April 24, 2014 |
The chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday pledged to convene a hearing on allegations that excessive wait times at a Phoenix VA facility led to the deaths of 40 veterans. Thousands of veterans have been kept waiting for care, according to a story first reported in the Arizona Republic, and later on CNN, which also said that VA workers in the Phoenix office used two sets of records to keep the long wait times off the official books. "I am troubled when I hear any veteran may have received substandard care from the VA," said the committee chairman, Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent.
April 21, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama is turning to Neil Eggleston, a veteran of the Whitewater and Iran-Contra confrontations between Capitol Hill and the White House, to help guide his administration through what could be stormy years ahead with Congress. Obama on Monday named Eggleston, a Washington lawyer who specializes in representing high-profile public figures in government investigations, as the next White House counsel. He replaces Kathryn Ruemmler, who has been seeking to vacate the White House hot seat for months.
April 20, 2014 |
KEY MOMENT: The Dodgers had a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning, with a man on third base and first base open. The Diamondbacks intentionally walked the left-handed Adrian Gonzalez, so right-hander Josh Collmenter could face the right-handed Yasiel Puig. "I think you have to," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said, "with the way Adrian's been swinging, and with what he did to them last week in Arizona. " Puig hit a three-run home run, estimated at 422 feet. AT THE PLATE: Gonzalez doubled, extending his hitting streak to 15 games.
April 19, 2014 |
Saku Koivu saw his retiring teammate, friend and Finnish countryman Teemu Selanne skate around the arena bathed in cheers last week in the Ducks' final regular-season home game. Moved, of course, Koivu quickly set aside the moment that's so close to home. Because there are still games to win. Koivu, 39, could be just as close to retirement as Selanne, but the 18-year NHL veteran center hasn't officially announced his intentions. "Very private guy, very unselfish - been like that a long time," Koivu's linemate Andrew Cogliano said.
April 17, 2014 |
Toa Lobendahn has practiced only 14 times at USC, but the freshman's performance during spring workouts has put him on track for a possible starting role on the offensive line in the fall. With senior Aundrey Walker and third-year sophomore Jordan Simmons sidelined while recovering from ankle and knee surgeries, respectively, Lobendahn took full advantage of the long look he received at guard. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound Lobendahn has worked daily against veterans such as junior defensive tackle Antwaun Woods and senior linebacker Hayes Pullard . "It's not easy when you're supposed to still be a senior in high school," USC Coach Steve Sarkisian said Thursday.
April 15, 2014 |
Rock 'n' roll has a way of romanticizing the tortured and the libertines, especially ones with a little poetry in them. Singer Greg Dulli, whose band Afghan Whigs returns Tuesday with its first new album in 16 years, "Do to the Beast," clearly has a cultural standing to uphold. Booked for this month's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the indie rock veterans are the festival's older, musically adventurous misanthropes, but misanthropes nevertheless. Yet his reignited passion to get the old band back together came from an unlikely place. Last year Dulli was unexpectedly asked if the Afghan Whigs would appear with Usher at the South by Southwest music festival and conference in Austin, Texas. PHOTOS: Coachella Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 "We had 48 hours to put together a show with someone we had never met," said Dulli, 48. "I had only spoken to him on the phone.