Annapolis is a centuries-old hand at hosting momentous events: the formal end of the Revolutionary War; George Washington ceding military authority to civilian rule; Teddy Roosevelt greeting a French fleet that brought John Paul Jones' remains.
Then again, it doesn't take more than the October boat shows or a Navy football game to turn the city into a miserable parking lot.
So it was with both pride and a touch of nervousness that Maryland's capital reacted to news that the Naval Academy might be the site of a Mideast peace conference -- and the attendant media hordes -- in November.
"I think it's a natural fit," said Mayor Ellen O. Moyer. "Remember, we were once the capital of the United States."
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