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January 20, 2014 |
A woman identifying herself as the former student of an Alhambra High School vice principal went public with her accusations after her YouTube video alleging childhood sexual abuse went viral and sparked the vice principal's resignation. The video has been viewed more than 165,000 times since it was posted Friday. It shows a woman who identifies herself as a former student named Jamie calling and recording the voice of a woman who identifies herself as Jamie's former teacher.
January 10, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama will nominate Stanley Fischer, the former head of the Bank of Israel, to be vice chair of the Federal Reserve, and also tapped two others for seats on the central bank's Board of Governors, the White House said. Lael Brainard, who stepped down in November as Treasury undersecretary for international affairs, was chosen to fill one of the vacant seats on the seven-member Fed board. Jerome H. Powell, a former Treasury official and investment banker who has served on the Fed board since 2012, will be renominated.
January 8, 2014 |
In one of the many news reports about Liz Cheney's decision to end her bid for the U.S. Senate, Gov. Matt Mead was quoted as saying, "Name recognition and dynasties - that just doesn't fly in Wyoming. " He was trying to explain why the 47-year-old former State Department official, who also happens to be the daughter of Dick Cheney (a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wyoming for six terms before becoming vice president), didn't catch fire with local voters. Mead's implication was that Wyoming voters think for themselves and aren't swayed by such trivial concerns as family lineage.
December 4, 2013 |
BEIJING - After months of planning a trip to boost U.S. trade with Asia, Vice President Joe Biden instead is leading an urgent diplomatic mission to calm tensions between China and its neighbors and prevent a potential conflict. After arriving here Wednesday, Biden closeted himself with President Xi Jinping for 5 1/2 hours in what U.S. officials described as an effort to reassure anxious allies in the region and prevent escalation of the dispute over China's recent declaration of an air defense identification zone over islands Japan administers.
November 22, 2013 |
PANAMA CANAL ZONE - During a recent tour of the historic locks here, Vice President Joe Biden helped an operator flip the switches to open the gates and then stepped out onto a balcony to watch a gargantuan vessel pass through. A hundred yards across the waterway, a crowd of Americans recognized the silver-haired man in shirt sleeves, the sun glinting off his aviator glasses, and began waving and shouting his name. "We love you, Joe!" yelled one man in a blue football jersey.
November 19, 2013 |
Trying to decode rap lyrics, as rich as they often are in regional slang and obscure references, can be like watching a foreign-language movie without subtitles. For instance, on "A Queens Story," what does Nas mean when he raps, "You be starving in Kew Gardens/Bolognas and milk from a small carton"? That's where the Rap Genius website comes in. Users of the site not only have transcribed and uploaded thousands of raps, they annotated them with explanations. For instance, three Rap Genius contributors explained that Kew Gardens is the site of the Queens Criminal Court, and bologna sandwiches with a carton of milk is a typical meal served in jail.
November 8, 2013 |
When Madonna declared herself fed up over the "death of creativity" after a world tour in which religious conservatives protested her concert in Poland, fascist skinheads heckled her in France and she received terrorist threats in Russia, the pop provocateur decided she needed to do more to inspire her followers to fight oppression and stand up for human rights. She wanted to start a revolution. And she knew she'd need help spreading her message. So the superstar's longtime manager Guy Oseary made one call - to Vice Media.
October 27, 2013 |
Illinois lawmakers are considering whether to require minimum three-year prison sentences for unlawful possession of loaded weapons. If the proposal sounds both familiar and ominous, it should: California has been down this road, and in fact is on it still. It's a road paved with fear and desperation, and it leads to a shocking diversion of public resources, prison overcrowding, unconstitutional treatment of inmates, federal court oversight and orders to suspend state laws and release felons before their full time is served.
October 27, 2013 |
The gig: William D. Fay is group vice president and general manager for the Toyota division of Toyota Motor Sales USA. That puts the 57-year-old in charge of overseeing all sales, marketing and consumer support for the regional sales offices and distributors for both Toyota and its sub-brand Scion. Driving to the basket : Fay didn't think much about cars growing up in West Orange, N.J. He was "more of a sports kid," he said. He played basketball in high school and for Monmouth College, where he graduated with a degree in business administration in 1978.
October 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden rolled out the welcome mat to returning Environmental Protection Agency workers furloughed during the 16-day shutdown, offering muffins and his hope that Washington can avoid a repeat of the budget battle in three months. "There's no guarantees of anything,” Biden said. “What you saw last night is Democrats and a significant number of responsible Republicans saying, 'Enough.' There was no economic rationale for any of this.” Biden, during a brief break from shaking hands and offering hugs to dozens of EPA employees, said he hopes both parties learn lessons from the shutdown and that “we can regain the trust of the American people.” “Economically we are the indispensable nation.