The 26-year-old from Dearborn, Michigan, was crowned Miss USA on Sunday in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pageant-watchers say Fakih, of Lebanese descent, is thought to be the first Arab-American and Muslim to wear the crown, The Detroit Free Press reports.
According to TIME magazine, Fakih was raised in New York, attended the University of Michigan and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in economics with a minor in business administration. She won the Miss Michigan USA title in 2009. She told TIME, âI grew up watching pageants with my father, but never knew I can really do it. Possibly because I was picked on a lot in school, and had a very shy personality. I can proudly say that I don't think I would have reached so high and come such a long way had I not went through the pain I did growing up.â
PresidentÂ Obama is scheduled to welcome the NCAA champion University of Connecticut women's basketball team to the White House on Monday. The president will honor the Huskies for their second straight NCAA Championship and back-to-back undefeated seasons.
According to the university, since Auriemmaâs arrival as head coach in 1985, the Huskies have been transformed from a program with only one winning season into one with six national titles, 10 Final Fours, three perfect seasons â in 1995, 2002, and 2009 - and 32 Big East titles. Auriemma, whoÂ moved from Italy to Pennsylvania with his parents at the age of 7, was elected to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. He also has been named head coach of the U.S. National Team, which will compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.
The father of a missing Greeley, Colorado, hiker says he is ready to travel to Nepal today on a mission to find his 23-year-old daughter. "I'm not coming back without her," Sacco told The Denver Post. "Dad's supposed to protect her, and here I am 12,000 miles away. It's crazy."
On Saturday, Aubrey Sacco was scheduled to take a flight from Nepal to Sri Lanka, where she was to spend the last week of her six-month trip. But the newspaper reports she was last heard from on Â April 20 when she e-mailed about plansÂ to hike alone through Nepal's Langtang trail. Nepalese government officials, the Nepalese army and the U.S. Embassy began searching the park's 52 miles of trails almost a week ago but have been unable to find her.
Thereâs still more to learn about the most covered individual in the country. Alter, the Newsweek columnist and historian, reveals new details in his book âThe Promise: President Obama, Year One,â which is scheduled to appear in bookstores on Tuesday. New York Times reviewer Michiko Kakutani writes that Alter âactually does give us a new perspective on the 44th president by providing a detailed look at his decision-making process on issues like health care and the Afghanistan war, and a keen sense of what itâs like to work in his White House, day by day.â
According to the newspaper, Alter reports that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was initially âtoo deferential to the president in meetings, just shy of obsequiousâ; that Defense Secretary Robert Gates, called âYodaâ by some White House staffers, was âalmost certainly the most influential member of the cabinetâ; and that Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner bonded with the president because âthey had the same âno dramaâ style.â Obama reportedly read Alterâs 2006 book about FDRâs first 100 days before taking office.
The Nashville, Tennessee, student is fulfilling his dream of being involved in the University of Kentucky basketball program. Rivals.com reports thatÂ Lipson has never played a minute of organized hoops. But heâs earned the position as a student manager on the Kentucky team. The senior at Christ Presbyterian Academy has overcome medical odds. He has a spinal deformity and will never be over 4 feet tall. Lipson told the website, "I want to tell people you don't have to fall and beat yourself up over your problems. You can take them and help them make you stronger. You can turn a losing situation into a winning situation."