December 20, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Sure, Anthony Cools is a hypnotist, but this slick pompadour-sporting showman won't help you quit smoking. He drives a Lamborghini and dresses in form-fitting suits with a bow tie, skull ring and pointy-toed, black-and-white Giorgio Brutini wingtips. Under his calculated spell, in fact, you might even start chain-smoking, or engage in other nefarious activities you wouldn't be caught dead doing in your right mind. Maybe you'll move your bra outside your blouse, dirty-flirt with a stranger, or act in a porno casting call - with a chair.
December 19, 2013 |
You may have heard or read or woke up suddenly thinking that we are living in a New Golden Age of Television. Some call it the platinum age, which sounds a little too Rodeo Drive to me. But let them have their fun. Most of this new golden/platinum age talk centers on drama, and mostly cable drama, which connotes seriousness and ambition (and sex and death); we are still living in the age of "The Sopranos. " When, on Dec. 10, the American Film Institute named its Top 10 shows of 2013, only one sitcom - HBO's political farce "Veep" - was among them.
December 19, 2013 |
Theatre Communications Group, the national organization that promotes nonprofit theater, has named Diane Rodriguez to the position of board chair. Rodriguez currently works as an associate producer and director of new play production at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. Rodriguez is succeeding Phillip Himberg, producing artistic director of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, as TCG board chair. Other new board appointments include "Stick Fly" playwright Lydia Diamond as co-vice president alongside Robert Hupp, producing artistic director of Arkansas Repertory Theatre.
November 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The nomination of Janet L. Yellen to be the next Federal Reserve chair gives critics of the central bank something they rarely have: leverage to force some changes. As the Senate Banking Committee prepares for a confirmation hearing Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) plans to delay a vote on Yellen's nomination by the full Senate unless Democratic leaders bring up his bill to require more expansive audits of the Fed. Although Paul is not on the Banking Committee, half of the Republicans on the panel co-sponsored his bill.
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November 10, 2013 |
Samuel Goetz was 14 when the Nazis rounded up Jews in his hometown of Tarnow, Poland, and killed thousands of them - his parents included - in the gas chambers at Belzec in southeast Poland. A few months later, he too was forced out of Tarnow and into the first of several Nazi labor camps in Eastern Europe. "I thought often [about] how I'm going to die," he recalled in a 1999 CNN interview, "whether it's going to be a bullet, would it hurt. I really did not know. " Instead, he was among the survivors.
October 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan on Wednesday praised Janet L. Yellen, President Obama's nominee to be the next central bank chief, calling her "very bright" and saying he often would go to her to explain academic economics developments he didn't understand. "I understand 90%, 95% of what they're writing," Greenspan told CNBC, referring to academic economists. "But there's a small amount which I don't know and I want to know. And I often found that I would go to Janet.
September 27, 2013 |
The Los Angeles Philharmonic will see a changing of the guard at the top position of its board of directors. David Bohnett, the L.A. technology entrepreneur and philanthropist, is stepping down this month from his position as the orchestra's board chairman, a role he's held for the last five years. He will be succeeded by Diane B. Paul, a retired lawyer and orchestra board member since 2009. The orchestra said that Paul was elected to the position at a board meeting Friday and that her appointment is effective Tuesday.
September 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - To many investors and economists, the prospects for a new Federal Reserve chief became clearer - and brighter - after former Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers dropped out of contention for the post. The same can't be said for the lackluster U.S. economy. Even if former UC Berkeley economist Janet L. Yellen, now the Fed's vice chair, gets the nod as the next leader of the central bank, she will inherit a job that is getting only more difficult. With productivity gains weak, the housing market showing signs of cooling and another nasty Washington fight looming over the debt limit and the budget, Yellen and her colleagues are looking at a very uncertain economy as they head into an important two-day policy-setting meeting Tuesday.
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September 14, 2013 |
Sheldon Hackney, an educator and historian who served as president of Tulane University and the University of Pennsylvania before becoming chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has died. He was 79. Hackney died Thursday at his home on Martha's Vineyard of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, officials from Penn and Tulane confirmed. He was president of Tulane from 1975 to 1980 and president of Penn from 1981 to 1993, when he was nominated by President Clinton to serve as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
September 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Two momentous decisions involving the Federal Reserve are coming to a head, with significant implications for the U.S. and global economies. Janet L. Yellen, a former UC Berkeley economist, stands in the middle of both of them. As vice chair of the central bank, Yellen will take a leading role next week, when policymakers decide whether to start rolling back the Fed's massive monetary stimulus after several years of providing extraordinary support for the weak economy.