February 7, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Exactly a year before the 2014 winter Olympics in the Russian city of Sochi, President Vladimir Putin fired a highly placed official Thursday after personally inspecting the construction process the day before. Akhmed Bilalov, vice president of the national Olympic Committee, lost his job because of delays and overspending in the construction of the ski-jump complex Russki Gorki in Krasnaya Polyana, which is part of the "mountain cluster" that will serve as a hub of Sochi Olympic events.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2013 |
The summer before Kenna Castillo started sixth grade at Sierra Madre Middle School, education officials ordered demolition of the aging campus to make way for a brand-new school. More than 2 1/2 years later, construction has yet to start, and Kenna is wrapping up eighth grade in a hodgepodge of trailers on a dirt lot. On Tuesday, Pasadena Unified school board members ordered yet another delay for the rebirth of Sierra Madre Middle School after bids for the $22.5-million project came in nearly $9 million over budget.
October 30, 2012
The University of Southern California has not always been the best neighbor. In recent years, as the population of undergraduates from out of state has grown, students have overwhelmed the university's supply of campus housing and descended on the neighborhood, where opportunistic property owners jacked up rents that students could pay and displaced families that couldn't afford them. Now the university has a chance to repair some of the disruption it has caused, and, wisely, it is doing that.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2012 |
The excavator's teeth bite into the footing of a recently demolished sound wall. A dozen empty dump trucks along Sepulveda Boulevard rumble forward one by one. Tons of concrete and rebar tumble into each bed, the booms and clatters echoing against the metal sides. Up the slight hill, the walls and windows of a house on South Thurston Avenue begin to shake and rattle. It is 2 a.m. Tuesday, and the racket of the 405 Freeway construction has roused the Sandifers. Again. As Angelenos brace for 53 hours of disruptions from Carmageddon II, this weekend's temporary closure of the freeway, Kim Sandifer can only dream that her construction-related misery could be confined to a few days.
August 7, 2012 |
Camp Kilpatrick, the Malibu-based juvenile detention facility that inspired the 2006 movie "Gridiron Gang," is suspending its one-of-a-kind high school sports program effective in January, said Jerry Powers, chief of the Los Angeles County Probation Department. The camp that can house as many as 110 juvenile inmates is being relocated during a three-year construction project. Football Coach Derek Ayers said his team will have one final season this fall competing in the CIF Southern Section.
June 24, 2012 |
The 2014 World Cup is scheduled to kick off in San Paulo, Brazil, in a little less than two years. But there's no guarantee Brazil will be ready by then. A report from Brazil's sports ministry last month said just 5% of planned World Cup-related projects, including an airport expansion and port improvements, were done — and nearly half hadn't even been started. Of those underway, many projects are well behind schedule while the costs for others have soared to as much as three times original estimates.