· Japanese and European finance ministers will not challenge Washington's traditional appointment of an American citizen to run the World Bank. The outgoing president, Paul Wolfowitz, was forced to resign after numerous clashes with staff and sponsor nations, most recently, arranging a promotion and hefty pay raise for his girlfriend. Formerly, Wolfowitz was the number two man at the Pentagon and one of the architects of the Iraq War.
· Thousands will attend the funeral of the late Rev. Jerry Falwell except for most prominent Republican politicians. GOP presidential hopefuls John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore will be no-shows and "the White House is sending Tim Goeglein, a mid-level aide, to represent President Bush."
· Patti LaBelle will perform at her first ever Black Gay Pride this Memorial Day in Washington DC. She explains her lasting appeal to the Washington Blade: "Maybe because I’m the original drag queen with the hair and the crazy costumes. Maybe it’s a way of people seeing that you can be yourself and be accepted. I’m sure not gay, but I’m out.”