The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on CNN.com in the past 24 hours. We'll top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs. Your comments, as always, are welcome.
An extreme sports enthusiast brought his gravity-defying sport to Imperial Beach, California, but officials quickly put the kibosh on it, CNN affiliate KGTV reports. Here are the new rules, in sum: Don't jump off buildings in Imperial Beach.
In a discussion of how school dropout rates are measured, Cheryl S. wrote:
No matter how you calculate them, our country's dropout rates are outrageous and unacceptable. Why is it still possible for a minor to drop out? Every kid in this country should be at least graduating high school. The most common response to this these days is the blame the teacher mentality. Teachers can't make your kids go to school or show any respect once they're there, and yet they're blamed for all the consequences of bad and neglectful parenting.
After Pat Summitt announced she was stepping down, we saw overwhelmingly supportive comments pour in about the University of Tennessee women's basketball coach. Eight months ago, Summitt, 60, revealed she had early-onset Alzheimer's Disease. President Barack Obama announced Thursday she will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her 1,098 wins are the most in major-college basketball history, and readers like hambdiscus said she set an example that has made it possible for others to succeed in women's athletics:
A fine lady, a sportswoman¬†extraordinaire, a credit to her university, her city, her state and to this country. If there were a few more Pat Summitts in this world, college athletics would be the better by several orders of magnitude. Today I watched my granddaughter don the tools of ignorance and catch two games of fast-pitch softball for her college team. She is traveling a road that you made smoother even though your sport and hers differ. Thank you, Pat. A curmudgeonly old football fan wishes you the best. Godspeed.
A New York Times reporter tells CNN's Anderson Cooper that he interviewed a woman who said she was one of the prostitutes who "hooked up with" American Secret Service agents in Cartagena, Colombia. Listen to her side of the story and what happened next:[cnn-video¬†url=http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2012/04/19/ac-secret-service-escort-incident.cnn]
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada,¬†isn't too impressed with the Secret Service and military personnel allegedly involved in the sex scandal in Colombia:
There will be committees of jurisdiction that will hold hearings on this.¬† But understand this - there is not a committee hearing that is going to take the place or stop people from being stupid.¬† There is not a bill we can pass to cause people to have common sense.¬† I mean think about this - people that are here to protect the president, they go to Colombia and have a fight with a prostitute over how much she should be paid?¬† That's either really stupid or a total lack of common sense.
Maggie Kortchmar was a singer-songwriter who remembers the time in the 1980s when "American Bandstand" played one of her songs. The kids on the show gave it "pretty lukewarm ratings," she recalled. But host Dick Clark - who died Wednesday at 82 - seemed to like the song, she said. "After they were done he looked in the camera and he said, 'Maggie, I've seen this before, and I will tell you that sometimes when a song isn't rated well here it can go straight to No. 1. I think it was wonderful, and keep plugging.' How do you beat that? I felt much better."
Republican leaders from every state are meeting at a posh Scottsdale, Arizona, resort to plot strategy for the November election. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a virtual lock to be the GOP's presidential nominee,¬† will address a Friday luncheon that is sure to be the event's biggest draw. Later that evening, Romney will attend a $50,000-a-head fundraiser in Phoenix for the joint "Victory Fund" he established with the RNC.