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  • Amazon jaguar shot dead after Olympic torch ceremony

    06/21/2016 3:37:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    reuters ^ | 06/21/2016
    A jaguar featured at an Olympic torch ceremony was shot dead by a soldier shortly after the event in the Brazilian Amazon city of Manaus as the animal escaped from its handlers, an army statement said. The jaguar was killed on Monday at a zoo attached to a military training center when a soldier fired a single pistol shot after the animal, despite being tranquilized, approached the soldier, the army said. “We made a mistake in permitting the Olympic torch, a symbol of peace and unity, to be exhibited alongside a chained wild animal. This image goes against our beliefs...
  • Amy Van Dyken-Rouen said she was 'embarrassed' by TSA agent at Denver International Airport

    05/02/2016 7:00:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 98 replies
    7NEWS & The Denver Channel ^ | May 2, 2016 | Mark Boyle
    Colorado's six-time Olympic gold medal winning swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen says agents with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) humiliated her. She took to social media Sunday to detail her experience getting through security at Denver International Airport. She said agents made her go through a full body search even though she has Pre check. "They go around your breasts, they basically go under your butt and the just grab things, not grab, they touch things that are not appropriate and it's really embarrassing," said Van Dyken-Rouen. Van Dyken-Rouen said as much as she and husband Tom travel all over the...
  • Dead fish wash up on shores of Rio bay near Olympic venue

    01/13/2016 4:41:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo News ^ | 1/13/16 | Andrew Downie
    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Thousands of dead fish washed up on the shores of Rio's Guanabara Bay on Wednesday, not far from where events are being held at this year's Olympic Games, environmental officials said. The incident was the latest involving water quality in the bay, where sailing, open water swimming, and triathlon races are due to take place at the Games in August. "Officials found rubbish in the water and on the beach as well as a considerable number of dead fish all from the same species of sardine," the government's State Environmental Institute said in a statement....
  • Carr: Boston 2024 boondoggle united opponents (Olympic bid)

    07/28/2015 3:38:39 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 9 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | July 28, 2015 | By Howie Carr
    Finally, at long last, someone has gone broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public. And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch — Boston 2024. There is a God. The lesson here is from Abraham Lincoln: You can’t fool all of the people all of the time — even in Massachusetts. It’s a great victory for the people, but it could easily have gone the other way. What if Marsha Coakley had been elected governor? The state would already be on the hook for $5 billion in cost overruns. Like most flim-flams, the Boston Olympics collapsed abruptly. Perplexing,...
  • Vanity: Dear CNBC, you suck and CURLING just pawned you!!!

    02/19/2014 5:13:15 PM PST · by Kolath · 6 replies
    Kolath | 02/19/2014 | Kolath
    FaceBook (USA Curling) ‪#‎curling‬ on CNBC between 3-8 p.m. on Tuesday had 2.6 million viewers. Highest ratings ever for a show on CNBC. ‪#‎rockinit‬ Go suck it CNBC!!! And while you're at it tell your homies at MSNBC they suck too. They can "lean forward" over the rock and do a face plant (ala Russian Team Captain)
  • How Norway Scores So Much Olympic Gold

    02/19/2014 10:29:51 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 23 replies
    Wall Street journal ^ | feb 8th, 2014 | Wall Street journal
    In addition to physical work on the farm in the afternoons, weekends and holidays, he was regularly charged with what his father refers to as "incredibly boring stuff," like picking stones from a field, just to improve his psyche. Every time he hurt himself, his father would tease him until he stopped crying. Eventually, he came to believe pain is cool. "My father taught me at an early age to tackle pain—I think that's my strength. I can go for hours in pain without giving up," he said.
  • Olmpic medals per capita

