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Filly Wins Preakness for First Time in 85 Years

The horse Rachel Alexandra won the 134th Preakness Stakes today in Baltimore, dashing Mine That Bird’s hopes for the Triple Crown. The win was the first for a filly at the race in 85 years and the winning jockey, Calvin Borel, also won the Kentucky Derby this year riding Mine That Bird, ESPN.

President Obama has named Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman as the U.S. ambassador to China. Huntsman, a Republican, was seen as a strong contender for the 2012 presidential election and considered a popular politician, MSNBC.

Arrests were made today before Moscow’s gay pride parade. Police detained dozens that were supposed to meet at a park before the rally, which was barricaded by police, and prominent gay activist Nikolai Alexeyev was among those arrested. The march was going to coincide with the Eurovision contest taking place in the city, which has a large gay following, CNN.

With an estimated 100+ million people watching, Norway took the trophy in the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow. The competition, started in 1956, is held annually with each memeber of the European Broadcasting Union entering one song into the contest to be sung live. European citizens and a panel then decide the winner. This year, Norway won 387 votes, the most in the competition’s history, BBC News.

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