- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 26, 2008

Noble: Actor Johnny Depp, for his generous donations to the London hospital that took care of his sick daughter.

In March, while on location filming “Sweeney Todd,” Mr. Depp’s 8-year-old daughter, Lily-Rose, became sick with E.coli poisoning which threatened her kidneys. She was treated at the Great Ormond Street Hospital. Luckily, she recovered after nine days in intensive care. Filming was postponed while Mr. Depp and Lily-Rose’s mother, Vanessa Paradis, sat by her bedside.

To thank the hospital and the doctors and nurses who saved Lily-Rose’s life, Mr. Depp last week donated $2 million to Great Ormond. He also invited a handful of the doctors and nurses to attend a premier party for the film. In November, he spent an afternoon reading to sick kids in the children’s wing dressed as his character Capt. Jack Sparrow from the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Evidently, he had the costume shipped from the United States specifically for use at the hospital.

The donation to the hospital was selfless. So were the further acts of gratitude. Together, they make Johnny Depp the Noble of the Week.

Knave: The Transportation Security Administration screeners at Reagan Washington National Airport who allowed a gun through security, and the airport police officers who the arrested the man when he tried to alert authorities to his mistake.



On Sunday, Gregory Scott Hinkle of West Virginia was travelling through Washington Ronald Reagan National Airport. As he tells things, he made a grievous error in forgetting that he was carrying a loaded gun. Naturally, he passed through security without incident, and it was after security that he realized the mistake. He immediately returned to the security checkpoint to alert authorities. For this honesty, he was arrested and charged with possessing or transporting a firearm into an airport terminal. Mr. Hinkle was released and allowed to travel, but must appear in court in Arlington County in April.

It is upsetting that in the nation’s capital a passenger could through security with a loaded gun undetected. Most are willing to acquiesce in each round of new safety screenings but the contrast between today’s universal toothpaste scrutiny and the Hinkle firearm incident is simply too much. Now add the fact that the honest Mr. Hinkle was arrested for attempting to make it right.

For an egregious lapse in security making a tragicomedy of errors, the Reagan National TSA screeners and airport police are the Knaves of the Week.

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