July 9th, 2012
05:44 PM ET

Mash-up: Tom Cruise, heroic cheerleader, Melinda Gates

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 top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs from around the world.

The Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce has tongues wagging.

What's up with Tom and Katie?

The quick divorce settlement between Hollywood stars Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes (predictably) stirred up a discussion about Scientology, the controversial religion Cruise follows. Many of the comments were judgmental, speculative and some downright cruel, but  a few seemed to strive for a bit of balance:


He has dissolved three marriages with Scientology at the center. I do not see how these people who have very similar problems as normal people - except for the fact that they also have multimillion-dollar portfolios - think their problems are solved by this preaching self-reliance. I would need little help, too, if I had 40 people on my payroll. My religion is my faith, though, so he can have his. Maybe after this last family crash however, he can see that he is putting his guru above those he supposedly cares deepest for.


I can see her decision to divorce as reasonable on many levels. I cannot see him, based on how he has handled things in the past, settling this surprise divorce in this way ... unless she has very solid ground to stand on.


Yes, the very solid ground being that she doesn't want to be married to him anymore.  Why fight her?  Why keep someone who doesn't want to be there?  I am sure he had a tight pre-nup, and she is obviously NOT a gold digger.  Best to them both!


Agreed.  Katie's legal position was very strong thanks to smart maneuvering by her lawyers on jurisdiction and other matters.  Plus she has been the primary parent to Suri all along, so it was going to be hard for Tom to wrestle primary custody away from her.  The biggest factor, however, may have been the damage being done to Tom's career and pressure from the Church of Scientology to put a stop to the bad press.

Time-bending interview

This video, like many people you may know, is at once both strange and wonderful. Filmmaker Jeremiah McDonald made a video of himself at age 12. Now he's 32 and conducts a virtual interview with his younger self. Kind of freaky.

Cheerleader saves coach's life

A cheerleader for a minor-league football team became a hero Saturday night in Indianapolis, CNN affiliate WISH reports. When a coach for the Indianapolis Tornadoes collapsed on the field during the game, Jessica Anderson - a member of the Syrens cheerleading squad and an emergency medical technician and firefighter - administered CPR. The coach was up and talking later at a hospital, WISH reported.

A dozen pregnant cows were rescued from slaughter, iReporter Chantana Mekwilai says.

Celebrating critters in Thailand

CNN iReporter Chantana Mekwilai shot a series of images at an animal rights ceremony in Pathum Thani, Thailand, on Sunday. He says participants donated money to purchase animals from slaughterhouses and food markets; the animals were then freed in a celebration of peace and life. "I believe that all creatures in this world love freedom, especially freedom to live," he told CNN. "The most impressive thing is I can see the animals' eyes when they receive freedom. Their eyes seem to say, 'Thank you.' "

Melinda Gates: Give all women a choice

Melinda Gates, the socially conscious wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, says in a CNN guest column that women in developing countries need to have access to birth control to take control of their own destinies.

I'm passionate about family planning because when I travel and talk to women in developing countries, what's universally clear is that they demand access to contraceptives. They want the power to determine their future. They know that when they can decide when they have children, they are healthier, their children are healthier, their families are more successful and their communities are more prosperous.

On the horizon: Egyptian dare, MLB All-Star Game

Newly elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy has called for Egypt's parliament to convene Tuesday, even though the country's highest court dissolved it last month and the ruling military council took over legislative powers.

In a considerably more mundane showdown Tuesday night, the top players in the American and National leagues will meet up in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Kansas City, Missouri. The winning league gets home-field advantage in the World Series this fall.

July 10 anniversaries

1985 - Coca-Cola announces that it will bring back its original Coke formula as Classic Coke after its failed launch of "New Coke" earlier in the year.

1985 - The Greenpeace ship "Rainbow Warrior" is sunk off New Zealand, killing a photographer on board.

1999 - The U.S. women's soccer team wins the World Cup by defeating China.

July 10 birthdays


  • Boxer Jake LaMotta, 91
  • Short-story author Alice Munro, 81
  • Folk singer Arlo Guthrie, 65
  • Actress Sofia Vergara, 40
  • Singer/reality show celebrity Jessica Simpson, 32
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  1. banasy©

    Sur, except for one minor detail:
    Will Smith isn't gay...and although people love to cast aspersions, Tom Cruise probably isn't either.

    July 9, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      lol...and how would you personally kno' this...someone has a problem and what are the odds it ain't the 3 women...and what kinner problem would that be where the only option is divorce rather than counseling or temporary separation...just wundering?

      July 9, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rascal Rabble

    fruit loops have lucky charms, too...lol

    July 9, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Sixty years ago, we didn't have pre-nup (anti clean house policy if divorced) agreements, Church of Rocket Scientists, or even Tom Cruise for that matter.
    I don't understand "why" they bother getting hitched in the first place.

    July 9, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    If you read between the lines about how this Scientology thing started in 1954, you'll soon find out it was started by college dropout, that failed two bigamous marriages. I'm sorry folks, that's enough for me. Gotta go. Maybe I'll ask my wife of 37 years tonight if she would like to retake our vows at St. Papparazzi de Vincent church.

    July 9, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • ViXen

      yeah, l. ron was a litlle "out there"....

      July 9, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©


    Miss Kitty K1nky boots, Ernest Borgine was married and divorced 4 times before he found Tovah...I suppose you think he was gay?

    Tom Cruise is a well-known control freak.

    That should answer your "wunderings" about why a woman wouldn't want to be subjugated for any legnth of time to his bs.

    July 9, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Sorry for the duplicate.
    Another thing, Little Boots, the person I was answering was deleted...
    Water is wet.
    Take issue with that.

    July 9, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Muse

    Rascal Rabble, how do you know they haven't had counseling? The Church Of Scientology has all of that in their "compounds". Just like the use of sarcasm and start rumors, hmm?

    July 9, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      letmie clarify somewhere between
      divorces one would have to reflect why do this keep happening...unless the man is heartless i don't think divorce is a fun thing to keep doing...most problems can be overcome if couples focus on their vows...too many times vows goes to back burners with self and selfishness becoming the forefront...btw scientology is crap...

      July 9, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Whats Tovah? Is that like the rice burner Kia Sportage?

    July 9, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rascal Rabble

    melinda gates has watch too many tarzan movies...

    July 9, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BOMBO ©

    Sometimes I like to quote what Maynard James Keenan says about L Ron Hubbard and all his clones, whenever there's a story about a scientologist, but it always gets deleted. Next time there's an LA earthquake, I'll post the link to the AEnema video. Tool fans know what I'm rambling about.

    July 10, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. BOMBO ©

    Learn to swim 8X

    July 10, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jaime

    New coke = one of the greatest marketing scams the world ever fell for

    July 10, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  13. Saoirse

    That is my favorite Tool song!

    July 10, 2012 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |