FROM Jere Longman
The 2-Hour Marathon: Art or Science? Kenyan Dennis Kimetto holds the world record for running the fastest marathon. In 2014, he ran the Berlin marathon in 2 hours, 2 minutes and 57 seconds. The idea of doing it in less than two hours? Some people think it’s impossible or at least 10 years away. But not Yannis Pitsiladis. He’s a physiologist who works out of England, and he’s on a quest to find and prepare the person who can, through science, run a marathon under two hours by 2019.
In World Cup Contest, England Loses to Russia, US to Qatar In Zurich yesterday, Britain's presentation was made by soccer star David Beckham, Prime Minister David Cameron and Prince William. The US was represented by Bill Clinton and Morgan Freeman. But today, the US and Britain today got kicked in the knees by Russia and Qatar, for the world's largest sporting event for 2018 and 2022. The president of FIFA, world soccer's governing body, announced, " We go to new lands ." Jeré Longman is a sports reporter for the New York Times and author of The Girls of Summer : The US Women's Soccer Team and How It Changed the World.
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.”
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
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?
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."