Say uncle: Jonathan Turley, the noted legal pundit, was a victim of identity theft last week when two men in the Bronx nearly succeeded in buying two brand-new Lexus sedans using his name and Social Security number.
"The credit was approved and they had come back to pick up two Lexuses," Turley, a George Washington University law prof, tells us. One posed as "Uncle" Turley and the other as a nephew. Fortunately, a financing manager who'd seen Turley on TV knew he was not African American -- as these men were. The pair fled when they realized something was afoot.
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Police told Turley they think a former CBS News employee may have swiped his vital info from the security badge he uses as a legal analyst for the network. "So for all I know," he said, " Dan Rather could be buying cars as we speak."
Recounting how he joined the ranks of 10 million annual ID-theft victims, Turley wrote in his column Thursday in the Los Angeles Times: "The thing that kills me is the thought that Jonathan Turleys could be driving around in Lexuses while I still plod to work in my beat-up Volvo wagon. I now wonder whether, if I had only applied myself more, I could have been somebody with a luxury car and no financial worries -- somebody like . . . well . . . Jonathan Turley."
The People Who Wage War On Holiday Heaviness
Belt feeling a little tight? Plan on gorging further for the holidays? Fortunately, the December issue of Men's Journal names the country's top 100 trainers, five of which are sweating it out in the Washington area. They cater to both men and women.
Yaz Boyum of Definitions Personal Training Plus in D.C. is a professional bodybuilder; the mag dubs her "the Beltway master of physio balls and dynabands."
Need a little discipline? Jason Hadeed at Elite Athlete Training Systems in Rockville puts clients on probation if their effort isn't up to snuff.
John Philbin of Philbin's Family Fitness and Athletic Training Center in Gaithersburg has 25 years of experience with pro football players.
Rationing workouts is the specialty of Jonathan Ross at Aion Fitness in Bowie -- who is said to get "monumental results" by taking little steps.
And in the home, uh, stretch we have Robert Sherman of F.I.T. in Bethesda, an expert in flexibility and stability training.
The Only Station Where Broadcasts Are Rated GS
Rejoice, bureaucrats, you now have a radio station to call your own. WFED (1050 AM) launches on the Washington airwaves tomorrow, promising to cover the federal government and those who do business with it. The station is an extension of the five-year-old Web site FederalNewsRadio.com, launched by WTOP (1500 AM) in the dot-com heyday.
Jim Farley, vice president of news and programming at WTOP, admits this kind of programming could only fly in Washington: "If you're not a fed, there's going to be some dry, mundane stuff. If you are a fed, there's stuff that you care about and deal with every day." The emphasis: management, procurement, technology, security, policy, pay and benefits. ( Howard Stern it ain't.)
Elsewhere on the dial, National Public Radio has officially named Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep as hosts of "Morning Edition." Insiders have anticipated the move since last spring, when longtime host Bob Edwards was shown the door, producing a public uproar, and the pair were appointed to "interim" slots.
The approach of the holidays caused the following to happen last week: