The Flashpoint (February 10 Edition)

By Rejuvenate Staff, February 10, 2014

The Winter Olympics are underway in Sochi, Russia. Early media coverage of the international event focused on unfinished hotel rooms, bad political undertones and an Olympic ring mishap during the opening ceremony, but the focus has turned to the competition. The U.S. has secured five medals, including two gold. Norway leads the medal count with seven.

The Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center in Aurora, Colo., will feature a year-round indoor/outdoor water park. The project is expected to cost more than $380 million with a completion date yet to be determined.

RLJ Lodging has agreed to take over more than $300 million in Hyatt assets. The Bethesda, Md., firm will take control of 10 Hyatt assets, totaling more than 1,500 available rooms.

Go behind the scenes as the Marriott Marquis D.C. is being built. Officials in D.C. expect a “definite uptick” in conferences with the help of this massive property that will include 83 meeting rooms.

Michael Sam, the reigning SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year and NFL Draft prospect, publicly came out Sunday night to various media outlets. Sam, if drafted (as he is expected to be), would be the first openly gay NFL player. Here is how his public relations team crafted the moment.

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