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July 21, 1999

Congress Does Something About the Weather

Dear Blowbaggers:

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Gary Imhoff


Pit Bull Ban
Victor Chudowsky,

Today's Post (7-16) indicates Carol Schwartz has introduced "anti-pit bull" legislation before the Council. Bad move. Breed specific legislation is unfair and there are better alternatives. Instead, current leash laws should be enforced and sanctions against owners of ALL types of dogs shown to be vicious should be adopted. If you own a pit bull, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, English Bull Terrier, or American Staffordshire Terrier, or if you are a concerned dog owner, please contact me to fight this ( ). Also contact me if you have a Rottweiler, because you are probably next.


Letter Sent to Rep. Moran, 21 July 1999
M-D Richards, Dupont East,

Dear Congressman Moran: It is my understanding that under your leadership in the House Appropriations Committee, a distinction was made between local District tax dollars and federal dollars on AIDS prevention (needle exchange) and the tabulation of a local referendum (Initiative 59). I am writing to thank you for showing citizens of the District and our elected leaders respect. I hope this will set a precedent for other issues that are of little significance to the safety and operation of the federal government. In addition, I thank you for not forcing the District to build a prison. While there may be merit to your proposal, the issue should be decided locally, through the political process, with full public participation. While the Constitution gives Congress exclusive legislative authority, it is unlikely that the founders, who had just fought a Revolution over that same exclusive legislation issue in Parliament, intended for citizens who live or move to the District to become subjects of the states.

I would also like to suggest that when the regional jurisdictions surrounding the District show respect, we will be able to work together more to the mutual benefit of the whole region. I recognize the importance of northern Virginia tax dollars to your state, but I encourage you to propose an equitable solution to the fact that our citizens are taxed at unfairly high levels, in part because surrounding jurisdictions don't share even a small portion of the revenues earned in the District. This would not be allowed in any other jurisdiction with state protections. Until we are able to change our second class status, we must rely on the goodwill of representatives like yourself, because we have no protection from the federal government in which we are not meaningfully represented. It is my impression that many of your constituents would support an equitable solution if you took a leadership role.


Elite Ticketers
Bryce A. Suderow,

I was glad to see Jonetta Barras pose a critical public safety question in her last column — why is Chief Ramsey paying police officers $50 an hour in overtime to ticket middle class, law-abiding citizens while drug dealers are allowed to operate with impunity? Jonetta presented this issue very well, but she was evidently unaware that the officers ticketing cars in Adams Morgan and elsewhere are members of Chief Ramsey's highly touted Summer Mobile Force. You will recall that the Chief bills this as an elite body of officers who are traveling to hot spots in the city frequented by drug dealers and other thugs to prevent homicides and other violent behavior. Therefore it was a revelation to me when I learned that this Mobile Force is harassing middle class citizens in the wealthier areas of this city instead of criminals in the ghetto.

I found this out while I was walking with PSA 510's Orange Hats on Friday night. I happened to speak to Officer Monte of the 5th District, who was accompanying us. I mentioned Jonetta Barras' column to him and he informed me that the officers referred to in Jonetta's column were members of the Summer Mobile Force. When I asked Officer Monte what else the Mobile Task Force does, he said they also issue traffic citations to motorists and give out tickets for failing to wear seat belts. I spoke with other police officers after my conversation with Officer Monte and learned he was telling the truth. At least a portion of our elite crime fighting Mobile Summer Force is focussed on enforcing traffic laws in middle class areas where the citizens abide by the law.

While claiming the task force is fighting violent criminals, Chief Ramsey had enacted an entirely different policy, one which punishes the middle class and ignores the criminals who prey on us. Chief Ramsey should put his public relations machine in gear and announce a new slogan: “Zero tolerance for the middle class and 100% tolerance for the criminals.”


For Whatever It’s Worth
Len Sullivan,

In the 5/23 themail, Anne Drissel challenged DC Councilmembers to disclose their election-time finances -- for comparison with Mayor Williams' apparent indiscretion in accepting but not reporting consulting income while running for office otherwise unemployed. On 5/26 Kurt Vorndran gently suggested she read the financial disclosure files at the Board of Elections and Ethics. Anne didn't, but NARPAC trudged thrice to the Reeves Building, got excellent professional assistance from the Public Disclosure folks, and developed the following estimates. First, three Councilmen have had substantial outside incomes from DC law firms since 1992: Brazil: $387,400 ($75,216 in '98); Chavous: $894,400 ($114,227 in '98); and Evans: $350,000 ($50,000 in '98).

