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May 3, 2014
We learned this week from Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) that the beautiful rug created in 1920 by orphans of the Armenian Genocide and gifted to the United States five years later , might actually be placed on public display - as soon as this fall. Such news is certainly welcome, but we'll believe it only when we (finally) see it. After all, it took years of community pressure, a joint letter from members of Congress, another letter from Armenian leaders and a website petition to apparently convince the White House, which has not displayed the rug since 1995, that it would be a good idea to make it accessible to everyone to admire it for its artistic qualities and reflect upon the tragedy from which it was born.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 2, 2014
Flooding inboxes at Glendale City Hall with emails didn't work, neither did pleas from Japanese politicians, but now those who oppose a Glendale monument to women used as sex slaves by the Japanese Army during World War II are trying a different approach - petitioning the White House . A petition asking for removal of the 1,100-pound statue on President Barack Obama's website “We The People” has netted more than 100,000 signatures ...
NEWS
By Richard Simon | November 12, 2013
In a new twist to efforts to call attention to the Armenian genocide, a group of lawmakers has accused the Obama administration of blocking a Smithsonian display of a rug woven by orphans of the mass killings about a century ago. The lawmakers have written President Obama urging him to make available the rug, presented in 1925 toPresident Calvin Coolidge and in storage as part of the White House collection, for exhibition. The bipartisan group includes more than a dozen representatives from California, which has a large Armenian American population, the Los Angeles Times reported .  The roughly 12-foot-by-18-foot Armenian Orphan Rug was to be featured in a Dec. 16 exhibit at the Smithsonian Castle in Washington that sought to call attention to a new book about the rug, which the lawmakers called a “pivotal icon related to the Armenian Genocide.” A White House spokeswoman said Tuesday that displaying the rug “for only half a day in connection with a private book launch event, as proposed, would have been an inappropriate use of U.S. government property, would have required the White House to undertake the risk of transporting the rug for limited public exposure, and was not viewed as commensurate with the rug's historical significance.” Aram S. Hamparian, executive director of the Armenian National Committee of America, attributed the decision to politics, contending it was due to the administration “catering to the Turkish government's...
NEWS
By Brittany Levine and Mark Kellam | April 30, 2014
After a joint letter from more than 30 members of Congress, a letter from local Armenian leaders , years of community pressure and a petition drive on a website, the White House has agreed to exhibit in the near future, likely this fall, a rug made by Armenian orphans more than 90 years ago, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) said on Wednesday. The rug, woven by orphans of the Armenian Genocide in 1920, was presented to President Calvin Coolidge in 1925 as a symbol of gratitude for American aid and generosity for U.S. assistance during the genocide.
NEWS
May 1, 2014
Good morning, readers! Today is Thursday, May 1. Weather for the Glendale area is expected to reach a high of 100 and a low of 66 degrees. Remember to stay hydrated! In the news from your area: Powerful Santa Ana winds combined with potentially record-breaking temperatures will create extreme fire danger Wednesday across a tinder-dry Southland, officials warned. Along with flights at other Southern California airports, flights out of Bob Hope Airport in Burbank were grounded for less than an hour Wednesday afternoon because the Federal Aviation Administration was having computer problems, according to airport officials.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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!
NEWS
By James Gerstenzang | 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.
FEATURES
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 ?
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May 3, 2014
We learned this week from Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) that the beautiful rug created in 1920 by orphans of the Armenian Genocide and gifted to the United States five years later , might actually be placed on public display - as soon as this fall. Such news is certainly welcome, but we'll believe it only when we (finally) see it. After all, it took years of community pressure, a joint letter from members of Congress, another letter from Armenian leaders and a website petition to apparently convince the White House, which has not displayed the rug since 1995, that it would be a good idea to make it accessible to everyone to admire it for its artistic qualities and reflect upon the tragedy from which it was born.
