is absolutely the coolest thing any guy could ever want to do."
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Comments of the morning:
"This is wonderful to see. A non-violent civil war." - Funktologist
"Are you blind? Look around you? Is this the America you want? Do you LIKE seeing 1-in-10 people out of a job? Do you LIKE seeing your neighbors forced to give up their homes?" - ElderPliny
"We have the best government money can buy, and it's all bought." - WolfRayet
Occupy Wall Street protests are spreading across the country. In response to accusations of being "lazy hippies," diverse CNN.com readers commented in iReport's Open Story about who they are and why they support the protests.
ceejay0214 said, "I am 68 amd I too am mad as hell! I am furious that the media keeps focusing on the tea party. Thank God for a movement that I can embrace. I have felt I have been left in the dark while the whole country embraces this cult-like extremism of this new Republican party. It has turned into a country of the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and our Congress seems to think this is OK."
JLOC26 said, "I was there last night and as a graduate with a Masters degree I can tell you that not everyone marching last night was a 'dirty hippy' as you all are so fond of saying. In fact, the march specifically included unions and families. Are we now against unions in this country? Do families who show up to show there support for a cultural change now fall into the 'dirty hippy' category?"
teacher87 said, "What is with the name calling? I am an older female working in the healthcare industry as well as teaching and I believe the protestors have every right to be there. These protestors are union members, young people and mostly Democrats who want Congress to finally do something to help with jobs. Many of these people have jobs but want to help their neighbors and family members who are not able to find work."
Florida Rep. Ritch Workman has filed a bill to bring back “dwarf tossing,” which was outlawed in the state more than 20 years ago, the Palm Beach Post reports.
To be fair, Workman, R-Melbourne, is quoted as being against dwarf-tossing personally, but the government shouldn't regulate the way people live or make a living, he said.
"I would never force anybody to take this form of employment or pay to watch it," Workman told the Palm Beach Post. "I think it's repulsive and stupid. But it's none of the state's business if somebody wants to do this."
Workman is no stranger to repealing Florida laws that he feels are antiquated. Last month, he filed legislation to repeal a provision that makes it illegal in Florida for people to be "living in open adultery."
"What you do in your bedroom is your business, not the business of my great state," Workman told HLN, adding that the measure is unenforceable anyway.
Dwarf-tossing, a controversial contest that usually takes place in bars and involves throwing little people across short distances, has been opposed by advocacy groups.
But now Workman hopes repealing the dwarf-tossing measure can help the economy, specifically the little people. "All that it does is prevent some dwarfs from getting jobs they would be happy to get," Workman told the Palm Beach Post. "In this economy, or any economy, why would we want to prevent people from getting gainful employment?"
The Florida law, in force since 1989, bans residents "from undertaking or permitting any contest or promotion or other form of recreational activity involving exploitation endangering the health, safety, and welfare of any person with dwarfism."
Workman, born in Belleville, Ontario, is a mortgage broker. He also served in the National Guard for several years, according to the Florida House of Representatives website.
Metal theft is not a new phenomenon in the U.S., nor is it a surprising one given the state of the economy. But a thief or group of thieves in North Beaver Township, Pennsylvania, has raised the bar by stealing a 50-foot-long by 20-foot-wide bridge for scrap metal, according to Pennsylvania State Police.
Authorities say the privately owned Covert's Crossing bridge, which was made of corrugated steel, has been valued at approximately $100,000 and was dismantled using a blowtorch sometime between September 27 and October 5. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that it contained a steel web decking along with steel I-beam supports.
“Its old I-beams are probably hundreds and hundreds of pounds per foot,” nearby resident Robert Obed told CNN affiliate WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh. “It’s an old railroad bridge.”
Covert's Crossing is in a remote wooded area of the rural township, which is home to 4,000 people about 50 miles north of Pittsburgh. The bridge had been around since the early 1900s and was owned by New Castle Development, who told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the company had recently closed off public access to the crossing because of reports of copper theft in the area. Company spokesman Gary Bruce said that bridge was primarily used by a nearby business to transport materials, but there is an alternative route that is still accessible.
Bridge theft, while certainly rare, is not unheard of. In 2008, a group of Russian thieves managed to dismantle and haul off a 200-ton, 38-foot steel bridge in just one night, according to a report from Britain's Daily Mail.
