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The Blizzard of ’96 may have shut down nearly all of the District, the federal government, and the eastern seaboard, but it didn’t deter D.C. Council Chairman Dave Clarke. He called the council’s first official hearing on the 1996 supplemental budget for noon on Tuesday. Clarke showed up at the Wilson Building on time, and he apparently expected the scheduled witnesses, including many of the mayor’s cabinet members, to strap on their snowshoes and slog through downtown drifts for a meaningful discussion of revenue and expenditures. When none of the witnesses materialized, Clarke’s staff called Chief Financial Officer Anthony Williams to learn whether he was en route to the hearing. They discovered that, like most city workers,Williams was safely at home. The hearing was postponed. As one councilmember said, “Some people don’t know what to do with their lives, and in the case of the chairman, he doesn’t have a life to do anything with.”CP