The Scores dancer who claims to have been chummy with Michael Phelps told the British tabloid News of the World that they last got together May 5.
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"We'd been texting each other sporadically," she told the newspaper. "And Michael said he was alone at a hotel while his house was getting fixed."
I made two trips to Scores this week in search of White, to see if she could produce text messages to back up her story.
She wasn't there the first time I went to the club and declined, through a manager, to speak with me the second. (I hasten to add that everyone else at Scores was surprisingly welcoming to a gal who'd pulled up in a sedan with two kiddie car seats in back and who, on her edgiest day, looks like she stepped out of a Lands' End catalog.)
Despite the stripper's sudden shyness, I turned up something that backs up part of her story - in the Baltimore City Housing Department, of all places.
Building permit No. COM2009-09094, issued April 29 by Housing's Office of Permits and Building Inspections, indicates that Phelps is, indeed, having work done at his waterfront pad.
Of course, just because White knows what's going on at Phelps' townhouse doesn't mean she's on intimate terms with him. Maybe when White's not stripping, she trolls city building permit files for kicks. Kinky, I know. But possible.
In any case, the permit says Phelps is having lots of electrical work done. Fifteen dimmer switches. Twenty-five "media outlets." Ten phone jacks.
And one 50-amp, 240-volt circuit. For a hot tub.
Now comes the tale of another, decidedly sweeter, Baltimore hookup.
When Ruth Simmons and Arthur Kirk tied the knot 50 years ago in West Baltimore, it was a no-frills affair. She did "day work" cleaning houses. He worked construction.
They scraped together $5 for the preacher and enlisted the bride's sister and uncle as witnesses. There wasn't room for anyone else because the preacher was too ill to leave his sickroom.
"We just went up in his bedroom, and we did the vows up there," Ruth Kirk, now 79 and a state delegate from West Baltimore, recalled the other day. "It wasn't no big to-do."
The same could not be said of the gathering last Saturday, when the couple renewed their vows at Morning Star Baptist Church.
Ruth wore an ivory gown; Arthur, an ivory tux with tails. They were attended by two maids of honor, a best man, six bridesmaids, two flower girls and a ring bearer, not to mention six event "coordinators," one photographer and one videographer.
In the church hall afterward, there was a jazz band, a $700 wedding cake and dinner for more than 300 guests.
The bride cooked the meal, but not to cut corners on the wedding tab, which the couple's five children picked up.
"I'm very funny about my food," Delegate Kirk said. "I don't want nobody to get sick. And you have to be very careful when caterers are cooking, because they precook everything. I had macaroni and ground beef together. I had baked chicken 'cause I didn't want fried. I had ham. I had potato salad, string beans, corn. I started cooking Thursday night."
Since the bride is a state lawmaker, there were lots of delegates and senators among the guests. Annapolis lobbyist Bruce Bereano, who never misses a party, was there. So were Bob and Kendel Ehrlich.
Delegate Kirk, a Democrat, is pals with the Republican ex-gov?
"He likes me 'cause I tell him off if he's wrong," she said. "When he was governor, and I didn't like what his staff said, I'd go upstairs and tell him what I thought, and he liked that."
And what about the current governor?
Kirk thought it best to leave Martin O'Malley off the guest list since Ehrlich was on it.
"If one's coming, I didn't need nobody looking at each other," she said. "Not on my day."
William Donald Schaefer was glad to get back home to the Charlestown retirement community last weekend, a few days after doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital inserted a pacemaker in his chest. And the ex-governor's cat, Willie IV, was glad to have him back.
"His cat, Willie, was very excited to see him," said longtime Schaefer aide Lainy LeBow-Sachs. "He was jumping all over the place, scratching his legs, biting his toes."
That might not sound like much of a welcome, but LeBow-Sachs assured me that Willie IV was scratching and biting in a good way.
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