October 17, 2013 |
Boston was a rough-and-tumble city when I knew it in my teens and early 20s. It was, as Seth Mnookin suggests in “Our Boston: Writers Celebrate the City They Love” (Mariner: 354 pp., $16 paper), defined by “the Combat Zone and Filene's Basement and the old un-air-conditioned Garden.” Such landmarks appear throughout “Our Boston,” although the book is inspired by a more tragic, and more recent, bit of history: the bombings that shook the Boston Marathon earlier this year.
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October 15, 2013 |
Seeking to bolster an effort to bring the 2024 summer Olympics to Los Angeles, county leaders on Tuesday voted to support a bid to host the 2016 Olympic marathon trials. If Los Angeles wins the event, elite athletes would race past city landmarks such as Dodger Stadium, downtown's L.A. Live entertainment complex and the Coliseum, on March 12, 2016, the day before the city's annual marathon. “The marathon course, which will wind its way throughout many of Los Angeles' most iconic areas, is a splendid showcase of all that this county has to offer,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas said in a statement after the unanimous vote.
October 11, 2013 |
The government shutdown won't shut down the New York City Marathon, but it could shift things around a little. Race organizers are working on a plan to move the event's staging area, currently set for Fort Wadsworth, a federally operated facility on Staten Island, the Associated Press reported. With about 45,000 runners expected to participate in the Nov. 3 race, officials did not say where they might place an alternative staging area. They said they did not believe the starting line would be affected.
October 11, 2013 |
BOSTON - With a giant "B Strong" logo mowed into the center-field grass at Fenway Park, there's no question the tragedy at this year's Boston Marathon still resonates in this city. The bombing that left three dead and many injured probably will be revisited again this weekend when the Red Sox play host to the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series, which opens Saturday with Boston's Jon Lester facing Detroit's Anibal Sanchez. But as much as the Red Sox have used the "Boston Strong" campaign as a metaphor for their rags-to-riches season, Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer doesn't believe any town has a monopoly on finding inspiration from what transpired that day in April.
September 30, 2013 |
Deena Kastor remembers the moment. She was 10 years old in 1984 and watching the first-ever women's Olympic marathon finish in the Los Angeles Coliseum. She remembers Joan Benoit Samuelson enter the Coliseum first, she remembers the huge crowd noise, she remembers Samuelson and her white cap. "At that moment," Kastor said, "I wanted to become a marathon runner. " Kastor did and won a bronze medal in the 2004 Games, and now she's an avid backer of Los Angeles to be the host of the 2016 Olympic marathon trials.
September 30, 2013 |
Pamela Anderson is running in the New York City marathon in November to help raise funds for Haiti. Now if only the streets of New York were lined with sand and everyone were required to wear a red swimsuit ... The former "Baywatch" babe, 46, has joined Sean Penn's J/P Haitian Relief Organization along with a slew of other teammates. PHOTOS: 50 most beautiful female celebrities "I'm running the New York Marathon this year and raising funds for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization (Can you believe it?
September 27, 2013 |
Each year, the city of Los Angeles clears a path through traffic-choked streets from east to west for a marathon that in March drew 24,000 runners. Now, a coalition of civic, business and political leaders wants to add another race on the same weekend in March 2016: the U.S. Olympic marathon trials. The city has put in a bid, and on Sunday a delegation from USA Track and Field, the national governing body, will come to Los Angeles to evaluate it as a site. If the city's bid is successful, the trials will be held here to determine which U.S. marathoners go to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
September 20, 2013 |
"Breaking Bad" is about to conclude on AMC, and to give it one last hurrah, the cable channel is planning a major marathon of every "Breaking Bad" episode in the week before the final episode on Sept. 29. This will come as especially good news for people who have been curious to be part of the show's finale but aren't Netflix subscribers. The first 4 1/2 seasons are available for binge-watching there. But for those who want to watch the series straight from AMC, the marathon begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday and continues through to late Friday night.
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September 7, 2013 |
John Odom struggled to describe what it was like to be back home in Southern California. He had spent the last five months on the East Coast recovering from injuries he sustained in the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260 others. "You don't have really the words to describe the feeling to walk in that front door - just such a great feeling inside that, oh my God, I'm home," Odom said in an interview at his home in Torrance on Saturday. "It felt like, for whatever reason, the weight on your shoulders was gone and it was just awesome to be able to go upstairs and get in our own bed. " Odom, 65, and his wife, Karen, returned home from Boston on Friday to a celebration held in his honor by friends and family at a Mexican restaurant in El Segundo.
August 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday for allegedly lying seven times to the FBI about what happened to Tsarnaev's laptop computer and backpack containing fireworks. Robel K. Phillipos of Cambridge, Mass., was charged with two counts of making false and misleading statements about a purported attempt by two other friends to get rid of the incriminating evidence in the April terrorist attack that claimed three lives.