    02/16/2014 3:35:36 PM PST · by ReaganÜberAlles · 26 replies
    Medals Per Capita ^ | Craig Nevill-Manning
    All time & each Olympics As you scan the Olympic medal tally, one thing stands out: larger countries tend to win more medals. An obvious exception, especially in 2008, is Australia, who won the fifth largest number of medals with a population of 23 million, 52nd largest of Olympic countries. The obvious next question is: who leads the world in medals per capita? This site, which is updated daily during the Olympics, provides the answer.
  • Olympic bathroom stall with two toilets raises eyebrows

    01/24/2014 7:42:53 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 50 replies
    upi ^ | Jan. 23, 2014
    SOCHI, Russia, A photo of two toilets side by side in a Sochi Olympics bathroom stall is causing a stir, with an opposition leader calling it an example of mismanaged funds. The photo of two toilets in a men's bathroom stall at the Olympic Biathlon Center, which went viral after being posted to Twitter by a BBC correspondent, led social media users to joke about officials spending too much money on toilets and not enough on stall partitions, the Moscow Times reported Thursday. The photo of the toilets indicates the possibility of an even more awkward situation, as the stall's...
  • US, Russian forces hunt jihadist widow feared inside Olympic zone

    01/20/2014 11:06:00 AM PST · by twister881 · 11 replies ^ | January 20, 2014 | Jana Winter
    U.S. counterterrorism operatives are helping Russian security agents in the hunt for a "white widow" -- the wife of a dead terrorist -- who could already be inside the massive security zone set up for next month's winter Olympics. Ruzanna Ibragimova, the 22-year-old widow of a jihadist killed during the Moscow theater attack, is believed to have traveled from Dagestan to Sochi...
  • Japan condemns Fukushima cartoon (Olympics of mutants)

    09/14/2013 4:39:28 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Express ^ | Thu, September 12, 2013
    Japan condemns Fukushima cartoon Japan has formally protested over a French newspaper cartoon depicting sumo wrestlers with extra limbs fighting in front of the country's crippled nuclear power plant and linking it to Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics. Published: Thu, September 12, 2013 Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the cartoon insulted those affected by the March 2011 disaster and misrepresented conditions at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. A Foreign Ministry official said Japan has submitted an official complaint to the weekly paper Le Canard Enchaine's chief editor Louis Marie Horeau through its embassy in Paris....
  • I'm Ashamed to Wear U.S. Flag Says Black Olympic Boxer

    07/17/2013 6:29:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 60 replies
    tmz ^ | 7/17/13 | Staff
    U.S. Olympic boxer Terrell Gausha is so disgusted over the George Zimmerman verdict ... he's vowing to never sport the red, white and blue again. Gausha -- who boxed in the 2012 London Summer Games -- started wearing the American flag on his boxing trunks after his Olympic run ... but tells TMZ he's done with that now in the wake of Zimmerman's acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin.
  • Lexxtex - 276 - The Titanic "The Untold Story of its Mysterious Sinking"

    08/17/2012 11:21:44 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 17, 2012 | Uploaded by lexxtex
    Click link to watch. Time: 1:01:25
  • Women's Soccer Team T-shirt Slogan vs. Our Nations Flag

    08/10/2012 3:31:23 PM PDT · by pansgold · 29 replies
    XIII / X / MMXII | pansgold
    I write this because of something I just saw on Fox News as they showed a clip from NBC’s coverage of the Olympics. The video clip started out saying some Americans were complaining about our athletes celebrating their gold medal wins and the Nike T-shirt they wore bearing the phrase “GREATNESS HAS BEEN FOUND”. What I found difficult to watch was watching two of the women’s soccer team bend down and pick up two American Flags that laid on the ground and wrapped themselves in them. It was not the action I felt uncomfortable with, it was the disrespect shown...
  • North Korea's Key to Olympic Medals: Refrigerators For Winners, Labor Camps for Losers

