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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 19, 2008 - Like so many others, I have been addicted to the Beijing Olympics, watching every evening for the past 10 days. NBC has been unable to resist flashing the medal count every day, of course. It would be good not to focus on the medals, but for some ignoring medals must be very hard.

I am thinking particularly of Marion Jones. She won five medals in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Seven years later, on Sept. 8, 2007, she returned them to the IOC and six months after that entered Carswell Federal Prison in Fort Worth, Texas.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 23, 2008 - They were the faces behind the flashbulbs, the awkward adolescents who begged their dads to use the camera, promising to be careful as they hoped to catch a shot of a deep line drive. They were the teenagers who opted out of a party to drive their Jeep Cherokees downtown to Busch Stadium on a Friday night, praying for the chance to experience baseball history.