Second, re campaign contributions, more than half of all donations are $1000 or more from “fat cats/fat firms” (76% for Evans, 68% for Chavous; 52% for Williams), and a large share of those appear to be from untaxed DC businesses (68% for Evans and Chavous, 28% for Williams). 30% of the big donors to each reside in Maryland or Virginia, and a significant share come from beyond this metro area (20% for Chavous, 11% for Williams, 7% for Evans). Lumped together, these three candidates raised about $2300K, of which $1400K was from big donors. $800K of that $1400K came from DC addresses, and (a different) $800K seems to have come from donors who would not welcome taxes on service sector businesses — for whatever that's worth.


Mark Jenkins,

Based on a curious piece in the Style section, Larry Seftor writes that the plan to show art movies at the Fair City Mall “reflected the depths to which the state of movie theaters has dropped in the city.” Perhaps, but that Post story needs to be read critically. First, most of the art films in general release now play in Washington. It's true that some of the more obscure ones haven't been able to get local bookings since the closing of the Biograph or the Key, but those aren't the ones that Fair City hopes to play. The current releases the new management reportedly covets are just the sort of mainstream, mostly English language releases that routinely play the Dupont, Janus, Inner Circle, and Outer Circle — as well as the Shirlington, Fox Chase, and Potomac Yards in Virginia.

Second, the article's assertion that art films will migrate to the suburbs ignores well documented plans to the contrary. Currently under construction at 11th & E Streets NW is the new Biograph, an eight-screen cinema that will be operated by Landmark, one of the country's leading art house chains. In fact, leases have been signed for more than 60 new screens at four new cinemas in the city, and two of those complexes are already being built. These should provide plenty of space for the latest art films. Third, the article presents the availability of the Fair City theaters as a great opportunity. Yet more than 100 new screens have opened locally in the last year, and hundreds more are planned. It's inevitable that the older theaters — even if older means built in the '80s — will be dumped by the major chains in favor of the new megaplexes. Anyone who wants to try to book art films into obsolete suburban (and city) theaters will soon have plenty to choose from. If this sounds appealing, remember that the national chains have booking power that local operators can't overcome; if you're not the booker for a national exhibitor, don't bother calling Miramax. And try to pick a better location than Fair City Mall.

As for the Post's coverage of the migration of cultural institutions: Remember the Woodie's Opera House?


Bell Atlantic and Congress
Ann Loikow, Cleveland Park,

Bell Atlantic has been pulling out all the stops to get its application for cell towers in Rock Creek Park through, as approval will set the precedent for other cell towers on federal park land throughout the country. Section 704 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 provides that States and localities shall not unreasonably discriminate among providers of functionally equivalent services. Section 704 also provides that the Federal Government's procedures for making available federal property, rights-of-way, and easements for the placement of such facilities shall be fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory, absent unavoidable direct conflict with the department or agency's mission, or the current or planned use of the property. Thus, approval of Bell Atlantic's towers would certainly mean many more cell towers in Rock Creek Park. Sprint, Cellular One, AT&T, and NextWave, among others, have already approached the Park Service about putting their own antennas in Rock Creek Park.

According to a survey by Public Disclosure Inc. (see FEDInfo at ) of lobbying expense reports made to Congress, in the last six months of 1998 Bell Atlantic spent $11.4 million, the largest expenditure by a single U.S. corporation, to influence Congress and the Executive Branch. The Federal Election Commission reported that Bell Atlantic's Political Action Committee gave $288,774 to Congressional Democrats (100) and $494,781 to Congressional Republicans (161) for the 1998 elections. Senator Tom Daschle, author of the infamous amendment to the DC FY 2000 appropriations bill, received $9,000, more than any other Democratic Senator. As Daschle's amendment would allow cell towers to be put on any federal property, not just park property, throughout the metropolitan area with no input from the NCPC or local or state authorities in DC, Maryland or Virginia, both the DC City Council and the Prince Georges Country Council passed resolutions July 13 against it. Other local leaders, including DC Mayor Anthony Williams, have also spoken out. Congress should stop meddling to aid Bell Atlantic and let the appropriate officials — federal, state, and local — complete the necessary planning and review process.

