January 30, 2012 |
The Supreme Court and the Obama administration, already headed for a face-off in March over the constitutionality of the healthcare law, appear to be on another collision course over whether church-run schools, universities, hospitals and charities must provide free contraceptives to their students and employees. The dispute stems from one of the more popular parts of the new healthcare law: its requirement that all health plans provide “preventive services” for free. That category includes vaccines and such routine screenings as cholesterol checkups and mammograms.
January 2, 2012 |
It's winter, so let the snow play begin. The ski-in, ski-out Resort at Squaw Creek at Lake Tahoe offers a family package starting at $299 a night that adds skiing, skating and sledding to room amenities. The deal: The offer is good for a room that accommodates two adults and two children 12 and younger. Included in the package are free ice skating and skate rentals, free sledding and one free child's lift ticket (12 and younger) for Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. The deal requires a two-night minimum stay; prices start at $299 a night midweek and $349 a night on weekends.
December 23, 2011 |
”So, where can we sled?” We all ask that question. We're visiting this winter wonderland at Mammoth, we have the sleds or the saucers, and we envision ourselves (OK, our kids) flying down the hills just like those movie scenes -- but where do we go? Well, there's the corner of Minaret and Old Mammoth roads, that spot behind the buildings, where families take their saucers ... or various meadows off Highway 395 where hardy souls tromp up the hills with their plastic toboggans ... or there was the on-again , off-again Sledz.
February 24, 2010 |
The designer of the crash-plagued Whistler Sliding Center track said there was never any pressure from Olympic organizers to make the circuit as fast as possible. "No, not at all, in no shape or form," veteran track designer Ugo Gurgel said Tuesday. Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed when his sled flew off the track at speeds nearing 90 mph during a training run just hours before the Olympic flame was ignited. After an investigation by local authorities, officials of the Vancouver Organizing Committee and International Luge Federation blamed the fatal crash on human error.
February 16, 2010 |
The father of the Georgian luger killed at the Olympics said Monday that his son worried the track was too dangerous, but insisted on competing because he had come to the Games to try to win. "He told me: 'I will either win or die,' " David Kumaritashvili said. "But that was youthful bravado; he couldn't be seriously talking about death." The father, in an interview at his home on the snow-covered slopes of Georgia's top ski resort, said he had spoken to his son, Nodar , shortly before the fatal training run Friday.
February 13, 2010 |
Just hours before the caldron was lighted to mark the start of these Winter Olympics, a young athlete's life was snuffed out in a horrific crash on the world's fastest luge track. On a morning training run under the first blue sky in days, Nodar Kumaritashvili, 21, of the Republic of Georgia lost control of his sled at about 80 mph as he came out of the final curve -- nicknamed Thunderbird -- and approached the finish line. He catapulted over the outer lip of the track and slammed into an unpadded roof support post.
February 11, 2010 |
For television giant NBC Universal, the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, is shaping up to be a bumpy downhill ride. The network, weighed down by overpaying for rights fees, expects to lose at least $250 million on its coverage of the Games that begin Friday night. Sluggish ad sales -- at least initially -- helped dig NBC deeper into the financial hole. On top of that, there are few star U.S. athletes to whip up excitement. And on Wednesday, the top U.S. female skier, Lindsey Vonn, revealed that she bruised her shin during practice last week and might not be able to compete.