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February 2, 2013

A Spanish long-distance runner showed exemplary sportsmanship last December when he helped a confused rival finish before him. Iván Fernández Anaya was in second place to Olympic bronze medalist Abel Mutai in a race in Navarre, Spain, when he noticed the Kenyan runner stop about 30 feet from the finish line. Mutai thought he had completed the race — and couldn't understand the crowd telling him to keep going in Spanish. Rather than speed past Mutai, Anaya guided him ahead to the actual finish. "I did what I had to do," he said. "He was the rightful winner."  The Week Staff

Oh Florida
7:56 p.m. ET

On Wednesday, the Florida state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations sued a gun store that declared itself a "Muslim-free zone."

In a complaint filed in federal court, CAIR accuses Florida Gun Supply of Inverness with violating the federal public accommodations law and seeks an injunction to stop the discrimination, Reuters reports. "We just can't let segregation rear its ugly head in Florida again," Hassan Shibly, chief executive director of the group, said. "This is part of Islamophobia that we need to challenge."

On July 18, the store's owner, 28-year-old Andrew Hallinan, posted on Facebook a video stating that the shop was a Muslim-free zone because of the shootings at military sites in Chattanooga, Tennessee. After the post went up, Hallinan invited Shibly to attend a course at Florida Gun Supply of Inverness and then explain the Koran to him, but Shibly said Hallinan later canceled the meeting. Hallinan's attorney, Robert Muise, says the lawsuit is "absolutely bogus." Catherine Garcia

bad customer service
7:04 p.m. ET

A 911 dispatcher has resigned following the release of a recording where he was heard telling a caller whose friend was shot she could "deal with it yourself."

On June 26, Esperanza Quintero, 17, called 911 in Albuquerque after her friend, Jaydon Chavez-Silver, 17, was shot at a party during a drive-by shooting. ABC News reports that on the tape, dispatcher Matthew Sanchez is heard asking Quintero multiple times if Chavez-Silver was breathing. Quintero said she was "frustrated" with being asked the question multiple times, and said, "He's barely breathing? How many times do I have to f—ing tell you?" Sanchez replied, "OK, you know what ma'am? You could deal with it yourself. I'm not going to deal with this, OK?" and then hung up.

A spokeswoman for the Albuquerque Fire Department told ABC News that "the dispatcher did dispatch units prior to disconnect" and "the response time was four minutes and 26 seconds, which exceeds national standards." Sanchez was removed from the dispatch center and placed on administrative assignment before resigning, but that's not enough for Quintero. "It was his job," she told KOAT. "I don't understand why he would've hung up. I cussed at him once. I was frantic, I was scared. You know, I'm only 17. ... He didn't talk me through it. Obviously, helping people is not for him."

Chavez-Silver died at the hospital, and no suspects have been arrested yet in connection with the shooting. Catherine Garcia

This just in
3:32 p.m. ET
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Officials are investigating plane debris that washed ashore on Réunion Island, in the Indian Ocean, for any possibility that the piece might be linked to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which went missing sixteen months ago en route from Kuala Lampur to Beijing.

"It is not possible at this time to ascertain whether the part is from a [Boeing 777] or from MH370," a French accident investigation agency said, although officials have confirmed that the piece, which appears to be from a wing, is not from a "small plane." Malaysia has sent a team to verify if the debris is indeed from Flight 370, Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai announced during a press conference.

The debris could not be linked to other aviation accidents in the region, either, The Wall Street Journal reports, and while Réunion lies outside of the search zone for the missing flight, aviation consultants believe it's possible that debris from the missing plane could have washed up there. Jeva Lange

Mirror mirror on the wall
2:29 p.m. ET
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Because everyone was just clamoring to know who's hot and who's not on Capitol Hill, D.C. publication The Hill did us all a favor with its annual release of "The Hill's 50 Most Beautiful" list. Both Michelle and Barack Obama made the list — with Michelle beating Barack — alongside a slew of press assistants, political journalists, congressmen, and lobbyists.

