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June 12, 2008 | Tom Hamburger, Times Staff Writer
A political insider tapped by Barack Obama to vet potential running mates resigned Wednesday, saying he wanted to prevent a controversy over his personal finances from hurting the Democratic presidential candidate's campaign. The unpaid advisor, Jim Johnson, was chosen by Obama last month to serve on a three-member team screening prospective nominees for vice president.
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April 12, 2014
"I think the umpire at home plate should not call balls and strikes. I think they should have a force field over home plate and if the pitcher throws and the ball touches the force field a little bell goes off and it's a strike. " Mike Schmidt , Hall of Fame slugger, when asked during a radio interview what he would change about baseball. "And they should let us have a shot to kick them with our metal spikes on, because it's stupid. " Adam Jones , Baltimore outfielder, after saying he wished police had tased two people who ran on the field at Yankee Stadium while the Orioles were on defense.
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April 10, 2013 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
At 85, Besedka Johnson was discovered by Hollywood in the locker room of a Los Angeles gym. An executive producer of the movie "Starlet" was also working out at the YWCA when "she recognized some sort of star quality in Johnson" and asked her to audition for the independent film, according to the filmmakers. "I thought it has got to be a great big joke," Johnson later said of her immediate response, but "when you're this old, it's like let's just go along with it and see what happens.
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December 2, 2013 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Free-agent left-hander Scott Kazmir agreed to terms on a $22-million, two-year contract with the Oakland Athletics on Monday, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said. The deal is pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't finalized the deal or formally announced interest in Kazmir. The 29-year-old Kazmir was 10-9 with a 4.04 earned-run average in 29 starts and 158 innings last season for the Cleveland Indians.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 1991 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Show Will Not Go On: An amateur production of the musical comedy "Kismet" won't be performed at Modesto Junior College this spring because it spoofs Baghdad. The musical is filled with "stereotypical lecherous Arabs," said Jim Johnson, the community college's drama instructor, as he called off the planned production Monday. Johnson noted that one song asks this question about Baghdad: "Why would anybody on Earth want to live here?"
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2004
In his Counterpunch article of March 8 ("Shaking His Head Over Oscar Nod to Nazi Auteur"), Doug McIntyre disapproves of the acknowledgement during the recent Oscar ceremony of Leni Riefenstahl's passing. Bemoaning the show's narrow scope of concern, he says that Riefenstahl "was undoubtedly a brilliant filmmaker, but...." Actually, Riefenstahl was being recognized only for cinema, not humanitarianism. Similarly, a golf tournament is won by achieving the lowest score, irrespective of one's politics.
SPORTS
December 28, 2002 | Jim Barrero
**** Makings of a classic *** Smash-mouth football ** Good for an end around * Strictly fantasy fodder **** Philadelphia (12-3) at New York Giants (9-6), 10:30 a.m., Channel 11, KNX (1070): Since scoring three points in an Oct. 28 loss at Philadelphia, Giants have averaged 27.6 points. "All of a sudden, they're on a little bit of a roll," Eagle defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said. Ya think? LINE: Philadelphia by 2. *** Kansas City (8-7) at Oakland (10-5), 2 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1999 | Lesley Wright, (714) 966-7824
To encourage citizen activism in the county-run island, the Rossmoor Community Services District on Wednesday formed two advisory commissions and named 14 residents to the boards. The commissioners to oversee Parks & Recreation are Jerry Hirsch, Lucy Hunt, Tim Kadletz, Lisa Mais, John Paulson, David Steele and Jan Trojan. Residents named to the Tree Review Board are Phil Felando, Mary Beth Ives, Jim Johnson, Shirley Kirkpatrick, Floyd Martin, Melissa Parris and Amelia Reinking.
SPORTS
April 12, 2014
"I think the umpire at home plate should not call balls and strikes. I think they should have a force field over home plate and if the pitcher throws and the ball touches the force field a little bell goes off and it's a strike. " Mike Schmidt , Hall of Fame slugger, when asked during a radio interview what he would change about baseball. "And they should let us have a shot to kick them with our metal spikes on, because it's stupid. " Adam Jones , Baltimore outfielder, after saying he wished police had tased two people who ran on the field at Yankee Stadium while the Orioles were on defense.
