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JOIN THE HAY-ADAMS FOR JAN. 27 AUTHOR SERIES WITH RICHARD MOE & LUNCH BY CHEF PETER SCHAFFRATH

JOIN THE HAY-ADAMS FOR JAN. 27 AUTHOR SERIES WITH RICHARD MOE & LUNCH BY CHEF PETER SCHAFFRATH

The American lawyer and preservationist will discuss his latest book, Roosevelt’s Second Act, while The Hay-Adams Chef Peter Schaffrath presents a delicious lunch on Top of the Hay, the hotel's rooftop venue

On Monday, January 27, 2014The Hay-Adams Author Series will welcome Richard Moe, who has had a distinguished career in government, law and historic preservation, to discuss his recent book, Roosevelt’s Second Act: The Election of 1940 and The Politics of War, while dining with guests at The Top of the Hay, the Hotel’s elegant rooftop spaces overlooking the White House. Chef Peter Schaffrath will prepare a delicious seasonal luncheon with dessert by Pastry Chef Josh Short.

Gansler addresses teen beach party appearance

(USA TODAY/WUSA9) -- Maryland's attorney general, an outspoken opponent of underage drinking, says it was not his responsibility as a parent or a high-ranking law enforcement official to intervene at a teen beach party in June where alcohol was apparently served, The Baltimore Sun reports.

Douglas Gansler, a Democrat candidate for governor, says he does not remember whether he saw anyone drinking at the high school party in Delaware, the newspaper reports Wednesday.

In a press conference Thursday, Gansler said he was only at the party to speak with his son.

A photo, which was posted to Instagram by one of those attending, shows Gansler with a cellphone pushing through a crowd of young people, including some dancing shirtless on a table amid a smattering of red plastic cups.

The Sun says underage participants at the party at a rented house in South Bethany, Del., later confirmed that many were drinking alcohol.

David Fraser-Hidalgo sworn in to Md. House

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - House Speaker Michael Busch has sworn in David Fraser-Hidalgo to the House of Delegates.

The speaker swore in Fraser-Hidalgo on Monday in the House chamber in Annapolis.

The new delegate will represent District 15 in Montgomery County. He replaces Brian Feldman, who was appointed to the state Senate last month.

Fraser-Hidalgo was a Montgomery County police officer before moving to the private sector. He currently works as area sales director for Regus, a global provider of small and midsize business support.

Fraser-Hidalgo, a 44-year-old Democrat, was vice president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for Montgomery County. He also was vice president of Boyds Civic Association.

Gansler responds to reports of reckless driving

WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is responding to accounts from Maryland State Police that he regularly ordered state troopers to drive him with lights and sirens to routine appointments.

Documents obtained by The Washington Post show Gansler directed troopers to speed, run red lights and bypass traffic jams while driving him. In one case, police said Gansler insisted on driving himself, running red lights with sirens blaring.

Police Lt. Charles Ardolini wrote in 2011 that the problem existed for five years and "occurs on a daily basis."

Gansler is now a Democratic candidate for governor.

Gansler's campaign issued a response Sunday. Gansler apologized if his "backseat driving" made troopers uncomfortable. But the campaign says the matters were settled and are now being used as a political attack on Gansler.

FINALLY, A POSITIVE CAMPAIGN AD?...OOPS, IT'S FOR 2016

Although born and bred in upstate New York, I have lived in Northern Virginia for 31 years. This election cycle, the Commonwealth is a battleground in the Presidential race, and by virtue of anticipated coattails, negative or positive, in the Senatorial one as well. For what seems like an eternity, residents have endured increasingly nasty TV ads, and it isn't even post convention, post Labor Day!  Candidates have been crisscrossing the state in attack dog mode, spewing gall and gaffes, attempting to drum up support. I want to buy earplugs.

Alexandria Seaport Foundation receives $50K grant at Economic Club event with guest Warren Buffett

Alexandria Seaport Foundation receives $50K grant at Economic Club event with guest Warren Buffett

Buffett and David Rubenstein, The Economic Club of Washington, DC's President, are among business leaders at 25th anniversary celebration on June 5th where 10 community organizations, including the Alexandria Seaport Foundation, received a total of $500,000 in grants

The Alexandria Seaport Foundation (ASF), which offers disadvantaged youth and young adults a paid, work-based apprentice program in boat building that prepares participants for careers in the building trades, received a $50,000 grant from The Economic Club of Washington, D.C. at its 25th anniversary on June 5th at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park.