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March 10, 2002

Celebrate Taxation

Dear Taxpayers:

The DC government is quickly slipping back into its irresponsible ways with massive overspending (in the slippery language of the administration, "spending pressures") in several departments. The Mayor and the City Council are fencing with each other over responsibility for the overspending. The Council trying to pin the administration down, and the administration's spokesmen are bobbing and weaving to evade giving credible explanations for why departments can't keep within their budgets. Even worse, there is no indication that the administration is even considering managerial discipline as a solution to overspending.

Instead, the government seems to be relying on a two-pronged solution to future unbalanced budgets. The first solution is to repudiate a firm deal that DC made with the federal government just a few years ago, when the city government traded away its annual federal payment in exchange for the feds assuming responsibility for financing DC's state-like programs, like prisons and pension liabilities. Now the city government is asking for a return of the federal payment, under other names and guises. The second solution is to raise taxes through abandoning scheduled tax cuts, increasing property assessments, and increasing city income from sources like parking and traffic fines. The City Council is considering property tax relief in the form of a cap on property assessment increases of no more than 25 percent a year. That generous offer would mean that for every $1,000 you pay in property taxes this year, you'll pay no more than $2,285.16 five years from now, and no more than $6,793.75 ten years from now. That is, of course, unless the property tax rates rise, too.

Gary Imhoff 


SHHH, Council at Work
Jonetta Rose Barras, 

Once upon a time it was rumored that local elected officials took their lead from the feds. DC Councilmember Kathy Patterson, head of the Committee on the Judiciary and considered one of the hardest working legislators, is returning the city to those yesteryears. The Ward 3 representative has introduced an amendment to the city’s Freedom of Information Act that, if passed, could have media and watchdog groups in pitched battle with their government, just as Congress is with President George Bush over documents generated during private meetings of the administration’s energy committee headed by Vice President Dick Cheney.

Bill 14-524 allows the council to withhold from the public information and documents gathered during its “deliberative process,” which could include memoranda created and exchanged between councilmembers and their staff, materials gathered in preparation of public oversight hearings, and draft budgets. The executive branch already has this exemption, approved in what was supposed to be stronger FOIA laws. It appears that things just got better for elected officials and harder for the public. “You know my support for an open government,” Patterson says in her own defense, calling the amendment “technical” and asserting that there is case law that already makes it fair not to release such information. “I’m perfectly happy to put on public record anything I do or say and to have every piece of paper in my office opened to the public.” However, she says that some materials may fall within a sort of “lawyer-client” relationship and should not be available.

Maybe Patterson and her cohorts will look at federal Judge Gladys Kessler's order to the Bush administration to turn over documents to Congress as a clue that the Council shouldn’t introduce its hide and don’t seek game. The public has a right to expect full disclosure. After all, taxpayers are picking up the tab, they should expect an opportunity to read labels and see a detailed receipt.

[Councilmember Patterson's assault on open, democratic government, her attempt to gut DC's freedom of information laws as they apply to the Council, is available at — Gary Imhoff]


Tyson Fighting in DC
Charles Johnson-Miles, Johnson-MilesCW@NAVSEA.NAVY.MIL 

Tyson should not be allowed to fight in DC Allowing a convicted rapist — a man who personifies the word violence — to headline an event in the nation's capital is just wrong. This city already has a reputation for violence and if it is ever going to overcome this image, it cannot allow Mike Tyson to fight here. A Tyson fight would only send a message to the young people of Washington that violence is accepted! And that is exactly what we don't want to tell them.

