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Protestors demonstrate against war in Iraq

Organizers said they expect “tens of thousands” of protesters to attend a demonstration Saturday condemning a potential war in Iraq. The event, which will be held simultaneously in Washington and San Francisco, is sponsored by the International Act Now to Stop War and End Racism coalition.

“The polls show that the public is not behind a war in Iraq,” ANSWER spokesman Tony Murphy said. “There is great momentum for this movement and it is only getting stronger.”

ANSWER has won the endorsement of numerous national figures, including Rev. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and actor Martin Sheen.

The demonstration begins at 11 a.m. at 21st Street and Constitution Avenue.

Police investigate another alleged sniper shooting

University officials have reiterated their advice for students to remain alert and informed in the wake of the recent sniper killings in the Washington area. Police are investigating a shooting of a 37 year-old man in a parking lot near Richmond, Va., which may be connected with the sniper case.

“The best advice I can give to students is to stay informed from the radio or TV or whatever they have access to,” said John Petrie, assistant vice president for public safety and emergency management, in an interview last week.

The sniper has killed nine people in 18 days. The most recent confirmed shooting linked to the sniper was the Monday night killing of FBI analyst Linda Franklin outside a Home Depot store in Falls Church.
-Alex Kingsbury

Former mayor pays for indecent exposure

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry was ordered to pay $35,000 Thursday to a Baltimore airport custodian who said Barry exposed himself to her in an airport bathroom two years ago.

Barry received the order from the Baltimore Circuit Court after a two-day trial he didn’t attend. Custodian Terrie Jenkins was reportedly cleaning a temporarily closed bathroom at the airport when Barry tried to enter.

He allegedly shoved Jenkins aside, said “Don’t you know who I am?” and shoved her aside when she told him it was closed, according to the Washington Times. He then exposed himself to Jenkins.

But the incident wasn’t Barry’s first encounter with the law.

The 66-year-old former mayor, who left his third term in office in 1991, served six months in jail after being videotaped smoking crack cocaine in a District hotel.

Comedian Jim Breuer to headline at American U.

Comedian Jim Breuer, best known for his four years on Saturday Night Live and his role in the 1998 film “Half Baked,” will perform at American University Saturday.

The stand-up act will be at Bender Arena at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for the general public. GW students can call the American box office at 202-885-6480.

The university can be reached by taking the Metro Red Line to the Tenleytown station.

Part of Breuer’s “Lighten Up Comedy Tour,” the comedian will perform routines including “Baked at the Zoo,” “Coming Home at 4 a.m.” and “Goatboy.”
-Julie Gordon

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