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Public relations mogul and author Peter Hannaford, who was spokesman for Ronald Reagan when he was governor of California and who later became senior communications adviser for the Gipper's 1980 presidential campaign, had looked forward to "semiretirement" when he moved last year from Washington to Northern California.

Now he has accepted the post of editorial page editor of the Eureka Reporter, a daily newspaper.

"While I have written a great many op-ed-length articles and am familiar with the discipline, I've never had to write one a day before. In addition, there are syndicated columns to schedule, editorial cartoons to order and letters to the editors and locally generated op-eds to sort through and select for publication," he says.

"My only worry is, where do we find the time to go on a cruise?"

Ciao

It's not easy getting out of town if you're high-profile couple Ingrid and Fabrizio Aielli, who sold their K Street Italian eatery Teatro Goldoni to Michael Kosmides on Sept. 1.

Shooting the cover of the invitation to their farewell party, to be held this Sunday, proved too much for Metropolitan Police officers, who pursued the popular couple around Washington's monuments as photographer Neshan Naltchayan tried to capture the perfect shot.

Actually threatened with handcuffs, they finally sped off in Mrs. Aielli's white Volkswagen Beetle, fondly nicknamed "mozzarella." No ticket ensued — that they know of — but if one does arrive it will have to be forwarded to the couple's new home in Naples, Fla.

Press scarves

Were you aware that Carol Press, wife of Washington-based TV and radio broadcaster Bill Press, is an award-winning weaver?

In her sun-filled studio behind the couple's home on Capitol Hill, Mrs. Press — "the talented member of the family," notes Mr. Press — designs and weaves bright and colorful rayon-chenille scarves for both women and men.

In fact, her Web site says we've probably seen one of the scarves on TV or in newspapers without realizing it: "On cold Washington days they are worn warmly and proudly by many members of the media, by Broadway stars, by several members of Congress and the Senate and by at least one former president," Mrs. Press says.

Scarves like the one worn by Bill Clinton are sold at some of the country's finest clothing specialty stores, from Julie's Art-to-Wear on New York's Madison Avenue and Art and Soul on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington to the Flying Shuttle in Seattle's Pioneer Square.

She also sells directly from her home studio. In fact, this weekend is Mrs. Press' annual open house: Saturday and Sunday, 3 to 6 p.m., 217 8th St. SE, right around the corner from Eastern Market.

Beats walking

"Motorcade went out of White House ... traveled east on Constitution past the Capitol — lots of bystanders and a pack of goofy-looking Segway riders."

Or so observed yesterday's White House pool report, referring to Capitol Hill drivers of the two-wheeled, self-balancing electric transportation devices that are manufactured in New Hampshire.

Same brew

"Alcohol is alcohol," says the Distilled Spirits Council, the national trade association representing America's leading brands of distilled spirits, reacting to Wisconsin Democratic Gov. James E. Doyle's decision to veto a distilled spirits sampling provision.

The Washington-based council calls the veto a "blow to equal treatment in the marketplace," pointing out that "beer and wine tastings are already permitted in the state and there is no reason to treat spirits products any differently."

The Wisconsin bill had limited consumers to three one-half ounce samples of spirits products, totaling 1.5 ounces — the U.S. Dietary Guidelines definition of a standard drink of distilled spirits, according to the council.

Since 1999, 23 states have passed or expanded consumer spirits-tastings laws. Furthermore, Mothers Against Drunk Driving did not oppose any of these bills "because the industry insisted on responsible guidelines."


John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on Townhall.com and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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