During the Olympics, China showed the world that it can throw a heck of a coming out party. But traveling here afterward, one sees the many complexities and challenges facing this vast and ancient land.
Dave Zirin: She is our Jordan. She is our Jim Brown. She is our Babe Ruth, calling his shots. She is no longer content to dodge bullets, but understands how to stop them. Serena is that rare athlete who has not only mastered her sport. She’s harnessed it.
Steve Hochstadt: In response to social criticism, aggressors and their defenders have developed their theory of “political correctness”, using the classic strategy of changing the subject.
Joe Mathews: The agricultural superstar’s high crime and poor health are dark indicators of what the Golden State could become.