June 20, 2001
Tim Willert GLENDALE -- It wasn't the first time Zainul Abedin and George W. Bush crossed paths. But last month's visit to White House was a first for Abedin, a Glendale resident who was invited to Washington, D.C. to help the president commemorate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. "It was a great pleasure and privilege to be invited to the White House," Abedin said this week. "This was a moment of special importance for me." Abedin, a naturalized citizen who was born in Bangladesh, is chairman of the Bangladesh American Republican Assn.
January 26, 2001
Claudia Peschiutta GLENDALE -- President George W. Bush will continue his goodwill tour of lawmakers by lunching with Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Glendale) and fellow freshman congressmen today. With his first week in office drawing to a close, Bush will meet with some of the newest members in Congress at the White House. "I think he wants to establish a rapport with the members of the freshman class," Schiff said. "It's what you would call a 'charm offensive.
June 21, 2004
I would like to share a special memory of President Reagan. More than 40 years ago, my friend and neighbor, Dorothy West, was a secretary at the Hollywood Screen Actors' Guild when Reagan was president of the guild. It was at the time of the big strike, and there was to be a meeting of both factions. Dorothy had to stay and take notes, so I took care of her two children. When she returned, she said, "Ronald Reagan should be president of the United States!
May 23, 2007
Facing almost certain defeat in the Senate, the White House on Wednesday withdrew the ambassadorial nomination of Sam Fox, who contributed $50,000 to the Swift Boat veterans' controversial campaign against Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass., in the 2004 presidential race. President Bush had nominated Fox, a St. Louis businessman, to be the U.S. envoy to Belgium. The withdrawal, a rare setback for the sort of nomination that normally would sail through the Senate, reflected both the muscle Democrats are exercising in Congress and the problems likely to surround any Bush appointee linked to the attacks on Kerry.
March 13, 2010
An A1 article on Friday titled ?Students rally for teachers? incorrectly identified the student body president. Her name is Audria Amirian, not Sara Amirian. ? A Thursday A1 article titled, ?IHOP against health reform? inaccurately stated a White House perspective on bills being considered in Congress. The bills would not require businesses to buy health insurance for their employees, according to the White House. Businesses with 50 or more workers would, however, be required to pay a fee for each employee who chooses to buy insurance through a government ?
January 27, 2001
Claudia Peschiutta GLENDALE -- Teaching kids to read early on was the topic of conversation between President Bush and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Glendale) at a White House luncheon held Friday. Schiff was among the freshman representatives invited to lunch with the president, who has met with close to 100 members of Congress during his first week in office, according to a White House spokesman. "I expressed an interest in working with him on early childhood education," Schiff said of his brief conversation with Bush.
December 27, 2002
Tim Willert A Glendale trucker faces 15 years in prison after he threatened to blow up the White House, according to news reports. Norayr Avetisyan, 27, was arrested Monday in Dayton, Ohio, after he was allegedly overheard telling a fellow trucker over a citizens band radio he was carrying explosives and headed toward the White House. The trucker who overheard the CB conversation called 911. Members of the FBI task force on terrorism and U.S. Secret Service agents participated in the arrest.
November 1, 2011
The 65-foot Sierra white fir destined for the White House as the nation's official Christmas tree will first make a stop at the Autry National Center near Griffith Park, organizers announced this week. The stop will be one of many for the white fir -- scheduled to be cut down Saturday in the remote Stanislaus National Forest in Central California -- on its trek to the White House. Before the tree heads east, organizers will take it on a 20-day tour of 12 cities in California. It is just the fourth time the state has provided the "The People's Tree" since the tradition was started in 1964, according to the announcement from U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Coordinator Maria Benech.
March 18, 2010
LA CRESCENTA — A team of roughly a dozen Crescenta Valley High School seniors this week applied to host a commencement speech by President Obama. As part of its education reforms, the White House and U.S. Department of Education have offered a presidential graduation to public schools that can prove themselves a model for the nation. Winning schools will demonstrate they have robust college- and career-readying academic classes, extracurricular activities, graduation rates, daily attendance and college enrollment rates, according to the White House.
April 25, 2009
Some might call it calculated diplomacy, but President Obama’s statement Friday on the Armenian Genocide was nothing short of failure. Despite repeated pledges during his presidential campaign and statements as a U.S. senator, in which he called the 1915 genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Empire undeniable, Obama on Friday instead issued a carefully worded statement calling the massacre of roughly 1.5 million Armenians “one of...