November 10, 2012 |
The Lakers concluded preliminary talks Saturday with former coach Phil Jackson, a feeling-out process that would continue, The Times has learned. Team Vice President Jim Buss and Jackson met Saturday morning to explore the prospects of Jackson returning to the team. The Lakers are unwavering that there's still a 95% certainty he will be their next coach. It's known that Jackson has already contacted assistant coaches who have worked with him previously about joining the Lakers' staff.
November 8, 2012 |
Vice President Joe Biden, "America's Happy Warrior," as President Obama called him on election night, just got reelected to the second highest office in the land. What does he do to top that? He's guest starring on "Parks and Recreation. " Of course! Biden will play himself in next Thursday's episode, titled "Leslie vs. April," in which Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) finally meets the object of her longstanding celebrity lust. The scenes with Biden, which were filmed back in July, were shot in the Vice President's Ceremonial Office, also known as the Office of the Secretary of the Navy, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
October 12, 2012 |
Washington Bureau DANVILLE, Ky. - Whether Thursday's debate between Joe Biden and Paul D. Ryan moved the needle in the presidential contest may have been the only major question left hanging at the end. The vice presidential showdown was everything the first presidential debate was not: wide-ranging and lively, with very different sorts of passion from each side. It was, in short, 90 nonstop minutes of political theater of a kind that rarely materializes in these high-profile, and often stiff and predictable, televised encounters.
October 11, 2012 |
If President Obama seemed as if he'd rather be getting his teeth drilled than debate Mitt Romney last week, Vice President Joe Biden spent most of his 90-minute televised showdown with Paul D. Ryan on Thursday night looking like he was having the time of his life. Certainly the format - the two men next to each other at a table facing moderator Martha Raddatz and the audience - played to Biden's experience and jocular ease. Whereas Ryan sat schoolboy straight or hunched tensely in concentration, Biden leaned back, turned this way and that, and played directly to the cameras.
September 15, 2012 |
BEIJING - Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping appeared in public Saturday after a two-week absence that had sparked intense speculation in the foreign press and on the Internet about his health and possible infighting in the top ranks of the Communist Party. State-run media reported that Xi, who has been tapped to succeed Hu Jintao as president, made an appearance at China Agricultural University in Beijing for observances of National Science Popularization Day. Xi's absence has not been discussed in official Chinese media, but myriad reports in overseas publications have speculated about possible ailments, including a back strain and a heart condition.
September 12, 2012 |
BEIJING - Compared with other Chinese officials who have inexplicably dropped out of view over the decades, either because of ill health or shifting political winds, Vice President Xi Jinping's 10-day absence from the public stage has been but a blip. An ailing Premier Li Peng wasn't seen for about seven weeks in spring of 1993, while Huang Ju, a vice premier, vanished for five weeks in 2006. Deng Xiaoping disappeared for about three months after student demonstrations in 1986, and he took a 24-day breather amid the uprising that culminated in the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.
September 9, 2012 |
The gig: Helen Verno is the queen of television movies and miniseries. An executive vice president at Sony Pictures Television, Verno has overseen the development and production of hundreds of projects during more than two decades with the studio. Her most recent success was the Emmy-nominated "Hatfields & McCoys," which starred Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton and scored record ratings for the History Channel this year. Engrossed by movies: A Bronx native, Verno spent her teen years eating popcorn and staring at the big screen.
September 7, 2012 |
Originally scheduled - like the finale of the 2008 Democratic National Convention - to be held outdoors in a big stadium, the Thursday night finish to this year's meet was rescheduled from Charlotte's 75,000-seat Bank of America Stadium to the arena, a third the size, where the first two nights had unfolded. Depending on whom you ask, this was because of a chance of storms (there was, indeed, rain during the day, though not the night) or to avoid the visual embarrassment - the "optics," as the commentators like to say - of empty seats.
September 6, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - For officials who fretted about whether Joe Biden's avuncular style could be tamed by the trappings of the vice presidency, it was an inauspicious beginning. Barely 48 hours into the Obama-Biden administration, the new president ceded the microphone to his partner for a brief task: swear in members of the senior staff. After a bit of confusion, Biden made a crack at the expense of Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., who had transposed words of the presidential oath two days earlier.
September 4, 2012 |
Three months and several candidates later, the Clippers have a vice president of basketball operations. Introductions won't be necessary in the team's Playa Vista offices. The Clippers promoted longtime team executive Gary Sacks on Tuesday to fill the position vacated in June when Neil Olshey departed to become general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers. Sacks is entering his 19th season with the team, having served as director of player personnel for the last two seasons.