Stories for December 21, 2012
The San Diego County pension board’s decision to pay its investment consultant up to five times more than the current contract is raising eyebrows. The county treasurer is calling for an independent assessment.
In a news conference Friday, President Obama said there were still things the parties could agree on about the automatic tax-rate increases and spending cuts at the end of the year. But he said parties would have to work together to get a plan approved in the next 10 days.
Many "Wheel of Fortune" fans are in a tizzy over the apparent Scrooging of a military contestant named Renee by some hardhearted judges. In an episode that aired this week, Navy Intel Specialist Renee Durette appeared to answer a puzzle correctly, but was buzzed by the judges, who didn't think she spoke clearly enough.
In Detroit, an entrepreneur says he's got a plan to curb urban blight in parts of the city. He is buying up acre after acre of abandoned lots and planting thousands of trees. But where backers of the plan see a visionary proposal, critics see a land grab.
Why has the Broadway musical proven to be such fertile territory for Jewish artists of all kinds? From Broadway’s golden age, names like Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, the Gershwins, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim immediately come to mind. More recently, Broadway babies such as Stephen Schwartz, Marc Shaiman and Andrew Lippa represent a sampling of the Jewish talents who continue to leave their mark on musical theater. Filmmaker Michael Kantor focuses on this central question left largely unaddressed in his Emmy-winning "Broadway: The American Musical."
At a service for the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye at the Washington National Cathedral on Friday, President Obama said if it weren't for the example of the long-serving Hawaii Democrat, he might not have gone into public service.
A nascent discussion about gun laws has dominated the nation's agenda during the week following the school shootings in Newtown, Conn. But one dominant voice has been missing from the debate thus far.