- The Washington Times - Monday, April 28, 2008

Pie in the face

A student faces disciplinary action after two people threw green whipped cream pies at New York Times columnist and author Thomas L. Friedman as he began an Earth Day speech at Brown University.

A video of the Tuesday incident posted on YouTube.com shows Mr. Friedman telling the audience, “It’s great to be back here at Brown,” shortly before Margaree Little, a senior English literature major, and an unidentified man storm the stage.

Mr. Friedman’s shirt and the back of his head were splattered and he appears to slip on cream on the stage. He left the stage to clean himself off before resuming his speech.

He said Friday he was not pressing charges. “I’m leaving it for Brown to decide what kind of values they want to uphold on their campus,” he said.

Miss Little, 22, said expulsion was “not off the table.” She declined to identify the man who was with her.

Miss Little called Mr. Friedman’s brand of environmentalism a “sham” because she believes he supports things like biofuels that reduce the availability of food and displace thousands in Haiti and other developing nations. Mr. Friedman, an environmentalist, has written about taking a careful approach and ensuring biodiversity is preserved in areas where biofuel crops are grown.

Amy strikes again

Award-winning British singer Amy Winehouse was arrested in London Friday in connection with claims that she attacked two men during a boozy night out, Scotland Yard said.

“A 24-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of assault after appearing at Holborn police station by appointment. She is currently in custody,” a spokesman said in a statement.

Miss Winehouse, a Grammy award-winner who has fought a public battle with alcohol and drugs, was not named in line with police policy but was seen by a crowd of photographers and reporters at the station at about 5 p.m.

Her spokesman said that her appearance was in connection with an alleged incident in the north London entertainment district of Camden in the early hours of Wednesday.

British newspapers said this week that Miss Winehouse allegedly attacked two men, head-butting one and punching the other as she tried to hail a taxi.

Festival notes

Coincidence or not, District Mayor Adrian Fenty picked Thursday, opening day of the 22nd annual DC Film Festival at Lincoln Theatre, to announce plans to develop land adjoining the historic U Street structure to the advantage of the theater itself.

A plan that would help pay its bills and include a full-size kitchen.

“It doesn’t get any better than watching a moving in the Lincoln Theatre; we’re so glad to have it tonight,” TV critic Arch Campbell noted cheerily, introducing festival director Tony Gittens, who recalled how last year’s opener, “La Vie en Rose,” went on to win an Oscar for best actress (Marion Cotillard).

Spirits remained high after a showing of the French film “Two Ladies,” complete with director Philippe Faucon and two of his star actors, Ariane Jacquot and Sohra Mouffok, who were flown in for the night’s festivities. Hundreds of gala guests later were treated to Middle Eastern music and food under a tent in the exact space behind the theater marked for future development.

Filmfest continues through May 4 at various theatrical venues around town.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee and Ann Geracimos from staff and wire reports.

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