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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | April 19, 2003
WASHINGTON - During Bernadine Healy's tumultuous final six months as president of the American Red Cross, the nonprofit agency awarded her $1.9 million. As a result, Healy's replacement, former Rear Adm. Marsha Evans, and the agency's board have launched separate reviews of the way the Red Cross compensates its senior employees. Healy wept in public frustration when she was forced out of the top American Red Cross job in the tense and confusing aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks in the fall of 2001.
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October 11, 2014
Will someone please explain why former Obama cabinet members like Leon Panetta and Hillary Clinton feel they have tell the world about things that make him look incompetent? How does this do anything to improve on the image of our country around the world, and why does this kind of behavior have to occur just after such people quit or resign? Why can't they at least wait until the president is out of office, as officials formerly did? A similar problem afflicted President George W. Bush, where he was made to look like the village idiot by the liberal media.
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NEWS
March 4, 2013
Journalist Bob Woodward, certainly not a lifelong conservative, dares to tell the truth about the current administration and is castigated by the White House and the trolls in the media ("Woodward's spat with White House grabs spotlight," March 1)? How interesting. Let's see if others now break ranks and decide to tell the truth about this abomination. F. Cordell
FEATURES
By John-John Williams IV and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Aya Dixon, 15, has dreams of working for a top design house before eventually branching off to create her own line of couture. Up until now, her only brush with that industry was thumbing through glossy magazines or watching reality shows on television. That changed Wednesday when the Baltimore Design School sophomore got a chance to mingle with the likes of Anna Wintour, popular designer and "Project Runway" judge Zac Posen and other big names in the fashion industry. Dixon was part of a group of 10 students from Baltimore Design School who attended the White House's first Fashion Education Workshop, led by first lady Michelle Obama.
NEWS
May 19, 2013
The scandals at the White House in the last few days and the lack of knowing what was going on does not wash ("IRS head forced to go," May 16). The IRS in Ohio targets conservative groups, but the interim head of the IRS located in Washington gets fired. Why doesn't the person in charge of the Ohio office get fired? Could it be she will spill the beans on who directed her to do this? The Attorney General's office subpoenas phone records of the Associated Press, but does Eric Holder get fired?
NEWS
December 1, 2009
WASHINGTON - A publicist for the couple that crashed a White House state dinner denies they are "shopping" any interviews or demanding money from television networks to tell their story. In an e-mailed statement Monday, publicist Mahogany Jones said the allegations are false and demanded that "this adverse, inaccurate information cease immediately." Jones said Michaele and Tareq Salahi are not making any formal comments or arrangements to speak with the media. An appearance previously scheduled for Monday night on CNN's "Larry King Live" has been canceled.
NEWS
December 12, 2009
- In a victory for people with cancer and other serious medical problems, the White House agreed Friday to help close a loophole in the Senate health care bill allowing annual dollar limits on their care. "The president has made it clear that health insurance reform legislation should prevent insurance companies from placing annual limits on health expenditures that can force families into financial ruin," said White House spokesman Reid Cherlin. The move was applauded by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, which first called attention to the problem.
NEWS
February 6, 2014
In reference to Jules Witcover's commentary ( "A more realistic president?" Feb. 4), I was highly disturbed by the statement, "After five years of partisan holdups, President Obama is ready to override Congress. " This definitely sounds as if President Barack Obama needs to be reminded that the United States of America is supposedly a democratic nation, a government of the people, for the people and by the people, but after reading this commentary and listening to the State of the Union speech, it sounds to me as if our country is now being headed by a dictator rather than a president.
NEWS
December 10, 2009
- Congress authorized subpoenas Wednesday for the White House gate-crashers to testify about how the couple got into a state dinner without an invitation. Lawmakers on the House Homeland Security Committee voted to compel the attention-hungry couple to answer questions about the Nov. 24 incident. The couple, Tareq and Michaele Salahi, have said they will invoke their Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer questions. While the committee authorized the Salahi subpoenas, it would not accept its top Republican's plan to subpoena White House social secretary Desiree Rogers.
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
Now here's a Tweet you don't see every day. This one was posted at 6:17 p.m. yesterday: "I was delighted to work with the Naval Culinary Team today for a lunch at the White House. An amazing experience. " - Cindy Wolf (@chefcindywolf)  July 30, 2014   A spokeswoman for Wolf said that the Baltimore-based chef and restaurateur has been asked not to disclose any additional details about the White House lunch, including the guest list or the menu. We do know this much.
