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CONTENT © 2011The Washington Post Year 134, No. 142
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It would take more than anocean to keep some Americansaway from the general vicinityof the royal wedding.
The player lockout is lifted,but the league plans to appeal,so the 2011-12 season maynot be back on just yet.
A poll shows that rising gasprices are leading Americansto drive less, and hurting thepresident’s popularity.
Leaked Guantanamo Baydocuments provide fodderto both supporters andopponents of U.S. policy.
Syria escalateslethal crackdown
 25 killed as regime deploys tanks against protesters
Syrian leaders deployed tanksandtroopsagainstunarmeddem-onstrators Monday in a sharp es-calation of their effort to crushthe widening protest movement,prompting the Obama adminis-tration to condemn the deadly crackdown and weigh additionalsanctions against the embattledgovernment.The Syrian army entered thecity of Daraa, the cradle of anti-government unrest near the bor-der with Jordan, and other south-erntownsasprotestersmassedinthestreets.Accordingtowitnessesand news reports, about 25 dem-onstrators were killed in Daraa and the coastal city of Jableh, where witnesses said snipersopenedfireonthecrowd.The government’s show of force,thelargestinweeksofstreetdemonstrations,issharpeningthechoice facing President Obama, who has been attempting to bal-ance calls for democratic reformin the Arab world with the con-cerns of allies that have countedon President Bashar al-Assad topreserve stability in the volatileMiddleEast. As the death toll mounts morethan200Syriandemonstra-torshavedied—Obamaiscomingunder increasing pressure toharden his largely reactive policy onAssadandechothedemandsof a growing number of demonstra-tors that the Syrian leader mustgo.“Thebrutalviolenceusedbythegovernment of Syria against itspeople is completely deplorableand we condemn it in the stron-gest possible terms,Tomm Vietor, the National Security Council spokesman, said in statementMonday. Vietor said that “the UnitedStatesispursuingarangeofpossi- ble policy options, including tar-getedsanctions,torespondtothecrackdown and make clear thatthisbehaviorisunacceptable.The administration has beenratcheting up its criticism of As-sad’s response to the popular un-rest, now more than five weeksold. But Obama has yet to declare
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Taliban digs tunnel to free inmates
Escape from Afghan jailpoints to security issuesdespite U.S. oversight
— So much had changedin the three years since theTaliban blew up the barrier wallat Sarposa prison and sprung900 inmates: imposing rows of concrete walls backed by razor wire, floodlights, video cameras,sandbags and 40 well-armed American soldiers watchingfrom perimeter guard towers with Afghan police.Kandahar province’s largestdetention facility had become sosecure,saidaU.S.militaryofficergiving a tour of the prison this year, that the only way to break through was to “put a nuke on a motorcycle.”Or to dig more than 1,000 feetof underground tunnels and popup in the middle of the prison, asthe Taliban did early Monday,freeing one-third of the inmatesand wrecking months of effortsto improve security at the jail.The audacious prison break showed again the vulnerabilitiesin Afghanistan’s justice system,despite rigorous U.S. oversightand a growing sense that author-ities had the problematic prisonunder control.The Taliban this month haspenetrated some of Afghani-stan’s most aggressively defend-edfacilities.MilitantshavekilledKandahar’s police chief insidehis headquarters, carried out a suicide attack in a crowded Af-ghan army base in Laghmanprovince and shot up the hall- ways of the Ministry of Defense
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The county names aneducation official fromConnecticut to leadits school system.
Why I’m suing the City Paper.
Behind the science of tasteare genetics, our moms’diets and our noses.
