The 2014 Winter Games got off to a shaky start on Friday when one of the five Olympic rings failed to open at the start of the opening ceremony, meaning the symbol could not be illuminated with fireworks as planned.
You wouldn’t know it by the character he played on HBO’s ‘The Sopranos’, Uncle Junior Soprano — who was prone to profanity, ire and general contempt for those around him – but actor Dominic Chianese has a passion for bringing music and art to the elderly.
One day before the first events of the Sochi Winter Olympics begin, LGBT rights activists and allies worldwide have been staging demonstrations against the Russian government’s controversial “gay propaganda” law. The protests focused on showing solidarity with Russia’s LGBT community, calling for Olympic sponsors to speak out against Russia’s laws and calling for the International Olympic Committee to better uphold its nondiscrimination principle.
Preliminary events in figure skating, snowboarding and skiing will be held Thursday, with the 2014 Olympics’ opening ceremonies on Friday.
Feb. 5 Daily Brief: Sapporo Snow Festival, high seas in Europe, olympians gear up for Sochi, Kiev protests continue
Sapporo Snow Festival, high seas in Europe, olympians gear up for Sochi, Kiev protests continue and more in today’s daily brief.
Feb. 4 Daily Brief: New Microsoft CEO, Scotland legalizes same-sex marriage, festivals all over the world
Microsoft names Satya Nadella as its new CEO, Scotland legalizes same-sex marriage, Sri Lanka celebrates its independence and more in today’s daily brief.
Russian torchbearers started in October the history’s longest Olympic torch relay ahead of Winter Games in Sochi. The relay took the flame across the country through all 83 of its regions, including extreme locales such as Chukotka, the remote region in Russia’s Far East, the turbulent North Caucasus, and even Russia’s European exclave Kaliningrad.
A local pest control company has been ordered to exterminate thousands of stray dogs ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Alexei Sorokin, director general of pest control firm Basya Services told USA Today thousands of stray dogs are roaming the streets of Sochi, some of them “biting children” and causing interruptions.
From Howard County to Baltimore County to Harford County, photographers for the Baltimore Sun’s community papers cover many high school sporting events each week. Here is a roundup of some of the best sports action shots from the week of Saturday, Jan. 25 through Friday, Jan. 31.