August 20th, 2012
06:33 PM ET

Mash-up: Women can take their swings

The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on in the past 24 hours. We top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs from around the world.

Welcome to the club

Augusta National Golf Club has admitted its first female members, the private club announced Monday. The decision to admit former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and business executive Darla Moore ends a longstanding policy excluding women as members of the Georgia club, which hosts the prestigious Masters golf tournament every spring.

Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Billy Payne

These accomplished women share our passion for the game of golf and both are well-known and respected by our membership.

Women's rights activist Martha Burk

They have chosen two groundbreaking women, two very prominent women, who are clearly equal in stature to the other members who are, of course, all male. I think it would have been a mistake to choose a lower-profile woman and basically make that statement that, yes, we're letting women in but they're not really going to be equal with the men.

Back off, Brits!

The USS Constitution, the frigate that fought off a British warship 200 years ago in the War of 1812, is still in fighting trim.

Loud and clear

On a slightly overcast day at Liberty State Park during New York City's Air Force Week, CNN iReporter John Dunstan captured this photo of the Air Force squadron the Thunderbirds performing a flyover. "It was such a great scene with the flags, the Statue of Liberty and the jet formation," he says. "I was pretty pleased to get this shot." We're pleased too.

Click on the image to see an eight-second video.

Muslims in New York celebrate Eid al-Fitr

Muslims around the world ended the Ramadan month of fasting this weekend with Eid al-Fitr, a feast of food and family gatherings. CNN iReporter Shameel Arafin captured a nice set of images showing Muslims in New York's East Village celebrating Eid on Sunday.

Two boys sit with their prayer rugs and bags of candy at an Eid celebration Sunday in Manhattan's East Village.

Fill it to the rim

So, the latest swing in the health-advice pendulum tells us that coffee may provide a health benefit for most women. Just the other day we were told that egg yolks may be worse for us than cigarettes. Breakfast is getting to be too much of a challenge. I think I'll stay in bed. CNN's readers have their own opinions; here's one:


Recent studies show that continued worrying about what foods are good or bad for you causes hypochondriac-like symptoms. This ultimately leads to a general malaise, depression, high blood pressure, heart disease and death.

Rescue dog adopts kittens

Harmony the Chihuahua was almost a goner, but when the rescue shelter where she was staying acquired two hungry, homeless kittens, it was Harmony who stepped up. CNN affiliate KOVR has the furry video.

On the horizon: Rover test drive, tech lawsuit

Operators at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory plan to put the Curiosity rover through its paces Tuesday, getting it ready to start moving around on Mars looking for cool stuff.

Both sides are expected to begin their closing arguments Tuesday in Apple's patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung.

August 21 anniversaries

1831 - Nat Turner leads a brief slave rebellion in Virginia; 55 people die.

1878 - The American Bar Association is formed in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Moscow, 1991

1911 - An Italian waiter, Vincenzo Perruggia, steals the Mona Lisa from the Louvre museum in Paris.

1959 - Hawaii becomes the 50th state.

1983 - Benigno Aquino, the Philippine opposition leader, is assassinated in Manila.

1986 - A volcanic eruption under a lake in Cameroon releases poison gas, killing about 2,000 people.

1991 - A Communist coup attempt is crushed in Russia.

1993 - NASA loses contact with the Mars Observer space probe.

August 21 birthdays

– Singer Kenny Rogers, 74

– Actor Clarence Williams III, 73

Usain Bolt

– Singer Jackie DeShannon, 68

Clash lead singer Joe Strummer, 60

– Actress Kim Cattrall, 56

– AOL co-founder Steve Case, 54

– Actress Carrie-Ann Moss, 45

– Google co-founder Sergey Brin, 39

– Actress Alicia Witt, 36

Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt, 26

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  1. raven

    Yes? What is it, little mister?

    August 20, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    Hello? ( tap,tap) this thing on?