With Barbour out, questions for GOP 
Fire ants know they’re all in the same boat 
Engineers take lessonsfrom insects’ ability tolink up and float in flood
Mississippi Gov. Haley Bar- bour’s surprise decision Mondanot to run for president set off a scramble inside the RepublicanParty for pieces of his financialand political network. It alsoraised questions about the chal-lenges the party may face intrying to unseat PresidentObama.TheGOPracehasbeennotablefor its slow start and the absenceof a clear front-runner. It has been marked by unhappinessamongpotentialvoters.Themostrecent Washington Post-ABCNews poll found that barely fourin 10 Republicans and Republi-can-leaning independents saidtheyaresatisfiedwiththecurrentfield of candidates — about 20percentage points lower than atthis time four years ago.Obama, too, is less popularthan he was when he was swornin two years ago. But he comes tothe race with the significant ad- vantages of incumbency. As hesteams ahead with fundraisingand organizing, Republicans areunder growing pressure to tampdown concerns about whethertheycanfindacandidatecapableof defeating him.Barbour registered in the sin-gle digits in early polls, so hisdecision will not have a dramaticimpact on the contest, at least interms of voter support. But it willgivesomecandidatesanopportu-nity to nail down some of the volunteers who were committedor leaning toward Barbour as well as money that would have been his. As a former chairman of theRepublican National Committeeand the Republican Governors Association, Barbour is the con-summate member of the GOPestablishment, and he is widely respected for his political smarts.Other candidates will competefor his endorsement.His decision not to enter thecontest, he said in a statement,
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Congress — and perhaps therestofus—couldlearnathingortwo about teamwork from
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, the dreaded fireant. Whenindangerofdrowning,a colonyofthecrittersthousandsofthem—willsavethemselvesby  joining forces and forming a raft.They pile together and lock legsandjaws.So bound, an ant raft can sur- viveformonths.Engineers studying animalodditiesnowreportthattogether,the ants aren’t just stronger.They’refloatier.Airtight,even.“Water does not penetrate theraft,said Nathan Mlot, a me-chanical engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology and leadauthor of the ant-raft report pub-lishedinMonday’sProceedingsof theNationalAcademies.Eventhe bottom layer of ants stays dry, hesaid.Engineers, Mlot went on toexplain, think the rafting behav-ior might aid the quest for new  waterproof materials and offerlessonsforroboticsresearch.Individual fire ants, whendropped in water, struggle andflail, but a close inspection re- vealsathinlayerofairclingingtothe swimmer. It’s a self-supplied,if only temporary, flotation de- vice. And although individual fireants have been thoroughly stud-ied in the lab, until now no onehad bothered to figure out how antraftsfloat.The uneven, hairy surface of the ant’s skin explains this phe-nomenon. Bumpy, bristly, or oth-erwiseroughsurfacesrepelwater because of something called theCassie-Baxterlawofwetting.Andunlike the McCain-Feingold law of campaign finance reform,Cassie-Baxteralwaysapplies.
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‘Thanks for bringing him home’ 
Crowds pay respects to Schaefer on a farewell tour of Baltimore and in Annapolis
our hours before WilliamDonald Schaefer was to bedriven in a hearse past his boyhood home on his final jour-ney through the city that was hisfamily, a Baltimore municipaltrash truck made an extra passdown Edgewood Street to collectthegarbage. A street sweeper spruced upthe pavement, the police checkedthat everything was just so, andtwo men from City Hall steppedup to Paula Deadwyler’s porch toattach a flagpole and raise Mary-land’scolors.Other city workers broughtDeadwyler, who bought 620Edgewood from Schaefer in 1998,a basket of African violets, in-structing her to hold the flowers whenthemayor’scoffinpassedby  because violets were his favorite.OnMonday,asthroughoutthelifeof the four-term mayor and two-term governor, everybody work-ing for him knew their job was to“DoItNOW.Thatinjunction,inthemayor’surgently scrawling hand, is now inscribedinbronzeinBaltimore’sInner Harbor — another stop onMonday’sfarewelltour—wherestatue of Schaefer presides overthe city’s premier tourist attrac-tion.Schaefer, who died April 18 at89, drew crowds all around hiscity Monday, not only because he was a master builder in an era 