[Senator Daschle, of South Dakota, has said that his amendment does not impinge on DC's home rule because Rock Creek Park is a national park. I am sure, therefore, that he would be glad to sign the following statement and send it to all the press outlets in his state: “The citizens of South Dakota should not have any say in the use of the Badlands National Park, the Jewel Cave National Memorial, the Missouri River National Recreation River, the Wind Cave National Park, or the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, because these sites are national parks.” Is anyone willing to ask him to agree to this? -- Gary Imhoff]


Cell Towers
Alan Abrams,

A few years ago I crashed my bicycle on Beach Drive; felt my collar bone snap as I hit the ground. The bike was mangled. I pulled my cell phone out of my pouch to call for help, but couldn't get a signal. So I tucked the hand of my bum arm into my waistband to support my shoulder, and pushed the remains of the bike up Sherrill Drive, muttering and cursing all the way home. But I was cursing my own clumsiness for wiping out. I oppose the towers. Rock Creek Park is not the Pecos Wilderness, but this city boy takes comfort in hiking the Holly Trail, and standing at a point in this city which is the farthest from a traffic light, a 7-11 — or an operating modem, for that matter.


Yes Virginia, There Was a Time Before Cell Phones
Larry Seftor,

It is all really a matter of perspective. I remember a few years ago driving for hours (and hundreds of miles) along roads in New Mexico and seeing neither an outpost of civilization or another car. Despite the lack of cell phones in those days, and the obvious distance from help, I never felt at risk. Therefore, I'm a bit mystified at the fear people feel in Rock Creek Park without a cell phone. Let's face it, any place in the park is only a few hundred yards from a street on which one can hail a cab that will take them in mere minutes to a fine medical facility. The park is also heavily used, so other people are generally about.

That said, I'm sure the the park is a little less safe than the surrounding streets. But that is a reasonable trade off. It is a park and a little less accessibility to civilization reflects what one seeks in a park. For those who feel less safe, or inconvenienced by the lack of cell coverage for that “essential” telephone conversation, let them avoid the park. A park can never be all things to all people, let's let it continue to do the job it does well today.


When Is a Trial Balloon Not a Trial Balloon?
Paul Penniman,

It appears our hot air will only serve to have our impending space needles in not as offensive places as Bell Atlantic has intended. Regarding the possible placement of a needle alongside William Fitzgerald Stadium, I never did get a reply from the Park Service about my (solicited) question, to wit, why was the trial balloon at an elevation lower than the height of the stadium and, of course, also lower than the stated intended elevation of the needle? How about placing a trial balloon where it is supposed to be? Just asking.


Sometimes It Does Take an Act of Congress
Sharon Cochran,

I don't understand how Kingsman school got onto Sarah Woodland's list of schools to save for the 21st century. A look at any city map will show two operating elementary schools within a 2 or 3 block radius of Kingsman school. Kingsman school is a eyesore that attracts illegal dumping and crime in our neighborhood. It is also a safety hazard that has had several fires the in past few years. For over 3 years, members of the North Lincoln Park Community Association and others in this community have had many posted open community meetings to solicit buyers for Kingsman because the school system has done nothing but let the property rot. Members of this community have maintained the adjacent ball field for community sports and a annual urban camp-out for neighborhood children. We learned in a city council hearing last week that the two final bidders for the school were rejected by the school system for unclear reasons. Unfortunately, this is another example of why it sometimes takes a act of Congress to get something done in this city.


Historically Significant Stephens School
James McLeod,

In response to Sarah Woodhead's query about selling closed schools, I'd like to vote for not selling Stevens Elementary which is on 20th St. NW between K & L. It is not closed now, but it is on a list of schools to be sold or subject to a long term lease. Most of its students (88%) come from neighborhoods other than the West End and Foggy Bottom, so you don't have parents concentrated in one neighborhood speaking up for it. As someone who lives in the area and who has tutored at Stevens, I could say a lot for keeping this school which was built in 1868, but wanting Stephanie Mencimer and others to get through the mail, suffice it to say that it is at the top of the Preservation League's list of most historically significant endangered schools (Post, 6/24/99, DC Weekly P.2). For more info, drop by the school and pick up a booklet on its history or call Westy Byrd, Ward 2 School Board Member.