    08/02/2012 12:31:17 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | 8/2/12 | JOOHEE CHO
    North Korea's Olympic athletes are thrilling their countrymen with surprising success in winning medals and they are attributing their success to their Dear Leader Kim Jong Un. But others, including former North Korean athletes who have defected, suggest the success of the country's small contingent of athletes at the games may be the result of a policy of training them from a very young age at specialized schools, backed up by rewards like cars and refrigerators for winners and the threat of labor camps for losers. North Korea ranks 14th in the overall medal count, but fifth in terms of...
  • This Is How Olympic Divers Really Look While Diving

    07/31/2012 9:22:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    The FW ^ | 7/31/12 | Nick Romano
    One of the highlights of the 2012 Olympics will undoubtedly be diving. There’s been some stiff competition this year, especially in the preliminary rounds, and all the athletes have been killing themselves trying to look as graceful as possible while tumbling through the air. How do we know? There’s something on each diver’s face that just reads, “This stunt is kind of difficult to do.” These competitors may look like elegant swans from a distance, but when the camera gets right up close for those slow-motion instant replays, not one of them is capable of hiding the pain in their...
  • Palestinian Delegation Thanks Olympic Committee for Denying Moment of Silence to Honor Murdered

    07/26/2012 11:08:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7/26/12 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    The head of the Palestinian Olympic delegation has thanked the International Olympic Committee for denying, again, requests to hold a moment of silence to honor the 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Munich Olympics. In a letter sent Tuesday to IOC President Jacques Rogge, Jibril Rajoub said any show of solidarity with the victims would constitute “racism.” The Palestinian terror group Black September was responsible for the slayings. “Sports are a bridge for love, communication and the spreading of peace between nations and should not be used for divisiveness and the spread of racism,” Rajoub wrote, according to the...
  • U.S. Olympic Uniforms: Made in China by Democratic Donor’s company

    07/13/2012 1:08:13 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 13, 2012 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Lawmakers were livid to discover that the United States’ Olympic team uniforms were made in China. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) even suggested “they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again.” The company who designed the uniforms, Ralph Lauren, has received less scrutiny. Few outlets have noted that Ralph Lauren himself is a prominent contributor to President Obama and the Democratic Party. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Lauren has given $7,300 to Obama since 2008, and more than $35,000 to the Democratic National Committee.
  • Criticism of Photographer Behind U.S. Olympic Team Portraits

    07/03/2012 3:52:42 PM PDT · by Loud Mime · 56 replies
    Digital Photographer ^ | 7/2/2012 | Allison Gibson
    Photographer Joe Klamar has become the target of much scrutiny—and in some cases, ire—ever since the series of portraits he shot of U.S. Olympic team athletes was published by CBS News. The criticism is that the photographs fall short: they’re underwhelming both visually and from a technical point of view, especially when you consider that the occasion they represent (the Olympic Games!) has likely been a lifelong dream for these athletes. Not that you can tell from these awkwardly lit and posed shots. Also, note the torn seamless paper.
  • Australian Olympic swimmers in hot water after gun photo

    06/08/2012 11:54:00 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/8/12 | Molly Gray
    (CNN) -- Two Australian Olympic swimmers who posted pictures on Facebook of themselves brandishing weapons have been ordered to take them down by the country's swimming authorities. The image, taken in a gun shop in Santa Clara, California, showed Nick D'Arcy with two pistols standing next to Kenrick Monk who is holding two shotguns across his chest, according to a Friday report in Australia's Herald Sun. The swimmers were training in the U.S. ahead of the Olympic Games in London later this year. Swimming Australia said in a statement that it does not condone "the posting of inappropriate content on...
  • Five Titanic myths spread by films

    04/04/2012 9:29:37 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5th April 2012 | Rosie Styles
    'It is the tragic story that everybody knows the end to - the doomed Titanic sinks. Its final hours have become the stuff of myth - but how much have the various film versions of the story helped to create and reinforce these legends?'
  • American Hiker Killed in Rare Attack by Mountain Goat

