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Preakness Winner Rachel Alexandra Won’t Run Belmont Stakes

Phil Spector, a renowned U.S. music producer, has been sentenced to 19 years in prison for the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson. The jury in Spector’s 2007 trial failed to reach a decision, but his five month long trial this year found him guilty of second-degree murder, BBC News.

Officials say 250 people have been killed this week in central Sudan in battles between nomadic groups. 75 of those killed were policeman who were attacked by over 3,000 militants on horseback, BBC News.

Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra will not race in the Belmont Stakes, the third race part of the Triple Crown. The filly was the first to win the Preakness in 85 years and was ridden by Calvin Borel, the jockey who won this year’s Kentucky Derby on Mine That Bird. Borel will ride Mine That Bird in the Belmont, and if he wins the race, he will be the first jockey in history to win all three Triple Crown races in one year on more than one horse, NY Times.

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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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