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July 3, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
President Obama won't be spending his summer vacation in the well-heeled haven of Martha's Vineyard as he has done for the last three years, according to sources familiar with the White House decision. The Obama team isn't supplying a reason for the decision not to go to the island -- a convenient and security-friendly place for presidents to visit that is better known by the rest of the country as a playground for the privileged. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the president's plans.
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August 16, 2012 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
  This was the moment Matt Connelly had waited years for: the sudden yank on the line, the violent tug that dragged him to the edge of the boat and nearly into the cold Atlantic. After 90 exhausting minutes, the battle was over. Connelly and his crew mates peered down at the massive fish beside their 29-foot boat, Rogue Angel. They pulled out a tape measure to make sure their eyes weren't playing tricks on them. Finally, convinced the fish was big enough to haul in, they gaffed it, guessing its weight at 275 pounds.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2012 | By Rob Weinert-Kendt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's almost a rule of screwball comedy: The person you can't stand at first inevitably grows into a confidant or even a mate. Though they didn't become quite that friendly, playwright Molly Smith Metzler and one Martha's Vineyard trophy wife got close enough for comfort — and so simpatico that the woman became a major character in Smith Metzler's play, "Elemeno Pea," which opens Feb. 3 at South Coast Repertory. Smith Metzler, a middle-class native of sleepy Kingston, N.Y., had traveled to the Vineyard on a post-collegiate lark in the early aughts with the vague notion of gathering material for a newly hatched playwriting career.
NATIONAL
August 4, 2012 | By Tina Susman
EDGARTOWN, Mass. -- A gander through Chappaquiddick - "Chappy" to locals - speaks to the island's bucolic flavor. The sign outside a tiny market reads, "The only store on Chappy," and it isn't kidding. A "Lost peacocks" notice is tacked to the board outside the community center, posted by a woman whose birds wandered off. A small ferry with limited hours is the only regular link to the rest of Edgartown, with its big-aisle grocery stores, pricey restaurants and tourists crowding the narrow streets.
NEWS
June 10, 1999 | ART BUCHWALD
It seems almost certain that Hillary Rodham Clinton will run for senator from New York. What is not certain is where she will spend the summer with her family. It is a rule of national politics that you are judged not by where you spent your life, but where you take your vacation. There is no doubt in anyone's mind that Hillary will have to sunbathe in New York.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1993
Didn't we all have a wonderful vacation in August--when Congress was adjourned and President Clinton was at Martha's Vineyard? BILL MILES Mission Viejo
NEWS
August 28, 1999 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton bet on a golf game Friday, but a sudden rainstorm mitigated his gamble. As a result, Martha's Vineyard remains U.S. territory. The president, who has played golf this week with bankers and college friends, was joined by royalty Friday. The competition was Prince Andrew, Duke of York, who was visiting friends in New England.
NEWS
August 24, 1998 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What a difference a year makes. Just 12 months ago this week, President Clinton was visibly enjoying himself on picturesque Martha's Vineyard island--with a seemingly endless diet of golfing, jogging, going to parties and even sailing. He and his wife, Hillary, were everywhere, smiling broadly, obviously having fun. This year, the setting is the same, but the mood and the Clintons' visibility are dramatically altered. Apart from his sudden one-day return Thursday to Washington after the U.S.
NEWS
March 8, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis agreed to give a group of Wampanoag Indians a plot of land and $100,000 in exchange for a tiny beachfront site, ending an acrimonious 10-year dispute over the property. The case pitted Onassis' desire for privacy against the Indians' belief that they should retain tribal lands on Martha's Vineyard.
NEWS
June 26, 1989 | From Times wire services
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) said today he faced a "full and complete investigation" following his fatal car accident at Chappaquiddick but declined to comment directly on renewed charges of a political cover-up. "I took full responsibility for the tragedy at the time, and I still do," Kennedy said in a five-sentence statement released by his office in response to new allegations by Newsweek magazine of a cover-up during his Chappaquiddick trial. The statement did not specifically address, however, the grand jury foreman's allegations in the Newsweek article claiming that political obstacles prevented his panel from pursuing more serious charges against Kennedy.