    10/17/2010 6:14:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Times of India ^ | 10/18/2010
    A man was gored and killed in a rare attack by a mountain goat while hiking at national park popular with outdoor enthusiasts in the western US state of Washington, media reported on Sunday. Robert Boardman, 63, was hiking with his wife and a friend in Olympic National Park on Saturday when he was attacked by the male goat, which witnesses said had been behaving aggressively, according to an article in the Peninsula Daily newspaper. Boardman, an experienced hiker, was gored in the thigh while trying to shoo the ram away, according to the daily. The newspaper said that a...
  • Black Power activist to sell Olympic gold medal

    10/15/2010 7:32:40 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 20 replies · 3+ views
    msnbc ^ | 14 Oct | msnbc/ap/reuters
    Tommie Smith is selling the gold medal he won at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, where his Black Power salute on the podium shocked the sports world. The former San Jose State runner has put his gold medal for the 200 meters and red-and-white Puma spikes up for auction at New York-based M.I.T. Memorabilia. The bidding starts at $250,000, and the sale is scheduled to close Nov. 4. M.I.T.'s Gary Zimet said Smith is selling the medal for the money but also because he wants to share it with the public. ..Smith, now 66 and living in Georgia declined...
  • Vancouver taxpayers on hook for $1-billion as most Olympic Village units unsold !

    09/08/2010 7:43:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    The Province ^ | 09/08/2010 | Damian Inwood and Kent Spencer
    Sixty-six per cent of Vancouver’s pricey Olympic Village condos remain unsold — a total of 483 units at the massive False Creek development that served as athletes’ housing during the two-week 2010 Games. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, whose city remains on the hook for more than $1.03 billion of the cost of the project, predicts it will take a “full two-year term” to sell the remaining units. “There is some concern we’re going into another [economic] dip,” Robertson said last week. “[But] I have full confidence in the developer and the marketing taking place. “I hope the market kicks in...
  • Operation Downfall : Olympic and Coronet The Invasion of Japan

    08/06/2010 7:42:11 AM PDT · by tlb · 19 replies · 1+ views
    World War II in the Pacific ^ | Jan 23, 2009 | staff
    OPERATION DOWNFALL, to be complete within one year of the end of the war in Europe, had two major components. * Olympic . November 1, 1945. Invasion of Southern Kyushu to provide a large base for naval and air forces within range of Tokyo. * Coronet . March 1, 1946. Invasion of Central Honshu and Tokyo. OLYMPIC Olympic entailed landing three corps on southern Kyushu, the most southern of the four Japanese home islands. The center portion of Kyushu is almost impassible mountains which would be difficult to transit and was to be used to isolate southern Kyushu from counterattack...
  • Canadian men and women win Olympic hockey gold over the USA, does God love Canada more?

    02/28/2010 3:08:53 PM PST · by RGirard · 82 replies · 1,403+ views ^ | Feb. 28, 2010 | Réne Girard
    The Canadian women's hockey team beat the USA women's hockey by a score of 2-0, and now the Canadian men's hockey team beat the USA men's hockey team 3-2 in overtime. Does God love Canada more? The winning team gets to have their flag raised and their national anthem played for all the world to watch and hear. Both have songs which glorify God (see related articles) but does one team or country glorify God more than other? Does one have his blessing and another his curse? ...
  • Leprosy diagnosed oon Olympic security cruise ship

    02/20/2010 3:25:12 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 17 replies · 827+ views
    Vancouver Sun ^ | February 19, 2010 | Neal Hall
    VANCOUVER -- Health officials confirmed Friday a crew member has a case of leprosy aboard a cruise ship anchored in the city's harbour that houses police and Canadian Forces personnel providing security for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease, is curable and is not considered highly contagious, said provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall. He said the young crew member worked in the engine room and did not have contact with police or military. The crew member, who is not a Canadian citizen, was diagnosed Thursday and has received treatment, he said. "I think he's gone...
  • Men's Olympic lugers will start lower on track

