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Hellenic Happenings Coast-to-Coast

KANSAS CITY – With the best record in the American League, the second-
best in all of major league baseball, and a double-di
git lead in its own division,
the KANSAS CITY ROYALS, defending AL champions, are o
n track to head to
their second straight fall classic (WORLD SERIES) this fa
ll. The Royals’ third
baseman, Greek-American MIKE MOUSTAKAS, affectionately ca
lled “Moose” by
the Royals fans – who often wear mooseheads to home gam
es as a tribute to
him – is having a breakout year and was chosen to appear
in the ALL-STAR
GAME. The baseball playoffs begin in early October.
RICHMOND, VA
– The ROAD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (WORLDS) is
cycling’s pinnacle event, held annually in an internation
al city as chosen by the
UNION CYCLISTE INTERNATIONALE (UCI) through a compet
itive bidding
process similar to the Olympic Games.
Worlds is a nine-day event, featuring 12 Championship
races for Elite Men and
Women, Under 23 Men and Junior Men and Women. It is a
rare opportunity for
the athletes to compete for their country, just as they do
during the Olympic
Games. Athletes compete in three different disciplines in
cluding the traditional
Road Race, the Individual Time Trial and the recently
introduced Team Time
Trial. World Champions are crowned in each discipline.
This year’s event takes place in Richmond, September 19-27
, and a number of
Greek-Americans are attempting to fund the inclusion of
Greek National
Champion Cyclist POLYCHRONIS TZORTZAKIS.
Tzortzakis is the recent winner of the 120-kilometer CHA
TEAU DE COUCY race
in France.
Tzortzakis described that race on his Facebook page: “At one
point I was in a
breakaway of 4 cyclists for the last 30km and I attacked on t
he last 8th kilometer
of the race and finished solo with almost a minute adva
ntage over the next
cyclists! I felt really good and was boosted by the help th
at I’m receiving from
Greek-Americans these past few days. Knowing that there a
re people out there
who care gave me a lot more motivation to win this race
with the Greek flag on
my jersey.”
HATTIESBURG, MS –
Many disciplines, from science to law to medicine, include
(ancient) Greek and Latin words. “We don’t speak in An
cient Greek or Latin
anymore (at least, I don’t),” CHRISTOPHER SIROLA, an
associate professor in
the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of
Southern Mississippi
says, the Hattiesburg American reported, “but these othe
rwise dead languages

have been tapped for other uses. Why borrow from ancient
languages?” he asks,
rhetorically. “Why not just use English instead?”
Prof. Sirola explains that in most cases – at least in h
is field – it is not a ploy for
professionals to conceal knowledge from laypersons, the A
merican reported.
“We aren’t trying to confuse people on purpose. Well,
maybe lawyers and
doctors are,” he jokes, “but scientists aren’t. Instead, we
use these words to
convey technical definitions difficult to convey in the ver
nacular. Also, science is
international, so everybody needs to agree on terms, re
gardless of which
language one speaks.”

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