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In the first comprehensivelook at attitudes of Egyptians afterthe fall of Mubarak, a poll finds thatmost distrust the United States andmore than half want to renegotiatethe Israel peace accords. A8
Protests continue as manyremain unconvinced by a proposal forPresident Saleh to step down, andthree demonstrators are killed bysecurity forces. A8
NATO and the United Statesdeny charges by the Libyangovernment that a Monday attackwas an attempt to assassinateMoammar Gaddafi. A9
 A2 Politics & The Nation
 Justiceswon’texpediteVa.’shealth-caresuit A3Holdersayshesnotgoinganywhere A4
HarvardLawSchoolsubjectofrightsprobe A3MorrisBrownCollegeworksoutdebtdealA3
InPakistan,asetbackforwomensrights A6Iranfacesanothercomputervirusattack A6Inpoll,mostEgyptianshaveunfavorableviewoftheU.S. A8NATOairstrikewasanassassinationbidagainstGaddafi,Libyasays A9OnAfghanwar,Obamalosingsupport A4
OfficialsarrestheadofCommonwealthgames A6Militarycrewssearchforbodiesofquakevictims A6
Gaspricescurbdrivers’habits A12Study:Affordablerentalhousingscarce A12InMotorCity,organizedlaborseesitscloutstall A13
ForU.S.,managingforeignmediaisano-winproposition(butitkeepstrying) A15FDAtoregulatee-cigarettesastobaccoitems A15
HowtheU.S.canhelpEgypt A16
Whytoday’sD.C.specialelectionmatters A16
Alevel-headedpensionreformplaninMaryland A16
Thefatethatmakestheroyalweddingfascinating A1
WhyI’msuingtheWashingtonCityPaper A1
An April 24 Arts article abouthigh-definition cinema releasesof Broadway shows misspelledthelastnamesofDavidSabel,thedigital producer of London’s Na-tional Theatre, and Darryl Schaf-fer, an executive at Screenvision,thedistributorofsuchareleaseof StephenSondheim’s“Company.
An April 20 Style article aboutCharlie Sheen’s stage show in Washington misspelled the nameof reality-TV personality Tareq Salahi.
 AnApril4MetroarticleaboutproposedmergeroftwoUniversi-ty of Maryland campuses incor-rectlysaidthatPrincetonUniver-sity is the Ivy League school clos-est to Baltimore. The University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia,iscloser.
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Gay rights backlashfeared; lead attorney tohandle case elsewhere
States gave $30 millionless to early educationin 2010, study finds
Funding for early-childhoodeducation declined between2009 and 2010, even as theObama administration urgedstates to increase pre-kindergar-ten programs for 3- and 4-year-olds, according to a study re-leased Tuesday.Total state funding for suchprograms declined by $30 mil-lion nationwide as states scram- bledtomakeupforbudgetshort-falls,accordingtothetheNation-al Institute for Early EducationResearch, based at Rutgers Uni- versity Graduate School of Edu-cation. Meanwhile, state fundingfor K-12 education increasedslightly.“Overall, state cuts to pre-K transformed the recession into a depression for many young chil-dren,” the report said.Education Secretary ArneDuncan urged states to cut otherprograms before removing fund-ing from early-childhood educa-tion,butsuchadvicewasrejectedacross the country.Duncansaidyesterdaythatthecuts present “real challenges to young people who are desperate-ly fighting to enter the main-stream.”The study found that 26 per-cent of 4-year-olds were enrolledin pre-K last year — far below theadministration’s targets. Fortstates have such programs.Funding increased slightly inMaryland and Virginia, but Vir-giniaslippedinthereport’srank-ings, which also consider thequality of state pre-K programs.Maryland’s ranking improved.Meanwhile, per-student fundingfor pre-K in the District, which isamongthehighestinthecountry,decreased slightly.The report’s authors expressedconcern that the situation might become more dire as federalstimulus funds expire.In 2010, per-child state spend-ing for pre-kindergarten pro-grams was almost $700 below its2001-2002 level.Those statistics have prompt-ed concern about whether statescan achieve the federal govern-ment’s twin goals of increasingenrollment and improving thequality of existing programs.“This is the most importantinvestment we can make,” Dun-can said. “The long-term divi-dends are tremendous.”
