June 28, 1986 |
In 1956, a young Chinese writer named Wang Meng published a short story about a young Communist Party official disillusioned by his battles with the party's inert and apathetic bureaucracy. The story, "The Young Newcomer in the Organization Department," was soon officially denounced as anti-socialist, and Wang was sent off to do physical labor. For two decades, most of them spent in the Xinjiang region of far-off western China, Wang was unable to write anything at all.
February 17, 2010 |
When it comes to women's short-track speedskating, there's China's Wang Meng. And then there's everyone else. Wang has dominated short track and Wednesday night will seek to repeat the gold she won in the 500 meters in Turin, Italy, in 2006. Since that gold, Wang, 24, has continued to thrive in the 500, winning consecutive world championships and setting the world record of 42.609 seconds in 2008. During Saturday's heats at Pacific Coliseum, she set an Olympic record of 43.926 seconds to qualify for Wednesday's quarterfinals.
February 18, 2010 |
Katherine Reutter was an Olympic-record holder for all of about three minutes. The Champaign, Ill., native will have to settle for that. In the first quarterfinal of the women's 500-meter short-track speedskating event Wednesday night, Reutter blazed around the ice in 43.834 seconds to set a new mark. In the next heat, China's Wang Meng shattered that time with a 43.284 and then went on to win the gold medal. Reutter was forced to watch the finals after starting slowly in the semis, never recovering and being eliminated in her bid for her first Olympic medal.
August 14, 1989
China has sentenced the peasant leader of a secret organization to death for counterrevolutionary activities, according to a provincial radio report reaching Beijing. The report said Li Lianting, of eastern Shandong province, enrolled 130 members into the organization, called the Great East Asia Buddhist Society, and "conducted reactionary propaganda . . . and slandered and abused party and state leaders."
January 8, 1989
Chinese authorities plan to reduce the number of visitors allowed into Beijing's landmark Forbidden City. A visit to the Forbidden City should be a special occasion, Culture Minister Wang Meng said. "The atmosphere is destroyed by hordes of pushy tourists wandering aimlessly around the giant complex as though it were a normal tourist attraction." Wang added that lack of protective measures had led to the destruction of old trees and damage to priceless artifacts.
February 16, 2006 |
For the balloon of hype that built up Apolo Anton Ohno before these Olympics, and for all the air that leaked out when he failed to qualify for the finals of his first event, there is this: Ohno still can win as many medals as he did four years ago. Ohno advanced to the semifinals of the 1,000 meters and led the U.S. team to the finals of the 5,000-meter relay in short-track speedskating Wednesday. "I'm really happy for me and for the team," he said. "That was big.