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    Social media has played a key role in drumming up excitement for the 2012 London Olympic Games, but just what kind of information and observations athletes are allowed to post and not post is getting, well, complicated. One day after a Greek triple jumper was pulled from her Olympics team for a racist tweet, two other athletes are coming under fire for tweeting photos of their Olympic Village passes. Authorities view the photos as a serious security threat. Conceivably someone could use the athletes' Twitter images to create a counterfeit pass.

    Carli Lloyd, a star midfielder on the U.S. women's soccer team, tweeted a shot of her badge to 51,000 followers. Zac Purchase, a British rower, tweeted two photos, one of his pass and another of his "Olympic Identity and Accreditation Card."

    Many athletes have been using social media to give followers and friends a behind-the-scenes look at their Olympics journeys. The

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  • Don MacKenzie racked up quite a bill at a Waterford, Connecticut, restaurant, but he didn't eat a thing. MacKenzie "ordered" a 17-pound lobster that had become known as "Lucky Larry" specifically to save the crustacean from facing a steamy melted-butter-and-lemon-filled demise. MacKenzie figures Lucky Larry must be close to 80 years old given his size, and felt he deserved to be returned to the waters to live out the rest of his days.

    Said MacKenzie, "This lobster has seen World War I, World War II, seen the landing on the moon and the Red Sox win the World Series. He's made it this far in life. He deserves to live."

    MacKenzie took Lucky Larry out on his boat Tuesday and sent him off into the Long Island Sound. As he did so the Niantic River bridge operator sounded his siren.

    Perhaps inspired by MacKenzie's rescue operation, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy plucked a 15-pound lobster from the Rough restaurant in Noank and released it into Mystic River.

    What do you think of MacKenzie's

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  • Two months ago, fifth-grader Kameron Slade wrote a speech for a school competition that his principal forbid him from delivering. The topic was gay marriage. His mother, April Grantham-Slade, told the New York Times that her son wanted to address a subject that hadn't been talked about much. Local media outlets heard about Kameron's predicament, and the 10-year-old was invited to deliver his words for the cameras of TV station NY1. The video of Kameron's speech received more than 600,000 views on YouTube, and he was ultimately allowed to speak at a special school assembly.

    Yesterday City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn -- who married her partner, Kim M. Catullo, in May -- gave Kameron an even bigger platform when she asked him to deliver the speech in the council chambers. Kameron, who arrived with his parents and grandfather, looked stylish and self-assured in a gray suit. He said he felt "honored." I'm thinking his what-I-did-with-my-summer-vacation essays will be pretty

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  • Sometimes controversy is good publicity, and sometimes it isn't. When an episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter," a show on Oprah Winfrey's troubled OWN network, highlighting her travels in India aired in the Asian subcontinent, many viewers took offense. The intention of the piece was to "explore the beautiful culture and spirit of the country," according to Winfrey's production company. But many viewers, who took to social media to express their displeasure, found the piece full of stereotypes and clichés from elephants to snake charmers. They were particularly offended by a scene in which Winfrey sits down to dinner with a family and says, "I heard some Indian people eat with their hands still," apparently unaware that eating with one's right hand is customary for the majority of the population.

    One Twitter user wrote, "Not mad at you Oprah, just disappointed." Another took a more let's-be-reasonable approach, writing, "Need to stop overreacting to every perceived criticism if India is to

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  • Kentucky-based writer Patrick Wensink knows it isn't easy to get a book published these days. If you're lucky enough to do so, you still face the challenge of getting people to read it. No small feat. Lazy Fascist Press, an indie publishing house without a major marketing budget to lavish on the title, published Wensink's satirical novel "Broken Piano for President" in February. This week the book got a significant PR boost from an unexpected source. The book's black and white cover image is similar in design and feel to the label of a Jack Daniels bottle, you see. It came to the attention of Jack Daniels' parent company just now, and Wensink received an unusually courteous and pleasant cease-and-desist letter that promptly went viral.

    We spoke with Wensink about the effect the letter has had on book sales, whether or not he drinks JD, and the plans in progress for the new cover art. Australian artist Matthew Revert, who was responsible for the original image, has been tasked with the

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