February 8, 2001 |
Employees at the Treasury Department were evacuated from the historic building next to the White House on Wednesday after workers complained of noxious fumes that were causing watery eyes, breathing difficulties and nausea. The fumes, described as smelling like diesel fuel, came from sewer pipes in a tunnel under Pennsylvania Avenue that connects the main Treasury building with an annex, said Alan Etter, a spokesman for the District of Columbia Fire Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2000 |
The startling government report caught even the man who runs the place by surprise. Westwood's landmark Federal Building needs $75 million worth of repairs, the U.S. General Accounting Office disclosed in a new survey of government property. That didn't sound right to James D. Wharrie Jr., senior property manager at the well-maintained high-rise at 11000 Wilshire Blvd. True, work is underway on the 17-floor building's air-conditioning chillers.
April 14, 2000 |
Bill Gates' charitable foundation has pledged $10 million for what would be the biggest Capitol Hill construction project since the 19th century, a $265-million underground visitors center. "We think it's an incredibly important project, and we're proud to be a part of it," said Trevor Neilson, public affairs director for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation--the Seattle-based charity named after the Microsoft chairman and his wife.
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January 23, 2000 |
People have lined up to get into the place for 111 years--ever since that gray winter day in 1889 when its first residents arrived after marching, military-style, 300 miles to get there. But old soldiers aren't the only ones these days who covet a spot at the 430-acre federal veterans center in West Los Angeles.
November 26, 1999 |
A picture of U.S. Ambassador John Kornblum in this week's issue of Der Spiegel, Germany's most influential weekly newsmagazine, shows him in a cowboy hat and sheriff's badge, blowing on the muzzle of a smoking gun. The photograph of the envoy as wannabe Wyatt Earp is from this year's Mardi Gras celebration in Cologne, where Kornblum served as master of ceremonies for the annual masquerade.
October 4, 1999 |
Almost all of the U.S. Commerce Department building will be reopened today after an electrical fire Friday that released dangerous chemical fumes and forced closure of the complex. "The Commerce Department is going to be open for everyone tomorrow, except those who report for work in the basement area," spokesman Morrie Goodman said Sunday. Goodman said fewer than 200 of the 3,600 people employed in the building work in the basement.