Yesterday, Barack Obama lost one of his better V.P. options when Jim Webb backed out of the running, apparently deciding that the rigorous vetting process and the intense scrutiny of a national campaign weren’t for him.
Around the same time, one of Read More
Bill Gates Sr., co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is shopping a book about his life and the virtues of charity, publishing sources say. (Doubleday just issued a press release saying they bought the book; see update below)
The proposal for the book–titled Showing Up For Life–was sent out last Friday by Read More
Isn’t it ironic that the city’s MTA chairman, Mr. Pete Kalikow, has his own special form of transportation? From The New York Times:
Another of Pininfarina’s one-of-a-kind projects was a car for Peter S. Kalikow, the New York developer and chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The car is a tweaked Ferrari Read More
ERICA: “OH MY GAAAAAWWWWDDDD!”
Yes, I was screaming at the top of my lungs, but “Oh My God,” was all I could get out as I sat there staring at my computer screen blankly. My email program crashed. It had a heart-attack, followed by a stroke and then capped it off with an aneurism Read More
The frontpage, 4th column feature (I think it’s called an A-head) in yesterday’s WSJ, unfortunately firewalled, was a sweet piece of reporting by Eric Bellman about daytraders playing the Indian stockmarket at internet cafes in Mumbai. They’ve left their jobs as sailors and real estate agents to try and eke out a profit of $10 Read More
Courting Justice: From New York Yankees vs. Major League Baseball to Bush vs. Gore, 1997-2000, by David Boies. Miramax, 416 pages, $25.95.
When titans of industry, attorneys general of the United States and Democratic Presidential candidates needed to lawyer up during the last 10 years, they all turned to David Boies. Son of a Midwestern Read More
A powerful endorsement of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s efforts to reform the beleaguered New York City public-school system came last week, when Bill Gates announced that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation would give $51.2 million to create 67 small high schools in the city. It is the largest gift ever given to New York schools, Read More
News that my next doctor’s visit apparently will end with my
healer of choice handing me a prescription for an anti-cholesterol pill was so
startling that I almost put aside my cheeseburger and fries. Quickly regaining
my senses, I grabbed a spoon to scoop up the grease that had trickled down my
arm, put it Read More
The Plot to Get Bill Gates: An Irreverent Investigation of the World’s Richest Man … and the People Who Hate Him , by Gary Rivlin. Times Books, 360 pages, $25.
The first of the world’s millionaires was most likely the Scotsman John Law, who held an exclusive concession to the French territory of Louisiana Read More
Wednesday, June 16
Last year, a crew working with 60 Minutes ‘ Ed Bradley put a miniature camera on a social worker’s eyeglasses and sent him to work at a Charlotte, N.C., hospital for an investigation of Charter Behavioral Health System facilities for the mentally ill, in which there had been three patient deaths within Read More