Inside the Beltway

By McCaslin, John | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), May 1, 1997 | Go to article overview

Inside the Beltway


McCaslin, John, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


FLACK FLIGHT

We're told on good authority that White House spokesman Michael McCurry has asked Dennis Boxx, the former CIA press spokesman, to come to the White House, presumably as a future mouthpiece for President Clinton.

The ultrasmooth White House spinmeister, who has juggled numerous Clinton administration scandals from his podium, has indicated he plans to abandon ship sometime this year.

As for Mr. Boxx, word has it he may be reluctant to give up his relatively peaceful post as director of public affairs at the supersecret National Reconnaissance Office.

DRIVING DORGAN

This column has learned that Sen. Byron L. Dorgan, North Dakota Democrat, was one of the offending parties involved in a hit-and-run accident in downtown Grand Forks.

"I and some others had been in the downtown area of this city in a boat," the senator confirms. "One boat I was in, operated by the Coast Guard, ran into a car - ran over the hood of the car. The only thing you could see of the car was two inches of the radio antenna sticking above the water. That is how we knew the boat hit a car on a downtown street."

NO TALENT

"I do object to the characterization of my state," Sen. Tim Hutchinson, Arkansas Republican, told National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Alexander, after she failed to adequately explain why the NEA turned down 11 of 12 grant applications from Arkansas this year.

As summarized by the Congressional Quarterly Monitor, here was Miss Alexander's explanation: The arts are much like the apple industry. Most apples come from a few states with ripe growing conditions and are then shipped around the country for everyone to enjoy.

SALUTING J. EDGAR

Congressional Cemetery will briefly come to life tomorrow when more than 250 former FBI special agents and guests, including those who made significant contributions to the bureau's development and its history, will attend a commemorative ceremony observing the 25th anniversary of the death of J. Edgar Hoover.

Within the past year, the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI has spruced up Mr. Hoover's grave site, which overlooks the D.C. Jail.

Hoover shares his burial place with his parents and a sister, who died as a toddler. It is perhaps the most neatly manicured of all 60,000 grave sites in the 35-acre cemetery, founded in 1807 at 18th and E streets SE.

Just a few yards away, we wrote last November, only granite angels perched on the highest of monuments rose above the thick brush that grew to heights of 3 feet or more around tombstones. …

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