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No news, just ribs at McCain barbecue

March 3, 2008

SEDONA, Arizona (CNN) — Instead of appealing for votes on the campaign trail, Sen. John McCain spent the weekend playing host at his rustic Arizona home — and on Sunday members of the traveling press corps were his guests.

GOP candidate Sen. John McCain of Arizona usually takes reporters’ questions but was mum this weekend.

It was a news-free zone, and a charm offensive to be sure — but also a window into the private setting and self-described oasis of the man who may be days away from mathematically clinching the GOP nomination, months after being left for political dead.

McCain greeted reporters as he tended to the grill — tongs in hand — on the deck of his ranch house. Clad in a green Maine Maritime Academy baseball hat, white sweat shirt with a photograph of his family on it, faded Levis jeans and New Balance sneakers, the presidential candidate stood over two large, sizzling barbecues, preparing baby back ribs and grilled chicken.

McCain revealed that barbecuing for guests is one of the few ways he relaxes, especially during the grueling campaign, and was eager to share his carefully honed recipe on the gas grill: baby back ribs (bought at Costco), cooked bones down with a dry rub that’s a third garlic powder, a third salt and a third pepper.

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China cracks down on AIDS groups ahead of Olympics

August 16, 2007

By Tim Johnson, McClatchy Newspapers
August 16, 2007

BEIJING — Wary of exposing China‘s flaws to the news media’s glare before next year’s Olympic Games, authorities are cracking down on groups that help AIDS victims and orphans, shuttering their offices and banning meetings and other gatherings.

In one case, an activist in Henan province, where the nation’s AIDS crisis hit early, said police ordered him out of his office on Thursday and suggested that he flee the area for his own safety. Six other volunteers in the group were detained.

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