Prince Harry, younger son of the Prince of Wales, has arrived at a U.S. military base in California for the final phase of helicopter gunship training, according to a United Kingdom Ministry of Defense statement Friday.
Capt. Harry Wales, as he's known on the airfield, will begin live-fire training, which is combined with "environmental and judgment training."
The course will be split between Naval Air Facility El Centro and Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Air Field in Arizona.FULL STORY
It's a long-standing tradition that championship-winning sports teams get invited to the White House. The Super Bowl 20-winning Chicago Bears are no exception. In 1986, the Bears were scheduled to meet President Ronald Reagan at the White House to celebrate their big victory. However, just days after the championship, space shuttle Challenger blew up and their trip got cancelled. Today, 25 years after their scheduled visit, that Chicago Bears team is finally going to the White House. In honor of this long-awaited and well-deserved honor, we at Gotta Watch put together some videos of people who had to wait a long time to get something. While waiting may be the hardest part, some rewards are worth waiting for.
A piece of her late father - It's not often that people leave messages for their loved ones in a bottle and toss it in the sea. It's even less often that a person receives that message five decades later. Check out the story of a New Hampshire woman who, through a strange turn of events, is reunited with a note from her late father.
Three wayward killer whales are loitering 30 miles up an Alaska river, and federal wildlife officials are concerned they may be iced in when the river freezes over, possibly at the end of the month.
For three weeks, the whales have been spotted in the Nushagak River near Ekwok, Alaska. Marine mammal scientists from the National Marine Fisheries Service say the whales are likely suffering stress from being in fresh water for such an extended period. The scientists say they're also concerned that if the whales don't head downstream soon, they'll be trapped in the river.
Water levels are dropping as colder temperatures reduce the flow from glaciers into the river. That could make it difficult for the whales to navigate certain sections of the river. And the Nushagak could freeze over by the end of October, according to the fisheries service, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The United States military has re-instituted a curfew on service members in South Korea after two soldiers have been accused of raping local girls.
One of the cases involves 21-year-old soldier who allegedly broke into a girl's home on September 17, U.S. Forces Korea, said in a statement.
The soldier, who was identified only as "R", is accused of raping the girl and stealing a computer from the home.
Another soldier, identified only as "I" is accused of raping a 18-year-old on September 24, U.S. Forces Korea said. The U.S. military has handed that soldier over to local South Korea authorities.FULL STORY
Watch CNN.com Live for gavel-to-gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.
Today's programming highlights...
10:45 am ET - Romney talks foreign policy - GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivers what's being called a "major" foreign policy speech in Charleston, South Carolina.
Battles raged on Friday as the new Libyan leaders sought to gain control of the coastal birthplace of ousted ruler Moammar Gadhafi.
Hundreds of National Transitional Council fighters were ordered to start attacking the western part of Sirte, said Mohammed Ibrahim, a field military commander.
Battles were already ongoing in the eastern part of the city as NTC fighters continued to try and root out a contingent of Gadhafi loyalists.
"The battle will be difficult but we have to finish it," Ibrahim said.FULL STORY
About 800 people were evacuated Friday morning after a train derailed in Tiskilwa, Illinois, authorities said.
The 126-car train was hauling ethanol alcohol when some of the cars derailed around 2:20 a.m., the Bureau County Sheriff's Office said.
Additional details were not immediately available.
Bahraini authorities opened an investigation Friday into the death of a 16-year-old anti-government protester after conflicting reports emerged about how he died.
The Interior Ministry said hospital workers reported the teen died Thursday of heart failure, while a forensic autopsy report by the attorney general found he died of a gunshot wound, according to an official statement released to Bahrain's state-run news agency.
"An immediate investigation has been issued on the impact of the death of Ahmed al-Jaber to determine the circumstances of death," the statement said.FULL STORY
South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu turned 80 on Friday, days after a spat with the government over a visa delay that prompted the Dalai Lama to cancel a trip to the nation.
A day before his birthday, Tutu danced with the Soweto Gospel Choir during a church celebration to mark his birthday.
Music and laughter rang out in the cathedral during the event attended by Irish rocker Bono of U2.
Celebration events come the same week the Dalai Lama scrapped his planned visit after the nation failed to issue him a visa in time.
Tutu lashed out at the government Tuesday, saying it had forgotten what the nation stood for.