Just look at Tyson's history of violence: 1) On January 23, during a live televisions press conference, Mike Tyson went after Lennox Lewis and threw a punch that triggered a melee, which knocked the president of the World Boxing Commission, Jose Sulaiman, unconscious and landed him in the hospital. He was treated for a concussion before being released. The former heavyweight champion also shouted obscenities and made obscene gestures at a reporter who suggested he be put in a straitjacket. This happened after Tyson walked to the front of the stage, thrust his arms in the air in triumph, and then grabbed his crotch. According to ESPN, a source close to Lewis' camp speaking on condition of anonymity, said the boxer reported that Tyson bit Lewis on the left leg. Lewis' promoter Gary Shaw said he was also hit several times. 2) On January 22, police in Las Vegas said they found evidence supporting a woman's claim she was raped by Tyson in September 2001, but the district attorney's office decided not to charge Tyson. Nevada authorities also investigated rape allegations against him from November 2000. 3) Earlier in January, Tyson, angered by reporters trying to interview him, shouted and threw glass Christmas ornaments at journalists in the lobby of a hotel in Havana, Cuba. 4) Here in Washington, DC, in 2000, two women accused Tyson of accosting them in a local restaurant. They reached an out-of-court settlement. 5) In June 2000, Tyson fought Lou Savarese in Glasgow, Scotland. Tyson pummeled Savarese for just 38 seconds before the fight was stopped. After the bell sounded, Tyson threw three more punches, one of which floored the referee. 6) Tyson was sentenced to a year in prison for assaulting two motorists in a road rage incident in 1998. He spent that year at the Montgomery County Detention Center. 7) In 1997, Tyson bit off part of Evander Holyfield's ear during one boxing match, and in following matches he tried to break South African boxer Francois Botha's arm even after knocking him out, and he floored Orlin Norris after the bell had sounded. Tyson also tested positive for marijuana following his victory over Andrew Golota. 8) In 1991, Tyson was convicted of raping Desiree Washington, an 18-year-old beauty queen, for which he served three years of a six-year prison term. 9) In 1990, Phyllis Polaner sued Tyson for sexual assault and harassment. A New York City civil jury said Tyson committed battery but that his behavior was “not outrageous.” 10) In 1989 Tyson was accused of slapping a parking attendant outside a Los Angeles nightclub, but the charges were later dropped. 11) In 1988, Robin Givens and her family accused Tyson of violence (spouse abuse), which led to their divorce a year later. In one incident, police were called to Tyson's home after he threw furniture out the window and forced his wife and her mother to flee the house. In that same year, Tyson broke his right hand in street brawl with former opponent Mitch Green and was knocked unconscious after he drove his car into a tree in a driveway. 12) In 1987, Tyson was charged with assault after allegedly hitting a parking attendant who said he attempted to intervene when Tyson tried to kiss a woman employee. Tyson settled out of court.

Texas, Nevada and Colorado have all denied Tyson a boxing license. Georgia Governor Roy Barner opposed his state's boxing commission granting Tyson a license and called Tyson a “sexual predator.” Frank Warren, Tyson's former promoter, called for Tyson to be banned from the sport. I know that a large number of hotel and restaurant workers have lost their jobs during hard economic times, but a violent man like Mike Tyson should not be portrayed as the hero for DC's laid-off workers or for the young people of this great city. Please seek out less polarizing and friendlier ways to bring revenue to the city. You must not turn your back on the issue of violence. “The aftermath of violence is emptiness and bitterness,” said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a 1957 speech. Is DC not empty and bitter enough? In a 1967 interview King also stated, “Today there is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence.” Let DC begin to exist. Do not let Mike Tyson fight in Washington!


Let’s Close the City, or a Satirical Look at a Silly Idea
Tom Berry, 

This past week I received two interesting E-mails, one fer and one agin. What the hell is this Bozo talking about, you say? A group called People's Alliance for Rock Creek (PARC) wants to close sections of Beach Drive during weekday non-rush hour periods — the same sections that are currently closed to automobile traffic on weekends. This request was made sometime last year and is now making some headway, because the other E-mail I received was against this proposal, an obvious sign of warring factions gearing up for some political dancing before those whose powers they intend to sway.

For the record, I'm agin closing the Park to vehicular traffic during non-rush hour periods. And those who want to close it had better, in fairness, include all vehicles, including bicycles, scooters, tricycles, wagons, pushcarts, wheelchairs, prams, skateboards, and roller blades, to name a few other vehicles. That way the roadway will be truly safe for all the aged amblers who'll be the nearly only ones using the park during midday hours. By the way, isn't there an asphalt bicycle/walking/jogging/roller blading, etc. path currently in existence for the purposes proposed by PARC? Aren't there existing horse and hiking trails? Isn't this an existing roadway already closed on weekends (when most folks are able to use it for recreational purposes) to fulfill these recreational needs? Do we need to close yet another road in the city to satisfy the wants/demands of a few? As strongly as PARC says this would open the park for more recreational activities, I'll claim that this is an effort to get a foot in the door to eventually permanently close the roadway for what it was put there for — vehicular traffic. Klingle Road looks like it will become what PARC seeks. The Secret Service has closed Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House and E Street behind it. Now it's being suggested that we close a major (and don't even try to tell me it isn't major) north-south road through NW DC. In conclusion, let me simply suggest that we not dismantle the city's infrastructure piecemeal, but immediately go all the way and hire the glass pyramid Louvre architect, E.M. Pei, to design a glass dome to cover the entirety of DC, remove all vehicles from the city, and turn it into a pure walking city. Ah, then we could breathe fresh (filtered) air whilst watching the birds crap on the dome, stroll across streets without bumping into those proliferating crosswalk signs in the middle of roads, and tax commuters as they walk into our fair Utopia, appropriately renamed, what else, Ronald Reagan Washington, DC.


