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February 24, 2013 | Associated Press
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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
October 6, 1990 | The Inquirer Staff
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...
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February 27, 2004 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
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.
NEWS
November 29, 2000 | By Alvin S. Hornstein
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 1987 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
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.
SPORTS
October 19, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
NEWS
February 21, 2007 | By Howard Shapiro INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
December 6, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
August 24, 2004 | By Angela Couloumbis INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 16, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Members of a Coatesville family seeking to learn how their son's heart disappeared after his death in Greece two years ago will have to find answers outside of a courtroom, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Stewart Dalzell tossed out the family's claims against Greece and an Athens hospital, saying they had not met the high burden required to sue a foreign government in U.S. courts. In a ruling Thursday, the judge did, however, clear the way for the parents of Marine Sgt. Brian LaLoup to pursue a claim of negligent infliction of emotional distress against the U.S. government, which the family says withheld information about his incomplete remains.
NEWS
January 22, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
COATESVILLE The mystery surrounding the missing heart of a Chester County Marine has already drawn two nations into a Philadelphia federal court battle. Now, it also threatens to play a part in the confirmation of President Obama's pick to lead the State Department's intelligence arm. Daniel Bennett Smith, poised to become the department's assistant secretary for intelligence and research, was recently questioned about his role in the autopsy of Brian LaLoup, a Marine sergeant from Coatesville whose heart disappeared after he killed himself while stationed in Athens, Greece, in 2012.
NEWS
April 12, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Back in 1994, Bill Mallonee and his Athens, Ga., band, Vigilantes of Love, attempted to introduce themselves to a national audience with their fourth album, and their first with major-label distribution. Its title, Welcome to Struggleville , was apt, even prophetic. For Mallonee is a cult artist who's never found a wide audience despite consistent critical acclaim. In 2006, he was ranked the world's 65th best living songwriter by Paste magazine - ahead of Michael Jackson, Merle Haggard, and Allen Toussaint, among others.
NEWS
April 7, 2013 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
The Philadelphia Artists Collective shows its collective courage once again. In choosing to give us a rare production of Shakespeare's Timon of Athens , it undertakes what few theater companies dare to do. It's a tough play, full of unlikable characters and difficult language; it hammers home the same idea over and over again, and this requires power and subtlety of delivery. So, I'm torn between admiration for the valiant attempt, and disappointment in the production. Written (probably)
BUSINESS
March 13, 2013 | Associated Press
ATHENS, Greece - Greece's cash-strapped government detailed Monday its plans to sell 28 state-owned buildings on long-term lease, including tax offices, ministry buildings, and the main police headquarters in Athens. A government privatization fund said it hoped to make 30 million euros - $39 million - annually from the lease agreements lasting 20 to 25 years. Included on the list of buildings for sale are the main properties used by the ministries of justice, education and culture, 12 tax offices, and the greater Athens police headquarters.
NEWS
February 24, 2013 | Associated Press
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.
SPORTS
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 on Wednesday because of positive doping tests. Lance Armstrong , meanwhile, can hold onto his bronze medal from the 2000 Sydney Games for a little while longer. The International Olympic Committee executive board disqualified four athletes whose 2004 Athens Games doping samples were retested earlier this year and came back positive for steroids, including shot put gold medalist Yuriy Bilonog of Ukraine.
SPORTS
December 6, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
October 14, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
LONDON - While some Europeans swelled with pride when the European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize, howls of derision erupted from the continent's large band of skeptics. To many in the 27-nation bloc, the EU is an unwieldy and unloved agglomeration overseen by a top-heavy bureaucracy devoted to creating arcane regulations about everything from cheese to fishing quotas. Set up with noble goals after the devastation of World War II, the EU now appears to critics to be impotent amid a debt crisis that has widened north-south divisions, threatened the euro currency and plunged several members, from Greece to Ireland to Spain, into economic turmoil.
BUSINESS
August 24, 2012 | Associated Press
ATHENS, Greece - Greece's premier embarked Wednesday on a diplomatic push to earn his nation more time to complete reforms and retain access to bailout loans, but a top European official said that any decision will depend on a report by international debt inspectors next month. Jean-Claude Juncker, who chairs meetings of eurozone finance ministers and is Luxembourg's prime minister, insisted that Greece must remain within the euro. Its exit from the currency used by 17 European Union countries would hurt both the country and the wider continent, he said.
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