- - Monday, April 11, 2011

WHITE HOUSE

McChrystal to join administration

Nearly a year after he was relieved of command in Afghanistan, retired ArmyGen. Stanley A. McChrystal is joining the Obama administration.

Gen. McChrystal will lead an advisory board overseeing a White House initiative supporting military families. The Joint Forces program will be led by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden. The program will focus on mobilizing communities, businesses and the government to assist the families of those serving their country.


The first lady’s office says the initiative will be announced at the White House on Tuesday.

Gen. McChrystal resigned after he and his aides were quoted in a Rolling Stone article as being dismissive of their civilian bosses.

NEW JERSEY

Olympian to run for Senate seat

TRENTON | Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis says he’ll run again for New Jersey Senate.

The 49-year-old New Jersey native announced his bid to represent his hometown of Willingboro on Monday.

“When I run, as you see from my record, I run to win,” Mr. Lewis said outside a historic courthouse in his home county, where he announced his candidacy with his mother and other family members standing nearby.

Mr. Lewis said he hopes to inspire people, encourage communities to get together and improve educational opportunities, particularly physical education, for children. He said he’ll announce a specific issue-based platform in coming days.

This is his first bid for elected office. In fact, he said he had registered to vote earlier in the day but said he had been registered previously in California and Texas, two states where he has lived recently.

Mr. Lewis won nine Olympic gold medals and is considered among the best track and field athletes of all time.

In Los Angeles in 1984, he won gold in the 100 and 200 meters, long jump and 400-meter relay. At the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, he triumphed in the 100 meter and long jump. In the 1992 games in Barcelona, he took the long jump and anchored the U.S. 400 relay team that won in world-record time. He won his fourth straight Olympic gold in the long jump in 1996 in Atlanta.

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