    02/13/2010 10:19:38 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 1,079+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/13/10 | Tom Withers - ap
    WHISTLER, British Columbia – International luge officials are moving the start of the men's Olympic luge competition farther down the track. It was a decision made with the "emotional component" of athletes in mind following the death of a Georgian competitor. ... The move means speeds will be a bit lower at the Whistler Sliding Track. It likely also means the course will be a bit easier to navigate.
  • Despite luge death, Olympic ceremonies open

    02/12/2010 7:02:17 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 50 replies · 1,321+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/12/10 | David Crary - ap
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia – In time-honored tradition, the show went on. Despite the training-run death earlier in the day of a luger from the country of Georgia, the Olympics' opening ceremonies were launched Friday night with a jubilant countdown by the crowd filling BC Place Stadium. The festive mood, and the opening rain of confetti, contrasted sharply with the grief that befell the games earlier in the day when luger Nodar Kumaritashvili of the republic of Georgia died in a horrific crash on the sliding track at Whistler. "This is a very sad day," said a visibly shaken Jacques Rogge,...
  • First Olympic delay: Women’s super-combined (“The snow is too heavy,”)

    02/12/2010 2:24:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 700+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/12/10 | Graham Dunbar - ap
    WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP)—Snow conditions forced the first delay at the Vancouver Olympics, postponing the women’s super-combined Alpine race. The women had been scheduled to race Sunday, and a new date has not been set yet. A heavy overnight rain made the course soft and unsafe. “The snow is too heavy,” women’s race director Atle Skaardal said Friday. The status of the men’s downhill race, which is scheduled for Saturday, also is in jeopardy.
  • Matt Gurney: Glenn Beck Wins Gold in the Newest Olympic Event - Annoying Obama

    10/03/2009 2:42:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies · 2,929+ views
    National Post ^ | October 02, 2009, | Matt Gurney
    Chicago loses in first round of voting. 101st Airborne Division due in Copenhagen shortly. Beck, an increasingly contentious figure, got under the Administration's skin via typically goofy segment (Link goes directly to video) on Obama's plan to travel to Copenhagen to lobby on behalf of the city of Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympic Games. While the White House bloggers do effectively rebut several of the points raised during the segment on Beck's show, you have to ask yourself when the White House decided to duke it out with television pundits. Guy Benson, blogging for the National Review, is wondering...
  • Obama’s Olympic failure will only add to doubts about his presidency

    10/03/2009 2:20:16 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies · 2,059+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 10/03/09 | Tim Reid
    Obama’s Olympic failure will only add to doubts about his presidency Tim Reid in Washington There has been a growing narrative taking hold about Barack Obama’s presidency in recent weeks: that he is loved by many, but feared by none; that he is full of lofty vision, but is actually achieving nothing with his grandiloquence. Chicago’s dismal showing yesterday, after Mr Obama’s personal, impassioned last-minute pitch, is a stunning humiliation for this President. It cannot be emphasised enough how this will feed the perception that on the world stage he looks good — but carries no heft. It was only...
  • Rahm Emanuel: Olympic critics get seats Email Print Link

    10/02/2009 4:05:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies · 2,058+ views
    Swamp Politics ^ | 10/2/09 | Mark Silva
    Republicans have been ready with criticism for President Barack Obama's overnight journey to Copenhagen, where the president today pressed Chicago's case for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games -- playing booster, as the Republican National Committee put it this morning, for Obama's "Chicago Fat Cat Friends.'' RNC Chairman Michael Steele, Sen. Kit Bond of Missouri and then House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio all have questioned the president's priorities.
  • 'We played a great game': Obama on Olympic loss

    10/02/2009 2:32:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 103 replies · 3,835+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 10/2/09 | Stephen Collinson
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama was left with the rare taste of failure when votes were counted on Friday, after his hometown Chicago's hopes of hosting the 2016 Olympics died in Denmark. Chicago's rejection by the International Olympic Committee in Copenhagen, dealt a personal blow to Obama, who had put his glowing global prestige on the line, as a favor to the city where he nurtured his own American dream. Obama, who polls show is hugely popular outside the United States, was seen as the trump card in Chicago's pack on decision day at the IOC meeting. But...
  • Stunned at Daley Plaza as Chicago loses the Olympic bid [YouTube]

