November 13, 2001 |
Trace amounts of anthrax have been found in the offices of three more U.S. senators, including Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), bringing to 11 the number of senators' suites found in recent days to be contaminated. All 11 are in the Hart Senate Office Building, where an anthrax-filled letter was opened Oct. 15 in the office of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.).
November 2, 2001 |
As members of Congress scavenged for information after the Capitol was evacuated Sept. 11, some wandered nearby parks, tuning in news bulletins on battery-powered radios. Others gravitated to hastily assembled briefing rooms at the Capitol Police headquarters. But a small group of lawmakers, showing perhaps the best instincts of all, assembled at the doorstep of Rep. Porter J. Goss, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
May 28, 2001 |
Today, the south wall of the Energy Department's fortress-like Washington headquarters is a fitting symbol for an agency that itself has never quite established an identity: a 32,100-square-foot blank slab of concrete. Shortly before leaving office, however, the Clinton administration awarded a Chicago architectural firm a contract to explore converting the wall into something quite different: a vast solar array that would provide much of the building's heat and power.
May 4, 2001 |
In a visit meant to underscore the Bush administration's heightened concern about the California electricity crisis, Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham met Thursday with Gov. Gray Davis in Sacramento to discuss federal energy conservation plans. "I think we have an approach that can result in significant savings," Abraham told Davis. The energy secretary said he was in California "to gauge what we can do to add to what California is already doing."
May 3, 2001 |
President Bush today will order federal workers across the country to lower the lights, turn off office equipment not in use and take other steps to conserve electricity in an effort to ease possible energy shortages this summer in California and other states. The president's directive will call for setting thermostats in federal buildings at 78 degrees--and allowing casual dress on hot days--during power emergencies in California. In Sacramento, a spokesman for Gov.
March 7, 2001 |
For more than three decades, the imposing, life-size portrait of George Washington has presided over the entrance of the National Portrait Gallery here--one hand graciously extended toward the tourists who passed through the museum's grand foyer. Now the painting, which has been on loan, could be headed for the auction block--with a $20-million price tag attached. The British owner of the 1796 portrait has notified the gallery that he wants to sell it.