June 20th, 2008

Chris Keeley

Rove remained, eventually leaving office in August 2007. Rove has never been charged in the case.

June 20, 2008

McClellan Testifies on C.I.A. Leak

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A former White House spokesman told Congress on Friday that President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney wanted him to say that Cheney's chief of staff wasn't involved in the leak of a CIA operative's identity, an assertion that turned out to be false.

Scott McClellan, Bush's spokesman from 2003-2006, said he had reservations about publicly clearing the name of I. Lewis ''Scooter'' Libby, Cheney's chief of staff at the time. Later, Libby was convicted of obstructing the investigation of the leak of Valerie Plame's CIA identity.

McClellan told the House Judiciary Committee that he doesn't know if a crime was committed. But he had harsh words for the White House, suggesting that the administration is continuing to cover up.

''This White House promised or assured the American people that at some point when this was behind us they would talk publicly about it,'' he said. ''And they have refused to.

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Chris Keeley

Weekend Explorer is a series of walking tours through areas of New York, in which John Strausbaugh,

Weekend Explorer is a series of walking tours through areas of New York, in which John Strausbaugh, guided by neighborhood denizens and historians, seeks out still-visible traces of the city's layers of history.


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Weegee on the fire escape in front of his studio on Centre Market Place about 1939. The photographer is unidentified. More Photos >

Crime Was Weegee’s Oyster

ON the north side of Broome Street, between the Bowery and Elizabeth Street, you can stand where a dead guy once lay. Of course in New York City you can stand on lots of spots where dead people once lay. There are, after all, “eight million stories in the naked city,” as the narrator of “The Naked City,” the 1948 film noir classic, intoned. But as Andrew Izzo sprawled on this sidewalk on the Lower East Side in 1942, Arthur Fellig, one of the city’s most famous photographers, took his picture.

Late on the night of Feb. 2, 1942, Izzo and accomplices tried to hold up the Spring Arrow Social & Athletic Club, near the Bowery. Shot by an off-duty cop, Izzo staggered toward Elizabeth Street and fell dead on his face, his gun skittering across the sidewalk.


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