Saturday, June 30, 2012
By Richard Simon
Los Angeles Times (MCT)
WASHINGTON — Congress, in a rare display of bipartisanship, on Friday sent to President Barack Obama a roughly $105 billion transportation bill that lawmakers from both parties touted as perhaps the largest jobs measure of the year.
The measure also would avert a doubling of interest rates for millions of college student loans that was threatened to hit Sunday.
"The American people finally will have a jobs bill from this Congress," said Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who is Washington, D.C.'s delegate to the House.
Lena Horne photographed
by Carl Van Vechten, 1941
Lena Mary Calhoun Horne ((June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010), was an iconic American singer and actress. She has recorded and performed extensively, independently and with other jazz notables, including Artie Shaw, Teddy Wilson, Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, and Charlie Barnet. She currently lives in New York City and no longer makes public appearances.
Lena Horne was born in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York. She grew up in an upper middle class black community. Her father, Edwin "Teddy" Horne, who worked in the gambling trade, left the family when she was three. Her mother, Edna Scottron, was the daughter of inventor Samuel R. Scottron; she was an actress with an African American theater troupe and traveled extensively. Horne was mainly raised by her grandparents, Cora Calhoun and Edwin Horne. Her uncle, Frank S. Horne, was an adviser to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She is a reported descendant of the John C. Calhoun family.
Learn more about Lena Horne, and see her perform, at lena-horne.com.