November 17, 2011
APPARENTLY some of the stuff that's been twirling around in the head of Herman Cain is that he's cool with the use of medical marijuana - as long as your state is down with it, too. "If states want to legalize medical marijuana, I think that's a state's right," Cain said yesterday at an Iowa campaign stop, according to NBC News. "Because one of my overriding approaches to looking at all of these issues - most of them belong at the state, because when you do something federally . . . you try to force one-size-fits-all.
November 11, 2011 |
JOE PATERNO has contacted a Washington criminal-defense lawyer who once represented President George H.W. Bush in the Iran-Contra affair, according to NBC News. J. Sedgwick Sollers has not met with Paterno and a retainer has not been signed, according to the report. Paterno's son, Scott, denied the report. "To be clear, no lawyer has been retained," he said. "Not sure where that report originated. " A source close to Paterno told NBC that he is concerned about civil lawsuits by the alleged victims and their families, along with the ongoing investigation by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office.
October 27, 2011 |
The truth, the real truth, veteran journalist Martin Fletcher says, isn't told in news reports, but in fiction. It's hardly what you'd expect to hear from a war-hardened, five-time Emmy award-winning foreign correspondent whose 27 years of experience reporting on Israel for NBC News are distilled in a 2010 memoir, Walking Israel: A Personal Search for the Soul of a Nation . But Fletcher isn't simply a reporter. His first novel, The List , was released this month and has been chosen as the 2011-2012 selection for the fifth annual One Book, One Jewish Community literary program.
September 20, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Lester Holt will replace Ann Curry as host of the newsmagazine Dateline NBC when it begins its 20th season Friday. The NBC News veteran will keep his job as coanchor of the Weekend Today show. Curry, who is now coanchor with Matt Lauer of the first half of the weekday Today show, was judged too busy for both jobs. The announcement was made Monday. Holt has been a valued utility player at NBC News, doing multiple reporting and anchoring jobs at the network and sister station MSNBC, and he said people have often come up to him wondering when he takes time off. "Sometimes, I'll be flipping the channel at home and think, 'Wow, there's a lot of me on TV,' " said Holt, who said that his weekends were busy, but that he has a lot of schedule flexibility otherwise.
August 9, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Casey Anthony, acquitted of murder charges in the death of her daughter Caylee, is likely to face a choice when she decides to grant an interview: Should she take the best chance for rehabilitating her image or the best chance for a payday? Her consideration comes at a time when broadcast network executives are particularly skittish about paying subjects to talk; at the same time, they wonder about sitting down with someone so deeply unpopular. ABC, CBS and NBC have pledged not to pay Anthony to license photos or other materials if she agrees to an interview.
June 30, 2011 |
Andrea Mitchell, now chief foreign-affairs correspondent for NBC News, walked into the Philadelphia City Hall newsroom in the 1960s on the first day of her first job as a reporter for KYW-AM. The only woman in the room. A minnow among barracudas. Except for Philadelphia Daily News reporter Bill Fidati. "He reached out and mentored me," Mitchell said in a Wednesday phone interview. "He really made it acceptable for many of the other veteran male reporters to accept a young, eager, but inexperienced woman.
June 14, 2011 |
FILMMAKER Eric Moyer is outraged that the Souderton Area School District rejected his request to shoot his film "School Spirits" in the closed former home of Souderton High School, from which Moyer graduated in 1991. The movie, which deals with ghosts in a shuttered high school, stars Mischa Barton ("The O.C. "); Christopher McDonald , whose credits include "Dirty Work" and "Happy Gilmore"; and Robert Romanus , remembered by a generation as Mike Damone in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
June 13, 2011 |
LOOKS LIKE A national tryout for NBC 10 anchor/reporter Aditi Roy , who will spend the summer in Los Angeles working for NBC News. She'll be there from June 27 to Sept. 5. If this story sounds familiar, it's because last year NBC 10's Kristen Welker also was tapped for the national stage, and spent a summer in Burbank, before being promoted full-time to NBC News. Although Roy's summer gig isn't being billed as a tryout, it certainly seems that way, and NBC News President Steve Capus is known to have a soft spot for NBC 10. The Warminster native and Temple grad spent several years at the station in the 1980s.
May 18, 2011 |
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - For more than a decade, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger managed to keep secret the fact that he had fathered a child with a member of his household staff, misleading not only his family but also millions of Californians who might not have elected him had they known. Battered by years of fiscal problems, Schwarzenegger's public approval rating had dipped to 23 percent when he left office in January. On his final day in office, he shortened the manslaughter sentence for the son of his political friend Fabian Nunez, angering his shrunken pool of supporters.