Greenspan To Wed NBC's Andrea Mitchell
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Dec. 31) -- In what may be the capital's latest power couple, Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan has reportedly proposed marriage to NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell. As reported by The Washington Post, Greenspan popped the question Christmas day and she accepted. No date has been set. Both divorced, the two met in 1983 when Greenspan, then living in New York, began commuting to Washington to work on a Social Security commission. Though they began dating in 1984, the relationship became more serious when he moved to Washington in August 1987 to chair the Fed. Greenspan, 70, is 20 years older than Mitchell. He told the Post, "We have a huge amount in common. It's a really great match."
Jackson Softens Stance On Ebonics
OAKLAND, Calif. (AllPolitics, Dec. 31) -- After blasting Oakland school district's resolution to recognize ebonics, or "black English" in the classroom, Rev. Jesse Jackson has moderated his stance. While not specifically endorsing the district's policy, Jackson stood with smiling children on Monday and praised the district for being sensitive to the needs of students. "The intent is to correct and teach standard English," he told reporters. "There has been more of a focus on 'Ebonics' as a term than on at-risk youth as a fact." Superintendent Carolyn Getridge maintains that recognizing ebonics in the classroom is a longstanding practice, and that complying with the resolution won't require any state or federal funding.
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