Prisoners and Punishment, Capital
Russell Cramer,

Prisoners, like our garbage ought to be retained at their origins — lest we forget the disregard and intemperance from whence they respectfully spring. As to the question of capital punishment, let it be performed in public for those who want their pound of flesh.


Pruning Overgrown Verbiage
Steph “Prose Razor” Faul,

Haul out that word-whacker and prune away! Delete! Delete! OK! Often in various office seminars someone will quote some famous CE who said, “If you have a problem, write it down on one side of a piece of paper and bring it to me,” the point being that the effort in pruning down a problem to 250 words would automatically point the writer towards a solution. For this forum, if a writer can't make the point in one screen, he or she either has more than one topic or is being repetitive. However, most people can't edit their own work (which is why I am able to make a living). Please do it for them. Thanks SO much.


Limit Submissions
Stan Wellborn,

Yes, some limitation on submissions should be set and enforced. I would suggest that you take each item and do a word count on it. Anything longer than 250 words gets sent back to the sender for cutting. If you look at the more effective messages, the shorter ones clearly are more thoughtful and have more impact. And while I tolerate Mrs. Persiflage's ruminations, she could be much more succinct. Just my two cents (in 81 words).


Stephanie Mencimer’s Blowbaggers
James E. Taylor Jr.,

As one of the, likely, “blowbaggers” Ms. Mencimer referred to I must say, unfortunately, some of us may not be quite as talented as she is in condensing their written remarks. I do NOT say this to be facetious, because she IS a very talented writer. Example? With her skills this would be more articulate and shorter. So please, let blowbaggers, continue to voice opinion as well as the talented. To do anything less you are choking a viable means of communications. Mr. Imhoff, you have provided a very good format, warts, (blowbaggers) and all!


Edit the Submissions, Don’t Install the Towers
R.J. Fox,

I agree fully with Stephanie Mencimer's hope that submissions to themail will be edited for length. Maybe a word limit could be set, and any submission over the limit will simply be edited at that point. Seems fair enough. Let's hear from the “lurkers” out there. And it appears that the requirement of signing one's real name to the submission is not being enforced — who is hiding behind “Dorothy Persiflage”?

I am totally against the installation of cell towers in Rock Creek Park. I don't yet hear calls for the installation of cell towers in other national parks. What's next, a tower on top of El Capitan? One of those rock climbers might need to use a cell phone 600 ft. up (or on the way down)!! People did exist comfortably before cell phones existed.


Self-Edit Those Submissions!
L. Shafritz,

Re length of submissions complaint by S. Mencimer. I agree, many submissions are too long, but most people find it hard to edit their own material. It shouldn't be Gary's responsibility and time to edit the text or send them back to the submitters, though; requires too much work. Two suggestions: 1. readers should just skip the topics they find too long, skim, and/or just read first two paras (these describe my current approach), or 2. Gary could just cut them off after end of second paragraph (or tenth or fifteenth sentence for those who would resort to very long paras to get around this). Submitters will soon get the idea and learn to better edit themselves. Happy self-editing!


District Cablevision Service
Diane Schulz,

This is a follow up to my previous reported problems with cable TV. By following the procedure suggested by Patrick Carroll and Fitzroy Francis, I have successfully cleared up my previously unviewable channels, established a line of communication, and gotten a credit on my bill for my inconvenience. Although the current system worked, it proved to be somewhat cumbersome and the company itself seems to be having a supply problem (defective parts). This forum is monitored by Mr. Francis, but, if you have a problem, it is imperative that you report each and every glitch to the service number printed on your billing.


Telemarketing Penalties
David F. Power,

Once you tell a telemarketer to put your number on a “Do Not Call” list, the telemarketer is subject to federal penalties if it calls your number again. Using the federal law and regulations to penalize telemarketers should not be too costly or time consuming, because Congress intended that claims against telemarketers would be brought in small claims court. You can get digital, free copies of the necessary laws and regulations. You can use simple search boxes to find each of the relevant laws or regulations.

