SBD/May 6, 2013/People and Pop Culture

Names In The News

Lai will not have an official role within the Eagles' organization
Eagles Owner JEFFREY LURIE “married Philadelphia resident TINA LAI in a private ceremony.” Lurie announced last July that he and CHRISTINA WEISS LURIE were "getting divorced after 20 years of marriage.” Lai will have “no official role in the Eagles organization” (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 5/6).

BANKING ON IT: In N.Y., Andrew Ross Sorkin profiled former Barclays President ROBERT DIAMOND JR., whose “pilgrimage to Brooklyn has become a regular affair” since he returned to N.Y. Though Diamond resigned before the Barclays Center opened, it "might not have existed without his decision" for the bank to pay $400M to "slap its name on the building.” His skybox, which he "personally pays for, is a homage to his time at Barclays, its walls lined with pictures of some of his proudest moments.” There is a photo of Diamond and Nets investor JAY-Z “breaking ground on the arena, him playing golf with PHIL MICKELSON, him handing over the championship trophy of the English Premier League, which Barclays sponsors.” Arena investors also added Diamond to the board of the Barclays Center "after he left the bank" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/5).

FOLLOWING A LEGEND: In N.Y., Clyde Haberman profiles Yankees PA announcer PAUL OLDEN, who took over for the late BOB SHEPPARD in ’09. Olden said, “They trust me enough with the scripts that I have free rein pretty much to change stuff the way I would say it, more so than the way they wrote it.” He added, “They trust me not to go too far out of the Sheppard mold.” Haberman writes Sheppard was “nothing less than the Voice of God,” and that is “not the easiest act to follow” (N.Y. TIMES, 5/6).

NAMES: Allegations of wrongdoing by a U.S. mining company controlled by former Oilers Owner PETER POCKLINGTON “have been laid to rest following a year-long investigation.” The Arizona Corporate Commission board has “voted unanimously to approve a consent order that effectively ends its enforcement action against Pocklington’s company” (EDMONTONSUN.com, 5/5)….MLB Commissioner BUD SELIG will be the keynote speaker for the Barbara Sinatra Center for Abuse Children’s Annual Champion Honors Luncheon on Jan. 17 in Indian Wells, Calif. (THE DAILY)….Former NFLer BRANDON SHORT “left Goldman Sachs Group’s INC.’s Dubai unit last month to start a closely held Islamic lender that will specialize in loans to small and medium-sized companies" (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 5/3)….Patriots DT MARCUS FORSTON attended Reebok’s second annual Active Kids Day at the company’s HQs (BOSTON HERALD, 5/5)….U.S. skier LINDSEY VONN attended the Delete Blood Cancer Gala in N.Y. and was “eager to walk her first red carpet without a knee brace” (NYPOST.com, 5/3).
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