    August 20, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. raven

    Hello superman! chrissy tells me you're that much closer to heaven way up there! I'm cheering you on and keeping you close in my thoughts. We can't wait to hear all about it when you get back. We miss you!Stay safe!XOXO.

    August 20, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    You are one of the bravest individuals I know, and I am not talking solely about your climb in the Andes...
    Safe journey, my friend.
    Come back to us...

    Your tribute to our Lee is touching.

    Don't forget to fling that pooh at far as you can!! 😉

    August 20, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. parhaps

    Perhaps a woman just broke the record for ascending Pikes Peak by eght minutes. 🙂

    August 20, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Special prayers for superman and a very special thanks to javier for keeping the many messages comming to me! Equador will be on my bucket list and thanks also to marcos and the rest of the crew! 😉 hope they all enjoy reading the loco muchachos on here

    August 20, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Damn Philip would you PLEASE give it a freakin rest already! You have got to be the meanest, nastiest man in the WORLD! Arent you happy with that? Now shaddup already!

    August 20, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    What's a parhaps?

    August 20, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kenney

    @ raven @ chrissy ive seen where eagles dare to fly its up for grabs ive seen it again at 16,000ft on alpamayo two days off and up to 16 fo a nights stay and then the summit and yes lee is still very much with us! Thoughts and drive from every dam one of you have put me here and i would not trade it for anything! Thank you ALL so much to you go the spoils!!!!!! Oh i almost forgot this ;;;;;;,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,in my possesion is a troll doll at the present time its bathing in the frigid cold of the andes,,,,,,,,,,, i will carry this doll to the top of alpamayo and deposite it on the summit i 2-3 days its name ? ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,will let me see here,,,,,,ah,,,,,its name is,,,,,PHILLIP and im laughing my mfao hey phillip i hope to god you are reading this remember satan? Im right here so everyone get the word out to phillipy and let him know that he is in for it heheheheheheheheheh oh by the way it the troll doll will be burried up to its neck facing antarctica,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,for eternity listen to the song from black sabath snowblind and to you KELLYINTULSA Its been a pleasure but no photo but he has and will be there the thought will remain on top of the mountain when i get there just for you and everyone else peace to all and the work hasnt begun yet but its all well worth it to you all CARLOS , JAVIER , MARCOS , AND superman

    August 20, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. raven

    I still think Mary Surratt has what's her bucket beat. By a mile.

    August 20, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      She was ultimately gagged, all right.
      To death.

      August 21, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. Kenney

    @ bobcat iah you are pretty well known man some others in other parts of the western hemisphere also read your jokes you are very well liked and to the so called hag list you girls are great i love you all and life is wonderfull is it not,,,,,,the new hag list is,,,,,,,;,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,phillip , mary how simple is it to see that the biggest losers are the easiest to figure out hahahahahahahahhahahahahahahah and for you my sweetest mary ill have you know that i have something very warming for you to but you will jut have to wait to see what it is it will be plastered all over cnn i done been caught with your clothes off its your turn b*t#h! Just because in in the southern western hemesphere doesnt mean you can bash you have one heck of a surprise coming to you as well remember me? Im your favorite blogger

    August 20, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. raven

    Kenney,( superman) , just wanted you to know, I've asked my friend Jay to look after you. You might remember me telling you about him? The one still up there? Anyway, he is with you. Live your dream and be safe.

    August 20, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Are you seriously thinking that our soldiers are committing suicide after 6 or 7 deployments are doing so because they are hopeless at what you think America has become?
    Don't think that many have never heard of Bridas.
    C'mon now. I understand this is one of your pet causes, but these soldiers aren't committing suicide because of that; they're committing suicide at the hopelessness of what they face everyday and I can guarantee you, what you perceive America is turning into isn't one of them.

    August 21, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  14. raven

    I think its odd that one could make an arbitrary statement, ask people to debate it, then disappear when there's a legitimate challenge. So much for an honest debate,huh?

    August 21, 2012 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
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