February 20, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - Thousands of fans were streaming into Olympic Park at noon, funneling through the main gate toward a central plaza where the torch burns. Phil Wong moved with the crowd on his way to a curling match. The Canadian tourist passed a cluster of evergreens, clueless as to what lay on the other side. "A real cemetery?" he said. "Oh, that's creepy. " FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi It could be the quirkiest thing about the Sochi Games, this tiny graveyard, a patch of dirt and tangled grass at the center of an ultra-modern sports complex.
February 6, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - Half a mile away, thousands of people waved flags, held balloons and cheered Thursday as the Olympic torch passed by. Nina Toromonyan stood in the gray rubble that remains of her home and cried. She recalled her elation in 2007 when her city was selected to host this year's Olympic Winter Games. She imagined that wonderful things were coming. She didn't think that riot police would throw 13 family members out of their three-story home to make way for a new highway two miles away.
February 4, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- An Olympic official has responded to new reports of stray dogs being euthanized at the 2014 Sochi Games, saying the animals are instead being "relocated. " Animal activists protested last year when it was learned that the local Sochi government planned to catch and dispose of strays, which are common on the streets of this Black Sea resort. At the time, authorities responded by promising to send the dogs to a shelter instead. On Tuesday, Aleksandra Kosterina, the head of communications for the Sochi organizing committee, questioned reports that dogs were indeed being killed.
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February 1, 2014 |
For 27 straight summers, all that stood between runners and completion of the Badwater Ultramarathon was 135 miles of asphalt, a 13,000-foot elevation gain and late July temperatures that soared to 120 degrees and above. They called it "the toughest foot race in the world. " And not too many people argued. But this summer, the race from the depths of Death Valley to the shoulders of Mt. Whitney has been moved, while the National Park Service conducts a "safety assessment" of the run and other athletic events.
January 31, 2014 |
NEW YORK - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday that just because Stan Kroenke, owner of the St. Louis Rams, recently purchased 60 acres adjacent to Hollywood Park, it doesn't mean Kroenke plans to relocate the Rams to the Los Angeles area. "Stan is a very large developer on a global basis; he has land throughout the country and throughout the world," Goodell said at his annual pre-Super Bowl news conference. "He has kept us informed of it. We're aware of it. There are no plans, to my knowledge, of a stadium development.
January 19, 2014 |
For generations, a holy trinity of painter-muralists has loomed over Mexican modern art. Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco, known as los tres grandes , or "the big three," generally have set the terms for any discussion about what midcentury Mexican art supposedly is, or isn't. Even major contemporaries such as Frida Kahlo, Rufino Tamayo and Remedios Varo sometimes have been treated as outliers by the country's art-critical establishment. FOR THE RECORD: Alfredo Ramos Martinez: An article in the Jan. 19 Arts & Books section about artist Alfredo Ramos Martinez described a huipil as a flower basket.