Congratulations to Katherine Close, winner of this year's Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee! What I found most interesting was that off-shore gaming companies were actually offering odds on whether the winner would be a boy or a girl or would wear glasses!
From the Houston Chronicle:
"Noble said his company thought "long and hard" before including the bee on its Web site. He decided against posting odds on individual competitors because of their ages, despite queries from some of the children's hometown newspapers.
"We didn't want to go there," Noble said. "Obviously, it's a very sensitive subject."
Thank God for small favors! And no, she does not wear glasses.