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David Morris used to inhabit a tiny sliver of Washington’s public life. As manager of the controversial Crew Club (the gay “health” spa on 14th Street NW) and the Libertarian chairman of a Logan Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC), Morris drew enough attention that some folks said he should run for the D.C. Council (see City Desk, 3/8). But associates say that since his brief foray into D.C.’s political scene, Morris has dropped out of sight. “He just stopped coming in about five months ago,” says a former co-worker who eventually took over Morris’ job as Crew Club manager. ANC commissioners are similarly confused. “I have an 800 number at my office that is good in 50 states and four territories, and I have not heard from him,” says James Brandon, a former Arkansas state senator who is now the acting ANC chairman. Washington City Paper was unable to reach Morris or a former roommate. Theories on Morris’ whereabouts have multiplied since he disappeared. Some say a March dog bite triggered a grave illness that forced him to move in with his family. Others say he went to work for the Libertarian Party of Arkansas—or maybe Mississippi. Others say he owes people money. “It’s pretty much a big mystery,” says one ANC official, who notes that wherever he went, Morris “needs to resign by written letter” so the ANC can get back to business.
Baby, You Can’t Drive My Car All the regulars down at Superior Court know that D.C.’s judges are some of the worst drivers around. The courthouse garage has been the scene of more than one wreck involving a black-robed driver; maintenance workers finally installed speed bumps to slow speeding jurists. But now it seems one judge’s bad driving has made her a defendant in her own courthouse. Maryland resident Angela Wright has filed a $100,000 suit against Superior Court Judge Rhonda Reid Winston for injuries she says she suffered last spring after Winston ran a red light at 4th and Lincoln Road NE and plowed into Wright’s car. Wright’s attorney, Marvin Waldman, says the police gave Winston a ticket for the accident, but he’s quick to point out that she behaved judiciously nonetheless. “The judge didn’t do anything at the scene to throw her weight around,” says Waldman, who still doesn’t rule out the possibility of moving the case to federal court to insure an impartial hearing. However, he says, “I have no reason to believe that my client won’t receive a fair trial in Superior Court. It’s just an ordinary accident case.”
Birthday Bash A small but noisy group of protesters lined Connecticut Avenue on Sunday afternoon, disrupting normally serene Cleveland Park. Their target: deep-pocketed campaign contributors heading into the tony Kennedy Warren apartment building to participate via satellite in President Clinton’s 50th-birthday festivities at Radio City Music Hall. The protest was part of the National Organization for Women’s campaign to pressure Clinton to veto the welfare-reform bill passed last month by Congress. Sunday’s donors were undeterred, but tourists visiting the National Zoo seemed to enjoy the spectacle, which included a woman dressed as the Statue of Liberty chanting, “Hey hey, ho ho, the welfare bill has got to go!” The group has also held nightly vigils in front of the White House and takes pride in some die-hard members who recently went on a fruitless 17-day hunger strike to dissuade Clinton from signing the welfare bill. “Seventeen days is a pretty long hunger strike,” one protester said Sunday. “Gandhi only fasted for 13 days, so we’re pretty proud of ourselves.”