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Volunteers trained for Minn. recount

ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 15 (UPI) -- More than 400 volunteers showed up Saturday morning to train as observers for Democrat Al Franken in the U.S. Senate race recount in Minnesota.
Obama chief inspired 'West Wing' character

Obama chief inspired 'West Wing' character

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The man who is to be U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's chief of staff inspired the character of Josh Lyman on TV's "The West Wing," Us Weekly said.

What's happening in Hollywood

President Bartlet gets another term, two more years for 'The Simpsons,' and other stories about Hollywood.
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New Mexico 42, Utah 35 (2OT)

ALBUQUERQUE, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Justin Millea's one-yard run in the second overtime Saturday lifted New Mexico to a 42-35 victory over Mountain West Conference rival Utah.

Utah 40, Indiana 13

SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Marty Johnson rushed for 229 yards and two touchdowns Saturday night before sitting out the fourth quarter with a sprained knee, leading Utah to a 40-13 victory

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Rendell wins Dem. gov. nomination in Pa.

PHILADELPHIA, May 22 (UPI) -- Former Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell on Tuesday defeated Pennsylvania Auditor General Bob Casey Jr. to capture the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Pennsy
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SAG AWARDS NOMINATIONS The honors keep on coming for Russell Crowe and Sissy Spacek. The two are among the nominees for the eighth annual SAG Awards, announced Tuesday in Los Angeles by the Screen Actors Guild.
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Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Here is a list of the nominees for the 8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, announced Tuesday:

Utah 17, San Diego St. 3

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Adam Tate rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown Saturday as Utah defeated San Diego State, 17-3, in a Mountain West Conference contest that set up next week's sh

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'West Wing' wins 8 Emmys

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- NBC's White House drama, "The West Wing," was re-elected as outstanding TV drama series by voting members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Sunday, b
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

'West Wing' wins 8 Emmys

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- NBC's White House drama, "The West Wing," was re-elected as outstanding TV drama series by voting members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Sunday, b
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

'West Wing's' Whitford wins Emmy

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4 (UPI) --

Catholic prespective

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- NBC's award-winning dramatic series "West Wing" aired a special episode devoted to terrorism on Oct. 4. It began promisingly enough with a group of high school
DEAL W. HUDSON, Special to United Press International
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Joshua "Josh" Lyman is a fictional character played by Bradley Whitford on the television drama The West Wing. For the majority of the series, he was Deputy White House Chief of Staff in the Josiah Bartlet administration. Although he focused on domestic legislative affairs, the episode "Memorial Day" reveals that Josh holds the foreign diplomatic rank equivalent to that of a three-star general.

Josh is portrayed as having one of the sharpest minds on the President's staff; he is a witty, somewhat cocky, boyishly charming know-it-all. He is described by Will Bailey as "(After Leo) the finest political mind in the party" ("Opposition Research").

Aaron Sorkin, the creator of The West Wing, originally wrote Josh Lyman with long-time friend Bradley Whitford in mind. An early draft of the pilot script, dated February 6, 1998, describes Josh as being aged 38 and "a highly regarded brain." After reading the script, Whitford says he loved the character immediately and "desperately wanted" the part. While his audition impressed the show's executive producers, with Sorkin describing it as "simply the best audition for anything I'd ever seen," Warner Brothers casting director John Levey was not convinced Whitford had enough sex appeal to play a lead character and executive producer Thomas Schlamme was concerned that he did not have enough depth to carry off the more dramatic scenes. After a second audition, Whitford was offered the role of Sam Seaborn. Whitford called Sorkin for help. "I just said, 'Aaron, I just feel this very strongly. This isn't about me wanting a job. This is the only time in my life I will play this card. I am this guy; I am not the other guy.'" Sorkin was impressed, and soon after Whitford was cast as Josh. In the very early episodes of the series, Josh was portrayed as overly tough and outspoken, but had mellowed by the end of season one, becoming more eager and simplistic in his personal demeanor, even switching places with Toby as the "hotheaded" one, as well as becoming much more markedly disorganized.

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