    10/02/2009 1:05:05 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 49 replies · 3,626+ views
    YouTube ^ | October 02, 2009 | redeyechicago
    RedEye social media intern Ernest Wilkins was on the scene.
  • Michelle Obama: Copenhagen Olympic politics just like Iowa caucuses

    10/01/2009 10:44:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies · 3,533+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | 10/01/09 | staff
    In 2008, voters in the Iowa Caucus -- famous for their quirky picks -- gave a little-known Democrat named Barack Obama his first victory, propelling him toward the White House. Now, First Lady Michelle Obama is in Copenhagen, stumping for Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. And last night, at a pep-rally dinner for 300 supporters of Chicago's bid, she likened the race in Denmark to that contest way back when in Iowa. "As my husband would say, we are fired up and ready to go in here," she said, echoing the slogan that generated so much excitement...
  • Obama to Copenhagen for Chicago 2016 Olympic bid

    09/28/2009 12:47:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 1,239+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 9/28/09 | Stephen Collinson
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama will make a whirlwind trip to Copenhagen this week to leverage his global popularity in a last-minute pitch for his hometown Chicago's 2016 Olympic bid. The White House said Obama would arrive in Denmark Friday, hours before the International Olympic Committee (IOC) votes on the destiny of the Summer Games after a final battle between Chicago, Madrid, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro. The trip represents a change of heart: the president had previously said the pressure of his under-fire health care reform drive would keep him at home, and nominated his wife, First...
  • Baseball will try to grow globally after IOC setback

    08/14/2009 4:58:43 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 786+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08/13/09
    Baseball will try to grow globally after IOC setback Thu Aug 13, 3:23 pm ET NEW YORK (Reuters) – Major League Baseball (MLB) will continue its push to grow the game internationally despite losing out on Thursday in a bid for the sport to be included at the 2016 Olympics. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said baseball's next chance to become part of the Games would be in 2020. "Baseball has enjoyed great international growth in recent years and today's decision by the IOC will not deter us from continuing our efforts to grow the game globally," MLB said in...
  • Former Pistons coach Chuck Daly dies ( led Detroit to 2 NBA rings and the original Dream Team)

    05/09/2009 9:16:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies · 1,363+ views
    UPI ^ | 5/9/2009
    JUPITER, Fla., May 9 (UPI) -- Chuck Daly, who coached the Detroit Pistons to back-to-back NBA titles, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer at the age of 78. Daly, who was diagnosed with cancer in March, died in Jupiter, Fla., surrounded by his family. Known as the ultimate players coach, Daly led the Pistons to NBA titles in 1989 and 1990 and coached the original Dream Team to the Olympic gold medal in 1992. Daly affectionately earned the nickname "Daddy Rich" for his perfectly fitting dapper suits, The Detroit Free Press reported Saturday. "Tailoring covers your sins," Daly once said. Daly,...
  • China: Beijing's Olympic building boom becomes a bust (vacant office space: 100mln sq. ft)

    02/23/2009 12:33:25 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies · 2,230+ views
    LA Times ^ | 02/22/09 | Barbara Demick
    Beijing's Olympic building boom becomes a bust Many buildings in the city's impressive skyline are empty. By Barbara Demick February 22, 2009 Reporting from Beijing — "Empty," says Jack Rodman, an expert in distressed real estate, as he points from the window of his 40th-floor office toward a silver-skinned prism rising out of the Beijing skyline. "Beautiful building, but not a single tenant. "Completely empty. "Empty." /snip Beijing went through a building boom before the 2008 Summer Olympics that filled a staid communist capital with angular architectural feats that grace the covers of glossy design magazines. /snip By Rodman's calculations,...
  • 14-times Olympic gold medal winner Michael Phelps caught with cannabis pipe

