Russia

5:50am

Wed January 29, 2014
The Edge

Too Far, Too Complicated: Why Some Families Will Sit Out Sochi

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 11:52 am

Security personnel sit in the back of a truck outside the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi. Security concerns are one reason why many U.S. fans and family are not going to this year's games.
David J. Phillip AP

On a frigid afternoon, Jack Burke is coaching young skiers in a field in Saranac Lake, N.Y. His son Tim β€” who shoots and skis as part of the U.S. biathlon team β€” got his start training here. Now, Tim is off to Sochi to compete, but Jack and his whole family are staying home, missing the games for the first time since Tim's first Olympics in 2006.

"The uncertainty certainly did weigh into it," says Jack. "The cost was substantial, and costs seemed to be changing weekly."

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1:10pm

Wed January 15, 2014
Agriculture

Global Bumper Wheat Crop Brings Lower Prices For Colorado Farmers

Countries like Russia, Australia and Canada are producing more wheat, leading to a global overabundance of the crop and subsequent lower prices.
Credit jayneadd / Flickr/Creative Commons

3:31pm

Mon January 13, 2014
The Salt

Borscht Make Your Heart Beet? They're Serving 70,000 Gallons In Sochi

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 6:57 am

There are dozens of varieties of borscht β€” but at its most basic, it's a beet soup with potatoes, tomatoes and often beef or pork.
Flickr/Liz West

Russia's Soviet days are well behind it, but if you're headed to Sochi for the Winter Olympics, your dining options will still run deep red β€” as in borscht.

Organizers in Sochi expect to serve 70,000 gallons of this Russian staple β€” a hearty soup whose color comes from beets β€” to spectators. Borscht has graced both the high table of the Kremlin and the lowly tables of peasants across the former Soviet Union.

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2:52pm

Tue December 31, 2013
World

In Russia, A Soviet-Era Movie To Ring In The New Year

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 5:19 pm

Zhenya drinks heavily with his friends at a Russian bathhouse in The Irony of Fate, a Soviet-era film that Russians still watch on New Year's Day.
Via Mosfilm

Every year on New Year's Eve, at least one TV channel in Russia will show The Irony of Fate, a three-hour movie that was made for TV in 1975.

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8:38am

Tue December 31, 2013
Agriculture

How An Animal Growth Promoter Is Affecting Overseas Trade

Tyler Karney is manager of Ordway Feedyard in eastern Colorado, where he raises 6,500 Holsteins for the four largest beef companies.
Credit Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media

So I got my serious #agnerd geek on this month in looking at the continuing story in the beef industry about using a controversial growth promoter to bulk up cattle.

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