"When we used to apply for passports under the apartheid government, we never knew until the last moment what their decision was," Tutu said at a news conference. "Our government is worse than the apartheid government because at least you were expecting it from the apartheid government.
The Dalai Lama had been invited to the country to receive a peace award and speak at various events, including a lecture in honor of Tutu's birthday. Tutu and the Dalai Lama are recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Despite the setback, tributes came in early Friday for the man known fondly as "the people's priest" and hailed for his fight for human rights.
In a birthday message, the U.S. Embassy in South Africa said he "continues to provide a moral voice for the voiceless."
"We congratulate Archbishop Desmond Tutu ... and join South Africa and the global community in honoring a man who is recognized for his fearlessness in speaking truth to power," the embassy in Pretoria said in a statement.FULL STORY
Three things you need to know today.
Baseball playoffs: With the Detroit Tigers eliminating the New York Yankees in Game Five of an American League Division Series Thursday night, the American League Championship Series is set with the Tigers vs. the Texas Rangers. Attention on Friday turns to two Game Fives in the National League Division Series.
At 5:07 p.m. ET, the Arizona Diamondbacks visit the Milwaukee Brewers. Trends would seem to make the Brewers the favorites in this one. The home team has won the previous four games in the best-of-five series. SI.com's Joe Lemire takes a look at the stats and the momentum shifts in this series.
At 8:37 p.m. ET, the St. Louis Cardinals visit the Philadelphia Phillies. The Cardinals got into the playoffs on the final day of the regular season, when they beat Houston and the Atlanta Braves lost to the Phillies in extra innings. Philadelphia was the preseason favorite to represent the National League in the World Series. SI.com's Ben Reiter writes that if the Cardinals can get contributions from some of their lesser-known players as they have so far in this series, they could send the Phillies home without championship rings.
Prostate screenings: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force will soon recommend that men not get screened for prostate cancer, according to a source privy to the task force deliberations.
The task force is set to recommend a "D" rating for prostate specific antigen, or PSA, testing. Such a rating means "there is moderate or high certainty that the service has no net benefit or that the harms outweigh the benefits," according to the group's website. The task force is set to propose this recommendation Tuesday, and then allow for a comment period before issuing a final recommendation.
According to a draft copy of a report scheduled to be released Monday, a review of studies shows screening with the PSA blood test results in "small or no reduction" in prostate cancer deaths.
Korea curfew: U.S. troops in South Korea face a 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. weekend curfew for the next month after two U.S. service members have been accused of raping local girls in the past month.
The commander of U.S. Forces Korea, Gen. James D. Thurman, said the curfew would be in place from midnight to 5 a.m. Monday to Friday and from 3.a.m. to 5 a.m. on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. It will be in place for the next 30 days, Thurman said.
"Given the incidents that have occurred over the last several months, I'm reinstating the curfew to assess current conditions," Thurman said.
Military officials had rescinded the previous curfew on July 2, 2010. That curfew had been in place for nine years.
This year's Nobel Peace Prize is divided among three women, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen, the Nobel committee in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, announced Friday.
The women were awarded the prize "for their nonviolent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work," the committee said.
"We cannot achieve democracy and lasting peace in the world unless women obtain the same opportunities as men to influence developments at all levels of society."
Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia's 72-year-old president, is Africa's first elected female head of state. Her political resilience and tough reputation have earned her the nickname "Iron Lady."
She is campaigning for re-election.
Medina Wesseh, chairman of her re-election campaign, told CNN the award was greatly deserved "for all of her life's works and activities, for the women of Africa, for the Liberian people and for the world at large."
The Harvard graduate's commencement address in high school in 1972 sharply criticized the government, a rare defiance in Africa, especially at the time.
Johnson Sirleaf has also worked at the World Bank and the United Nations.
Gbowee, a founder and executive director of Women Peace and Security Network-Africa, was also a recipient in 2009 of the John F Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.
She was the focus of the documentary "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," which shows how women confronted Liberian President Charles Taylor with a demand for peace to end a bloody 14-year civil war.
She "mobilized and organized women across ethnic and religious dividing lines to bring an end to the long war in Liberia," the Nobel committee said.
And in Yemen, Karman has played a leading role in the struggle for women's rights for democracy and peace, the committee said.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee said it hoped that the prize will help end suppression of women in many countries and to "realize the great potential for democracy and peace that women can represent."