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April 19, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - Pat Summitt, the former head coach of the University of Tennessee's women's basketball team, will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House announced Thursday. Summitt, the winningest coach in basketball history, announced her retirement Wednesday after coaching the Lady Volunteers for 38 years. Summitt was diagnosed less than a year ago with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. President Obama, an avid basketball fan, called Summitt an “inspiration.” He praised her willingness to speak openly about her disease and her coaching skills.
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November 20, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Loretta Lynn is among 14 Americans who were presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama on Wednesday at the White House. The award, created by President John F. Kennedy, recognizes significant achievements in politics, world peace, science, culture and other fields and is the nation's highest honor presented civilians. Here are five of Lynn's many cultural contributions since Butcher Holler, Ky.'s most celebrated resident arrived not only as one of the most distinctive singers in country music but also as a songwriter who reshaped what a woman could think, say and do in song and in life.
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November 20, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Loretta Lynn is among 14 Americans who were presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama on Wednesday at the White House. The award, created by President John F. Kennedy, recognizes significant achievements in politics, world peace, science, culture and other fields and is the nation's highest honor presented civilians. Here are five of Lynn's many cultural contributions since Butcher Holler, Ky.'s most celebrated resident arrived not only as one of the most distinctive singers in country music but also as a songwriter who reshaped what a woman could think, say and do in song and in life.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
The National Book Foundation has announced that Maya Angelou is this year's recipient of the Literarian Award, an honorary National Book Award for contributions to the literary community. Over Angelou's 50-plus years as a writer and poet, she has won many awards -- including three Grammys, the National Medal of Arts, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and over 30 honorary degrees -- but the Literarian Award could be considered her first major literary prize. In a phone interview with the Associated Press after the announcement Thursday, Angelou said the prize made her feel like she was "picking in high cotton.
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May 30, 2012 | By Ian Duncan, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama pinned the Presidential Medal of Freedom around Bob Dylan's neck as the singer stood in the White House inscrutable in black sunglasses. "I have to say that I am a really big fan," Obama said as he introduced Dylan, one of a number of figures from the struggles and accomplishments of the 1960s, as well as other eras, whom Obama chose to honor Tuesday. Labor leader and civil rights campaigner Dolores Huerta and astronaut John Glenn also received the medal.
NEWS
March 4, 2012 | By Ian Duncan
Reporting from Washington -- Israeli President Shimon Peres will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom this spring, President Obama announced at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington. "Shimon once described the story of the Jewish people by saying it proved that, 'slings, arrows and gas chambers can annihilate man, but cannot destroy human values, dignity and freedom,'" Obama said as he announced the award. "He has lived those values. He has taught us to ask more of ourselves and to empathize more with our fellow human beings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1985
Ernest B. Furgurson (Editorial Pages, April 16) notes that Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Sidney Hook's views on affirmative action are consonant with those of President Reagan and many of his appointees. In all fairness to both Reagan and Hook, however, Furgurson might also have observed that Reagan's and Hook's anti-quota attitudes mirror those of the vast majority of Americans, according to public opinion surveys made during the past 15 years. More important, however, Furgurson should have pointed out that Hook's public, articulated opposition to race and sex quotas was not always appreciated by powerful and influential people--quite the contrary.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
The National Book Foundation has announced that Maya Angelou is this year's recipient of the Literarian Award, an honorary National Book Award for contributions to the literary community. Over Angelou's 50-plus years as a writer and poet, she has won many awards -- including three Grammys, the National Medal of Arts, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and over 30 honorary degrees -- but the Literarian Award could be considered her first major literary prize. In a phone interview with the Associated Press after the announcement Thursday, Angelou said the prize made her feel like she was "picking in high cotton.
NATIONAL
February 15, 2011 | By Julie Mianecki, Los Angeles Times
President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday to former President George H.W. Bush and 14 others, including poet Maya Angelou, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, investor Warren Buffett and basketball legend Bill Russell. The medal is the nation's highest civilian honor and is awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions "to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
NEWS
May 29, 2012 | By Ian Duncan
WASHINGTON -- Folk singer Bob Dylan and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday afternoon. A number of figures from the struggles and shifts of the 1960s were recognized Tuesday. Civil rights campaigner Dolores Huerta and astronaut John Glenn also received the medal. The year 1962 looms especially large in President Obama's picks: That was the year Dylan put out his first album, when Huerta cofounded the National Farm Workers Assn.
NATIONAL
May 30, 2012 | By Ian Duncan, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama pinned the Presidential Medal of Freedom around Bob Dylan's neck as the singer stood in the White House inscrutable in black sunglasses. "I have to say that I am a really big fan," Obama said as he introduced Dylan, one of a number of figures from the struggles and accomplishments of the 1960s, as well as other eras, whom Obama chose to honor Tuesday. Labor leader and civil rights campaigner Dolores Huerta and astronaut John Glenn also received the medal.
NEWS
May 29, 2012 | By Ian Duncan
WASHINGTON -- Folk singer Bob Dylan and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday afternoon. A number of figures from the struggles and shifts of the 1960s were recognized Tuesday. Civil rights campaigner Dolores Huerta and astronaut John Glenn also received the medal. The year 1962 looms especially large in President Obama's picks: That was the year Dylan put out his first album, when Huerta cofounded the National Farm Workers Assn.
NEWS
April 26, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- The White House has announced this year's recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. The list of 13 honorees includes musician Bob Dylan, writer Toni Morrison, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Shimon Peres. “These extraordinary honorees come from different backgrounds and different walks of life, but each of them has made a lasting contribution to the life of our nation,” President Obama said in a statement. “They've challenged us, they've inspired us, and they've made the world a better place.  I look forward to recognizing them with this award.” The awards will be presented at White House ceremony later his spring.
NEWS
April 19, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
The White House announced Thursday that former Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt will receive the nation's highest civilian honor, The Medal of Freedom. Through a statement released by the press secretary's office, President Obama said: “Coach Summitt is an inspiration - both as the all-time winningest NCAA coach, and as someone who is willing to speak so openly and courageously about her battle with Alzheimer's.   "Pat's gift has always been her ability to push those around her to new heights, and over the last 38 years, her unique approach has resulted in both unparalleled success on the court and unrivaled loyalty from those who know her and those whose lives she has touched.  Pat's coaching career may be over, but I'm confident that her work is far from finished.  I look forward to awarding her this honor.” Summitt was notified of the award last week.
NEWS
March 4, 2012 | By Ian Duncan
Reporting from Washington -- Israeli President Shimon Peres will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom this spring, President Obama announced at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington. "Shimon once described the story of the Jewish people by saying it proved that, 'slings, arrows and gas chambers can annihilate man, but cannot destroy human values, dignity and freedom,'" Obama said as he announced the award. "He has lived those values. He has taught us to ask more of ourselves and to empathize more with our fellow human beings.
NEWS
November 10, 2011 | By Colby Itkowitz, The Morning Call
The shock waves from the explosive scandal at Penn State are reaching Washington. Pennsylvania Sens. Pat Toomey and Bob Casey will rescind their Medal of Freedom nomination for former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in the wake of the child abuse scandal involving his former assistant coach, the senators said Thursday. Paterno was fired Wednesday evening by the school's board of trustees, ending his 46-year-tenure as head coach. The award is considered the highest honor a civilian can receive.
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