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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Laurel J. Richie
It was pretty obvious to voters who the best rookie in the WNBA was this season.
Brittney Griner left an indelible mark on women's college basketball. Now she's ready to take on the pros.
Maya Moore has excelled everywhere she's played, winning championships from college to the WNBA and Europe. Now she's leaving her mark on the Chinese women's basketball league.
WNBA attendance rose again this year and TV viewership is at its highest level since 2005 as the league's 15th season heads into the final stretch.
New WNBA president Laurel Richie was afraid she might not get the job when she interviewed with NBA Commissioner David Stern and admitted her sports background was limited to synchronized swimming and cheerleading.
When new WNBA president Laurel Richie makes her first round of team visits this summer, she plans to spend some time in Connecticut talking to management about what has made the Sun the league's biggest financial success.
The Seattle Storm had such a dominant run to the WNBA championship last year, they are the overwhelming favorites to win again as the league opens its 15th season this weekend.
Margo Dydek, a 7-foot-2 former WNBA player who led the league in blocks nine times, died Friday after being placed in a medically induced coma following a heart attack a week ago. She was 37.
When Laurel J. Richie was asked to give a keynote address on leadership at an awards ceremony in Seattle, her speech on rebranding brought rave reviews. What Richie didn't expect was that it would set into motion a rebranding of her life and career.
"I had the pleasure of watching Elena Delle Donne compete in her first WNBA game in Phoenix on May 27 and in my very, very humble estimation it seemed to have taken her maybe 10 minutes to make the transition from the college game to the professional game," said Richie.
Richie admits to being on a "learning curve," since she's watched WNBA games on television but hasn't attended any.