The Names & Faces column in the July 13 Style section gave an incorrect length of time for Nate Kleinman's hunger strike to call attention to the situation in the Darfur region of Sudan. It was 12 days, not nine. (Published 7/18/2005)
Party poopers: An 80th-birthday party at the French Embassy for syndicated columnist Art Buchwald has a group of women up in arms.
Set for Sept. 28, the black-tie dinner (tickets are $250) will double as a fundraiser for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, an organization Buchwald supports. The Second Amendment Sisters, whose motto is "Self Defense Is a Basic Human Right," got wind of the party and sent a letter of protest to the embassy.
"It's a slap in the face to each and every gun-holding American that the French ambassador would do this," Sisters co-founder Mari Thompson told The Post yesterday. She said her group is "outraged" that the French Embassy would host a party for an organization "whose main purpose is to disarm American citizens."
Brady Campaign spokesman Peter Hamm countered: "It seems to me that these people have too much time on their hands to complain about a venue where folks are getting together to celebrate a birthday party."
He added, "It's not something that we should increase global tensions over." Cake, anyone?
Hungry for Change
Two Philadelphia-area men are staging a hunger strike in front of the White House to raise awareness of genocide in Darfur.
Nate Kleinman, a former Georgetown University student, fasted for nine days, subsisting only on water, until 52-year-old Jay McGliney took over Monday. Neither protester has been to Sudan's Darfur region.
Kleinman told The Post yesterday that he lost 20 pounds "and I'm already pretty skinny." The 23-year-old said his ultimate goal is to end genocide in Sudan, but he wants to educate people until then.
Kleinman works for Federal Prison Consultants, a prisoner advocacy group, and said his bosses were "kind enough to let me come to Washington for an undetermined length of time."
McGliney took time off from his job running a furniture store.
"I can't not do everything I can to try and bring the horror to a close," he said.
* If Angelina's sick, too, then we're on to something. Brad Pitt checked himself into an undisclosed Los Angeles hospital yesterday with a flulike illness. The 41-year-old actor was in Ethiopia last week with his "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" co-star, Angelina Jolie, while the actress adopted a baby girl. Pitt's publicist, Cindy Guagenti, said it wasn't known whether her client picked up the illness during his trip.
* Who's ready for soy? The American Soybean Association is holding its third annual Congressional Soyfoods Luncheon today for members of Congress and their staff. Spokeswoman Karen Edwards told The Post yesterday that the menu (which used more than 130 pounds of soy) will consist of soy pasta with high-protein soy sauce, miso chicken with a black soybean sauce, and soy smoothies. Let's not forget dessert: Lemon-tofu cheesecake and chocolate-dipped tempeh bites. Mmm. Anyone for seconds?
-- Compiled by Korin Miller
from staff and wire reports