To get a free copy of the main federal statute, 47 U.S.C. 227, which is part of the law administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), go to this Cornell University web page: . In the middle of that page are two empty boxes marked “Title” and “Section” Type in “47” in the Title box and “227” in the Section box (without quotations) then click on the button marked “Go to title and section.” The main regulations are issued by both the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FCC regulation is at 47 CFR Part 64, Section 64.1200. To find that reg., you could go to the CFR search page, at and then enter “47” in the “Title” box and enter “64” in the “Part” box and enter only “1200” in the section box. Then click on the “Retrieve” button. The main FTC regulations are at 16 CFR Part 310, known as the “Telemarketing Sales Rule.” To find those regs., you could go to the CFR search page, at and then enter “16” in the “Title” box and enter “310” in the “Part” box and enter “1” or “2” or “3” or “4” or “5” or “6” or “7” or “8” in the section box to get each of the sections 310.1 through 310.8. Click on the “Retrieve” button to get each separate section in turn. It is possible to use special links to retrieve individual regulations directly but those links were operating extremely slowly this week, so I omitted them.

The $500 penalty described by several posters is imposed by the federal statute, 47 U.S.C. 227, for each call made by a telemarketer after you have ordered that your phone number be put on a “Do Not Call” list. The $500 penalty must be demanded by filing a claim in Small Claims Court, which is a division of the D.C. Superior Court. The clerks at the D.C. Superior Court will tell any caller how to file the necessary forms. You can call them on (202) 879-1037, Room JM 260, 500 Indiana Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. (8:30 am - 4:30 pm M-F, 6:30 pm to 9 pm Weds., 9 am to noon Sats.). Frequent use of the small claims court could discourage junk faxes, junk telemarketing phone calls and other nuisances. You may notice that a very large bank or credit card company is actually the “seller” on whose behalf a particular telemarketing firm is calling. If you can identify the very rich and important big bank or credit card company acting as the seller, you could try filing a $500-per-call claim against that big bank or credit card company. It's what Congress wanted you to do.

I am an attorney in Washington DC but this posting is not legal advice on obtaining penalties against telemarketers or on any other matters. This posting does not seek to act as anyone's attorney or offer legal representation. This posting is not a representation or advice that any particular legal proceeding can or would guarantee any particular result. The above comments are just my remarks over the electronic “back fence.” (I hope Ms. Mencimer does not think me a “blowbagger.”)


Cheap Eats?
Phil Greene,

I'll preface this posting with the acknowledgment that I'm a cheapskate. Up until a few years ago, prior to the closings of Magi's (Tensely Circle) and The Zebra Room (near the Cathedral), you could get decent half price pizza most days of the week, Mondays and Wednesdays at Magi's, Tuesdays and Thursdays at Zebra. While Magi's pizza was decent at best, The Zebra Room's pizza had actually gotten pretty good toward the end. At any rate, I no longer know of any such specials, save for Glenmont's Stained Glass Pub on Mondays, and I'm not keen to make that awful drive up Georgia Avenue. Anybody know of any decent pizza deals hereabouts?


Help in Locating Good Health Insurance Coverage
Marianne Josem,

I'm a resident of DC and need help in locating a health insurance company who covers individuals who are self-employed (co-pay, not HMO). Most companies I've investigated don't offer policies in DC. I need the name of a good insurance broker, a good company that insures in WDC and/or an organization I can join in WDC to get good group coverage. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Please e-mail me at


Drought in D.C.
Ed T. Barron,

After ten days escaping(???) the dreadful Summer heat in D.C. by fleeing to a very green Florida to participate in the 30th reunion celebration of the Lunar landing (with 475 members of the team that worked on the Lunar Module), I have returned to the arid, desert-like, scene in NW D.C. with browning lawns and wilting gardens. Many of those who carefully watch and anticipate the storms headed to this area are dismayed at how many split up and go either North or South (and sometimes both).

Geographically there appears to be no reason for the lack of rainfall. But careful examination of these phenomena indicate that there is a climatic reason for these storms bypassing most of the District. It is clearly due to the amount of hot air that emanates from Congress. This rising column of hot air over the District forces the storms to veer away from Washington and pushes the rain either North or South. Perhaps when Congress recesses in August we will get some relief (in more ways than one).



The Society of Young Jewish Professionals
Michael Goldstein,

Sunday July 25, The Summer Sizzler at the Shark Club Located at 4915 St. Elmo Ave., Bethesda, MD. Doors open at 8 pm. For directions call 301-718-4030. The party will feature dancing, hors d'oeuvres, pool, outdoor seating, live music featuring the Excentrics, hundreds of Jewish singles, and for ages 21-49. Cost of the party is $10 before 10 pm and $15 after 10 pm, so get there early! Any questions or comments contact us at or call us at 202-452-5541. Please visit our web page at


Summerfest 99
Cathy Green,

This will be a day of health awareness, kiddie crafts, baked goods, vendors, singing, food, games and something for everyone. The date is Saturday, July 24, 1999, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The event will be held at 56th Street and Nannie Helen Burroughs, Northeast.


