July 30th, 2012
06:08 PM ET

Mash-up: Olympics coverage, stuck Superman

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.

Aurora victim's father on media coverage

Tom Teves doesn't want his son Alex's legacy to be defined by a gunman. When the Aurora, Colorado, theater-shooting suspect first appeared in court last week, Teves was there. Teves blames news outlets, including CNN, for playing a role in perpetuating mass shootings.

You make him out to be a madman. He knew he was going to be on television. These guys are playing you like fiddles. Either you're not that bright - I used a better word than I was thinking of - or you don't care and you're using it to sell advertising, and then you're the worst thing on the face of the Earth.

I see your Olympic flame and raise you a lightning bolt

Some folks in London have complained that they can't see the Olympic flame from outside the Olympic Stadium. There's a natural remedy for that.

Olympics watching: Live or tape delay

There's a hubbub online about NBC's coverage of the London Olympics, and other media's habit of sending out spoilers before the prime time broadcast.

Michael Feirstein

The American people are missing a great Olympics thanks to NBC's coverage. What's all this about the "digital age"? Radio has been around for decades; the Internet (without tweeting and social media) for two-plus decades. One has to be an ostrich not to know who won the Phelps/Lochte race before it appeared on NBC's evening coverage. It's just not that interesting once you know how it comes out. Would you not broadcast the Kentucky Derby live and save it for evening prime time? The suspense is gone. Without it, the race is a two-minute rehash of a bunch of galloping horses.


Most viewers are oblivious to the fact that the Games are delayed, and they do not care. These viewers are casual fans who will eat up whatever narrative is delivered to them. If you take time to post here, you are not a casual viewer and are a minority and lower priority to NBC's ratings guys. (I am assuming this is NBC's reasoning.)


I don't think that NBC really could win with this. If they showed the major events during the day, people will be on here complaining that they can't watch the events because they're working and can't get to the TV. If they show them at prime time, people complain that people on Twitter have spoiled the events. If they don't show events online, people complain that it's inconvenient. If they show them online, people complain because they're not on TV. My conclusion? People just like to complain.

Dominicans celebrate

CNN iReporter Rachel Cauvin of New York brought her camera along to capture the vibrant faces, high spirits and elaborate costumes of the Dominican Day Parade on Sunday in the Bronx. Dominicans "are very proud of their culture," Cauvin told CNN. "They love to show it through their music - merengue and bachata - as well as their food."

Look! Up in the sky!

It's kind of a tough way to get a season pass at Six Flags, but a dozen patrons earned theirs Sunday when the Vallejo, California, park's newest ride left them stranded 150 feet in the air for two hours, CNN affiliate KGO reports. Wait till you see how they got down.

On the horizon: Romney in Poland; Peterson trial opens

Mitt Romney in Jerusalem.

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will visit Poland, the last stop on his three-nation international tour. Romney has made headlines with remarks at each stop along the way.

Opening statements are scheduled in the murder trial of former Illinois police sergeant Drew Peterson. Peterson, 58, is charged in the 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. He also remains under investigation in the October 2007 disappearance of fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.

July 31 anniversaries

1948 - New York International Airport, later renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport, is dedicated.

1987 - A rare class F4 tornado in Canada hits Edmonton, Alberta, killing 27 people and causing $330 million in damage.

2006 - Cuban leader Fidel Castro hands over power to his brother, Raul, before undergoing intestinal surgery.

July 31 birthdays

J.K. Rowling

  • Conservative commentator William Bennett, 69
  • Movie studio executive Sherry Lansing, 68
  • Tennis player Evonne Goolagong Cawley, 61
  • Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, 54
  • Actor Wesley Snipes, 50
  • Author J.K. Rowling, 47
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  1. D Rock

    Just another example of the leftist lib media trying to brainwash Edmonton, Alberta!

    Trump/Paul 2012

    July 30, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Lol...yeah, okay.

      July 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wizard2399

    I can't belive that so many people still watch "Network" tv. Canned laughter sitcoms, nonsensical reality shows, morning shows that show the same thing every day (cooking, fashion, retail products, and the weather (national and local) every 10 minutes and local news affiliates that have the same format in every city in the country. Boring, to say the least. Get a life people. Read a book, take a walk, go to a museum, go fishing, exercise and eat right. We are becoming a nation of fat, couch potatoes.

    July 30, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I agree.
      I haven't watched a network TV show in...I don't know how long...

      July 30, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Lmao banasy, looks like he picked a name that truly suits him this time!

    July 30, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |