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In brief: Obama helps daughter’s coach

Sun., Feb. 20, 2011, midnight

Washington – President Barack Obama stepped in to help coach his younger daughter’s basketball team even when she wasn’t there.

White House officials said Obama helped coach 9-year-old Sasha’s team Saturday in suburban Maryland because a regular parent-coach was unable to attend.

But Sasha and her older sister, Malia, are skiing in Colorado this weekend with their mother and some friends.

The president often attends Sasha’s Saturday morning basketball games at a community center in Maryland. Aides said they did not know if Obama had helped coach before. They did not provide results of Saturday’s game.

Detroit Symphony cancels season

Detroit – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra on Saturday suspended the rest of its season after musicians voted to reject management’s latest contract offer, dashing hopes for an end to a contentious walkout that has dragged on for months.

The musicians said no further meetings with management had been scheduled, but both sides said they remained committed to talks to end the more-than-four- month-old strike.


 

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