Hey, Big Spender
Jonetta Rose Barras, 

The cash-strapped District government might save some money if it capped its use and pay of consultants. A review of contracting by the Office of the Chief Financial Officer serves as example of the spending that occurs but frequently is out of sight and not monitored by the media or so-called good government groups. The sums aren’t large, but they suggest a pattern of spending, uncontrolled even by the “independent CFO.” This fiscal year, Gandhi’s operation is paying $900 for Frank Milligan, Chief of Internal Security, to attend an ethics conference. Milligan’s operation handles plant security for CFO offices and background checks on potential employees. Yes, his group did the background on Sam Kaiser, the man who pretended to be a lawyer and an Oxford graduate; he fooled the Control Board’s general counsel and later the CFO with his fraudulent credentials, long enough to pick up a nice piece of change from taxpayer financed coffers. CFO spokesperson Clarice Nassif Ransom says Milligan's team did just fine, thank you very much. “They discovered the problem.” But how long did it take? Maybe Milligan needs a tad more training in background checks than in ethics. What do you think?

For serving as a panelist reviewing mini-subgrants to small nonprofits, Sylvia Elain Joice received $2,400. How large were the grants to the organizations? Then there is Thomas Cosgrove, hired to perform consulting services in the Office of the chief Information Officer (OCIO; if all these acronyms are causing your head to spin, you aren’t alone.) Cosgrove is being paid $342,160. Maynard Gambrell, head of the information office, says that Cosgrove knows the District and was one of a few people who also knew the applications for the financial management and payroll computer systems used by the operation. He says Cosgrove is being used full-time, and that he hopes to eventually hire a regular staffer for the job. In the meantime, however, the CFO has made hiring at a lower salary almost impossible. He isn’t making things any better with the cash he’s paying out to Doneg MacDonough, “contract administrator for Medicaid submission from various DC agencies and facilitation of transition of DC General”; he is being paid $220,800. Much of the school system’s current projected deficit of nearly $80 million is directly related to Medicaid. In all fairness, MacDonough didn’t come on until September 30, 2001. Let’s give him until June to see if he can earn his keep. The Greater Washington Research Center/Brookings Institute, in the person of former District government employee Carol Meyer, received $5,402 for providing “budget review and analysis services to the CFO.” Don’t think tanks receive grants for doing this kind of work? Isn’t that the nature of their business? Is this the place in the story where someone reaches for the CFO's checkbook?


Government in the Sunshine
Ed T. Barron, 

How about a little sunshine into the darkness of our current administration. I'd surely like to see a listing of all the Departments, the amount that they have overspent their budgets during the current fiscal year, and what their excuse is for overrunning their budget. Here are my suggestions: any organization that exceeded their budget for this past year would get only what the budget amount was last year; any organization that overruns their budget next year will have the following year's budget debited by the overrun in the following year.

This is not intended to be a Draconian oversight process for the budget. Budgets should not be cast in concrete. There should be room for any department to make a request for a budget adjustment when that department can show that the benefits of spending more on an existing initiative, or adding funds for a new initiative have a higher priority than other, lower priority, initiatives of the District. This takes a cooperative form of alliance among the Departments in adjusting budgets to keep the total in balance. Perhaps that is too much to ask for. In the meantime I'd like to see the over-runners exposed. What are we getting for our tax dollars?


Between Williams and Barry
Pete Petropoulos, 

Give me Barry.

[The March 6 issue of themail asked which mayor you would prefer as a candidate, Williams or Barry. — Gary Imhoff]


He’s Back
Rick Otis, 

I hold Barry personally responsible for the murders and poverty that have been (and will continue to be) experienced by generations of young black men in our city. He did unbelievable and inexcusable harm. What's truly unfortunate is that those most adversely affected by his actions are often those most willing to support him . . . and he cynically and pathetically preys upon them.


