December 3, 2008 |
When you're the Boss, you're the boss -- even when the other guy has been elected. Next to the Man himself -- and in this case, the "man" is President-elect Barack Obama -- the guy most in demand during the coming inaugural season is Bruce Springsteen, the popular choice to head the celebratory ticket. Springsteen thrilled Obama fans when he came out early -- and enthusiastically -- for the Illinois Democrat during the primaries.
November 1, 2011
Ten leading crime writers are competing for the honor of having a morgue named after them. Scotland's University of Dundee said Monday that it would name its new morgue and research facility after whichever writer gets the most votes in an online poll and fundraising effort. Kathy Reichs, Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, Harlan Coben, Mark Billingham and Val McDermid are among the authors taking part in the "Million for a Morgue" campaign. Each person who votes donates $1.60 to a money-raising campaign.
January 17, 2009 |
Franklin D. Roosevelt's supporters sang "Happy Days Are Here Again." From the looks of things, the hordes descending on D.C. to celebrate President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration plan to sing just about every song ever written since then. The official inaugural events are impressive enough, but the private parties and concerts now scheduled to coincide with the formal inauguration have given the whole affair more of the feeling of a festival than an occasion of state.
November 22, 2007 |
As secretary of State in the late 1700s, Thomas Jefferson laid out the initial design, including "public walks" for the area between the Capitol and what is now known as the White House. The capital's first city planner, Pierre L'Enfant, envisioned a grand boulevard, home to academies and lecture halls to enlighten and entertain, connecting the legislative and executive branches of the government.
December 4, 2011 |
In May, Barbara Harman, a retired Wellesley College English professor who runs her family's philanthropic foundation, got a call from her father. "Do you get the New York Times?" asked Sidney Harman, audio pioneer, arts philanthropist and self-described "trophy husband" of Jane Harman, the Democratic congresswoman from Venice. Take a look at the business section, Harman told his daughter. A story about potential buyers of financially imperiled Newsweek mentioned Harman as a suitor.