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SBA Administrator Urges Expansion of Lending Program

December 14, 2009 | By Kenneth Dalecki |

Small Business Administrator Karen Mills urged Congress to renew and expand SBA lending programs that she says are helping breath new life in the nation's struggling economy.

In a Dec. 14 luncheon speech, Mills said she is hopeful that SBA loan application fees will continue to be waived and that lending levels will increase under legislation pending in Congress.

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"Cousin Brucie" Discusses Evolution of Rock 'n Roll

December 11, 2009 | By Jan King |

The origins of "doo wop" music are in slavery, where it began with the "field hollers" as a form of communication, long-time disk jockey and broadcasting legend "Cousin Brucie" Morrow told a Club audience Dec. 10.

He said field hollers progressed into gospel, rhythm and blues, big bands and finally into soul music. In the 1940s, when there was little money for instrumentals in black recordings, the groups emulated the instruments with vocal harmonies, Morrow said.

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Sesame Street Must 'Innovate or Melt Away,' CEO Tells Luncheon

December 9, 2009 | By Ellyn Ferguson |

Sesame Street has long been the place where preschool kids learn a thing or two, but the media industry might take away a few lessons as the programs marks its 40th year, Gary E. Knell said at a Luncheon Dec. 8.

Innovation, relevance, research, targeting audience and thinking globally are the keys to Sesame Street’s longevity, Knell, president and CEO of Sesame Workshop, told an audience that included representatives of the preschool crowd.

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Congress Shouldn't Weaken Investor Protection Reforms, Securities Official Says

December 6, 2009 | By Tejinder Singh |

Congress gets push to resist pressure to weaken investor protection reforms

Texas securities commissioner Denise Voigt Crawford criticized parts of the financial reform package under consideration in the House, particularly a Republican-sponsored provision that would place many investment advisory firms under the regulation of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

At a Dec. 4 Newsmaker, Crawford who is also the president of the North American Securities Administrators Association, said the possibility of FINRA oversight of advisory firms “causes us great concern.”

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Tulane, New Orleans Officials Discuss City's Rebuilding

December 4, 2009 | By Keith M. Hill |

The recovery of New Orleans is "a work in progress," Tulane University President Scott Cowen said at a Dec. 3 Newsmaker. He and New Orleans City Council President Arnie Fielkow discussed the five things the public should know about New Orleans today.

Cowen and Fielkow are co-founders of the Fleur de Lis Ambassador Program, which is made up of more than 30 New Orleans residents who go around the country to, as Cowen put it, dispel the myths and misperceptions surrounding New Orleans's recovery.

"Some people still think we're underwater," Cowen said.

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Future of Theater Is Bright, Says Retiring DC Theater Pioneer

December 4, 2009 | By Bill Miller |

Despite increasing competition, an uncertain economy and predictions of its demise, theater is alive and well in both the nation and in Washington, said Joy Zinoman, a prime mover of the Washington theater scene, in a retirement speech at the Club Dec. 4.

“For all its impracticalities, serious theater still stubbornly persists. It will not go away. … It may even thrive,” said Zinoman, whose co-founding of Studio Theater 35 years ago on a $1,000 shoestring spurred the transformation of the once-rundown Logan Circle area of Washington into a bustling urban neighborhood.

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Tannen Discusses "Sisters" Book

December 3, 2009 | By Joe Motheral |

Sometimes sisters are at odds, author Deborah Tannen said, but “despite terrible hurts you can come back together again.”

Tannen, author of "You were Always Mom’s Favorite, Sisters in Conversation Throughout their Lives" discussed her book at the Club Dec. 2.

She writes and speaks from experience because she has two older sisters. But to put together this book, she said, “I interviewed over 100 women with sisters.”

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Prince Albert Encourages Action on Global Warming; Reception Photos Available

December 1, 2009 | By Richard Lee |

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Environmental concerns are alarmingly bigger today than when his great-grandfather spoke at the National Press Club on the same topic, Monaco's Prince Albert II said at a sold-out Nov. 30 Luncheon.

Prince Albert I spoke at the Club in October 1913.

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NEH Chairman Says Cultural Understanding Critical to Military Strategy, Politics, Social Discourse

December 1, 2009 | By Lorna Aldrich |

James A. Leach, a 30-year veteran Republican Congressman appointed by President Obama to be chairman of the National Endowment of the Humanities, underscored the importance of the humanities when “the world is in flux and the judgments of its leading democracy is in question” at a Club Luncheon Nov. 20.

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Rage Over Mammography Guidelines Justified, Cancer Charity Leader Says

December 1, 2009 | By Bill Miller |

Guidelines issued lby an independent government panel declaring that annual breast-cancer screenings are unnecessary for women in their 40s “have resulted in mass confusion and justifiable outrage” among women said Nancy G. Brinker, chairwoman of largest global breast cancer charity at a Speakers Comittee news conference Nov. 23.

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