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2009-01-02 10:20:02

Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson is considering singing at U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's upcoming inauguration, a source says. The Oscar-winning star of Dreamgirls sang at the Democratic National Convention last summer, but she has stayed out of the spotlight since her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew were shot to death in Chicago in October. Her brother-in-law has been charged in the triple homicide. Organizers want Jennifer to sing 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at the Inauguration...

2008-12-31 21:52:39

Those with a fetish for leather and motorcycles will in Washington the weekend before President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration, convention organizers say. The Centaur Motorcycle Club, a group of men with an enthusiastic interest in motorcycles, leather and other men, said the 25th annual Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend will take place Jan. 16, 17 and 18 -- overlapping with many inauguration-based parties and balls, ABC News reported Wednesday. Had we known it was going to be such a busy...

2008-12-30 09:29:51

Former U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is the celebrity with whom a majority of Americans would like to be neighbors, a poll suggests. The December survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults was conducted by Harris Interactive and commissioned by the real estate Web site Zillow.com. Fourteen percent of respondents said they would like to live next door to Palin. Following close behind, 13 percent said their dream neighbor is talk-show host Oprah Winfrey. Olympic gold medal-winning...

2008-12-29 17:57:42

Bristol Palin's great aunt has confirmed the 18-year-old daughter of former U.S. vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has given birth to a son. People magazine said Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston was born Sunday in Palmer, Alaska. Baby Tripp is the first child for Bristol Palin and her apprentice electrician boyfriend, Levi Johnston. The couple have been together for three years and reportedly plan to marry next year. We think it's wonderful, Colleen Jones, the sister of Bristol's...

2008-12-27 13:19:00

Hollywood, Fla., may join Opa-locka, Fla., St. Louis and Masaka, Uganda, in naming streets after President-elect Barack Obama. Thomas and Theresa Smith, activists in Hollywood's predominantly black Washington Park neighborhood, say they've gotten a positive response from city leaders to their request to rename Pembroke Road, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Saturday. He's the first black president of our country; the first! Thomas said. Hollywood has streets named after presidents,...

2008-12-25 16:03:31

The mayor of Irving, Texas, used the Internet medium YouTube to plead his case for an economic stimulus plan to President-elect Barack Obama. Mayor Herbert Gears used the short-film YouTube Web site to ask the next president to use federal funds to buy municipal bonds, The Dallas Morning News reported Thursday. That would bolster the market, Gears said in his presentation. Gears said the collapse of the credit market has made it difficult for cities to raise funds for a variety of projects....

2008-12-24 14:10:00

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is still taking shots from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA officials said Wednesday. The animal rights group and the Republican vice presidential candidate clashed during the 2008 campaign. Now PETA has posted an online game for the holiday season that lets Internet users pelt the moose-hunting governor -- clad in a bikini and fur coat -- with snowballs, Politico reported. The site urges users to help make the holidays safe for animals by fighting...

2008-12-24 05:00:00

CHICAGO, Dec. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition for his steadfast support of strengthening fatherhood and families, The Fatherhood Educational Institute (FEI) announces Barack Obama as the 2009 Father of the Year. By re-introducing the Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families Act, Barack Obama exemplifies his status as a champion of fatherhood and male involvement. "I think we got to do a real good job trying to reintroduce males who have been involved in the criminal justice...

2008-12-22 08:00:00

Wayne Schell, California Association of Local Economic Development, Shares Insights on Public Sector's Role for Economic Stimulus SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Wayne Schell, President and CEO of the California Association of Local Economic Development (CALED), received a request from an Obama transition team leader to gather a group of stakeholders to present policy and tactical recommendations on infrastructure and job creation to the Obama team in Washington, D.C. "It's not...

2008-12-21 13:54:34

Yale University Professor Elizabeth Alexander says creating a poem for the Washington inauguration of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama will be a challenge. The Ivy League college professor said she is excited to be only the fourth poet to offer an inauguration reading, The Hartford (Conn.) Courant reported Sunday. It's going to be a challenge to serve the occasion and serve the art form at the same time, she said of the Jan. 20, 2009, event. Previous poets who read at presidential...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'