John McCaslin

"Don't expect teary-eyed farewells for President George W. Bush's climate team, which is wrapping up its final U.N. negotiating session here this weekend," writes Darren Samuelsohn, Greenwire's senior reporter, from Poznan, Poland.

He quotes Saleem Huq, a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as saying: "Bush will go down in history as possibly a person who has doomed the planet."


Did you know that in August 1957, at the National Theatre in Washington, the ground-breaking musical "West Side Story" made its world premiere?

"It now returns to the place where it all began," says Center Stage Marketing's Deb Fiscella. By the way, in recognition of the show's place in Washington history, the D.C. Council has declared Dec. 15 as "West Side Story" Day.

A new production of "West Side Story," which runs through Jan. 17 prior to its Broadway run, is directed by two-time Tony Award winning librettist Arthur Laurents. The original Jerome Robbins choreography will be restaged by Tony Award nominee Joey McKneely ("The Boy From Oz," "The Life").

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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