March 30, 2014 |
Russian troops are massing menacingly on Ukraine's eastern border. The civil war in Syria is still raging, and 33,000 American troops fight on in Afghanistan. So where is Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel headed this week? To Hawaii - for a meeting with defense ministers from Asia, the region the Obama administration still considers its top foreign policy priority. "Asia is one of the great success stories of the world," Hagel told me in an interview in his Pentagon office last week.
February 26, 2014 |
The headlines on the Pentagon budget unveiled by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this week were all about austerity: the smallest U.S. Army since 1940; fewer aircraft, ships and armored vehicles; even some modest belt-tightening on future military pay and benefits. But one category of military spending largely escaped the budget ax: nuclear weapons. The United States has about 1,600 long-range nuclear weapons on active duty - more than any other country, including Vladimir Putin's Russia.
January 28, 2014 |
Well, that didn't take long. Barely 24 hours after confirming that longtime big band DJ Chuck Cecil and his "Swingin' Years" radio show would be leaving KKJZ-FM (88.1), representatives for the Long Beach station have announced Cecil's successor. The new host, who begins Feb. 15 in the weekend time slots occupied for the last 12 years by Cecil's long-running show, will be radio personality Johnny Magnus. According to a statement issued by the station, Magnus will "take over the 6-10 a.m. slot on Saturday and Sunday mornings and will continue to bring you Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Count Basie and all the other great swing artists of the past.
January 27, 2014 |
Venerable jazz DJ Chuck Cecil and his long-running show "Swingin' Years" are leaving their Southern California radio home. As of Feb. 9, Cecil's famed big band music show will no longer be part of KKJZ-FM (88.1), or KJazz. Cecil broke off relations with the station, he said, because of repeated technical difficulties producing the show -- and because he feels it's time to start winding down the show he's produced, each week, for more than 50 years. "It really hurts me to stop, but I feel I can't continue and do justice to the musicians who made the music," Cecil said Monday.
January 16, 2014 |
Private equity firm Apollo Global Management has agreed to purchase the Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant chain for $1.3 billion in cash and assumed debt, Apollo said in a news release. An affiliate of Apollo will pay $54 a share to acquire the pizza chain's parent company, CEC Entertainment Inc. The per-share price is 11.5% above CEC's closing price Wednesday -- and about 25% its close on Jan. 7, the day before reports surfaced that the company was preparing to be sold. "We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Apollo, which maximizes value for all of our shareholders," CEC Executive Chairman Richard M. Frank said in a statement.
January 5, 2014 |
Indianapolis and San Diego are moving on in the NFL playoffs. And Sam Pagano is still catching his breath. His older son, Chuck, is coach of the Colts, who erased a 28-point second-half deficit Saturday to stun Kansas City. Sam's younger son, John, is defensive coordinator of the Chargers, who Sunday upset favored Cincinnati, 27-10, ending the Bengals' season with their first home defeat. About 1,200 miles west, a family erupted in celebration. "We're sitting here, my wife and I, and we're exhausted," the elder Pagano said from his home in Boulder, Colo.