The law firm hired to mountthe legal defense of the federalgovernment’s ban on recognizingsame-sex marriage has with-drawn from the case, the firmannounced Monday, after it wassharply criticized by gay rightsgroups.ThedecisionbyKingandSpal-ding has led Paul D. Clement, thepartnerwhohadbeenselectedasthe lead attorney on the case, toresign. On Monday, Clement — a solicitor general under PresidentGeorge W. Bush — said he willcontinue to defend the constitu-tionality of the Defense of Mar-riage Act as a partner at anotherfirm.In a resignation letter releasedtothemedia,Clementsaidhefeltcompelled to resign — not be-cause of his views on the legisla-tion, which he did not disclose, but “out of the firmly held belief that a representation should not beabandonedbecausetheclient’slegalpositionisextremelyunpop-ularincertainquarters.He continued: “Much has beensaidaboutbeingontherightsideof history. But being on the rightor wrong side of history on themerits is a question for the cli-ents. When it comes to the law- yers, the surest way to be on the wrong side of history is to aban-don a client in the face of hostilecriticism.”It is the latest dust-up in thelegal fight over the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law thatforbids the federal governmentfrom extending spousal benefitsto same-sex couples, even if they are legally wed in their states. About a dozen lawsuits challeng-ingthelegislationhavebeenfilednationwide.House Republicans had hiredClement after the Justice Depart-ment,whichcustomarilydefendsU.S.lawsagainstlegalchallenges,tooktheunusualstepinFebruary of announcing that it would nolonger do so with the Defense of MarriageAct.Inareversal,Attor-ney General Eric H. Holder Jr.said the Obama administrationhad determined that the law wasunconstitutional.The duty of upholding the leg-islation then fell to Congress.House Republicans disclosed last weekthattheyhadselectedClem-ent — a highly respected lawyer who was coveted by prominentfirms when he entered privatepracticein2008andhisfirmtorepresenttheirinterests.The firm immediately cameunder assault from gay rightsgroups, including the HumanRights Campaign, which begancontacting the firm’s clients andurgingstudentsattoplawschoolsto push the firm to drop the case.Groups noted that King andSpalding devotes a page on its Web site to its advocacy on gay issues and its efforts to hire gay,lesbian,bisexualandtransgenderlawyers and staff members. Andthey predicted that the firm would be judged harshly by fu-ture generations if it sided withHouse leaders in a fight that they considerastruggleforcivilrights.King and Spalding employsmorethan800lawyersandrepre-sents a range of large clients,including Coca-Cola, Google and Wal-Mart. Clement announcedMonday that he has joined Ban-croft, a smaller “boutique” firm where he will work with otheradministration lawyers. Amongthem is Viet D. Dinh, the founderof the firm, who served as Bush’sassistant attorney general for le-gal policy and helped write theUSAPatriotAct.RobertD.HaysJr.,chairmanof KingandSpalding,issuedashortstatement to reporters Mondasaying that his firm had erred inaccepting the case but he did notdetail the reason. “In reviewingthis assignment further, I deter-mined that the process used for vetting this engagement was in-adequate,” Hays said, adding thatthemistakewashis.The decision drew an immedi-aterebukefromHouseleaders.“The Speaker is disappointedin the firm’s decision and itscareless disregard for its respon-sibilities to the House in thisconstitutional matter,” BrendanBuck, a spokesman for HouseSpeaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio),saidinastatement.Atthesametime,Mr.Clementhasdem-onstrated legal integrity, and weare grateful for his decision tocontinuerepresentingtheHouse.This move will ensure the consti-tutionalityofthislawisappropri-ately determined by the courts,rather than by the President uni-laterally.”Clement has defenders amongsomewhosupportsame-sexmar-riage.TheodoreB.Olson—Clem-ent’s predecessor as Bush’s solici-torgeneral,nowbetterknownforhis work seeking to invalidateCalifornia’s voter-approved banon same-sex marriage saidClement “acted in this situationatthehighestlevelsofprofession-alism and consistent with thehighest standards of the legalprofession.”
