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.
Strippers in Tampa, Florida, are looking forward to next week's Republican National Convention. It's difficult for most folks to imagine what it's like to disrobe for a living, so the women who do it form close bonds. An exotic dancer, Go-Go, explains it in stark terms:
We see each other naked every day, so we kind of open up to each other.
A blind, wheelchair-using man from Rumford, Maine, tells CNN affiliate WMTW he fears a pair of men who robbed him won't face prosecution because he won't be able to identify them. The 31-year-old victim says he was outside a Lewiston gas station Tuesday night waiting for his brother when the men approached and asked for a cigarette. Things went bad from there.
A man in a wheelchair was injured by a hit-and-run driver in Houston on Wednesday, CNN affiliate KTRK reports. Police say the victim was trying to cross the street in the early afternoon when he was struck. "I saw the truck coming and the truck hit the guy and I started screaming, 'Stop! Please stop! You've got a man under your car,'" said witness Jacquelin Pineda. Police say the man was dragged by a white pickup a few blocks until another driver pulled in front of the truck and blocked it.
CNN iReporter Ameer Hassoun shot some terrific photos of a graffiti hotspot in Long Island City, Queens, New York, that's slated to be demolished in September. He lives not far from the graffiti-covered warehouse that has long attracted artists from around the world to paint on its walls (with permission of the owner).
The site is due to be replaced by high-rise apartment buildings next year. HassounÂ visited the warehouse on Tuesday and said the details of the pieces are "amazing."
"If you look at them, you get goose bumps," he said, adding that the beauty of the complex is that artists are there all the time, painting new works. He says it's a shame they will be demolished and the neighborhood doesn't need more apartment buildings.
You know that friend of yours with the really deep voice? This guy has him beat.
If she stays out of trouble for the rest of the night, Casey Anthony will be a free woman without restrictions on Friday. Probation is scheduled to end at midnight for the Florida woman who was acquitted of killing her toddler daughter, Caylee, but convicted of providing false information to investigators.
Floyd Lee Corkins, the man accused of firing shots and wounding a security officer at the Family Research Council's headquarters on August 15, will be arraigned Friday afternoon.
August 24 anniversaries
79 - Mount Vesuvius erupts in southern Italy, destroying the cities of Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum.
1814 - The White House and the Capitol are burned when British troops capture Washington during the War of 1812.
1989 - Pete Rose is suspended for life from baseball after it is determined he bet on baseball games.
1992- Hurricane Andrew makes landfall in South Florida, devastating the city of Homestead and doing significant damage in South Miami.
2006 - Pluto loses its status as a planet at a meeting of the International Astronomical Union.
August 24 birthdays
– Actor Joe Regalbuto, 63
– Author/actor Stephen Fry, 55
– Actor Steve Guttenberg, 54
– Baseball player Cal Ripken Jr., 52
– Actress Marlee Matlin, 47
– Actor Rupert Grint, 24
Thank all who push us on climbe very thankfull to all as for marco well he has new name thank you to superman , but marco is not mad just even funny/lol? Kenney is the beast and the best he says we all are equal so good man marco is back up with us he came up to meet us so not to be left out its ok to pulmonary odema but better now thank you to all as kenney says good ones
What happened to Lee in Tulsa?
He passed away April 10th, about a week or so after the paintballing party.
He died from a blood clot to his lung.
He had clots for years, and his death was pretty sudden.
We are all saddened by the loss here.
@ Hope, you didnt know? Gosh i thought you did, im sorry. He passed away about 3 months ago. We posted it.
Passed away, how?
The last time I remember was his son's birthday and they'd gone paint balling and he was hoping to land a job. I'm shocked to hear such sad, sad news.
The blind guy never saw it comin'!
@ Hope, he had lung problems and hadnt been taking his medication. He passed away at home and actually it was over 4 months ago.
His girlfriend kelly, just moved here to michigan about 2 weeks ago. It all was unexpected.
Wow... I had no idea. I figured he'd gotten his job and he was busy... never imagined.
My sincere condolences go to Kelly and his family. He was a great guy and is and always will be missed.
There's going to be plenty of money to be made in Tampa next week with all of the top Republicans coming to town. Good for the peelers.