Inside Move: Terror concerns ground Boyz for Capital event

Group cancels D.C. trip after new warnings issued

WASHINGTON — Boys will be boys, and men will be men, but discretion can shake anyone up, young or otherwise.

Such was the case for Boyz II Men, who were supposed to be in the nation’s capital on Tuesday helping the Recording Industry Assn. of America (RIAA) and the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) kick off the educational initiative “Songs of the Century.”

Specifically, the musicians were to attend a ceremony at the Oyster Bilingual Elementary School in Washington, where the RIAA and other sponsors distributed the curriculum materials accompanying “Songs of the Century.” The program highlights 365 songs from the 20th Century, with “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” topping the list.

Boyz II Men canceled their flight to D.C. Monday night, not long after U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft issued another ominous terrorist threat and asked Americans to go on high alert. The RIAA said the popular group put off the trip because of “travel concerns.”

Across town, the new warning didn’t stop Olivia de Havilland from attending a fund-raising dinner Tuesday night at the French Embassy. The 85-year-actress told The Washington Post she was indeed a bit spooked about flying here, but was happy to report all went smoothly.

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