Shipping out and saying goodbye — for now 
Giffords to attend husband’s launch
Cape Canaveral tripwill be first excursionfrom rehab hospital
houston —
Rep. Gabrielle Gif-fords is set to reach a milestonethis week when she venturesfrom her Houston rehabilitationhospital for the first time to watch her astronaut husbandrocket into space history.Giffords (D-Ariz.) and her doc-tors set the trip to Cape Canaver-al as a goal early in her rehabili-tation.It was the hope of her hus- band, Mark Kelly, too, as hetrained to lead NASA’s next-to-last space shuttle flight.On Monday, doctors at TIRR Memorial Hermann hospitalconfirmed that the congress- woman will fly to Florida to watch Kelly command the spaceshuttle Endeavour when itmakes its final flight to theinternational space station.The doctors said that Giffordsis “medically able” to travel andthat they view the trip as part of her rehabilitation from a Jan. 8gunshot wound to the head.The congresswoman was woundedinamassshootingthatkilled six people at a “Congresson Your Corner” event in theparking lot of a Tucson super-market.It seems an extraordinary ac-complishment now that she wouldbeabletoattendtheliftoff and that Kelly would feel com-fortable leaving her side to fly into space.The shuttle launch is sched-uled for Friday afternoon, andPresident Obama, his wife andtheir two daughters will be thereas well.It is unclear whether they willsit with Giffords.In an interview for the “CBSEvening News,” Kelly told KatieCouric that his wife said “Awe-some” and pumped her fist whendoctors told her she could attendthe launch.It is unclear whether doctorsfrom the Texas hospital will trav-el with Giffords to Florida.The last time the congress- woman flew was when she wastransported on a private jet toHouston from the hospital inTucson that treated her immedi-ately after the shooting.This time, however, her flightis not an ambulance transportand the trip will be consideredanother part of the intensiverehabilitation she has been un-dergoing since arriving in Hous-ton in late January.Giffords spokesman C.J. Kara-margin said the congresswom-an’s trip is “great news.”
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Case must first be heard by appeals court 
The constitutionality of the federalhealth-careoverhaulwillgetafullreview in the nation’s appellate courts before a likelyfinaldecisionbytheSupremeCourt.The justices on Monday rejected Vir-giniaAttorneyGeneralKenCuccinelliII’srequest for expedited review of the law,andthevariouschallengesfiledacrossthecountrywilltaketheirnormalcourse.The rejection, announced routinely  without elaboration or noted dissent, isnot surprising. The court rarely takes upissues that have not received a full appel-latereview. Various challenges to the health-carelaw championed by the Obama adminis-tration and passed by the Democratic-controlled Congress in 2010 are proceed-ing rapidly. Hearings are scheduled fornext month in the U.S. Court of Appealsfor the 4th Circuit in Richmond, and twoother appellate courts will address theissueinJune.Before the justices begin their new term in October, at least four appealscourts should have considered the issue,anditispossiblethatthecaseswillarrive before the court in time to be consideredduring the next term and in the thick of thepresidentialelection.Monday’s decision gives no signalabout the ultimate resolution of the law.But it did provide an indication that allnine justices will participate in the deci-sion.Conservative critics of the law havesuggestedthatJusticeElenaKaganmighthavetositoutreviewofthelawbecauseof her role as President Obama’s first solici-torgeneral.KagantoldtheSenateduringher confirmation hearings last summerthatshetookpartinonlythemostminorof discussions about the health-care law,and “none where any substantive discus-sionofthelitigationoccurred.Liberal activists have questioned Jus-ticeClarenceThomas’sneutrality.InFeb-ruary,74HouseDemocratsaskedThomastorecusehimselfbecauseoflobbyingandconservative political activities on thepartofhiswife,VirginiaThomas.Cuccinelli, a Republican