BEST OF THE WEB: Olympic Color and the Russian-Georgian Conflict

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Tuesday's highlights of some of the best features newspaper Web sites have to offer.

Mike Smith: Smith's WorldLas Vegas SunEditorial CartoonBy Mike Smith

With the Olympics and a near all-out war competing for the world's attention, Mike Smith uses his comedic sensibilities to explain why the games might emerge the victor. Check out the Las Vegas Sun's editorial cartoon and agree, or agree to disagree, with Smith's bleak assessment as to why the Russia-Georgia conflict is able to fly lower under the radar than usual.

Phelps' Event ScheduleThe Sun, BaltimoreOnline FeatureBy Kevin Van Valkenburg

If you at least glance at newspaper headlines, you probably know the name Mike Phelps. And if you're an avid Olympics follower, you probably have your eye on the Baltimore native who has already won three gold medals and broken three world records in his first three days of competition in Beijing. If you'd like to follow Phelps more closely -- and perhaps be privy to him breaking Mark Spitz's record of seven golds in an Olympic games -- then check out his event schedule here. Also, feel free to cast your vote on Phelps' likeliness to win eight golds in Beijing at this online poll.

Off the Beat PhotosThe Virginia GazettePhoto Gallery

Brighten up your Tuesday by checking out some seriously odd "off the beat" photos in this Virginia Gazette gallery. You'll see some freaky-looking fish suctioned to balloons, a grown man kissing a blown-up kangaroo, Qi Qi -- the injured and bleached dolphin rescued from Yangtze river in 1980, a cross-eyed king vulture, and a set of costume heads depicting the G8 leaders. …


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