Marion Berry
Mark Richards, West of the River and East of the Park, 

If anyone is interested in the really tasty Marion Berry, you can buy it from Behrendsen Farms, 37204 NW Pacific Hwy, Woodland, Washington, Tel 360-798-8946. My sister brought me a bottle of this deep purplish and textured delight. She discovered it while visiting her husband's family out that way. At the dinner table, her mother-in-law commented that Marion Berry is unique to their region and a favorite of Washington State. (My sister was surprised to hear this comment until her mother-in-law produced the goods. She decided right then and there to bring me a bottle.) That was months ago. Today, March 9th, something inspired me to open my bottle of Marion Berry, and now I can see why they love it. It is GRRRR-E-A-T!!!! An entrepreneur really should consider importing it to DC, cause you're going to love it.


A Permit to Speak?
Art Spitzer, ACLU, 

Gregory Diaz,, writes [themail, March 6]: “One might question why a permit is even needed to stand up in a public place and vent one's views (we used to call it 'Freedom of Speech' in the old days). . . .”

In fact, no permit was required if all the man was doing was standing up in Dupont Circle and venting his views. Dupont Circle is National Park Service property, and the NPS regulations provide that no permit is needed for demonstrations by groups of 25 or fewer people. 36 CFR §7.96(g)(2)(i). (If the man were using a podium or other structure, that would require a permit.) The Park Police generally know this rule, so I wonder what was going on?


Taxation and License Plates
Victor Chudowsky, 

I agree with Zinnia's post about property tax assessments [themail, March 6]. It is outrageous the way they have gone up. I've also been nailed with two consecutive increases of more than 20 percent, and my nice but modest house is now worth the same as a suburban mansionette. I'm paying almost $2,000 more than two years ago with little corresponding visible improvement in any city services I “enjoy.” Now I have to go through an appeals process to revise my assessment, which I suspect will be a nightmare. In addition, Mayor Williams' backtracking on the tax cut means a small cut out of my pay as well.

Which brings me to “Taxation without Representation.” True, we have no representation before Congress, but on the other hand the federal government isn't slamming us with 20 percent increases every year like the District's. Perhaps the license plate motto can be shortened to merely “Taxation,” which is both accurate and nonpolitical. Or we can combine the old “Celebrate and Discover” with the new motto, resulting in “Celebrate Taxation.”


Code Words on District License Plates
Paul Michael Brown, 

I read with amusement the efforts by some to convince us that “Taxation Without Representation” is not a political statement, whereas “NO Taxation Without Representation” would be a political slogan. A slogan is a slogan, even if couched in an abbreviated form that leaves it up to the reader to supply the missing words. Suppose one of the states in the former Confederacy decided to put “Traditions of the Old South” on its license plates. Does anybody seriously contend that those code words would not cause an uproar, merely because the language wasn't “Preserving the Traditions of the Old South”? The DMV should not be in the slogan business.


Fact and Fancy
John Whiteside, 

Katie Hodges argues that some in the city do not feel that they lack representation, transforming the factual observation that we have “taxation without representation” into a political slogan. The basis for this belief is the concept that all members of Congress are supposed to “represent” the District by overseeing its affairs. Well, with all due respect to those who feel that way, that's nonsense. One can argue that the situation is reasonable, desirable, or ideal, but one can't argue that it's anything but what it is. Are we taxed? Yes. Are we represented? Not by any reasonable definition of the word. If you think the license plate slogan is not a fact, you've got to go back to revolutionary times and correct the history books to mention that the American colonists did, in fact, enjoy representation in the British government — after all the British government was responsible for looking out for the colonies' affairs!

I'm not saying that there's no room for different viewpoints about the proper governance of the District — just that those arguing against representation need to at least be honest and admit that we don't have it and that they believe we shouldn't. And as for the statement being political because it elicits a strong response, well, that is true. Just like “Your house is on fire,” “Whites Only” signs on restrooms, and “President Bush didn't win the popular vote.” Sometimes reality has that effect.


Tree Problems Response
Sara Cormeny, 

Did you see the recent article in the Washington Post's Home section? It offers some resources in the city government for tree maintenance:


March 2002 InTowner
Peter Wolff, 

This is to advise that the March 2002 on-line edition has been uploaded and may be accessed at Included are the lead stories, community news items and crime reports, editorials (including prior months' archived), restaurant reviews (prior months' also archived), and the text from the ever-popular “Scenes from the Past” feature. Also included are all current classified ads. The complete issue (along with prior issues back to January 2001) also is available in PDF file format by direct access from our home page at no charge simply by clicking the link provided. Here you will be able to view the entire issue as it looks in print, including the new ABC Board actions report, all photos and advertisements.

The next issue will publish on April 12. The complete PDF version will be posted by early that Friday morning, following which the text of the lead stories, community news, and selected features will be uploaded shortly thereafter. To read this month's lead stories, simply click the link on the home page to the following headlines: (1) “Mt. Vernon Square Baseball Stadium Plan Strikes Out With Neighborhood Residents”; (2) “Orange Hat Patrol Targets Prostitution, Video Store”; (3) “Re-development Reaching Critical Mass East of Logan Circle, Along 11th Street.”



Public Reservation 13 — Additional Meeting Date
Karina, Ricks, Office of Planning, 

Thank you to everyone who participated in last weekend's Reservation 13 planning workshop and any of the previous planning meetings. It was, by most accounts, a very successful event that moved us a significant step forward in developing a Draft Master Plan that becomes a framework for future use of the site. Several people indicated, however, that they wanted an additional opportunity to review the rough draft plan and principles that evolved from the workshop, previous research, and other information.

We want to provide that opportunity on Saturday, March 16th from 10 a.m. to noon at the DC Armory. This is not an additional meeting -- several other people also indicated they were “meeting-ed out” — but an open-house period when the architect/designer consultants, DC planners, and other resource people will be available to discuss the plan and process. A composite plan, the “planning principles” diagrams from Sunday, and the issue-area plans participants drew up on Saturday will all be available to review. The final presentation is still scheduled for Wednesday, March 20, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. (tentatively located at Eastern High School).

Also, as a reminder, the web site has a tremendous amount of information regarding background on the site, documentation of the previous meetings, and discussions. For more information contact DC Office of Planning, 442-7600,


Community Information Forum on Interim Disability Assistance
T.J. Sutcliffe, 

Service providers and consumers will not want to miss this opportunity to learn about the District's new Interim Disability Assistance (IDA) program, which provides short-term financial support to DC residents with disabilities who are applying for federal SSI “disability” benefits. Cosponsored by So Others Might Eat (SOME), Washington Council of Agencies, and Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. Call T.J. Sutcliffe at 797-0701, ext. 107 for more information. Wednesday, March 13, 2002. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Library, 901 G Street, NW, Room A-5. Free.


The March of CHIME
Dorothy Marschak, 

CHIME’s “Music Around the World” series of free programs at DC public libraries continues in March with the following not-to-be-missed programs featuring opera and Arabic music. On Saturday, March 9, at Mt. Pleasant Library (16th and Lamont Streets, NW), from 7-8 p.m., Washington Opera Docent Betty Byrne presents a multimedia program for older children and adults on the history of opera, in which she traces the history of opera from its baroque beginnings to the modern day. Enjoy an hour of opera politics from Caesar to Nixon!

Educator and saxophonist Grant Chamberlain presents music of the Arab peoples on Saturday, March 16 at Lamond-Riggs Library (5401 South Dakota Avenue, NE, near Kennedy Street) from 2-3 p.m. Grant formed an Israeli-Palestinian jazz band when he taught music in Ramallah. In his performance-demonstration he will convey a sense of the diversity of the music and cultures of the Middle East as well as characteristic similarities. He will demonstrate the basic sounds of Arab music, explain when and why they perform music and what instruments are used, and give a basic overview of the history of music in the Middle East.

For a schedule of the complete series of 19 programs or for more information about these programs or CHIME (Community Help in Music Education) visit our web site,, or contact us at We are an all-volunteer organization whose mission is to promote and provide music education for DC youth, during and outside of school. We welcome volunteers and donations of money and instruments.


Gala Theater
Agate J. Tilmanis, 

In the last themail [March 6], Cynthia Benjamin asked people to come watch her make an utter fool of herself at the Gala Theater. I saw the production of “The Truth Can't Be Trusted” last Saturday. Go, see it! It is beautifully done in that little theater. And you can place your name in a raffle to win a chair decorated by an Uruguayan artist.



Tutor for Nikon CoolPix 995
Barbara Bode, 

Digital Diva Wannabe just bought a Nikon CoolPix 995 that requires skills well beyond my knowledge base. How undereducated am I? I needed help figuring out how to put the camera on the tripod! I'm looking for someone whose tutoring I can afford, who will spend several hours over he course of a week or two teaching me how to use this wonderful camera easily and effectively. Please E-mail me at  or call 588-9598.


