Kresta in the Afternoon – August 7, 2008 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – Olympic Gold Medalist Has Visa Revoked By China

    Olympic speed-skater Joey Cheek had his visa revoked by Chinese authorities yesterday, hours before he was set to travel to Beijing to promote his effort urging China to help make peace in the war-torn Darfur section of Sudan. Cheek, the president and co-founder of a collection of Olympic athletes known as Team Darfur, was planning to spend about two weeks in China, when he received an unexpected call from authorities. The 2006 American gold medalist said they told him they were denying him entrance into the country and were "not required to give a reason." He joins us.

    Second Topic – The Story the Campaign Pictures Tell

    Barack Obama may be only eight points ahead of John McCain in the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, but he's creaming McCain in the number of pictures and stories published in The Post in the past two months. From number of photos, to size of photos, above the fold and color photos – Obama wins all categories in a landslide. Al lays out the numbers – and the reasons.

    Third Topic – Knights Templar Sue Pope

    The Knights Templar, whose members claim to be descended from the legendary crusaders, have filed a lawsuit against Pope Benedict XVI calling for him to recognize the seizure of assets worth about $100 billion. They claim that when the order was dissolved by Pope Clement V in 1307, more than 9,000 properties as well as countless pastures, mills and other commercial ventures belonging to the knights were appropriated by the church. But, they claim, their motive is not to reclaim damages only to restore the “good name” of the Knights Templar. We look at this case and the history of the Knights Templar with Church historian Sandra Miesel.

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