    02/01/2009 3:43:51 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 162 replies · 7,514+ views
    News of the World ^ | Feb 2, 2009 | Georgina Dickinson
    THIS is the astonishing picture which could destroy the career of the greatest competitor in Olympic history. In our exclusive photo Michael Phelps, who won a record EIGHT gold medals for swimming at the Beijing games last summer, draws from a bong. The glass pipes are generally used to smoke cannabis. And after sporting chiefs announced laws which mean four-year bans for drug-taking, Phelps’ dreams of adding to his overall 14 gold medal tally at the 2012 games in London could already be OVER.
  • US disrupts Olympic party with human rights attack on China

    08/24/2008 5:05:54 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 39 replies · 2,051+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 08/24/08 | Peter Foster
    US disrupts Olympic party with human rights attack on China America has openly attacked China for failing to live up to its Olympic promise to improve human rights after eight US citizens were arrested and imprisoned without trial for their part in a pro-Tibet demonstration. By Peter Foster in Beijing Last Updated: 12:20PM BST 24 Aug 2008 The Foreign and Commonwealth Office called on China to 'respect its commitment to freedom of expression' Photo: AFP In an unusually candid statement issued on the eve of the Olympic closing ceremony the US Embassy in Beijing expressed mounting frustration with China's refusal...
  • DIVING: Poor finish sinks Wilkinson

    08/24/2008 12:53:16 AM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 6 replies · 986+ views
    The Houston Chronicle Online ^ | 8/21/08 | David Barron
    Laura Wilkinson has, among other things, an Olympic gold medal, a big ball of tape and a plan. The gold medal, won eight years ago in Sydney, represents the competitive apex of her 15 years in diving, which came to a close Thursday night (Thursday morning CDT) with her ninth-place finish in the women’s 10-meter platform final. The tape ball represents the physical stresses of hurling her body off a three-story tower day after day, month after month, embodied by the miles of athletic tape Wilkinson, 30, has required over the last year to wrap her wrist and, during Thursday’s...
  • South Korea surprises defending champion Cuba for baseball gold

    08/23/2008 6:56:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 1,042+ views
    South Korea surprises defending champion Cuba for baseball gold South Korea finished Olympics with 9-0 record Cuba's only two losses in '08 Games came to S. Korea Bases loaded double play in ninth inning sealed win BEIJING (AP) -- Campeones no more. There's a new champion in Olympic baseball: the surprising, gutsy South Koreans. South Korea captured gold and capped a perfect and improbable Olympic run with the country's biggest win yet in international baseball, a 3-2 victory over defending champion Cuba on Saturday night in the final of the Beijing Games.
  • For Gansu’s Uighurs, Beijing’s Olympics are a world away

    08/23/2008 2:45:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 776+ views
    DPA via Taipei Times ^ | 08/22/08 | Anna Bodner
    For Gansu’s Uighurs, Beijing’s Olympics are a world away By Anna Bodner DPA, LANZHOU, CHINA Friday, Aug 22, 2008, Page 9 Olympic fever that has swept most of China seems to have limited influence in Lanzhou, considered the geometrical center of China. For many, the 3 million inhabitant city capital of Gansu Province is still a frontier town, and while the Games’ influence is hard to miss in the city center with flags on mass display in shops and cars, hardly a trace of the Olympics can be found in the city’s Muslim quarters, where minarets tower over the roofs....
  • China: The Crackdown to Come (be very afraid)

    08/23/2008 2:40:02 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies · 1,345+ views
    WSJ ^ | 08/22/08 | WILLY LAM
    The Crackdown to Come By WILLY LAM FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ASIA August 22, 2008 Not only have the Olympics failed to act as a catalyst for political liberalization in China, but the regime's pre-Olympics security buildup looks set to enable the government to crack down as hard as ever on dissent after the Games are over. In line with the time-honored Chinese tradition of "taking revenge after the autumn harvest," police and military authorities are planning major reprisals against a host of troublemakers. Punitive action has begun even before the athletes and the estimated 400,000 foreign tourists leave...
  • China: Grannies vow to fight on after punishment for Olympic protests

