April 15, 2014 |
BOSTON -- A memorial for the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings ended Tuesday with a thunderous speech from Vice President Joe Biden, who closed an afternoon highlighting remarks from bombing survivors and dignitaries. “We will never yield, we will never cower, America will never ever, ever stand down,” Biden said. “We are Boston. We are America. We respond, we endure, we overcome, and we own the finish line! God bless you all, and may God protect our troops.” The afternoon will continue with a flag-raising and a moment of silence at the marathon finish line at 2:49 p.m., the moment the bombs exploded.
April 15, 2014 |
It is a weekend for working around the house. My fiancee, Erin, and I have the baby's room to paint and some IKEA furniture to assemble. I roll out of bed early - 10:30 - and get into my wheelchair. Erin is already making coffee in the kitchen. "I started the first wall," she says. "I love that gray. " Erin never bugs me about sleeping late. For a few months after I was injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, I often slept 15 hours a day. The doctors said my body needed to heal.
April 11, 2014 |
When Frank Shorter won the gold medal in the marathon at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, he not only became a household name but also helped create the fitness boom. Pre-Shorter, hardly anyone ran for fitness; post-Shorter, millions did. A Yale grad and trained lawyer who claims to have run 140,000 miles, Shorter's influence grew as he won a silver medal in Montreal in 1976, led the fight to allow runners to turn pro, won a Master's duathlon (bike-run) world championship, became the first head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and established himself as the running world's elder statesman.
April 10, 2014 |
Minimalism, the musical version, has always been a numbers game. It began with extended tones, with beats added and subtracted to phrases at will and with simple rhythms played in and out of phase to create complex patterns. So let's have some numbers for the Los Angeles Philharmonic's extraordinary Green Umbrella marathon Tuesday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall, part of the orchestra's Minimalist Jukebox Festival. The concert lasted five hours if you count a pre-concert discussion and a pre-concert performance.
April 10, 2014 |
Turner Classic Movies will pay tribute to Mickey Rooney, who passed away April 6 at age 93, with a 24-hour marathon of his movies. The marathon will begin Sunday, April 13, at 6 a.m. Eastern time with the 1933 film "Broadway to Hollywood. " Other films in the marathon will include "A Family Affair" and "You're Only Young Once," the first two movies in the Andy Hardy series; "Babes on Broadway," one of Rooney's many pairings with Judy Garland"; and "The Human Comedy," for which Rooney earned an Oscar nomination for best actor.
April 10, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - An inspectors general report released Thursday faulted the FBI for failing to conduct a "more thorough assessment" of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, saying such an investigation might have turned up evidence about his growing embrace of Islamic militancy and his possible threat to the United States. But the report's unclassified summary stopped short of saying a closer examination of Tsarnaev would necessarily have prevented the April 15, 2013, attack, which killed three people and injured more than 260. Acting on a 2011 tip from Russian intelligence, the FBI investigated Tsarnaev before last year's bombing, but closed the inquiry after the bureau found no links to terrorism.
April 2, 2014 |
Season 4 of HBO's hit series "Game of Thrones" gets underway Sunday, but it's not the kind of show anyone should undertake lightly. For the full "Game of Thrones" effect, HBO is doing its best to simultaneously keep you informed and take away all your free time by way of a weekend-long marathon of the show's first three seasons. Beginning Friday morning at 9 a.m. Pacific, HBO2 will air all 30 episodes of the series twice, in the run-up to Sunday night's Season 4 premiere. Yes, this is the age of readily available DVDs and HBO Go, but there's something so convenient about telling people, "Don't talk to me now!
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March 27, 2014 |
The L.A. Marathon was a few weeks ago, but this photo is a beautiful reminder of the teams of volunteers that help make the marathon happen -- and provide much-needed refreshments to the runners along the route. Claudia Eastman regularly cheers on those who are running and brought along her camera to shoot some photos. She caught this photo of a volunteer handing out water, also catching some of the action as the runners frame both sides of the photo. "Each year I walk the block and a half and watch the first hour and a half of the race," wrote Eastman, in an email.
March 20, 2014 |
The world on Thursday celebrated the United Nations-sponsored International Day of Happiness by dancing to the ubiquitous, infectiously upbeat tune, "Happy," by Pharrell Williams, who is the face of the second annual celebration established by the General Assembly. The music, and the accompanying dancing by tens of thousands of people in a host of videos that have gone viral, makes it impossible to be sad. But in a somewhat more limited but perhaps more inspiring performance, a professional dancer who lost part of her leg in last year's Boston Marathon bombing gave new meaning to being happy when she returned to the stage doing what she loved most, dancing again.
March 11, 2014 |
After twin bombings at last year's Boston Marathon killed three people and injured 264, officials have established additional security measures for this spring's race. The changes include a law enforcement presence that will be doubled to more than 3,500 officers. "This year, runners and spectators will see more uniformed police officers on the course and as they approach the course," Kurt Schwartz, director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, told reporters. "And in some areas, the uniformed police officers will be accompanied by bomb-sniffing canines.