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NEWS
December 25, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas
Christmas morning began early for the Obama family, which is vacationing in a rental home in Kailua, on the east side of the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The White House said the Obamas exchanged Christmas gifts at 8 a.m. They ate breakfast and sang Christmas carols before leaving for church at a nearby Marine Corps base. Obama wore a navy polo shirt and khakis, while the first lady wore a white dress with an orange band around the waist, according to the media pool report.
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WORLD
March 21, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - The arrival in China of President Obama's daughters, 15-year-old Malia and 12-year-old Sasha, for a weeklong trip with their mother, prompts the question: What about President Xi Jinping's daughter? Xi's daughter, Xi Mingze, never appears in public. The 21-year-old is believed to be a student at Harvard University, enrolled under a pseudonym. That has never been mentioned in the Chinese press and searches of her name on the Chinese Internet are blocked. The most recent photo of her available was from when she was about 10. The only other confirmed photograph, released last year by Chinese state media, shows her riding on the back of her father's bicycle when she was about 5. In contrast, the Obama girls have been splashed all over the Chinese media, deplaning in shiny taffeta skirts on Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2008 | Matea Gold
HBO has acquired a still-untitled documentary about President-elect Barack Obama that will air on the premium cable channel next year. The film, produced by Edward Norton and his production company Class 5 Films, was shot over the last 2 1/2 years with the cooperation of Obama and his campaign. Documentary filmmakers Amy Rice and Alicia Sams, who served as co-directors of the project, had access to Obama's staff, family and friends. Filming is continuing through the inauguration. -- Matea Gold
NEWS
October 12, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
First Lady Michelle Obama said Wednesday that her recent trip to a D.C.-area Target store was hardly a rare occurrence -- and that sometimes she sneaks out of the White House with a canine companion. "I do that more frequently than people realize," Obama told NBC's Al Roker on the "Today" show. "It's amazing how people don't recognize you. They don't expect to see me at Starbucks or at Chipotle. ...  I actually took Bo to Petco. " Bo, of course, is the Obama family dog. "The cashier asked me, 'Oh, what kind of dog is that?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2012 | By David Ng
An unflattering statue of Sarah Palin that doubles as a functioning stove -- yes, the cooking kind -- has found a home in Chicago. The work of public art, created by a Chicago artist named J. Taylor Wallace, will take up residence at the Bridgeport Art Center. "We're havin' a Tea Pear-ody" is a large-scale metallic rendering of Palin's head, with signature glasses, tight bun and mouth wide open as if shouting. Smoke from the stove emerges from the top of the head, according to reports.
NEWS
January 24, 2013
The life and career of President Obama will become a major part of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum, which is scheduled to open in 2015, has been collecting Obama-related artifacts since his nomination as the 2008 Democratic candidate, according to reports.   The museum began construction in 2012 and will be completed in 2015. The president attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the museum and delivered an address. At the time, the museum had an estimated price tag of $500 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Ben Ali, 82, the founder of Ben's Chili Bowl diner, a landmark in Washington's black business and entertainment district and a frequent stop for politicians and celebrities, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday at his home in Washington. Ali opened the restaurant with his wife, Virginia, in an old movie house in 1958, when Dwight D. Eisenhower was president. It became a longtime fixture in the black business community, serving up bowls of chili and its trademark chili-covered half-smoke sausages.
OPINION
November 26, 2008
Re "Dubya's land mines," Opinion, Nov. 20 Rosa Brooks' latest round of Bush-bashing is beyond absurd. I suppose she just couldn't help herself and had to get in a few more kicks before Dubya rides off into the sunset. But by all accounts (including the Obama team's), the transition of power in the executive branch is progressing smoothly and on schedule. Although it doesn't seem to register with Brooks, Bush is still president for a couple more months and has the right and duty to fulfill his obligations to the office and to the country.
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