PRESIDENTIAL WARM-UP ACT CORAL GABLES, Fla.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- President Barack Obama was in an unusual position as he campaigned Thursday. For one day, at least, he was a warm-up act of sorts in the hours leading up to the debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican nominee Paul Ryan. And the president seemed to revel in his role. He appeared loose and at ease during a campaign stop at the University of Miami that drew an audience of 9,000 screaming students. Obama also called Biden from Air Force One to wish him luck. Aides say Ryan also received a call from GOP nominee Mitt Romney, who was campaigning in North Carolina.
POLITICAL T-SHIRT FLAP
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Mitt Romney has called a 16-year-old Philadelphia girl who says she was mocked by her geometry teacher for wearing a Romney T-shirt in class. Romney campaign spokeswoman Kate Meriwether tells The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/STYEiS ) the Republican nominee called Samantha Pawlucy (pah-LOOS'-ee) on Wednesday. The girl briefly returned to Charles Carroll High School in the city's Port Richmond section Tuesday. But her father says she felt too uncomfortable to actually make it to class. He says Samantha and two other high-school age children in his home will be transferring to another school. The teacher has apologized, but hasn't returned to school while she awaits the results of a school district investigation.
FRIED CHICKEN LOVE
NEW YORK (AP) -- Fried chicken, that mainstay of comfort food, is getting the star treatment. More than a dozen chefs offered their take on the classic at an event Thursday as part of the New York City Food and Wine Festival. Whoopie Goldberg was one of the event's co-hosts. Goldberg is the first to admit she's a picky eater. But she says fried chicken has always been a favorite, especially the version her late mother used to make. As for the night's fried chicken offerings, Goldberg said "as with all art, interpretation is everything"
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- A 90-year-old U.S. Navy veteran from Rhode Island who served in World War II finally has the eight service awards he earned but never received. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse presented Roger Salvas with the awards at a ceremony Thursday at the Democrat's Providence office. They include the Navy Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon. Salvas served in the Navy from August 1942 to December 1945 and was stationed on two warships. The senator's office says the Navy granted Salvas the awards when he was discharged but he never got them.
BOSTON MARATHON REGISTRATION
BOSTON (AP) -- There's no more room at the starting line for next year's Boston Marathon. The Boston Athletic Association closed registration for the 2013 race after it says more than 20,000 runners who met a new, more difficult qualifying standard, signed up since registration opened Sept. 10. Other runners still have a chance to participate as part of a charity program that has raised more than $150 million in the past 25 years. The marathon was forced to change its registration process two years ago after a rush of applicants filled the field in eight hours. That broke the previous record of 65 days. The 117th Boston Marathon will be Monday, April 15.
MSG'S GREAT MOMENTS
NEW YORK (AP) -- Madison Square Garden is about to present a chance for fans to relive some of the greatest moments in the 132-year history of the building's brand. "Garden 366" and "Defining Moments" will be unveiled when the building reopens next month after a second summer of renovations. A visual retrospective that shows one moment in Garden history for every day of the year, "Garden 366" will wrap around an entire concourse, creating a visual calendar of events from sports, music, entertainment and politics. The first 10 of the 20 "Defining Moments" in Garden history will be commemorated through exhibits featuring photos and memorabilia. The first of the four Madison Square Gardens opened in 1879.
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