NATIONAL
March 4, 2004 | Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writer
Jim Johnson's first political activity was licking envelopes for Hubert Humphrey's 1948 Senate campaign. He was 4 years old. Now, 56 years later, after working with politicians from Edmund S. Muskie to Walter F. Mondale, after stints as head of Fannie Mae, the Kennedy Center and the Brookings Institution, Johnson has yet another role in politics as leader of Sen. John F. Kerry's effort to select a running mate. He has been there before.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2013 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
At 85, Besedka Johnson was discovered by Hollywood in the locker room of a Los Angeles gym. An executive producer of the movie "Starlet" was also working out at the YWCA when "she recognized some sort of star quality in Johnson" and asked her to audition for the independent film, according to the filmmakers. "I thought it has got to be a great big joke," Johnson later said of her immediate response, but "when you're this old, it's like let's just go along with it and see what happens.
NATIONAL
June 13, 2008 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
The resignation of Barack Obama's "vetter in chief" Wednesday may introduce yet another layer to the already intensive process of identifying a vice presidential candidate -- vetting the vetters. James A. Johnson, a well-connected Washington political insider, was supposed to help Obama find a running mate whose past would not embarrass the ticket. His sudden resignation amid criticism of his own past financial dealings spotlights just how crucial that role has become.
NATIONAL
June 12, 2008 | Tom Hamburger, Times Staff Writer
A political insider tapped by Barack Obama to vet potential running mates resigned Wednesday, saying he wanted to prevent a controversy over his personal finances from hurting the Democratic presidential candidate's campaign. The unpaid advisor, Jim Johnson, was chosen by Obama last month to serve on a three-member team screening prospective nominees for vice president.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2004
In his Counterpunch article of March 8 ("Shaking His Head Over Oscar Nod to Nazi Auteur"), Doug McIntyre disapproves of the acknowledgement during the recent Oscar ceremony of Leni Riefenstahl's passing. Bemoaning the show's narrow scope of concern, he says that Riefenstahl "was undoubtedly a brilliant filmmaker, but...." Actually, Riefenstahl was being recognized only for cinema, not humanitarianism. Similarly, a golf tournament is won by achieving the lowest score, irrespective of one's politics.
NATIONAL
March 4, 2004 | Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writer
Jim Johnson's first political activity was licking envelopes for Hubert Humphrey's 1948 Senate campaign. He was 4 years old. Now, 56 years later, after working with politicians from Edmund S. Muskie to Walter F. Mondale, after stints as head of Fannie Mae, the Kennedy Center and the Brookings Institution, Johnson has yet another role in politics as leader of Sen. John F. Kerry's effort to select a running mate. He has been there before.
SPORTS
December 28, 2002 | Jim Barrero
**** Makings of a classic *** Smash-mouth football ** Good for an end around * Strictly fantasy fodder **** Philadelphia (12-3) at New York Giants (9-6), 10:30 a.m., Channel 11, KNX (1070): Since scoring three points in an Oct. 28 loss at Philadelphia, Giants have averaged 27.6 points. "All of a sudden, they're on a little bit of a roll," Eagle defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said. Ya think? LINE: Philadelphia by 2. *** Kansas City (8-7) at Oakland (10-5), 2 p.m.
SPORTS
December 2, 2013 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Free-agent left-hander Scott Kazmir agreed to terms on a $22-million, two-year contract with the Oakland Athletics on Monday, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said. The deal is pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't finalized the deal or formally announced interest in Kazmir. The 29-year-old Kazmir was 10-9 with a 4.04 earned-run average in 29 starts and 158 innings last season for the Cleveland Indians.
NATIONAL
June 13, 2008 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
The resignation of Barack Obama's "vetter in chief" Wednesday may introduce yet another layer to the already intensive process of identifying a vice presidential candidate -- vetting the vetters. James A. Johnson, a well-connected Washington political insider, was supposed to help Obama find a running mate whose past would not embarrass the ticket. His sudden resignation amid criticism of his own past financial dealings spotlights just how crucial that role has become.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1999 | Lesley Wright, (714) 966-7824
To encourage citizen activism in the county-run island, the Rossmoor Community Services District on Wednesday formed two advisory commissions and named 14 residents to the boards. The commissioners to oversee Parks & Recreation are Jerry Hirsch, Lucy Hunt, Tim Kadletz, Lisa Mais, John Paulson, David Steele and Jan Trojan. Residents named to the Tree Review Board are Phil Felando, Mary Beth Ives, Jim Johnson, Shirley Kirkpatrick, Floyd Martin, Melissa Parris and Amelia Reinking.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 1991 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Show Will Not Go On: An amateur production of the musical comedy "Kismet" won't be performed at Modesto Junior College this spring because it spoofs Baghdad. The musical is filled with "stereotypical lecherous Arabs," said Jim Johnson, the community college's drama instructor, as he called off the planned production Monday. Johnson noted that one song asks this question about Baghdad: "Why would anybody on Earth want to live here?"
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