National Press Club

Pub Quiz 7 pm Nov. 12

November 5, 2009 | By Evan Sweetman |

Pub Quiz is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Truman Lounge. This event is always great competition, so come by for a fun evening of mind-bending trivia, good company and fun prizes.

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Former Afghan Parliament Member Calls for US Troop Withdrawal

November 4, 2009 | By Lorna Aldrich |

American troops in Afghanistan are war criminals and should leave the country, Malalai Joya, a member of the Afghan parliament, said at the Club Nov. 2.

The event, sponsored by the International Correspondents Committee, introduced her political memoir, "A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan who Dared to Raise her Voice." Joya‘s fellow members of parliament voted to suspend her from serving her term following charges that she insulted them.

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Pension Fund Head Advocates Stronger Regulation, Change in Corporate Governance

November 3, 2009 | By Lorna Aldrich |

Joseph Dear, chief investment officer of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), listed the three critical aspects of financial reform - s trengthening and reinvigorating existing regulations, closing gaps in regulation and improving corporate governance – at a Newsmaker Nov. 3.

He particularly favored a bill coming before the House Financial Services Committee Nov. 4 that would provide shareholders access to proxy ballots for boards of directors. He called this measure the most important in the tool kit to improve corporate governance.

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Club Speaks Up for Illinois Journalists

November 3, 2009

The National Press Club strongly objects to the Cook County, Ill., prosecutor's use of subpoena power to obtain personal information, such as grades and evaluations, and investigative records, such as off-the-record interviews, from student journalists at Northwestern University.

The journalists at Northwestern's Medill Innocence Project reported and researched the conviction of Anthony McKinney for the slaying of a security guard in 1978. Their reporting revealed new evidence that the student journalists say points to McKinney's innocence.

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Documentary Shines Light on Black Soldiers in WWII

November 2, 2009 | By Tonya Fitzpatrick |

African-Americans soldiers in WWII have been "largely been edited out of history … and I was interested in discussing the plight of these soldiers,” documentary producer Gregory Cooke told an Oct. 29 newsmaker where clips of "Choc’late Soldiers from the USA" were shown.

“When the story of a group of people is left out of American history, then we are all impoverished by its absence,” director Noel "Sonny" Izon said.

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Ken Burns: Parks Define Americans as a People

October 30, 2009 | By Ken Dalecki |

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns told a well-attended luncheon audience Sept. 28 that he hopes his latest series on creation of the National Park system will boost park attendance, particularly by African Americans and Hispanic Americans, to help build an expanded constituency for the preservation and restoration of the nation's most beautiful and historic sites.

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Renewable Experts Detail Need for Energy Storage

October 29, 2009 | By Frank Maisano |

Grid and power experts said compressed air storage for renewable energy is essential as wind, solar and other renewable resources begin to play a more significant role in the US power generation mix.

At an Oct. 27 Newsmaker, PJM CEO Terry Boston, Electric Power Research Institute researcher Robert Schainker and Energy Storage and Power CEO Stephen Byrd addressed the potential of energy technology to counteract the intermittency of renewables and called for additional incentives to prime the market.

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Chinese Shipping CEO Sees Expanded U.S.-China Trade, Economic Recovery

October 28, 2009 | By Bill Miller |

Even though trade between the United States and China already has grown 130 times since the two countries established diplomatic relations 30 years ago, “the golden age is ahead of us” said Capt. Wei Jiafu, president and CEO of the Chinese Ocean Shipping Co. (COSCO), at an NPC Luncheon Oct. 26.

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Human Rights Advocates Call for Guantanamo Accountability

October 22, 2009 | By Mike Smith |

Human rights advocates, lawyers and Common Cause said the United States violated Geneva Conventions in treatment and interrogation of detainees in Iraq and at a military detention facility in Cuba and that former Vice President Richard Cheney should answer for the abuses at an Oct. 16 Newsmaker.

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Prof Outlines Sports Stats to Illuminate Players, Teams

October 21, 2009 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

When fans read an account of their favorite football team’s game in stories in the morning paper or on the Web, a three-yard plunge by the star fullback is recorded as three yards, whether the play gains a first down or falls far short of the marker.

But those two results vary in their impact on the game, and that difference should be reflected in the statistics that journalists use to describe the contest, according to an academician who spoke at an Oct. 20 Newsmaker.

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