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  • Olympic hero Michael Phelps looks to dip his toes in tech

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Michael Phelps wants to dive into Silicon Valley's investment opportunities as he tries to make the transition from Olympic swimming star and product pitchman to entrepreneur."I would love to get involved, whether it's in a couple little startups here and there, take a little risk, have some fun and see where it goes," Phelps said in an interview during a recent visit to San Jose, California while appearing at an Intuit software conference.For now, Phelps isn't providing any details about what he is going to do, though he says he has been getting advice from venture capitalists and other experienced investors in Silicon Valley startups.Getting into tech investing would be a new direction for Phelps, whose business experience to date consists mostly of his own line of swimwear and endorsement deals with the likes of Under Armour, Visa and Wheaties.These and other big brands have paid him an estimated $75 million during his career. That's far more than the $1.65 million that he received from the U.S. Olympic Committee and Speedo for winning a record 28 medals, including 23 golds, in five Olympics. He's still promoting products; he is currently doing commercials for computer chipmaker Intel in a campaign that began in October.Whatever he does next, Phelps isn't ready to start his own investment fund, like retired Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant did earlier this year with entrepreneur Jeff Stibel. And if Phelps has ideas for founding a startup of his own, he's keeping them to himself.

  • NBC boss and hit-making producer Grant Tinker dies at age 90

    NEW YORK (AP) — Grant Tinker, who brought new polish to the TV world and beloved shows including "Hill Street Blues" to the audience as both a producer and a network boss, has died. He was 90.Tinker died Monday at his Los Angeles home, according to his son, producer Mark Tinker.Though he had three tours of duty with NBC, the last as its chairman, Tinker was perhaps best-known as the nurturing hand at MTM Enterprises, the production company he founded in 1970 and ran for a decade.Nothing less than a creative salon, MTM scored with some of TV's most respected and best-loved programs, including "Lou Grant," ''Rhoda," ''The Bob Newhart Show" and, of course, the series that starred his business partner and then-wife, Mary Tyler Moore."I am deeply saddened to learn that my former husband and professional mentor Grant Tinker has passed away," Moore said in a statement. "Grant was a brilliant, driven executive who uniquely understood that the secret to great TV content was freedom for its creators and performing artists. This was manifest in his 'first be best and then be first' approach."Tinker summed it up with typical self-effacement in a 1994 interview with The Associated Press: "I just had the good luck to be around people who did the kind of work that the audience appreciates. The success just rubbed off on me."

  • Glendale libraries host musical performances

    All Glendale Public Library programs are free.To view more programs and events, or to sign up for a program which requires registration, please visit http://www.glendaleaz.com/Library/LibraryEvents.cfm.On Thursday, the main library, 5959 W. Brown St., will feature Live at the Library: Grace Lutheran Handbell Choirs.Ring in the holiday season with the joyous sound of handbells and chimes. The handbell choirs will play holiday favorites, demonstrate different techniques for handbell ringing and invite the audience to join in singing some familiar carols from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the library auditorium.Foothills Branch Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave., plays host to Flutasia: Holiday Concert at 3 p.m. Saturday.Get in the holiday spirit at this festive and relaxing performance featuring classical and contemporary favorites for all ages. Performed by flutists Karen Thomasson, Rebekah Lowe, Emily Bean and Tana Welker.

Black American journey finally enshrined in national museum

When the Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture opens this week alongside the Washington Monument and the National Museum of American History, it will firmly — and finally — anchor the black experience in the nation's narrative.

  • icon Posted: September 25

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