- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Biden: Camera shy?

A lady-spy loyalist clued us in on some funny business going on over at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission concerning the missing official photograph of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

As is customary at all federal agencies, the official portraits of both the president and vice president are displayed in public areas.

We got our hands on an internal employee memo posted July 2 that says: “The official photograph of Vice President Joseph Biden has not yet been approved by the White House. The blank frames have been taken down throughout Headquarters, the Regions, and the Technical Training Center until receipt of the Vice President’s photograph. NRC will post the official photograph of the Vice President when the White House approves the photograph and the [Government Printing Office] produces them.”

The public-affairs office of the NRC confirmed for us that, yep, the “obnoxious” empty frames hanging on the walls have been taken down and will be replaced when the long-awaited photo of the veep arrives.

No word on when that will happen. Mr. Biden’s office did not get back to us.

Blonde mania

As has been reported, “Blonde Charity Mafia,” the much-chatted-about reality show about three fair-haired 20-somethings on the party-for-a-cause circuit in Washington, will make its debut this fall on the CW as part of the channel’s prime-time lineup.

One of the blondes, 24-year-old Katherine Kennedy, dished to G2 exclusively after returning from a screening of the show’s trailer and first episode in Los Angeles on June 17.

“I’m very excited about it. I think it is refreshing the way it presents D.C.,” Miss Kennedy says. She explains it was satisfying to see the reactions of the many West Coasters in the screening audience, including Ken Baker of E! Entertainment and Jai Rodriguez from the former Bravo hit “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”

Miss Kennedy, a California native who works as a fundraiser by day and is a denizen of the Washington social scene by night, explains that the portrayal of her and her two co-stars, 22-year-old Sophie Pyle and 27-year-old Krista Johnson was “extremely accurate.”

“I am the boring one,” she says. “I am the one who goes home early from a party and doesn’t cause too much trouble.”

Is she implying that the other two mafia members are the troublesome ones?

“Well, Sophie adds a lot of action and drama to the show. She was a fearless 21-year-old during the show,” she volunteers of the six-episode shoot, for which all three women were compensated for their participation.

As for Miss Johnson, who runs a Georgetown boutique, Miss Kennedy says, “She shows how stylish D.C. can be.”

We doubt the show will be as feisty as, say, “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” but Miss Kennedy says you may catch a catfight or two.

“This is a very territorial place, and there are cliques,” she explains. “The show documents what happens when friends work together on a charity event. There can be some tension, and, you know, all that girl stuff.”

In addition to putting Washington’s pretty young things on the map, the show will focus some national attention on local haunts like Teatro Goldoni on K Street and Peacock Cafe in Georgetown, Miss Kennedy says.

Look for “Blonde Charity Mafia” to debut in October.

A girl’s best friend

Are you one of those damsels in distress who sits idly by at baseball games munching your popcorn, too ashamed to ask what the heck is going on down there on the field?

Or are you a guy who can’t seem to crack the code for your significant other? Help is on the way!

On July 17, the Washington Nationals are hosting the third annual Baseball 101 for women, complete with a ticket to the evening’s home game (that is, in Washington) against the Chicago Cubs.

After getting a tour of the ballpark and clubhouse, the rookies will get a special “skills clinic” taught by none other than Nationals coaches, including hitting coach Rick Eckstein, first-base coach Marquis Grissom, third-base coach Pat Listach and pitching coach Steve McCatty.

Sounds like a home run to us! We bet those coaches love the idea of getting away from all those sweaty guys for a change.

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