The recent Australian election, which resulted in a deadlock after the failure of the Labor Party and the Liberal-National Coalition to gain a majority, will likely be remembered for another reason. Ken Wyatt won a seat in the House of Representatives, becoming the first indigenous person in that body. Wyatt, a Liberal Party member, said he had received hateful comments from Aborigines and nonindigenous people alike.
Off the mound but not off the hook, former ace pitcher Roger Clemens appeared in federal court Aug. 30. He pleaded not guilty to charges of lying to Congress in 2008 when he denied using steroids and human growth hormone. Clemens had testified after the Mitchell Report alleged he was a major player in baseball's then raging steroid scandal. He was indicted Aug. 19 on three counts of making false statements, two counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of Congress. After the arraignment, at which an April 5 trial date was set, the Rocket sped off for a golf tournament.