    08/22/2008 9:55:36 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 817+ views
    AFP ^ | 08/22/08
    Grannies vow to fight on after punishment for Olympic protests Fri Aug 22, 11:14 AM BEIJING (AFP) - Two Beijing grandmothers remained defiant and in good spirits Friday despite being sentenced to one year of reeducation through labour for applying to protest during the Olympics. In an interview with AFP, neighbours Wu Dianyuan, 79, and Wang Xiuying, 77, said they had not received compensation after their homes were demolished by the city government seven years ago and were simply fighting for their rights. "We have done nothing wrong," said Wang. "They won't let me protest, then they sentence me to...
  • OLYMPIC HEARTBREAK : U.S. Men and Women Relay Team Drop the Baton ( Both teams eliminated )

    08/21/2008 7:12:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies · 2,491+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 21, 2008 | Lisa Dilman
    BEIJING -- Torri Edwards' screeching expression said it all on a night of rain-soaked relay calamity on the Olympic track Thursday. Think about the famous Edvard Munch painting, "The Scream," and you get general idea of back-to-back disasters unfolding for the U.S. relay teams within about 30 minutes. There was disqualification for the men in the preliminaries of the 400-meter relay, followed by the same for the women, a huge dose of Olympic-size ignominy. This wasn't a whisper to a scream. It was a scream to a scream at the Bird's Nest. And, on top of it all, the botched...
  • Korea: Don't laugh at Dear Leader, SKorean athletes warned

    08/21/2008 6:09:44 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies · 1,195+ views
    AFP ^ | 08/20/08
    Don't laugh at Dear Leader, SKorean athletes warned Wed Aug 20, 4:14 AM ET South Korean Olympic athletes have been given detailed guidelines to avoid friction with their North Korean counterparts in Beijing, officials said Wednesday. Contestants should not point or laugh at badges or portraits depicting North Korea's "Dear Leader" Kim Jong-Il or his late father Kim Il-Sung, the (South) Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) says in a handbook. "Refrain from pointing, touching or laughing at badges, portraits and remarks idolising the father and son," the booklet advises. Athletes should also avoid using names like "South Korea" and "North Korea"...
  • Too Old and Frail to Re-educate? Not in China

    08/21/2008 5:51:07 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 1,037+ views
    NYT ^ | 08/21/08 | ANDREW JACOBS
    Too Old and Frail to Re-educate? Not in China By ANDREW JACOBS BEIJING — In the annals of people who have struggled against Communist Party rule, Wu Dianyuan and Wang Xiuying are unlikely to merit even a footnote. The two women, both in their late 70s, have never spoken out against China’s authoritarian government. Both walk with the help of a cane, and Ms. Wang is blind in one eye. Their grievance, receiving insufficient compensation when their homes were seized for redevelopment, is perhaps the most common complaint among Chinese displaced during the country’s long streak of fast economic growth....
  • Hacker uncovers 'proof' that Chinese gymnast is underage

    08/21/2008 7:26:27 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 41 replies · 2,384+ views
    Times of London ^ | 08/21/08 | Jane Macartney
    Hacker uncovers 'proof' that Chinese gymnast is underage Jane Macartney in Beijing A determined computer expert has delved into cached pages on the Internet to unearth Chinese official documents showing a gymnast who took gold, edging Britain’s Beth Tweddle into fourth place, may indeed be underage. Controversy over whether He Kexin, gold medallist in the uneven bars, is under the minimum age of 16 has surrounded her participation in the Beijing Olympics. The latest challenge over the age of the tiny Olympian comes from the discovery through a cyberspace maze of Chinese official documents listing her date of birth. She...