Tasting Society International July/August 1999 Calendar of Wine Events
Charlie Adler,

1) July 21st (Wednesday), limited space, “ZAP's America's Heritage Wine Tasting,” 6-8 p.m., The Westin Grand Hotel, 2350 M St., NW, $40 (ZAP Members get $5 Discount). Over 50 Zinfandel producers showcase America's greatest wine treasure. Over 100 Zinfandel wines are expected to be sampled. Special hors d’oeuvres will be served. This tasting will focus on Zinfandels that may soon be available in the Washington, D.C., market. Call (530)274-4900 for reservations. 2) July 22nd, Thursday, sold out, “Wine 102: Tasting Like A Pro,” 7-9 p.m., Radisson Barcelo Hotel, 2121 P St., NW, $35. 3) July 28th, Wednesday, sold out, “Mixology 101: How to Make Premium Cocktails,” 7-9 p.m., Radisson Barcelo Hotel. 4) August 6-8th, “KitchenAid Vermont Wine and Food Festival.” You are cordially invited to a three-day celebration of the good life as Stratton Mountain hosts this third annual Festival. Foremost experts (including Kevin Zraly, Windows of the World wine director, and nationally renowned author Joshua Wesson) lead wine tastings for small audiences (lively exchange encouraged!). Top chefs share their culinary creativity in demonstrations and hands-on workshops. Core festival pass is $249. Call 1-800-STRATTON or see their web page at . 5) August 17th, Tuesday, “Wines of Europe 101,” sponsored by Smithsonian Young Benefactors, 7-9 p.m., Radisson Barcelo Hotel, $30 for YB members, $35 non-members. Europe produces a wide array of excellent wines from its diverse geography. Although France and Italy have consistently produced outstanding wines, Spain, Germany, Greece and other European countries are catching up in quality and value. Join the Smithsonian Young Benefactors for their last kick-off event before their annual Blast-Off Black Tie Extravaganza! Reservations: RSVP at (202)333-5588, E-mail , or



Toyota and More
Tzipora Sofare,

1995 Toyota Corolla DX, 4-dr, 5-spd, all pwr, 33,000 miles, excellent condition: $10,000. Kenwood KRC1005 automobile AM/FM Cassette: $70; nice wooden coffee table: $60; Minolta X6-M 35mm camera, $50; Kiron lens: 28-85mm: $50; Minolta 200x auto flash: $40. Tzipora Sofare: 202-362-3344, ext. 121.


Dave Nuttycombe,

From's LOOSE LIPS column, appearing this Friday:
MEET THE NEW BOSS...Over the past seven years, Democratic congressional candidates have learned a critical lesson about campaign finance: When funds get scarce, call in First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. After a couple of joint appearances and a financial appeal from America's most unflappable wife, the checks start getting filled out, the dollars start flowing, and the campaign accelerates.
Hillary's rainmaking prowess has not been lost on her former D.C. counterpart, Cora Masters Barry. In September 1998, the then-local first lady invited the national first lady to a fundraising kickoff for her celebrated Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, a $5 million complex that will feature indoor tennis courts flanked by computers and other academic facilities at Mississippi Avenue and 4th Street SE.
True to her magical form, Hillary's presence helped the center speed toward its funding goals and a September 1999 groundbreaking ceremony.
In this case, though, most of the donors are taxpayers.
Read the entire Loose Lips column this Friday at

From's CITY LIGHTS page, here are a few early warnings for upcoming events:
JULY 23-AUG. 1: Widescreen: In the Beginning, including the newly restored “All Quiet on the Western Front.” At the Kennedy Center's American Film Institute National Film Theater. $6.50.
SATURDAY: Save Our Seminary offers a National Park Seminary Historic District walking tour, winding along the network of bridges connecting the quirky homes of the former girls' finishing school. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in the parking lot on Linden Lane near Woodstock Avenue, Forest Glen. $5 (suggested donation).
More details and more critics' picks are available online at


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