Target helps NFL players, including Teddy Bridgewater, think about their next careers

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater isn't ready to hang up his cleats, but he knows one day he will have to. "When you first get into the NFL, they tell you, 'Listen, NFL stands for 'not for long,' " said Bridgewater, who has been sidelined the last two seasons by a knee injury. "I'm not going to be able to play football forever." With that in mind, his financial adviser encouraged him to attend a half-day workshop on Friday at Target Corp. aimed at helping current and former NFL players think about transitioning to other careers when their days on the field are over. This is the third year the NFL Players Association has conducted business-related workshops and tours in the Super Bowl host city during the week leading to the big game. The idea is to give players an opportunity to network with business executives and expose them to potential post-playing career paths. In addition to the Target workshop, players could go on private tours of Paisley Park and the Mayo Clinic's Sports Medicine Center. Standing in front of a sunny conference room on the 32nd floor of Target's Nicollet Mall headquarters, CEO Brian Cornell told the 15 or so players in attendance that he once wanted to be in their shoes playing for the NFL. "Unfortunately, I peaked when I was about 13 years old," he said to laughs. "I was 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds. … The problem is, I'm still 5-9 and 170 pounds." Cornell did play football during high school and his first year in college at UCLA. He then coached high school football for the next three years of college once he realized a future as a professional player wasn't in his cards. He considered a career in coaching football, but decided instead to go into business, starting off his career at PepsiCo where he spent 23 years. While at Pepsi, he befriended Danny Pittman, a wide receiver for the New York Giants who was trying to figure out what to do when he retired from football. Cornell convinced him to come to work at Pepsi and to go back Continue Reading

Philip Seymour Hoffman became one of the greatest actors of his generation

Philip Seymour Hoffman was in good spirits when I spoke to him briefly at the Sundance film festival two weeks ago about the pair of movies he had there, "God's Pocket" and "A Most Wanted Man." We'd previously spoken 10 years ago, for a political documentary in which he appeared, "The Last Party 2000." But in the intervening years, something not altogether surprising happened: Hoffman had become one of the greatest actors of his generation. With stage-honed chops and old-fashioned character-actor skills, the Fairport, N.Y., native could act more using his gut and his jowls than others could with all their ability. He could make his voice go from a growl to a whine and never lose an ounce of power. Most crucially, Hoffman got inside the skin of the guys he played, evident in the work he did for director Paul Thomas Anderson: a lovelorn porn film crew member in "Boogie Nights" (1997), a hospice attendant in "Magnolia" (1999) and a manipulative Eisenhower-era cult leader in 2012's "The Master." By the late '90s, Hoffman went from comedic or dark bit roles ("Twister," "The Big Lebowski," "The Talented Mr. Ripley") to an actor who made vulnerable men likable and made blowhards complex. He was equally memorable as music journalist Lester Bangs in "Almost Famous" (2000) as he was playing a world-threatening villain in "Mission: Impossible III" (2006). When Hoffman won a Best Actor Oscar for playing Truman Capote in "Capote" (2005), it was one of those moments when Hollywood gets things exactly right. He followed it up by shining in 2007 as both a blue-collar thief in "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" (diving into a let-it-all-hang-out love scene with Marisa Tomei) and as a hot-tempered career spy in "Charlie Wilson's War." "The Master," "Wilson's" and "Doubt" — in which he played a priest accused of impropriety Continue Reading

Slain Yale grad student Annie Le, suspect Raymond Clark 3rd took separate paths to one deadly scene

NEW HAVEN - In the pastel Victorian house on a tree-lined street where Annie Le fostered dreams of curing disease and marrying the love of her life, her Yale roommate struggles to cope with the tragic, sudden loss of her friend."Annie was . . . really wonderful," said Natalie Powers, pale and somber.Across town at the New Haven courthouse, a crowd watched as Raymond Clark 3rd, his face a chalky, stunned mask, was charged with murdering Le. The muscular accused killer and his diminutive victim, both 24, worked in the same lab on Yale's bucolic campus, but they arrived there on different paths.She was a brilliant grad student on a research team studying enzymes. The non-descript Clark was a lab technician who fed and tended to the rodents used in the research.Le, who hoped to help people with cancer and other deadly diseases, was murdered in a flash of rage, investigators say. Clark is in a maximum security jail, the irony of his being caged like a lab rat not lost on anyone.It was a case of "workplace violence," said the cops."This says more about the dark side of the human soul than anything else," Yale President Richard Levin said.Le and Clark hailed from modest backgrounds. She lived in a rugged area in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, a tiny town called Placerville, Calif., the daughter of Vietnamese parents. An aunt and uncle raised her and her brother Chris, a student at University of California at Davis.Le excelled at Union Mine High School, 45 miles east of Sacramento, where students voted her the female student "Most Likely to be the Next Einstein" and she was class valedictorian.A yearbook photo shows Le in a white lab coat, smiling even as she held the grisly cadaver of a cat in a physiology class. She wrote that she hoped "all that hard work is going to pay off."She logged many hours volunteering with doctors at Marshall Medical Center in Placerville to further her interest in pathology.When she graduated from Union Mine in 2003, the hospital gave her Continue Reading

Ursula Burns to head Xerox, will be first black woman to be CEO of Fortune 500 company

The new head of Xerox Corp. is a native New Yorker who grew up in a lower East Side housing project.Xerox will be the first Fortune 500 company headed by a black woman when Ursula Burns, 50, takes the reigns this summer. Burns replaces Xerox CEO Anne Mulcahy, 56, who told shareholders Thursday she would be retiring in July and had picked her lieutenant as her successor. Burns climbed the corporate ladder at Xerox, beginning as a summer engineering intern in 1980 and rising to president of the printing giant in 2002. As president, Burns oversaw a large chunk of the company's operations including overseas research and development, engineering, manufacturing and marketing. She helped to build Xerox into the world's largest maker of high-speed color printers. Last year, Burns ranked 10th on Fortune magazine's top 50 Most Powerful Women in America. She's the second-highest placed African-American woman behind only Oprah Winfrey, who was ranked No. 8. Reached at their Rochester home Friday, Burns' teenaged daughter, Melissa, 16, called her mom "a great person, a wonderful inspiration." "She has taken us back to the old neighborhood a few times," said Melissa, a reference to Delancey St. on Manhattan's lower East Side. "Apparently it's a lot better now than it was when she was growing up." Burns, who attended Cathedral High School, was the middle of three children from two different absentee fathers. In a 2003 interview with the New York Times, she described growing up poor in "the projects" - with "lots of Jewish immigrants, fewer Hispanics and African-Americans, but the common denominator and great equalizer was poverty." Burns' mother took in ironing and ran a home day care center so she could send her kids to Catholic schools. Burns, a math whiz, graduated from Polytechnic Institute in Brooklyn with an engineering degree. She got a master's degree in mechanical engineering in 1981 from Columbia University. After she was named president, she told a reporter, "My Continue Reading


GEORGE MITCHELL. Former Senate majority leader, 1989-1995. Democratic senator from Maine from 1980-1995 ... Red Sox part-owner, director. Mitchell served on 1987 committee to investigate Iran-Contra affair. ... Let's hope investigation is more successful than Mitchell's efforts to pass universal health care plan in 1993. Mitchell joined President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton in their efforts to promote universal health care plan, but it was doomed by a lack of support. ... In November 1995, President Clinton appointed Mitchell as special adviser to the president of the United States and as secretary of state for economic initiatives in Ireland. Negotiated peace agreement in Northern Ireland in 1998. ... That same year, the USOC named Mitchell chairman of a commission investigating accusations of impropriety in the bidding for the 2000 Olympics won by Salt Lake City. ... In October of 2000, Mitchell served as chairman of fact-finding mission in Middle-East in attempt to end violence between Israelis and Palestinians. ... Mitchell, currently chairman of the board of the Walt Disney Co., has also been involved with Federal Express and Xerox since leaving the Senate. Mitchell is no stranger to Selig-sponsored investigations. He served on the 16-person committee that examined baseball's economic state, which used questionable numbers to make teams look to be worse off than they actually were. JEFFREY G. COLLINS. Specializes in white-collar defense with the Foley & Lardner law firm. ... Was appointed by President Bush to the U.S. Attorney's office of Eastern Michigan in 2001. ... Coordinated area's terror-investigation efforts. ... Brought nation's first terror case to trial after 9/11, winning two convictions. ... Named to the Michigan Supreme Court in 1998. CHARLES P. SCHEELER. Is a partner at DLA Piper, a D.C. law firm that served as a consultant in the D.C. City Council meetings over the Nationals stadium deal in Continue Reading