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Friday, Nov 28, 2014
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Another triumph at Wimbledon

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Dunblane is a small community in central Scotland that only twice in recent memory has drawn international attention, and one of its natives - tennis star Andy Murray - has been part of both of the big news stories involving his hometown.

In 1996, a man armed with four guns mowed down 16 children and one teacher in Dunblane Primary School before committing suicide. Murray was one of the pupils who survived what was one of the worst cases of mass murder in British history.

(As a result of the ensuing gun control debate, Britain in 1997 adopted laws that effectively made private ownership of guns illegal in the United Kingdom - an outcome that most Americans would find unacceptable.)

On Sunday, Murray became the first Briton to win Wimbledon since 1936, and this time the people of Dunblane were celebrating instead of mourning.

There's a raging debate in Scotland about pursuing independence from the United Kingdom (there will be a referendum next year), and that has stirred up animosity toward the Scots from some of their English neighbors.

But on Sunday even the English cheerfully celebrated the fact that, finally, a fellow Briton had ended the embarrassing 77-year Wimbledon drought.

Good for Murray. Good for the British people. And good for Dunblane.

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