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March 24, 2009 |
The Orange County Transportation Authority board named Jim Kenan as interim chief executive of the organization Monday. Kenan, executive director of finance and administration, has been with OCTA since 1979. He will take over for Art Leahy, who led the agency for eight years and is leaving to head the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Kenan will serve in the post until the board names a permanent chief. -- Tami Abdollah
January 29, 2009 |
Taking the post of Iceland's interim prime minister is an openly gay ex-flight attendant who parlayed her experience as a union organizer into a decades-long political career. Both parties forming Iceland's new coalition government support the appointment of Johanna Sigurdardottir, the island nation's 66-year-old social affairs minister. She will lead until new elections are held, probably in May.
May 31, 1989 |
Cito Gaston, who has been interim manager since Jimy Williams was fired May 15, was named manager of the Toronto Blue Jays today. Gaston's appointment ended weeks of speculation of who would manage the American League club. The Jays had hoped to lure Lou Piniella from the New York Yankees but talks broke down last weekend over compensation. Terry Bevington, first base coach of the Chicago White Sox, also was given serious consideration, as was Bob Bailor, manager of the Jays' Triple-A International League club in Syracuse, N.Y. Gaston, who was the Jays' hitting coach when Williams was fired May 15, becomes the fourth black manager in baseball history, and he is the fifth full-time manager of the Jays.
September 18, 2009 |
The state House of Representatives has approved a bill allowing Gov. Deval Patrick to make an interim appointment to the seat left vacant by the death of Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy last month. The bill now moves to the state Senate, but it is unclear when that chamber might act. House Speaker Robert DeLeo, a Democrat, said the change is needed to ensure that Massachusetts continues to be represented by two senators until voters can choose a replacement in a January special election.
August 25, 2009
The ailing Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) has asked the Legislature of his home state to overturn a 5-year-old law under which the voters, not the governor, will choose a successor if Kennedy can't complete his term. Kennedy's unselfish idea probably won't be adopted, but it could help derail an unnecessary amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Kennedy, who suffers from brain cancer, understandably wants a senator sworn in swiftly to help the Democrats enact healthcare reform, long a priority for him. He's also right on the general principle.
March 26, 2003
'He shouldn't have to coach that team. That's like coaching in the NBA Developmental League.' Charles Barkley, on Clipper interim Coach Dennis Johnson