Michael Moore Speech Canceled by GMU
Legislators Decry Event as 'Political'
George Mason University canceled a scheduled speaking engagement by filmmaker Michael Moore after two conservative state legislators and others said public money should not support an overtly political event.
Moore, director of "Fahrenheit 9/11," was to have received about $35,000 for his Oct. 28 speech at the university's Patriot Center. Moore said he plans to show up and speak anyway.
Herndon Council Member Censured
Others Object to 'Discriminatory' Comments
The Herndon Town Council approved a resolution to censure one of its members, Ann V. Null, for expressing views about immigrants and other residents that the resolution described as "discriminatory, offensive and disrespectful of the office she holds."
A local newspaper had published a letter from Null calling for the dismantling of a town resource center that provides social services to the poor and immigrants. In the letter, she characterized immigrants as "cooks, maids, janitors and gardeners."
Youngsters Served Tequila by Mistake
No Ill Effects Reported, Alexandria School Says
Tequila and margarita mix that had been left in a pitcher in the refrigerator at a private Alexandria school was mistaken for limeade by kitchen staff and served to students as a lunch treat.
Some youngsters did not like the smell of the drink and declined; others took a sip and said it was "gross." An administrator at the Alexandria Country Day School realized something was wrong and quickly discovered that the limeade was really liquor.
There were no ill effects, the school said; the most any child was believed to have drunk was a few sips. The mixture was left over from a party two days earlier for the staff, faculty and Board of Trustees, according to a school official.
Insurance Covering More Children
Warner Touts Availability of Health Benefits
The number of children enrolled in Virginia's health insurance program for minors has risen dramatically since 2002, Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) announced.
The program covers 385,000 children, an increase of 102,000 in the past two years. Known as FAMIS, for Family Access to Medical Insurance Security, the program provides medical benefits for children if their families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford private insurance.
Warner Orders Another Look at Old Cases
DNA Testing Could Free Some Prisoners
Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) ordered DNA testing in dozens of old criminal cases to determine whether modern-day examination of biological samples will exonerate people convicted of violent crimes and still held in Virginia prisons.
Across the Region
Baseball Comes Back; Dulles Gets Busy
* Baseball will return to the nation's capital in the spring when the Montreal Expos become Washington's fourth major league franchise and its first since the Senators moved to Texas in 1971. The Expos are scheduled to play their first home game at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in April, provided that the D.C. Council approves a $440 million financing package to build a ballpark along the Anacostia.
* The new low-fare airline Independence Air helped Dulles International Airport become the fifth-busiest airport in the country last month, up from No. 24 in the same month last year, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Only airports in Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit and Los Angeles are busier than Dulles, which typically handles 600 to 800 more planes a day than it did a year ago, according to the FAA.