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NAPOLITANO:LA—The nomination of Janet Napolitano, the U.S. secretary of Homeland Security, to be the next president of the University of California signals a desire for change at the sprawling 10-campus system and hopes that a highly visible political personality may be able to raise more money and play a more influential role in Sacramento and Washington. Besides being the first woman expected to be named president in UC’s 145-year history, Napolitano is thought to be only the second true outsider and the first without any record of helping to run a university. Current President Mark G. Yudof is leaving office after five years. By Larry Gordon in Los Angeles.
NSA-RECORDS-SNOWDEN:LA— Edward Snowden hasn’t budged from the transit area of a Moscow airport, but his search for political asylum has come full circle. The former contractor for the U.S. National Security Agency, who revealed Washington’s secret efforts to track international telephone and Internet communications, called Russian human rights activists and lawyers to Sheremetyevo International Airport on Friday and asked them for help gaining asylum in Russia — at least for now. The request reflects the tight spot Snowden is in almost three weeks after arriving in Moscow from Hong Kong, where he originally fled after leaving the United States. It puts the focus back on Russian President Vladimir Putin, and threatens to worsen already tense relations between Moscow and the United States, which has demanded Snowden’s return. By Sergei L. Loiko in Moscow.
REWRITING-SHAKESPEARE:LA—The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Anne Tyler has never liked the "The Taming of the Shrew." "I have no favorite moments in this play," Tyler said in an email interview. "I think it's an outrageous play. I first read it in college and disliked it intensely, and I can't say my attitude toward it softened any when I read it again just recently." Very soon, Tyler is going to get her chance to reimagine and make sense of "The Taming of the Shrew." She's writing a novel based on the play as part of a project by the publishing house Hogarth to commission novels based on all 37 of Shakespeare's plays. By Hector Tobar (Moving at a later date).
CALIF-CALDERON:LA—The Calderons have flourished in the sometimes ruthless environs of the California Assembly and Senate, where four family members have served in the carpeted chambers: brothers Charles, Ronald and Tom, and Charles' son. They've cut reputations for raising campaign cash and reigning over the Legislature's powerful "juice committees," those overseeing banking, insurance and other industries that have the cash to bankroll political campaigns. They use their political muscle to help one another, squeezing political opponents, pushing legislation backed by supporters and even orchestrating a brazen leadership coup attempt. Controversy also clings to them. Last month, gun-toting FBI agents raided the Capitol offices of state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon and seized records from a Southern California water district with financial ties to Calderon's brother, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon. Federal officials remain mum on the focus of the investigation, but the inquiry appears to be as far-reaching as the family's influence. By Patrick McGreevy and Paige St. John in Sacramento, Calif. (Moving at a later date).
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