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HIGHS & LOWS

By Beacon Staff

The Supreme Court upholds gun rights in a wide-reaching ruling, while Gen. Stanley McChrystal is dismissed from commanding the Afghan War.

HIGH
2nd AMENDMENT – A Supreme Court ruling Monday affirms gun rights apply nationwide.
HORSE RACING – This popular sport is returning to the Northwest Montana Fair, Aug. 21 and Aug. 22, courtesy of the All Breeds Turf Club and the Blackfeet Tribe.
CI-105 – Backers of this initiative to prevent a certain kind of real estate tax say they have collected more than enough signatures to get it on the ballot.
KALISPELL – With a spare and stable proposed budget that should double the cash reserve, Kalispell’s financial outlook is improving.

BETWEEN
BARACK OBAMA – The president had to fire his Afghanistan general in an embarrassing episode and a judge overturned his moratorium on offshore drilling. But by the end of last week, Obama could claim victory on the biggest overhaul of the financial system since the Great Depression.

LOW
STANLEY McCHRYSTAL – This top Afghanistan War commander was fired by President Obama after the general and his aides were quoted making disrespectful comments in a Rolling Stone magazine story.
ELOUISE COBELL – This Blackfeet woman negotiated a $3.4 billion settlement with the U.S. government for American Indians, but the money is stuck in Senate legislation filibustered by Republicans last week.
BOB BRADLEY – This coach of the U.S. soccer team may not return after a second round loss to Ghana Saturday in World Cup play: a decent showing by Americans, but expectations were high.
ALEX – This tropical storm’s center won’t directly hit the Gulf oil spill, but could hinder cleanup operations and push oil farther inland.

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