Cherie Blair, Perfectly Frank
Cherie Blair, wife of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, was honored by Georgetown University at a luncheon yesterday, with university President John J. DeGioia awarding her the President's Medal for her contributions in furthering human rights, democracy and justice.
Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick delivered the blessing -- an impromptu number that garnered a few laughs. According to a source, he said that God created man and made him perfect, then realized what a mistake He'd made and created woman. McCarrick went on to praise Blair so effusively that she began her talk by announcing that she wasn't perfect.
Among others in attendance: Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O'Connor.
No Financial Jam Here
Russell Simmons visited the Washington Convention Center yesterday to present "Get Your Money Right," a seminar on financial empowerment hosted by the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, a group Simmons chairs.
"We're teaching financial literacy," the hip-hop mogul told The Post. "There is so much basic information that's not taught in high schools and colleges. That leaves kids in a very tough situation."
A crowd of more than 2,500 attended, seeking the advice of finance expert Suze Orman, record industry bigwig Damon Dash, rappers Reverend Run, Juelz Santana, Paul Wall and Doug E. Fresh, singers Lil' Mo and Nicole Wray and radio personality Russ Parr.
Laci's Mom Plans Book
Laci Peterson's mother, Sharon Rocha, will write a book about her slain daughter to be published in December by Crown Publishing, a division of Random House. Peterson's stepfather, Ron Grantski, told the Modesto Bee that he would help Rocha write "For Laci."
"A lot of truths haven't been told, and I kind of think they should be," he said. "Everyone has written little bits and pieces."
Noted . . .
* Model Tyson Beckford sustained cuts and head trauma in a one-vehicle accident Monday after losing control of his truck. Beckford's Dodge Ram burst into flames after he crashed into a utility pole in Secaucus, N.J. The 34-year-old model pulled himself from the fiery wreck before it became engulfed, police said.
* Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, NFL Hall of Famer Lynn Swann and Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills will be honored today at the American Running Association's third annual Honors Gala at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The trio will be recognized for their achievements and impact on the health of America's youth.
* Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell will visit Stuart Hobson Middle School in Northeast Washington today to promote Provider Pals, a program that arranges for rural workers to speak in urban classrooms. Tonight, he'll perform at the program's tribute dinner at the Hyatt Regency.
. . . and Quoted
"Please don't recount this vote."
-- Former vice president Al Gore's acceptance speech after being honored at the ninth Webby Awards in New York on Monday. The Internet awards gala limits acceptance speeches to five words.
-- Compiled by Chris Richards
from staff and wire reports