Tuesday, May 11, 2004; Page B03
Bush Picks Utah Lawyer for Appeals Court
President Bush has nominated Thomas B. Griffith of Utah to be a federal appellate judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, replacing retired judge Patricia M. Wald.
Griffith, who is the senior legal counsel for Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, served as legal counsel for the rules committee of the Republican National Convention in 2000 and is a member of the National Republican Lawyers Association. He was formerly legal counsel for the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 1999 and represented the Senate's interests in the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton. From 1989 to 1995, he was an associate and later a partner in the Washington law firm of Wiley Rein & Fielding, with a specialty in white-collar defense and government affairs.
Before getting his law degree at the University of Virginia in 1985, Griffith was a director of religious education based in Baltimore for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Griffith and his wife, Susan S. Griffith, have six children.
3 Lanes of Inner Loop to Close Overnight
Three lanes on the inner loop of the Capital Beltway will be closed from 10:30 p.m. today to 5 a.m. tomorrow so work can be finished on new, permanent lanes that are to open by 6 a.m. tomorrow, Virginia transportation officials said. The left inner loop lane will remain open to traffic.
Transportation officials said the closure is to re-stripe the new lanes and remove the old lane markers. The work zone will begin just west of the Van Dorn Street underpass and continue to where the Beltway meets Interstates 95 and 395.
The lane changes are in preparation for the opening next week of a new, mile-long flyover connecting the inner loop to the southbound lanes of I-95.
ANSWER Plans Antiwar March June 5
Antiwar activists plan a march from the White House to the Pentagon next month to call for an end to the U.S. occupation of Iraq and to protest the abuse of Iraqi detainees.
The June 5 march is being organized by International ANSWER, the national coalition that has sponsored numerous Washington demonstrations against the Iraq war. Actions are also planned that day in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
ANSWER organizer Sarah Sloan of the District said caravans of supporters from out of state are expected. She said the group is working with local, federal and Pentagon officials to get permits. "Every day, what the antiwar movement has said from the beginning . . . is being validated when people open up the newspapers or turn on the news," Sloan said.
4 Candidates for Schools Chief Advance
A search committee has forwarded the names of four candidates for D.C. school superintendent to a panel of city and school officials, which may make a recommendation to the school board by the end of this week or early next week, officials said yesterday.
The search committee interviewed about a half-dozen candidates during closed meetings Friday and Saturday and declined to identify any of them. The committee includes Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D), school board members, D.C. Council members and community representatives. Many of the same people are on the panel of city and school officials known as the "collaborative," which will recommend one or more finalists to the school board. The board will make the final selection.
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