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January 26, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
One of the most popular baseball sideshows is the presidents mascots race during Nationals games in Washington, and their lineup just got a lot beefier with William Howard Taft joining the ranks of Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and George Washington. That's because Taft was the largest, by mass, of any U.S. leader, tipping the scales at more than 300 pounds, the only president to do so. The race among 12-foot mascots had been best known for two things: Roosevelt never winning and random acts of sabotage as the racers clumsily circle the field during a break in the fourth inning.
October 28, 2012 | By Craig Fehrman
For months (and months and months), presidential candidates have subjected themselves to relentless stumping, repetitive fundraising and vicious public scrutiny. They've endured far too many fact-checks, eaten far too many swing-state delicacies, kissed far too many swing-state infants. They've made promises no one could keep and gaffes no one could believe. Even with the exit polls now in sight, it's enough to make any sane person pause and wonder: Why would anyone run for president?
March 12, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Losers, also-rans, the 99% and underachievers may have reason to cheer. Winning an Emmy, a presidential election or a spot in the baseball Hall of Fame does not mean you live longer and better, according to a new study. Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health compared baseball Hall of Fame inductees, Emmy Award winners and former presidents and vice presidents with their losing adversaries and found that their heightened socioeconomic status didn't confer a great advantage for longevity and health.
October 28, 1989
We are a country of people who are homeless, sick and in dire want. In almost all areas of life there are desperate needs for help and money, just to survive. We give millions of the taxpayers money to other countries. Some of them communist. Should we not take care of our own first? Now I read in The Times that a 31 year-old law allows the Senate with no debate to reward four past presidents and one widow, who are all millionaires, with $1.8 million more. To think these people would accept more is obscene!
March 29, 2011 | By Michael Kinsley
It really couldn't be clearer. "The Congress shall have power … to declare war. " Yet these are probably the most egregiously ignored words in the Constitution. You would think that Republicans, especially, with their showy fondness for "originalism" and "plain meaning" in interpreting the Constitution, would have no problem interpreting the meaning of these words: If a president wants to go to war, he must get the approval of Congress. Presidents of both parties traditionally ignore the congressional war power when they feel like it. Or they wait until the troops are poised for battle — putting Congress in an impossible position — before asking permission.
July 23, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
The California State University Board of Trustees on Tuesday set compensation for six campus presidents, with none receiving a raise. Presidents Willie J. Hagan at Dominguez Hills will receive $295,000; Eduardo M. Ochoa at Monterey Bay, $270,315; Joseph F. Sheley at Stanislaus, $270,000; Joseph I. Castro at Fresno, $299,000; William A. Covino at L.A., $299,000; and Donald J. Para, interim president at Long Beach, $320,329. Covino begins duties Sept. 1; his salary represents an 8% decrease from his predecessor's.
March 8, 1985 | From a Times Staff Writer
Robert W. Woodruff, a reclusive Georgian who rescued the Coca-Cola Co. from threatened bankruptcy in the 1920s and built it into one of the world's great business empires, died Thursday. He was 95. Woodruff, who had been in failing health since suffering two strokes in 1972, died after a 10-day stay at Emory University Hospital. He was credited with being the person most responsible for Coca-Cola becoming perhaps the world's best known American product.
September 14, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Blake House, the Northern California mansion that is intended to be the official residence of the University of California system president, may be coming back to life. Because of its rundown condition, UC executives in 2008 stopped living in the Mediterranean-style mansion in the unincorporated Contra Costa County neighborhood of Kensington. With a financial crisis for the university at the time, nothing much was done to fix up the 13,200-square-foot house, which is surrounded by 10 acres of gardens.
October 20, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Colombia's highest court approved a law allowing presidents to run for second terms. But President Alvaro Uribe, 53, must wait for a verdict on a second law before he can run. That measure would establish rules to ensure that incumbents seeking second terms don't abuse their power for electoral gain.
October 20, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's husband returned to the Philippines, three months after leaving to ease political pressure on his wife, his lawyer said. Jose Miguel "Mike" Arroyo has been accused of influence peddling and receiving illegal gambling kickbacks.
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