NEWS
July 3, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
President Obama won't be spending his summer vacation in the well-heeled haven of Martha's Vineyard as he has done for the last three years, according to sources familiar with the White House decision. The Obama team isn't supplying a reason for the decision not to go to the island -- a convenient and security-friendly place for presidents to visit that is better known by the rest of the country as a playground for the privileged. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the president's plans.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2012 | By Rob Weinert-Kendt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's almost a rule of screwball comedy: The person you can't stand at first inevitably grows into a confidant or even a mate. Though they didn't become quite that friendly, playwright Molly Smith Metzler and one Martha's Vineyard trophy wife got close enough for comfort — and so simpatico that the woman became a major character in Smith Metzler's play, "Elemeno Pea," which opens Feb. 3 at South Coast Repertory. Smith Metzler, a middle-class native of sleepy Kingston, N.Y., had traveled to the Vineyard on a post-collegiate lark in the early aughts with the vague notion of gathering material for a newly hatched playwriting career.
NATIONAL
August 24, 2009 | Christi Parsons and Jim Tankersley
President Obama heads to the island resort of Martha's Vineyard today for a family vacation likely to be interspersed with talk of -- and work on -- his drive to pass a healthcare overhaul this fall. The president, First Lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters are set to spend the week at the well-appointed Blue Heron Farm, a private estate they are renting from a family of Republican political donors. The 28-acre spread affords the Obamas access to the sand and surf, along with something else they don't get much of when they travel as a foursome: privacy.
NATIONAL
August 23, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A weakening Hurricane Bill spun northward, churning up rough seas, creating dangerous riptides and closing beaches to swimmers on the Eastern Seaboard, including President Obama's planned vacation spot, Martha's Vineyard. The Category 1 hurricane was expected to pass the mainland well off New England, but was still packing high winds and waves. By the evening, Bill had maximum sustained winds near 85 mph and was about 250 miles south-southeast of Nantucket, Mass., according to the National Hurricane Center.
NATIONAL
August 14, 2009 | Peter Nicholas
Before he leaves for his summer break in tony Martha's Vineyard, President Obama will spend a weekend in the decidedly more populist, middle-American terrain of the national park system. No president can afford to look elitist amid an economic downturn, which makes the business of choosing a vacation spot a delicate one. Obama will be splitting the difference, in essence. He'll spend the last week in August at a $20-million estate in one of the most private spots on the Vineyard.
NEWS
August 28, 1999 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton bet on a golf game Friday, but a sudden rainstorm mitigated his gamble. As a result, Martha's Vineyard remains U.S. territory. The president, who has played golf this week with bankers and college friends, was joined by royalty Friday. The competition was Prince Andrew, Duke of York, who was visiting friends in New England.
NEWS
July 22, 1999 | PAUL LIEBERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Long before John F. Kennedy Jr.'s plane went down off the southwest coast of the island, people on Martha's Vineyard were all too familiar with heart-wrenching search-and-rescue efforts. They also knew the attention such catastrophes can bring--and what that can mean for life on an island that is supposed to be an idyllic retreat but is forever battling growth, chicness and other perceived threats to its quaintness.
NEWS
August 17, 1993 | Associated Press
The First Family is headed to Martha's Vineyard for an 11-day vacation and rental rates already are rising in anticipation. The large entourage of Secret Service agents, aides and reporters that will descend on the island along with the Clintons was expected to worsen the island's summer housing shortage and traffic. But people renting out property will get top dollar.
NEWS
July 22, 1999 | PAUL LIEBERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Long before John F. Kennedy Jr.'s plane went down off the southwest coast of the island, people on Martha's Vineyard were all too familiar with heart-wrenching search-and-rescue efforts. They also knew the attention such catastrophes can bring--and what that can mean for life on an island that is supposed to be an idyllic retreat but is forever battling growth, chicness and other perceived threats to its quaintness.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 1999
I read the article about the making of "The Red Violin" with eagerness that quickly turned to confusion ("Truly Playing the Part," by Ken Smith, June 6). The movie was summarized as "the story . . . unfolds over 300 years and five centuries, tracing a 17th century violin from its creation in Cremona, Italy, through the hands of its players, owners and admirers to a present-day auction house in Montreal." Somewhere, I was looking for a reference and/or credit to "Antonietta" by John Hersey, published by Knopf in 1991, which chronicles the creation of a violin in Cremona, Italy, by the hands of Stradivari, and follows the instrument through the centuries, winding up at an auction house in Martha's Vineyard in 1990.
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