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NEWS
May 1, 2014
Good morning, readers! Today is Thursday, May 1. Weather for the Glendale area is expected to reach a high of 100 and a low of 66 degrees. Remember to stay hydrated! In the news from your area: Powerful Santa Ana winds combined with potentially record-breaking temperatures will create extreme fire danger Wednesday across a tinder-dry Southland, officials warned. Along with flights at other Southern California airports, flights out of Bob Hope Airport in Burbank were grounded for less than an hour Wednesday afternoon because the Federal Aviation Administration was having computer problems, according to airport officials.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine and Mark Kellam | April 30, 2014
After a joint letter from more than 30 members of Congress, a letter from local Armenian leaders , years of community pressure and a petition drive on a website, the White House has agreed to exhibit in the near future, likely this fall, a rug made by Armenian orphans more than 90 years ago, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) said on Wednesday. The rug, woven by orphans of the Armenian Genocide in 1920, was presented to President Calvin Coolidge in 1925 as a symbol of gratitude for American aid and generosity for U.S. assistance during the genocide.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 2, 2014
Flooding inboxes at Glendale City Hall with emails didn't work, neither did pleas from Japanese politicians, but now those who oppose a Glendale monument to women used as sex slaves by the Japanese Army during World War II are trying a different approach - petitioning the White House . A petition asking for removal of the 1,100-pound statue on President Barack Obama's website “We The People” has netted more than 100,000 signatures ...
NEWS
November 22, 2013
President Obama will visit the Glendale campus of DreamWorks Animation SKG next week during a trip to Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times . Obama will tour the site and make a speech to the company's employees, the White House confirmed Thursday.   “On Tuesday, Nov. 26, the president will visit DreamWorks Animation facility in Glendale, California, to deliver remarks on the economy," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. "The American motion picture and television industry is a growing industry and continues to create thousands of jobs all across the country.
NEWS
By Richard Simon | November 12, 2013
In a new twist to efforts to call attention to the Armenian genocide, a group of lawmakers has accused the Obama administration of blocking a Smithsonian display of a rug woven by orphans of the mass killings about a century ago. The lawmakers have written President Obama urging him to make available the rug, presented in 1925 toPresident Calvin Coolidge and in storage as part of the White House collection, for exhibition. The bipartisan group includes more than a dozen representatives from California, which has a large Armenian American population, the Los Angeles Times reported .  The roughly 12-foot-by-18-foot Armenian Orphan Rug was to be featured in a Dec. 16 exhibit at the Smithsonian Castle in Washington that sought to call attention to a new book about the rug, which the lawmakers called a “pivotal icon related to the Armenian Genocide.” A White House spokeswoman said Tuesday that displaying the rug “for only half a day in connection with a private book launch event, as proposed, would have been an inappropriate use of U.S. government property, would have required the White House to undertake the risk of transporting the rug for limited public exposure, and was not viewed as commensurate with the rug's historical significance.” Aram S. Hamparian, executive director of the Armenian National Committee of America, attributed the decision to politics, contending it was due to the administration “catering to the Turkish government's...
NEWS
October 31, 2013
A petition on Whitehouse.gov is urging President Barack Obama to display a rug woven by Armenian orphans at a refugee camp in 1920. The tapestry was donated to President Calvin Coolidge in 1925, as a gift to thank Americans for their humanitarian support following World War I. The carpet has remained in storage and was expected to make its debut on Dec. 16 during a Smithsonian event and book launch for Hagop Martin Deranian's " ...
ENTERTAINMENT
By Andy Klein | June 28, 2013
In this action movie from apocalyptic blockbuster specialist Roland Emmerich ("Independence Day," "The Day After Tomorrow," "2012"), the White House is successfully invaded by terrorists, the president is captured and no one can save the day other than a Secret Service wannabe (Channing Tatum). If you think you're suffering from deja vu, you can relax: this same plot outline almost exactly fits "Olympus Has Fallen," the Antoine Fuqua film that came out three months ago. Significant differences: last time, the hero was a disgraced ex-Secret Service agent (Gerard Butler)
NEWS
April 24, 2012
THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release                             April 24, 2012 REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT PRESENTATION OF THE NATIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD East Room 10:11 A.M. EDT      THE PRESIDENT:  Wow, thank you, everybody.  (Applause.) ...
NEWS
February 14, 2012
The Obama administration, which has been urging California to push through growing opposition to its bullet train project, asked Congress on Monday for nearly $35 billion in passenger rail funding over the next five years. The request in its fiscal 2013 budget includes $1 billion for next year and nearly $8 billion in 2018, a massive funding plan that faces difficult odds of getting through Congress. Last year, the Republican-controlled House and even the Democratic-led Senate slashed a similar request and left no new money for any high-speed rail project.
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