Below the Fold for May 5

Let's check out some political stories we found Below the Fold.

Some Birthday Present

The Teachers Association in San Leandro, California, has voted overwhelmingly to stop celebrating the birthday of Abraham Lincoln and to reallocate the vacation day instead to honor the late Cesar Chavez — evidently because Lincoln saved the wrong kind of union.

Says Thomas Morse, the association's political action chairman, "The diversity of our community is growing, and it looks beautiful and we want to honor our Latino families. And the other reason, which is very important for union members, is that Cesar Chavez was a labor leader."

Prince Charming

Britain's Prince Phillip has committed a quotation again.

You may recall the royal consort made headlines earlier this year when he asked some Australian aborigines if they still threw spears at each other.

But that was nothing.

This week, helping his wife celebrate 50 years on the throne, he stopped to chat with Susan Edwards, who is blind, confined to a wheelchair and aided by a seeing-eye dog. Sizing up the situation, the prince quipped to Edwards, "Do you know they have eating dogs for the anorexic now?"