FROM Eric Adelson
Rio highlights, lowlights and everything in between The 2016 Summer Olympics came to a close in Rio Sunday night. Seventeen days of athletic competition and plenty of non-sports-related drama . There were empty seats, security issues and scandals. We’ll round up the highlights, the lowlights and everything in between.
2016 Rio Summer Games open amid uncertainty, protests After nearly seven years of planning, the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games will be held Friday in Rio de Janeiro. An estimated three-billion people from around the world will be watching the ceremony, a show that’s been in production for five years and includes some 300 dancers, 5,000 volunteers and 12,000 costumes. The games themselves are setting a record this year with more than 11,000 athletes from more than 200 countries participating; and it’s a historic moment for South America’s first Olympic host city. But so far that’s been overshadowed by the political situation in Brazil, with impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff ongoing, and an overabundance of safety and security concerns unresolved leading up to the games. Will that put a damper on Friday’s opening ceremony? Link to Peter Millard's tweets from Rio Link to Eric Adelson's tweets from Rio, including protests
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.