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ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2012 | By David Ng
An artist in South Africa has landed in hot water over a painting depicting the country's president, Jacob Zuma, with exposed genitalia. "The Spear," a painting by Brett Murray, shows a clothed Zuma standing in a defiant pose, with his penis and scrotum clearly visible. Since there is no literal spear shown in the painting, viewers can assume that the title is a phallic reference. Zuma is launching a court case this week in which he argues that the painting violates his right to dignity, according to reports.
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NEWS
January 17, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
President Obama commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday by leading his administration in performing a day of service in honor of the assassinated civil-rights leader. Obama, wife Michelle and their daughters visited Stuart-Hobson Middle School in Washington, where the president and first lady helped paint fruit characters in the school cafeteria to encourage better eating habits. Nutrition and fighting childhood obesity are top causes for Michelle Obama, who celebrated her 47th birthday on Monday.
NEWS
April 18, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
President Obama's income dropped substantially in 2010 from the previous year due to declining book sales, but he is still comfortably in the ranks of the nation's millionaires, his federal tax returns show. The Obama family earned $1.73 million last year, largely from sales of the president's books, "Dreams from My Father" and "The Audacity of Hope. " Obama also derived income from his new children's book, "Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters," but he donated all proceeds to a charity benefiting children of slain and disabled soldiers, the White House said The Obamas paid a total of $454,00 in federal taxes and $52,000 in Illinois state taxes, according to the returns, released Monday by the White House.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2009 | Julia Keller
Neuroscientists would have a ball in this bookstore. They'd spot the metaphorical magic right away: Each room is like a separate area of the brain, sporting its own specialty and character. Yet it all functions as a single unit too, a seamless whole composed of exquisite particulars. The brains behind the Seminary Co-op is, at this moment, sitting in a straight-backed chair and looking far too serene for a man in charge of what many fear is a dying business: the independent bookstore.
WORLD
August 22, 2006 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
For years farmers here complained about the broken dirt road through their village, so bumpy that taxi and bus drivers refused to take it. Then, two weeks ago, the government suddenly sent a tractor to smooth the way, conspicuously stopping at the doorstep of one family. "They're not fooling anyone," said Said Hussein Obama, whose home lies at the end of the newly improved road. "It's only because he's coming. You watch, next week we'll have electricity!"
NATIONAL
June 7, 2009 | Andrew Malcolm and Johanna Neuman
As President Obama visited Dresden with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, a genealogical study in Utah reported that the first African American president in U.S. history is actually German. Well, partly. Provo-based Ancestry.com has found that Obama's lineage on his mother's side can be traced to Germany. Using online sources and microfilm from the Family History Library owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, genealogists found a document that went back to the president's eighth great-grandfather, Conrad Wolflin, who was mayor of Orsingen, Germany, for 30 years.
NATIONAL
November 27, 2008 | John McCormick, McCormick is a writer for the Chicago Tribune.
For those clamoring for invitations to future White House functions -- including Christmas parties and state dinners -- there will be few people more important than Desiree Rogers. The Chicago businesswoman will wield major clout for such events as the next White House social secretary, an appointment President-elect Barack Obama's transition office announced this week.
SPORTS
November 9, 2008 | Mike Penner
We have already seen Barack Obama's strength as an election-day closer. Now the Professional Bowlers Assn. wants to address an Obama weakness -- his bowling game. During the primaries, Obama gave bowling a try at Pleasant Valley Recreation Center in Altoona, Pa., but managed only a 37 over seven frames. That prompted Obama to quip to Jimmy Kimmel that he was going to get rid of the White House bowling alley and replace it with a basketball court.
OPINION
February 13, 2007
RECENT POLLS INDICATE that black voters favor Sen Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) by a substantial margin over Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), so political pundits are all a-titter, asking how this can be. The assumption, apparently, is that black support should cleave to the black man. But then, is Obama really black? Of course he is. But that fact has done nothing to prevent the awkward dissection of Obama's cultural and racial affinities. Is he half black? Is he African American?
NATIONAL
December 26, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
The Obama family celebrated a low-key Christmas, trading presents, attending church and singing Christmas carols before the first couple left their rented vacation home to meet troops and their families at a nearby Marine Corps base. The visit tested the president's dignity in unexpected ways when he picked up 8-month-old Cooper Wall Wagner and held him against his chest. While the president chatted with Cooper's parents in the mess hall, the baby's fingers found their way into Obama's unguarded mouth.
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