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Kennedy Center To Begin Search For New President

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The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is launching a search for a new president. Current President Michael Kaiser has held the title for 12 years. He came to Washington, D.C. after leading London's Royal Opera House. But his contract ends next year. Now, a search committee headed up by Chairman David Rubenstein and board member Anthony Welters is looking for a replacement.

Rubenstein says the position is unique because it involves overseeing an opera company, two orchestras, a ballet company and extensive theater, dance, and jazz programs.

The president oversees a $200 million annual budget and is responsible for raising about $80 million each year.

The Kennedy Center is among the busiest performing arts centers in the country, and runs an extensive arts education program that was started by current president Michael Kaiser.

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Remembering Robert Swanson, Advertising's 'King Of Jingles'

Robert Swanson revolutionized American advertising and wrote some of the most memorable ad jingles of the 1950s and '60s for products ranging from Campbell's Soup to Pall Mall cigarettes. He died at 95 July 17 at his home in Phoenix, Ariz.
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In Alaska's Remote Towns, Climate Change Is Already Leaving Many Hungry

Melting ice has made it harder to hunt walrus, a traditional staple for Native Alaskans. Warmer temps mean caribou aren't where hunters used to find them. It all adds up to more food insecurity.
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Democratic National Convention Day Two: Uniting The Party

An update on day two of the Democratic convention: Bill Clinton takes the stage and ongoing efforts by party leaders to build unity.

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How To Help Teens And Children Fight 'Tech Addiction'

Many parents and therapists say obsessive internet use is a very real problem for some teens and children. But the term “internet addiction” is controversial and not officially recognized as a disorder. How to help kids who compulsively use computers and mobile technology.

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