News 3’s Top Trends: May 18

Wednesday's top trends on social media take a look at "doping" athletes getting banned from the 2016 Rio Olympics, the close results of the Oregon and Kentucky Democratic primaries and the Senate confirms the new Army Secretary will be the first openly gay man to hold the position.

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2008 Beijing Olympic athletes test positive for performance-enhancement drugs

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) says it retested 454 athlete samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and found 31 athletes from 6 sports and 12 different countries tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

The IOC President Thomas Bach announces he intends to crack down on dishonest athletes who use these drugs, or “dopers”. A release by the IOC says all 2008 athletes who’s doping samples tested positive will be banned from the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

The IOC says it will also retest 250 samples from the 2012 London Olympics and undertake a wider retesting program of medalists from Beijing and London. The samples of those athletes who could be awarded medals following the disqualification of others will also be retested.

Furthermore, the IOC also says it will be investigating claims that the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games doping lab tests were inaccurate.

Bach says, “All these measures are a powerful strike against the cheats we do not allow to win. They show once again that dopers have no place to hide.”


Bernie Sanders takes Oregon, Hillary Clinton declares win in Kentucky primary

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Bernie Sanders is leaving Oregon victorious after beating Hillary Clinton in primary votes Tuesday. Unofficial results from the Kentucky primary late Tuesday night show Clinton edged Sanders by about 1,900 votes, or less than half a percentage point.

Although no winner was declared at midnight, Clinton is claiming a Kentucky victory saying, “We just won Kentucky! Thanks to everyone who turned out. We’re always stronger united.” Both candidates will share 27 delegates each.

Sanders will take 28 delegates in Oregon and Clinton will take 24.

Presumptive Republican party nominee Donald Trump won both states’ primaries and leaves with 17 delegates from each.


Senate confirms first openly gay US Army Secretary


The Senate on Tuesday confirms Eric Fanning, the White House nominee to be the next Secretary of the Army, making him the first openly gay man to hold an armed service’s top civilian position.

The landmark move was praised by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization. Fanning’s nomination comes five years after the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” legislation barring openly gay people from serving.

“Eric Fanning’s historic confirmation today as Secretary of the U.S. Army is a demonstration of the continued progress towards fairness and equality in our nation’s armed forces,” HRC President Chad Griffin says in a statement. “Eric Fanning has spent his career serving this nation with tireless dedication, skill and ability, and as secretary he will bring that same commitment to the men and women of the U.S. Army.”

Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan) relinquished an eight-month hold he said was unrelated to Fanning’s qualifications or his sexuality.


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