Congress Does Something About the Weather
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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 (email@example.com ). 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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, email@example.com
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 www.tray.com ) 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]
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, Larry_Seftor@csi.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
Sometimes It Does Take an Act of Congress
Sharon Cochran, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, Ruslcramer@aol.com
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, email@example.com
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.
Stan Wellborn, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Stephanie Mencimers Blowbaggers
James E. Taylor Jr., email@example.com
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, Dont Install the Towers
R.J. Fox, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
Self-Edit Those Submissions!
L. Shafritz, email@example.com
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
District Cablevision Service
Diane Schulz, Cobra@tidalwave.net
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.
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
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: http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/
. 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 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfr-retrieve.html#page1
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 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfr-retrieve.html#page1
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.)
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, Mariann924@aol.com
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 Mariann924@aol.com
Drought in D.C.
Ed T. Barron, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 202-452-5541. Please
visit our web page at http://www.syjp.com
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
Tasting Society International July/August 1999
Calendar of Wine Events
Charlie Adler, email@example.com
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 doeuvres 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 http://www.vermontwineandfood.com/WineandFood/
. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org , or https://labyrinth.dgsys.com/clients/tastedc.com/order.cgi
CLASSIFIEDS FOR SALE
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.
CLASSIFIEDS CITY PAPER PREVIEW
Dave Nuttycombe, email@example.com
From washingtoncitypaper.com'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 http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/lips/lips.html
From washingtoncitypaper.com'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
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 http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/pix/pix.html
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