According to The Hill, this year there was a "record-breaking number of nominations," meaning those who got nominated — or nominated themselves — truly must be the fairest of them all. Below, the 10 most groan-worthy moments and quotes from the profiles of The Hill's Most Beautiful Class of 2015. Becca Stanek

10. "Pulling out six lipsticks from her clutch bag, Sophia Anwar proudly proclaims herself to be an 'assertive girly girl' and boasts that she can do her makeup during her commute."

9. "He switches between a pair of brown or black boots almost every day on Capitol Hill."

8. "Gindlesperger is passionate about style, accessorizing his outfits with tiny details such as vintage lapel pins, eyewear, and sneakers from his collection of more than 50 pairs."

7. "She likes Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's clothing line, but considers them 'impractical' for Capitol Hill, opting for fashion brand Zara instead."

6. "'It's like driving down an open road really fast with your arm out the window,' Bolden said of skydiving."

5. "You can't tell, but the dress Chris Jansing is wearing is reversible."

4. "When he's not producing Washington Watch with Tony Perkins for the Family Research Council, Jennings likes to golf, read American history, and help out at Triumph D.C., a church in the city's Southeast."

3. "A self-described news junkie who 'loves words,' Sacks once adapted John Milton's Paradise Lost into a screenplay. 'I love rock 'n' roll, reading and the Supreme Court.'"

2. "He's served four tours in Iraq, hosted a TV show, and earned degrees from Harvard, but Seth Moulton insists he's a 'boat shoes, no socks' kind of guy."

1. "Mike Sacks is just your average National Law Journal congressional correspondent who digs air guitar competitions, epic poems, and yoga pose attempts."

This just in
2:02 p.m. ET
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A white University of Cincinnati police officer has been indicted on murder charges for allegedly fatally shooting Samuel DuBose in the head during a traffic stop near campus on July 19. Officer Ray Tensing "purposely killed" DuBose, 43, who was black, after "losing his temper," according to county prosecutor Joe Deters. DuBose, who was a father of 10, had been driving without a front license plate when he was pulled over.

"[Tensing] never should have been a police officer," Deters said, adding that after seeing the body camera video footage of the shooting, "I realize[d] what this was going to mean to our community, and it really broke my heart because it's just so bad." Tensing could face life in prison if convicted. Jeva Lange

love in 2015
1:35 p.m. ET
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Throwing themselves into the running for the title of "Most Hipster Couple of All Time" are actress Michelle Williams and author Jonathan Safran Foer, who are, apparently, dating now. Williams — who had a child with former beau Heath Ledger, and then dated David Foster Wallace-lookalike Jason Segel — appears to be "finally at peace and genuinely happy" with Foer, according to a source that spilled the beans to Us Weekly.

Foer, who is known for his novels Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Everything is Illuminated, has two children with his ex-wife, the bestselling author Nicole Krauss, to whom he was married for 10 years. Foer once told The Guardian that the best kiss of his life was "the first date with my wife, beneath a costume shop awning, in the rain." It will remain to be seen if he and Williams can top that level of twee. Jeva Lange

truth in advertising
1:15 p.m. ET
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The billboards in New York City's Times Square might be iconic, but they also might not be legal. Dan Lewis of Now I Know pointed out this week that, under the constraints of the Highway Beautification Act of 1965 and its most recent update in May 2012, Times Square's bright lights and mile-high billboards aren't kosher.

The law aims to keep advertisements from inundating roads and becoming too large or distracting. The point, as the law's name so aptly puts it, is to keep America beautiful. Under the law, billboard sizes are limited to 1,200 square feet, which, The Smithsonian notes, is "smaller than many of the signs that cluster about the sidewalks in Times Square."

While Times Square might be crowded, it certainly isn't a highway. So how exactly does a Highway Beautification Act apply? Well, the U.S. government passed a law in May 2012 that included "urban principal arterial routes" under the law.

The billboards bring in millions for the city of New York annually. Times Square's biggest billboard — a megascreen that's eight stories tall and spans an entire city block — costs advertisers more than $2.5 million to use for four weeks, which, according to The New York Times, makes it one of the most "expensive pieces of outdoor ad real estate on the market." That's why city officials are fighting to keep the ads — and the ads' revenue — in place. Becca Stanek

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