China gets positive attention as Olympics begin

Olympics begin today in China; publishers try to appeal to boys with gore; Detroit's mayor faces continued criticism; and more.

After the torch relay protests and communications setbacks, China is getting some positive PR as the 2008 Olympic Games officially open today. News about the lavish Opening Ceremony has already hit the Web, as well as stories of what China's image will look like post-Olympics.

"I hope [visitors] will see a peaceful China, a civilized China and a China that is progressing," said Wu Jianmin, a senior Chinese diplomat, in a Wall Street Journal article about how the 2008 Olympics will be remembered.

USA Today goes through the stories that could be big during the Games, including the possibility of swimmer Michael Phelps breaking more records and how the US basketball team performs after its bronze-medal win in 2004.

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Publishers are promoting gory and gross books, in an attempt to get boys to read more.

McDonald's posts a profit in the midst of an economic downturn with attention to classic items like the Big Mac, as well breakfast and chicken items.

Can a date get good PR? Couples celebrate 08-08-08, lucky in Chinese culture, as a wedding date.

Calling the scandal surrounding Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick "a national embarrassment," some of the city's leaders say he should leave office.

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