Congressman Sued for Millions

Rep. Don Sherwood (R-Pa.) is in the hot seat. A Rockville woman filed a lawsuit against the 64-year-old congressman on Wednesday alleging he repeatedly punched and choked her during their "five-year intimate relationship."

Cynthia Ore says in the suit that after each "unprovoked and vicious attack" Sherwood promised he wouldn't do it again and begged her not to leave him. Ore, 29, is asking for $5.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages.

In the lawsuit, Ore says she lived with Sherwood in a Washington apartment for most of their relationship and was repeatedly promised that he would marry her and start a family. Sherwood is married and has three daughters.

Sherwood's attorney Bobby R. Burchfield released a statement yesterday saying "Congressman Sherwood emphatically denies that he ever physically abused Ms. Ore in any way, at any time." The statement said the suit was "plainly intended to extract a lucrative and unjustified settlement."

The Oratorical Course

Dinner theater? Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) gave an impromptu speech to 20 sixth-graders at a Washington restaurant Tuesday night. Roberta Keis, a teacher at Quogue School in New York, told The Post yesterday that her students were visiting the nation's capital as part of their history class, and dinner at Georgia Brown's was one of their final stops.

One government-savvy student recognized the senator and a note was sent over to his table requesting a visit. The 43-year-old Obama, who was dining with his uncle from Kenya, took a break from his meal of fried green tomatoes and pan-seared grouper to personally welcome the group to Washington. "He was cool and most cordial," recalls Keis. "The kids were so excited."

Natalie Juenger, a spokeswoman for the restaurant, said the senator held the attention of the entire restaurant's guests for more than 10 minutes while he spoke to the students.

First daughter Jenna Bush was spotted eating shrimp and grits at the same restaurant on Wednesday night, but did not entertain a school group.

Prince Harry's School Gets a Lesson

Oops! Britain's defense minister ordered an investigation after an undercover journalist with a video camera and fake bomb went through security at the military school where Prince Harry is a student.

British tabloid the Sun published a story yesterday detailing how their reporter posed as a student to gain access to the library at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in Surrey. The 20-year-old prince began training at the school last month. The headline: "Harry Was a Sitting Duck."

The journalist spent eight hours wandering the academy grounds, took video footage and built a fake bomb out of wires, plasticine, a battery and a clock in his car while at the school. A British Ministry of Defense spokesman confirmed the report.

In addition to the investigation, Defense Secretary John Reid said, "I have instructed Sandhurst to change their procedures to prevent a recurrence."

End Notes

* Nancy Reagan was taken to the hospital yesterday after she slipped and fell in her London hotel room while on vacation. Reagan's spokeswoman said the 83-year-old former first lady was not hurt.

* Ashley Smith, the Duluth, Ga., woman who was held hostage by an alleged courtroom killer, then persuaded him to surrender by reading from "The Purpose Driven Life," is writing a memoir. The 26-year-old's book, "Unlikely Angel," will be published in the fall.

-- Compiled by Korin Miller

from staff and wire reports

Sen. Barack Obama spoke to New York students

who were also dining at Georgia Brown's.

Smith's memoir will

be out in the fall.