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Thursday, September 7, 2006

NATIONAL CATHEDRAL

Security Restrictions Today

D.C. police plan to impose parking and traffic restrictions this afternoon and evening as authorities provide security for an appearance by former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami at Washington National Cathedral.

Plans call for closing Wisconsin Avenue NW between Massachusetts Avenue and Woodley Road for up to five hours, beginning about 4 p.m. Parking will be barred there from 1:30 to 11 p.m.

Police also plan to close Woodley Road between Wisconsin Avenue and 34th Street from about 3:30 to 9 p.m. Parking will be barred there from 1:30 to 11 p.m. Parking also will be prohibited on Garfield Street NW between 34th Street and Massachusetts Avenue from 1:30 to 11 p.m., police officials said.

Police said that the street closings and on-street parking restrictions are subject to change depending on needs.

GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY

Students Renew Protest

Dozens of students marched at Gallaudet University yesterday, reigniting the protest that began last spring when provost Jane K. Fernandes was named president-designate of the school for the deaf.

Unity for Gallaudet, a coalition that decried the selection process as flawed and unfair, issued a statement of "indignation" that "voices of reason and justifiable dissent expressed by the large majority of Gallaudet University students, faculty, staff and alumni were not heard and continue to go unheard." Protesters said the guidelines for protests, issued by outgoing president I. King Jordan this summer, were an attempt to "control and rule campus by oppression, intimidation and fear." Protests will continue, they said, until Fernandes resigns and the board of trustees reopens the presidential search process.

"Dr. Fernandes is not stepping down," said Gallaudet spokeswoman Mercy Coogan, reiterating the message from this past spring, "and the board is not reopening the search." Fernandes, Jordan and others at the school are focused on the academic year that began last week, she said, and making sure freshmen get off to a good start.

-- Susan Kinzie


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