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Ohio St, Penn St, Mich. look for new presidents

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Wanted: chief executive to oversee a multibillion-dollar enterprise that employs thousands, educates tens of thousands, pushes cutting-edge research and medical care, and fields national-caliber sports teams that are often a headline or two away from controversy.

Must be skilled at fundraising and political tightrope walking and have an appreciation for funny-looking mascots. Working 24/7 is expected; ability to walk on water is a plus.

“The joke is frequently told in these searches that you’re looking for God on a good day,” said Tom Poole, vice president of administration at Penn State and executive secretary of the university’s search for a new president.

At Penn State, Rodney Erickson will leave in a year, triggering a search for a successor who, on top of the regular responsibilities of running such a big university, must also deal with the ongoing aftermath of the sex abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Erickson took over in 2011 after former university President Graham Spanier was forced out.

In Ann Arbor, University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman announced in April that she would step down in July 2014.

Gay marriage opponents seek intervention

SAN FRANCISCO — Less than 24 hours after California started issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples, lawyers for the sponsors of the state’s gay marriage ban filed an emergency motion Saturday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the weddings being performed in San Francisco.

Attorneys with the Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom claim in the petition that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals acted prematurely and unfairly on Friday when it allowed gay marriage to resume by lifting a hold that had been placed on same sex unions.

“The Ninth Circuit’s June 28, 2013 Order purporting to dissolve the stay…is the latest in a long line of judicial irregularities that have unfairly thwarted Petitioners’ defense of California’s marriage amendment,” the paperwork states. “Failing to correct the appellate court’s actions threatens to undermine the public’s confidence in its legal system.”

The motion was filed as dozens of couples in jeans, shorts, white dresses and the occasional military uniform filled San Francisco City Hall on Saturday to obtain marriage licenses.

On Friday, 81 same sex couples received marriage licenses.

Although a few clerk’s offices around the state stayed open late on Friday, San Francisco, which is holding its annual gay pride celebration this weekend, was the only jurisdiction to hold weekend hours so that same sex couples could take advantage of their newly restored right, Clerk Karen Hong said.

Stones offer fans satisfaction with Glastonbury debut

PILTON, England — There’s a first time for everything, even if you’re the Rolling Stones.

The rock rabble-rousers who formed half a century ago played Britain’s Glastonbury Festival on Saturday, their debut appearance at the country’s most prestigious rock music event.

A majority of the 135,000 festival ticket-holders crammed into the fields in front of Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage for the gig, which opened with a rousing “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”

As on recent tour dates, the Stones gave fans a fistful of classic hits — including “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It),” ”Paint it Black,” ”Wild Horses” and “Gimme Shelter” — as well as newer songs.

There was even a brand-new folky number called “Glastonbury Girl,” written specially for the occasion.

By wire sources