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
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
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.”
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.