February 24, 2013 |
ATHENS, Greece - Torrential rainfall in Greece's capital Friday crippled traffic, inundated basements and streets, and was blamed for the death of a woman whose car was trapped in floodwater, authorities said. The overnight storm swept across greater Athens, flooding hundreds of homes, causing blackouts in parts of the city, and forcing authorities to close major roads and a central subway station in Athens. "We have many, many problems - it's hard to know where to begin describing it," Deputy Fire Chief Vassilis Papageorgiou said.
August 27, 2002
The Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Centre is actually in Schinias, about 4 kilometers from the site of the Tomb of Marathon, the epicenter of the historic battle (Commentary, Aug. 13). Both are in the municipality of Marathonas, an area of about 38 square miles, but they are at different sites. E.G. Vallianatos is correct to point out that Schinias is a rare wetland area that deserves protection. We strongly agree. In 1923, the area was drained, and the natural spring that fed the wetlands was rerouted to the sea. The Olympic facility is a means of reintroducing fresh water into the area by a carefully designed lake system fed by the original spring.
October 6, 1990 |
Although the 1996 Olympics will be in Atlanta, the marathon race may be run in Athens. International Olympic Committee chairman Juan Antonio Samaranch said Thursday that the group would consider Athens as the site of the marathon, and Robert Helmick, president of the U.S. Olympic Committee, said yesterday that the idea was first presented to the IOC by Andrew Young, then mayor of Atlanta, two years ago. Athens lost out to Atlanta last month...
February 27, 2004 |
While Greek organizers were seeking to assure the world that the Athens Games will be safe, anti-Olympics activists firebombed two government vehicles yesterday to coincide with a major meeting of International Olympic Committee officials. Two environment ministry trucks were set ablaze by cooking gas canisters soaked in gasoline, causing an estimated $37,000 in damages, fire officials said. A group calling itself "Phevos and Athena" - the names of the Olympic mascots - said in a call to an Athens newspaper the attack was tied to the meetings of the IOC and the Association of National Olympic Committees.
November 29, 2000 |
Now that another Olympics has come and gone, fortunately without any major disaster - except a controversy about doping, the protests of the Aborigines and the arrogance of a few American athletes - we can turn our thoughts to 2004 when the games return to their original locale, Athens. The International Olympic Committee's retiring (hurrah) president, Juan Antonio Samaranch, is threatening to move the games if the Greek committee doesn't get its act together. I believe we should take another look at how and where they're held.
April 17, 1987 |
Athens, Ga. Inside/Out is a lively snatch of local color from the college town that has been home to generations of folk artists and musicians - from the devout painter, the Rev. Howard Finster to that irreverent band the B- 52s. Though it lacks what might be called a coherent thesis, this rock-and-roll potpourri is an Intro to Pop Culture 101 that pulses to the beats of different local drummers. It focuses not so much on regional landmarks like the town's Greek revival architecture, but rather on places like Walter's Bar-B-Q, a pit stop of a motley style frequented by Athens' local heroes, R.E.M.
October 19, 2000 |
Less than 24 hours after declaring a fragile truce, Premier Costas Simitis fired a senior Athens 2004 official for trading insults with a government minister over control of major construction projects for the Olympics. Simitis fired Costas Liaskas, a 2004 executive director. Liaskas, an engineer and former public works minister, is president of the Technical Chamber of Commerce of Greece. In an effort to smother the crisis, Athens 2004 head Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki also demanded Liaskas' resignation after his public exchange of thinly veiled insults with Public Works Minister Costas Laliotis.
February 21, 2007 |
I met up quite by chance with Dionysus, the god of theater and wine, among other things. It was on a recent Sunday, after I'd just arrived in Athens on an unusually warm winter day. My jet lag probably led me to Dionysus. I decided, 16 hours after I'd left Philadelphia and finally touched down, to climb the Acropolis. I was too tired to focus on a map - travelers, you know the feeling - so I ended up scaling the wrong side. I climbed and climbed, up narrow streets leading to the revered ancient Athens hilltop, having started out in the almost-as-ancient Plaka neighborhood - Athens' version of Old City, only way older.
December 6, 2012 |
EIGHT YEARS after winning Olympic medals in Athens, four track and field athletes from eastern Europe were ordered to hand them back Wednesday because of positive doping tests, while Lance Armstrong can hold onto his bronze medal from the 2000 Sydney Games a little while longer. The International Olympic Committee executive board disqualified four athletes whose 2004 Athens doping samples were retested this year and came back positive for steroids, including shot put gold medalist Yuriy Bilonog , of Ukraine.
August 24, 2004 |
When the U.S. Olympic team entered the stadium at the Games' opening ceremonies here, there was polite applause. When the Iraqis emerged, there was foot-stomping and cheering, and a few standing ovations. When the U.S. basketball team played its first game, against Puerto Rico, on Aug. 15, there was little doubt whom the crowd wanted to win - and it wasn't the Dream Team. And when two top Greek runners were involved in a doping scandal, while Greeks did not excuse their behavior, some were sure that larger (i.e.