elected in2009, has been one of the most vocalopponents of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which has been majorissueinthenation’spoliticaldebatesinceitspassage.He challenged Congress’s authority topass the individual mandate, which re-quires that nearly all Americans be cov-eredbytheiremployer’sinsuranceorbuy theirowncoverage.Cuccinelli told the court that it shouldshort-circuit the usual appeals process because of a “palpable consensus in thiscountrythatthequestionofPPACA’scon-stitutionalitymustbeandwillbedecidedinthiscourt.But the Obama administration coun-tered that the individual-mandate re-quirementdoesnottakeeffectuntil2014,and that the justices would benefit fromreviews of the law now underway in theappellatecourts.Lawsuitschallengingtheacthavebeenfiledacrossthecountry,andtheresultssofar havefitapartisanpattern:Democrat-ic-appointedjudgeshaveupheldthecon-stitutionality of the individual mandate,and Republican-appointed judges havestruckitdown.Virginiahasoneofeach:a decision in support of the act in the east-ern district, and against it in the westerndistrict.The appeals court in Richmond willconsiderbothinitshearingMay10.Responding to the Supreme Court’sdecision, Cuccinelli said in a statementthattheactionwas“disappointingbutnotsurprising,” given the rarity of expeditedcases.“We asked the United States SupremeCourt for expedited review of our lawsuit because Virginia and other states are al-ready spending huge sums to implementtheirportionsofthehealth-careact,busi-nesses are already making decisionsabout whether to cut or keep employeehealth plans, and citizens are in limbountil the Supreme Court rules,” he said.“Asking the court to expedite our lawsuit was about removing this crippling andcostlyuncertaintyasquicklyaspossible.Thecaseis
Harvard Law Schoolsubject of rights probe
Harvard Law School is under federalinvestigationafteraBostonlawyerfileda discrimination complaint regarding theschool’sresponsetorapeandharassmentofwomen.Harvard Law School’s policies for in- vestigatingsuchcasesdonotmeetfeder-al standards for timeliness and clarity, Wendy Murphy, an adjunct professor attheNewEnglandSchoolofLawwhofiledthe complaint, said in a telephone inter- view Monday. As a result, Harvard’s law school in Cambridge, Mass., has beenunder investigation by the DepartmentofEducation’sOfficeofCivilRightssinceDecember,shesaid.TheviolationsatHarvardcanbefoundat schools across the country, said Mur-phy, who took similar action againstPrinceton and the University of Virginia.She contacted the Education Depart-ment in September after Harvard hiredhertoaddressanissuerelatedtoTitleIX,the 1972 federal law that bans discrimi-nation against women on campus, shesaid.Harvard takes sexual assault seriously andisassistingthefederalinvestigation,said Robb London, a spokesman for thelawschool.
Morris Brown College works out debt deal
Morris Brown College is expected tosettle nearly $10 million in debt forpennies on the dollar in an agreementpending with the U.S. Department of Education,accordingtoaletterobtained bytheAssociatedPress.In the April 7 letter, the EducationDepartment said it will forgive morethan $9.4 million in debt, provided Mor-ris Brown pays the remaining $500,000.The deal would help the historicall AfricanAmericaninstitutionovercomemajor hurdle in its efforts to regainaccreditation.
Four Pakistanis chargedin 2008 terrorist attacks
Prosecutors charged four Pakistanimen Monday in connection with the2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India,that killed 166 people, although none of thedefendantsisinU.S.custody. Asecondsupersedingindictmentfiledin U.S. District Court in Chicago addsSajidMir,AbuQahafa,MazharIqbalanda fourth defendant known as “MajorIqbal” to a case that already included an American businessman and two others with alleged ties to the terrorist groupLashkar-e-Taiba(ArmyofthePure).The new defendants were charged with aiding and abetting the murder of U.S. citizens in India and providingmaterialsupporttoLashkar.
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