Sacramento, Aug 16 (AP/UNB) — A pair of handmade Nike track shoes from the 1972 Olympic trials has sold for $50,000.
Dave Russell, of Sacramento, sold the rare kicks last month to the Graduate Eugene hotel, a Nike-themed property in Eugene, Oregon.
"They wanted something that would say, 'This is Nike town,' " Russell said. "And here are these shoes that were a prototype before Nike was even a public shoe."
Russell was 25 when he qualified for the trials in the marathon in Eugene, where the shoe and the Nike brand debuted that year, he told KTXL-TV.
Known as "moon shoes" for their waffle-like bottom, the shoes were the first prototype designed by Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman.
"They were very unorthodox shoes. They were very exotic because the sole was completely different. It was made on a waffle iron. It was glued to the bottom of the shoe. The shoe was completely handmade," Russell said.
"Oh, I loved them, they fit like a glove."
The Oregon-based shoe company made only 12 pairs.
In 2016, a Malaysia collector paid $11,200 to a Minnesota man for a pair of the "moon shoes" that were stained and missing their laces.
Last month, an unworn pair fetched $437,500 in a Sotheby's online sale. Canadian investor Miles Nadal won the public auction for the pristine shoes, the only pair known to exist in unworn condition, according to Sotheby's.
Letsrun.com says Russell finished 55th in the trials, which were won by Frank Shorter, who went on to win the gold medal at the Olympics in Munich.
Fresno, Aug 15 (AP/UNB) — A man died shortly after competing in a taco-eating contest at a minor league baseball game in California, authorities said Wednesday.
Dana Hutchings, 41, of Fresno, died Tuesday night shortly after arriving at a hospital, Fresno Sheriff spokesman Tony Botti said.
An autopsy on Hutchings will be done Thursday to determine a cause of death, Botti said. It was not immediately known how many tacos the man had eaten or whether he had won the contest.
Fresno Grizzlies spokesman Paul Braverman said in a statement that the team was "devastated to learn" of the fan's death and that the team would "work closely with local authorities and provide any helpful information that is requested."
Tuesday night's competition came ahead of Saturday's World Taco Eating Championship to be held at Fresno's annual Taco Truck Throwdown. The team on Wednesday announced that it was canceling that taco-eating contest, though a "taco truck throwdown" featuring food trucks and musical entertainment would go ahead as planned.
Matthew Boylan, who watched Tuesday's taco eating contest from his seat in Section 105, told the Fresno Bee he quickly noticed Hutchings because "he was eating so fast compared to the other two (contestants)."
"It was like he'd never eaten before," Boylan said. "He was just shoving the tacos down his mouth without chewing."
He said Hutchings collapsed and hit his face on a table about seven minutes into the contest, then fell to the ground. The eating contest ended immediately.
During the 2018 Taco Eating Championship in Fresno, professional eater Geoffrey Esper downed 73 tacos in eight minutes, KFSN-TV reported.
Competitive-eating contests have become major attractions at festivals and other events. Among the most popular is the annual Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest on New York's Coney Island, where Joey Chestnut this year's champion ate 71. Esper finished third.
Syracuse, Aug 15 (AP/UNB) — Visitors may now get a look at two rare leopard cubs at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York.
Onondaga (ah-nahn-DAH'-gah) County Executive Ryan McMahon announced that the little Amur (ah-MOOR') leopards made their public debut Wednesday.
The male and female cubs gradually ventured out from private quarters into their exhibit. It's a temporary one while the zoo works toward a new, more complex $400,000 outdoor space for the leopard family.
The cubs were born June 19 to parents Tria and Rafferty.
The cubs don't yet have names. The zoo plans a vote soon.
Amur leopards are considered critically endangered. They are found in far eastern Russia, where an estimated 84 remain in the wild, up from about 30 in 2012.
About 250 Amur leopards live under human care.
Trenton, Aug 15 (AP/UNB) — U.S. regulators Wednesday approved a new tuberculosis medicine that shortens and improves treatment for the hardest-to-treat cases, a worsening problem in many poor countries.
It's the first TB drug from a nonprofit group, the TB Alliance. Formed to come up with better treatments, the group developed pretomanid with help from charities and government agencies.
The pill was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use with two other antibiotics. Decades of incomplete or ineffective treatment has resulted in TB strains that have become drug resistant and aren't killed by long-standard medicines.
In a key study, the three-pill combo cured about 90% of patients with very drug-resistant TB, usually within 6 months. Patients also infected with HIV, a common situation, fared as well as the other study participants. Pretomanid also appears to stop patients from spreading the deadly bacterial infection after just a few days' treatment.
Until now, the best option cured about two-thirds of patients, took 18 to 30 months and required up to eight kinds of shots and pills. Many patients die or don't finish treatment, according to TB Alliance CEO Mel Spigelman.
Worldwide, TB kills about 1.6 million people annually. It spreads through droplets when someone sick with TB sneezes or coughs. TB attacks the lungs and sometimes other organs.
Pretomanid was approved for use with Zyvox and Sirturo, two other antibiotics used for the toughest cases. The three drugs, which have little known resistance, attack tuberculosis in different ways. Potential side effects include liver damage, nerve pain and an irregular heartbeat.
The new combo could help over 75,000 patients per year, mostly in India, China, Indonesia, South Africa and Nigeria, Spigelman said. The FDA is the first regulator to approve pretomanid, though there aren't many severe cases in the U.S. The FDA's action should bring quick approval in countries where it's endemic.
The alliance will work with the World Health Organization to speed adoption of the treatment in those countries. The alliance is contracting with multiple generic manufacturers to make pretomanid and keep it affordable.
Hangzhou, Aug 15 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Colored potteries, tombs and a skeleton were excavated in a Neolithic settlement, dating back 9,000 years, in east China's Zhejiang Province, according to local authorities.
The provincial cultural relics and archaeology institute said the ancient settlement was discovered in a Neolithic site, located in Qiaotou Village in the city of Yiwu, today known as the world's supermarket.
Excavation of the site started in 2014. So far, an area of about 2,000 square meters has been excavated.
Archaeologists said the settlement is a circular settlement with a mound in the center surrounded by artificial trenches.
A large number of colored potteries were found in the mound, including red and white pots, plates and jars. Unbroken potteries and smashed potteries were also unearthed in some pits.
"This place might have been a venue for sacrificial and ceremonial events of the ancient residents," said Jiang Leping, a researcher with the provincial cultural relics and archaeology institute.
Meanwhile, two tombs and a complete male skeleton unearthed on the site are speculated to be the earliest of their kind in Zhejiang.
Jiang said the red soil at the site is acidic, and further investigation will be conducted to find out how the skeleton could be so well preserved.
Experts said the Qiaotou site belongs to a Neolithic culture known as the Shangshan, which originated in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, China's longest waterway. Nearly 20 Shangshan sites have been unearthed in Zhejiang, with researchers finding evidence of wild rice cultivation in one site.