NEWS
October 5, 2014
In the wake of President Barack Obama's declaration of war on ISIS and the fact that several dozen ISIS members with American citizenship are believed to have already re-entered the country, along with the near simultaneous multiple failures of the Secret Service to properly protect Mr. Obama, I believe it is time to do with the White House what was done during World War II. During that era the roof of the White House was protected by both sandbagged machine...
NEWS
October 2, 2014
I was amused at how the Secret Service combed the White House property after a deranged man scaled the fence and gained entry. In a whimsical way it reminded me of the annual Easter egg hunt held on the White House grounds. It was a very lame way to attempt to save face after such an embarrassing episode. The Secret Service has been in a downward spiral ever since it fell under the auspices of Homeland Security. Until the supposedly elite entity is returned to the Department of the Treasury, we should probably expect more of the same antics at the White House.
NEWS
October 1, 2014
Secret Service director Julia A. Pierson did herself no favors this week when she appeared before a House subcommittee to explain why her agency so badly bungled the job of protecting the president. There's no excuse for the repeated lapses in security that put the president's life at risk, nor for the agency's attempts to hide the seriousness of the incidents afterward. Ms. Pierson finally acknowledged that today when she submitted her resignation as head of the agency. In the days leading up to her departure, Ms. Pierson had promised a thorough internal investigation of the matter, but that's not good enough.
NEWS
September 23, 2014
There's simply no excuse for the Secret Service to have allowed an apparently deranged man to vault over the White House fence on Friday then sprint across the lawn and actually enter the president's residence through an unlocked door before he was tackled and apprehended. Heads should roll for a breach of security of this magnitude at what ought to be one of the country's most heavily guarded facilities. But it shouldn't come at the expense of the public's access to a historic site that symbolizes the nation's tradition of open governance and accountability to the citizens it serves.
NEWS
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | September 7, 2014
Sept. 11, 2001 changed us in many ways. Suddenly, a post-cold war America was again at war, this time with radical Islam. Many of us did not realize that our terrorist enemies had been at war with us for many years. Soon, American special forces were on the ground in Afghanistan assisting the moderates known as the "Northern Alliance. " Shortly thereafter, we were back in Iraq - this time to destroy Saddam Hussein's suspected weapons of mass destruction (WMD), a mission never accomplished.
NEWS
By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
President Barack Obama will visit Baltimore on Friday for a fundraiser intended to help Democrats defend their Senate majority, a White House official said today. Obama, who last spent time in the city in May 2013, will attend a fundraiser to benefit the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Details of the event were not immediately available. The president has stepped up fundraising this year ahead of the November midterm elections, including for vulnerable Senate incumbents.
NEWS
June 11, 2013
Matt Birk's decision to use the national celebration of the Raven's astounding season as a vehicle for a political statement was uncalled for ("Birk explains D.C. absence," June 7). His "boycott" of the event was demeaning to his teammates and the organization. The idea that his appearing there would show support for President Barack Obama's stand on Planned Parenthood was ludicrous. It's sad that he chose to end his fine career with the Ravens in this manner. Kathy B. Kellogg
SPORTS
April 6, 2013
The 2012 Navy football team will visit the White House on Friday for a ceremony with President Barack Obama . The team will be honored for winning the Commander in Chief's Trophy for the eighth time in the past 10 years. The time and location of the ceremony has not yet been determined. The Midshipmen were victorious over Air Force (28-21 in overtime) and Army (17-13) en route to an 8-5 record and the school's ninth bowl game in the past 10 years. Navy has won 19 of its past 21 service academy games.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Baltimore County schools Superintendent Dallas Dance was named this week to the federal Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans by President Barack Obama. The commission was created in 2012 and is tasked with identifying ways to increase the number of black teachers and administrators, boosting their college enrollment and graduation rates, and investing in early childhood education programs. The commission is chaired by University of Maryland, Baltimore County President Freeman A. Hrabowski III. Other members include Gwendolyn E. Boyd, president of Alabama State University; Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, executive director and chief executive officer of the National Black Justice Coalition; and Michael L. Lomax, president and chief executive officer of the United Negro College Fund.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Johns Hopkins University will host a former North Korean detainee, the hiker whose accident was adapted into the movie "127 Hours," and actors from "Breaking Bad" and "The Office," among several other speakers this fall. The university's annual Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium will feature journalist Laura Ling, who was detained in North Korea in 2009; former National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon; hiker Aron Ralston; RJ Mitte, who played Flynn on "Breaking Bad"; and B.J. Novak, who played Ryan on "The Office.
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