- White House: Obamacare didn’t matter in Florida special election
- Last laugh: Marine vet fires off jokes from the grave with own obituary
- Gas blast destroys 2 N.Y. buildings; 6 people dead
- Suspected drunken driver kills 2 at South by Southwest festival, police say
- Student protester shot, killed amid Venezuela unrest
- ‘Between Two Ferns’ director rushes to Obama’s defense, blasts O’Reilly
- Marine springs into action, runs down and tackles alleged Boston purse snatcher
- Education Department botching loan-amnesty program: GAO review
- Snowden: NSA uses fake Facebook to hack into users’ computers
- Tearin’ up my tweet: ‘N Sync’s Lance Bass promotes wrong Obamacare website
SOCHI SCENE: The long-term plan
SOCHI, Russia (AP) - In broad terms, Sochi’s current moment in the global spotlight during the Winter Olympics will be brief. But Russia hopes its grand plan for its most southwestern city will endure.
It’s the next step beyond the opening ceremony themes Russia hopes to carry through the games - the self-portrayal of a country rich in history and ready to be world class. Sochi’s new facade was built from swampland amid all kinds of criticism - environmental, labor, political abuses to go along with graft - yet its developers see it as not only a city, but a destination.
Top-tier sporting events like Formula One racing, soccer and, of course, all sorts of winter sports. Regular cruise stops, a Disneyland-like theme park and all kinds of supporting infrastructure, including 12,000 nearby hotel rooms.
The optimist’s projections: doubling tourism to 6 million visitors per year and creating 600,000 jobs in the arenas, hotels and other supporting businesses, including construction.
The vision sounds like early plans for other resort destinations built from scratch on less-than-desirable land, like Macau and Las Vegas, with a classic build-and-they’ll-come philosophy.
“The legacy plan for Sochi infrastructure is solid and profound,” said Dmitry Chernyshenko, chief executive of the Sochi 2014 organizing committee. “There will be no white elephants.”
- Oskar Garcia- Twitter http://twitter.com/oskargarcia
Associated Press reporters will be filing dispatches about happenings in and around Sochi during the 2014 Winter Games. Follow AP journalists covering the Olympics on Twitter: http://apne.ws/1c3WMiu
By Emily Miller
Obama is losing the debate on gun ownership, concealed-carry permits
- Oil rig worker says he saw missing plane go down: report
- GOP bill tries to pull courts into fight with Obama on executive power, enforcing laws
- Kim Jong-un calls for execution of 33 Christians
- Bill Clinton poses for photo with Bunny Ranch prostitutes
- Military families would take a $5,000 hit in benefits with Obama budget
- Inside the Beltway: A new interest in Rahm Emanuel for 2016?
- John Kerry says any resumption of aid to Egypt would depend on reforms in Cairo
- NRA shirt gets N.Y. high school student suspended
- Brennan: Russia 'absolutely' could invade eastern Ukraine
- Dog left in car blasts horn for 15 minutes
Chaos as Manhattan building explodes
Pope Francis meets his 'mini-me'
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Winter storm hits states — again