DC ACLU Seeks Paralegal
Art Spitzer, 

The ACLU of the National Capital Area invites applications for a full-time paralegal position beginning in or about May 2002. The ACLU of the National Capital Area is the local office of the American Civil Liberties Union for Washington, DC, and its Maryland suburbs. The American Civil Liberties Union is the nation's oldest and largest organization devoted to protecting civil liberties and civil rights for all Americans, including freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from discrimination, and freedom from police brutality. More information about the ACLU is available at The paralegal will work under the supervision of the Legal Director and staff attorneys, assisting them with factual and legal research on incoming requests for ACLU legal help and ongoing legal cases and legislative matters, and in preparing court papers for filing, maintaining Legal Department files, responding to telephone inquiries, interviewing potential clients and witnesses, and other assignments at the request of the Legal Director and staff attorneys.

Some familiarity with legal concepts and materials is a plus, but no prior legal or paralegal training or experience is required. Applicants must be willing to work hard and learn, must be well-organized and attentive to detail, must be able to handle many tasks at once, work well under pressure and meet deadlines, and must care strongly about the quality of the work they produce. Applicants should have strong research and writing skills, computer literacy, good telephone manner, and the ability to work well with others. Applicants should also be committed to assisting the ACLU in protecting civil liberties and civil rights, which may sometimes include working on controversial issues or on behalf of unpopular clients. Compensation will be set according to experience, and includes the standard ACLU benefits package.

To apply, please send a letter explaining your interest in the position, a current resume, a transcript from the highest educational institution you have attended (this need not be an official transcript), the names and telephone numbers of two references, and a nonfiction writing sample, to Sarah Ghani, ACLU of the National Capital Area, 1400 20th Street NW, Suite 119, 20036-5920. Review of applications will begin on March 18. The position will remain open until filled.


Part-Time Job
Dan Wright, 

The DC Preservation League is looking for a part-time office manager. The person will work directly with the President of DCPL, Board members, grants administrator, development consultant, committees, members and volunteers. The position requires someone who can work with minimal supervision, has good organizational and telephone skills, and experience with MS office programs and use of the Internet. Also desirable would be acquaintance with FileMaker Pro, QuickBooks and web site maintenance. Responsibilities include all aspects of the office's administrative functions, which encompass support for fundraising projects, correspondence, media relations, accounts payable, and mailings. Opportunity to work directly on activities involving historic preservation plans and activities in DC and related work of DCPL in reviewing proposed development affecting historic sites, research on and consideration of the landmarking of historic places, assisting communities in their historic preservation plans, and informing and educating the community about historical aspects of our neighborhoods and downtown area. Resume and letter of interest to be sent to President, DC Preservation League, 1815 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 200, 20006 or by E-mail to Questions, call 955-5616.



Furnished Apartment for Rent, Adams Morgan
Irina Livezeanu, 

Charming fully furnished 1 bedroom apartment available in Adams Morgan (near Calvert Street and Adams Mill Road). Prefer one year lease, would consider shorter; cat allowed; no smoking please. $1400/month.

Pet-friendly 1910 redone Deco period building, very well maintained, great location, close to restaurants, ten minutes to Metro; balcony off bedroom, sunny exposure, track and mood lighting, CAC, and fan, washer/dryer in unit, cable TV/VCR, great customized closet space, bike, and other storage. The rent includes all utilities and local phone, voicemail, cable TV, VCR, furnishings, sheets, towels, etc. The unit has a small balcony, A/C, carpet, washer/dryer, basement storage area, two custom closets (6' and 10'), mood lighting throughout, and mounted speakers. More importantly, the building allows small pets. Centrally located, near Woodley Park/Zoo/Adams Morgan Metro, easy access to Rock Creek Park, located across from a neighborhood park. For more scoop please contact Lynne Mersfelder-Lewis or Don Lewis at home at 362-9494; or Lynne at work at 301-563-1174 or cell 257-1730 or via E-mail at



To Be or Not to Be a State
Sameer Sheikh, 

I am a high school student and I am writing a paper on the District of Columbia's fight for Statehood, which I will later present to the rest of the school. In the paper I try to describe the competing arguments in the policy area, discern what divides the Democrats and Republicans on the issue, and assess each competing claim. I would appreciate any assistance or direction you could give me. If all turns out well, as I imagine it will, I will get to present my findings at Harvard University, as I did once before. Thanks in advance.



Kitties Looking for New Home!
Sven Abow, 

Please take a moment and think about giving two lovable cats a home. Our names are Mikah (white/brown/gray tabby) and Tashirah (gray with beige markings), and we're as sweet as can be. Our current owners, Katea and Sven, need to find a new home for us and we thought you or one of your friends might want us. We're two four-year-old females, we're spayed and perfect ladies, always using our litter box.


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