The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Tuesday, May 25, 2004  

In the News: May 25, 2004

Ahmed Chalabi
Robert Scheer writes about swindler-spy Ahmed Chalabi in today’s Los Angeles Times (“Chalabi’s Long, Costly Charade”): “We might start investigating which Bush official arranged for this hustler -- already on the lam for a decade from major banking fraud convictions in Jordan -- to sit behind First Lady Laura Bush during this year’s State of the Union speech. Was the Secret Service watching her purse?”

Judith Miller
Now is as good a time as any to tap the archives of “Get Your War On.” Catch this strip from June 5, 2003, jabbing Chalabi’s New York Times mouthpiece, Judith Miller. It was funny then. It’s pathetic now.

After an eight-month cleaning (tab: $500,000), Michelangelo’s “David” was unveiled in Florence, Italy, yesterday in preparation for the sculpture’s 500th “anniversary” in September. Says restorer Cinzia Parnigoni in today’s New York Times, “I would call the result ‘less gray.’ But I hope it is not too white.”

Todd Oldham
It’s good to see designer Todd Oldham is working again. No, not Escada. Not Target. La-Z-Boy. It’s cool stuff.

Martina Navratilova
Veteran tennis star and veritable icon Martina Navratilova, 47, today lost her first-round match in the women’s singles tournament at the French Open to Gisela Dulko. Dulko, a 19-year-old Argentine, was born a year after Navratilova won her first French Open title.

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