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Los Angeles Times Staff WriterMatt Reed was 1,500 meters into the last segment of the triathlon when he found himself gasping for oxygen. His legs were still pounding away at the pavement, his body pumped up after cruising through the swimming and cycling contests, but his lungs...
Tags: Environmental Issues, BBC, Marathon, Athletes, Health
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterAthletes coming to this summer's Olympics will feast in a cafeteria big enough to seat 5,000 and enjoy hot showers warmed by an ultramodern solar power system and, in this officially atheist nation, can worship in a new prayer center designed to...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterXINYANG, China — Zhang Huimin, 8, skips, walks and jogs along National Highway 107, an impish girl in an undersized red tracksuit. She has been going since 2 a.m. and it's close to noon, but she's keeping a steady pace, driven by a goal: to complete...
It was a sports year that often seemed blissfully out of touch with the times, with Beijing staging an opulent Olympics amid the backdrop of an earthquake that killed tens of thousands and the New York Yankees' spending hundreds of millions on free agents...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterBeijing In the shadow of the $440-million "bird's nest" Olympic stadium, migrant workers toil for a few dollars a day. A few miles away, bulldozers destroy a neighborhood where petitioners gather to seek justice from the government. Farther afield,...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterBoredoms' free Friday night concert at the La Brea Tar Pits was probably the second-most impressive percussion-centric event in the world that evening. But it's a testament to the wild ambitions of Boredoms' founder, Yamatsuka Eye, and the 88 drummers who...
Tags: Entertainment, Dancing, Gang Activity, Dance, Sports
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterKobe Bryant left Lakers headquarters today in a much better mood than a year ago, when he was obviously unhappy with the team's management. He didn't offer, at least in public, any calls for a change. Just a smile at a job (almost) completed. "I'm...
NBC is making more than 2,200 hours of live competition from Beijing available online, giving Olympic junkies more action than they could ever devour in a day. After barely tipping its toe in the digital world during past Olympics, the network will...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIf there was ever a subject and a genre tailor-made for China's film industry, it would seem to be " Kung Fu Panda." The panda is a national symbol, kung fu was developed here, China is all the rage globally, and animation is a state priority. Then along...
President Bush's announcement that he will attend the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics came in the wake of brutal crackdowns in Tibet and during a week when seven peacekeepers were murdered in the Darfur region of Sudan, where China continues to...
JEFFREY N. WASSERSTROM, a professor of history at UC Irvine, is the author of "China's Brave New World -- And Other Tales for Global Times," published this month.HISTORY HAS been trotted out recently by both domestic defenders and international critics of Chinese Communist Party rule. But while both groups have stressed the value of looking back roughly 70 years, they have drawn sharply different conclusions...
Times Staff WriterOmaha — THE janjaweed militia charged into Hayffa Ahmed's village in Darfur on horseback — rifles raised, swords glinting, kicking up clouds of dust. First they killed her grandfather, the village chief. Janjaweed warriors, said to be...
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