John McCaslin

"Denver has hosted games in all three downtown stadiums at the same time, involving close to 150,000 people," Mr. Hickenlooper notes.

Read all about it!

It was perhaps a preview of the Republican National Convention, albeit at the Wardman Park Marriott, where hordes of Republican women ate, drank and listened to first lady Laura Bush before stampeding to grab a signed copy of her new book, "Read All About It!"

Sponsored by the Republican Women's Federal Forum, Mrs. Bush spoke about the purpose behind writing the children's book that focuses on the joys of reading. Surprising everyone, she then introduced the book's co-author, her newlywed daughter, Jenna Hager. Both mother and daughter spoke about their commitment to education and encouraging children to read.

One luncheon guest, LaDonna Hale Curzon, was happily surprised when Mrs. Hager paid her a compliment about her cigar-box purse with a picture of her dad, George W. Bush, on the front.

Back to the book, which is geared for young readers ages 4 to 8, it's about a student named Tyrone who doesn't like to read. You'll have to buy the book to see what happens.

Worthy of Congress

By golly, that's Congress saluting the 50th anniversary of Ben's Chili Bowl along Washington's U Street corridor or, as Rep. Charles B. Rangel of New York prefers, the "Black Broadway."

In 1958, newlyweds Ben and Virginia Ali gave birth to Ben's Chili Bowl, and whereas "many entrepreneurs have come and gone the Alis and that familiar long, white counter with red-vinyl stools have remained stalwart and true," the Harlem lawmaker said.

John McCaslin

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

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