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1. When news reporters provide information as authentically as possible, the stories can be exciting and informative. What happens when those stories are based on fiction or out-right lies? It happened in 1980. A staff writer for the "Washington Post" wrote an award-winning article about heroin use in the Washington D.C. projects. The article was entitled "Jimmy's World". The only problem was Jimmy didn't really exist. What was the name of the reporter who dreamed up the heartbreaking story?
2. In 1969, a U.S. Senator from a well-known political family drove off a bridge with his female companion after attending a party on Chappaquiddick, a small island in Martha's Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts. He survived. His companion, political aide Mary Jo Kopechne, did not. Who was this Senator from Massachusetts who was behind the wheel that fateful day?
3. In the early 20th century a Native American athlete made the U.S. Track and Field team and went on to compete in the 1912 summer Olympics. He won both the pentathlon and decathlon events, a feat no single athlete had ever done. Who was this superb athlete?
4. A five-year old Cuban boy was found floating on an inner tire tube off the coast of Florida in 1999. His mother and step-father had drowned while trying to escape from Cuba to America. A custody battle ensued between the Cuban and American governments that took five months to resolve. What was the name of the Cuban boy who was rescued?
5. African American women weren't allowed to enter the Miss America beauty pageant until 1970. When a young woman of color won the coveted Miss America crown in 1984, she didn't have long to enjoy it. Her win was filled with controversy and scandal. Which beauty won the pageant but later forfeited the crown?
6. Killing for kicks is not new. There are many examples of killing for pleasure. One case goes back to 1924 when two teens kidnapped and murdered a fourteen-year-old boy named Bobby Franks. Their reason for the gruesome murder? They wanted to commit "the perfect crime". What were the names of this infamous duo?
7. Competition is fierce during the Olympic games. For the most part, athletes play by the rules. What happens when a competitor tries to cause bodily harm to its competition to gain an advantage? In 1994 figure skater Tonya Harding's ex-husband tried to eliminate her rival by clubbing her rival's knee right before the competition. Name Tonya Harding's rival.
8. The founders of the USA have always been held to higher standards than regular folk. Thomas Jefferson, third President of the USA, has for years been rumored to have had a scandalous relationship with one of his slaves. Which slave was it?
9. Which U.S. President resigned from office in 1974 amidst a scandal known as Watergate?
10. In 1989, a baseball great, who had been managing the Cincinnati Reds, was charged with gambling on the games, a big no-no in baseball. He was forever banned from playing major league baseball and from being elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Who was this unfortunate player?
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