Sun, 04 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTGERMANIA
Sun, 31 May 2009 00:00:00 EDTT he first of 1,250 columns, nine years ago, spoke of a time that seems impossible now, of heady young tech moguls flush with money and drunk with possibility, instructing the chef at The Palm in Tysons Corner to spell out "Netscape" for them -- in crabmeat.
Fri, 29 May 2009 10:10:52 EDTThe first of 1,250 columns, nine years ago, spoke of a time that seems impossible now, of heady young tech moguls flush with money and drunk with possibility, instructing the chef at The Palm in Tysons Corner to spell out "Netscape" for them -- in crabmeat.
Tue, 26 May 2009 00:00:00 EDTA t the past three campaign events I've gone to, I've heard the same opposing views from Virginians contemplating the June 9 Democratic primary: "It's only governor, so I don't think I need to vote" runs slam into "I'm tired of politics after last year, but this is for governor, so I guess I better get out there and vote."
Thu, 21 May 2009 00:00:00 EDTThe biggest difference between many D.C. public schools and their suburban counterparts is the enormous and too-often-ineffectual infrastructure the city system has built to deal with a few kids in each classroom who throw tantrums, assault teachers or otherwise disrupt the proceedings.
Tue, 19 May 2009 00:00:00 EDTScore one for the little guy: Mayor Adrian Fenty's representative has ruled that members of a downtown church must be allowed to worship in a building of their choice, despite efforts by historic preservationists to landmark the 38-year-old concrete bunker of a sanctuary that the church wants to get rid of.
Sun, 17 May 2009 00:00:00 EDTL ying on his cot in the Longworth House Office Building in the small of the night, Jason Chaffetz had a scary dream: The conservative Republican from Utah had beaten the odds, defeated an incumbent and made it to Washington, only to end up by some bizarre twist of events arm-in-arm with Marion Barry, the crack-smoking laughingstock former mayor of the District of Columbia.
Thu, 14 May 2009 00:00:00 EDTThe regular weekday visitors at Frying Pan Park come for the tractor ride and a look at the goats and the pigs. Yesterday, immediately next to the pigsty, there was a bonus attraction: the former president of the United States and his buddy, who is running for governor of Virginia.
Tue, 12 May 2009 00:00:00 EDTWhen the history of this country's journey toward acceptance of same-sex marriage is written, much will be made of the startling swiftness with which one state after another embraced gay marriage in 2008 and 2009. A huge shift in popular attitudes toward homosexuality has happened in what history will eventually see as a blink of an eye.
Sun, 10 May 2009 00:00:00 EDTJ erry Schaeffer wasn't born yesterday. Play around in a tough business like the D.C. taxi industry for half a century and you get to see just how power really works. Sometimes, when you're trying to land a contract, merit isn't enough. There's a reason God invented lawyers, Schaeffer knows.
Thu, 07 May 2009 00:00:00 EDTThrough all the years, as Republicans and Democrats alike schemed to legalize slot machines in Maryland, politicians desperately tried to cover their big money grab with high-toned purpose. Slots, they said, would benefit our kids; gambling would save the state's elegant horses and the picturesque farms on which they were raised. Always, slots were presented as a strictly limited vice, anything but a steppingstone toward full-blown casinos.
Tue, 05 May 2009 00:00:00 EDTIn their increasingly desperate search for messages that might win them some votes in ever-more-Democratic Northern Virginia, Republicans think they've hit pay dirt with an appeal to parents stressed out about getting their kids into the state's universities.
Sun, 03 May 2009 00:00:00 EDTSwine flu is in the air, but the bug to watch out for is the germ of fear.
Thu, 30 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDTVirginia's unemployment rate jumped to 7 percent in February, the highest since 1992, but what's the Republican Governors Association doing as they pump $1.2 million into their man Bob McDonnell's campaign for governor? They're busy yukking it up over the sleaziness of Bill Clinton and Terry McAuliffe, his longtime fundraiser turned Democratic candidate for governor.
Tue, 28 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDTProponents of the District's move to recognize the validity of same-sex marriages sanctioned by four states were thrilled last week when a planned anti-gay marriage demonstration in front of the D.C. Council's offices didn't come off.
Sun, 26 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDTShe had heard all the lines, knew all the games. So when Dante White's first words to Nhiahni Chestnut were "I want you to be my wife," his chances did not seem strong.
Thu, 23 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDTWoozy from pain medication after a Caesarean section, swinging from joy over her newborn boy to exhaustion from the strain of delivering him, Karen Piper mentioned to her doctor that she'd been hoping for a girl. She would come to regret those words.
Tue, 21 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDTIt's gotten to the point where even newspaper editors -- hopeless nostalgists that they tend to be -- roll their eyes over yet another Death of a Bookstore story. Like tales about dying newspapers, these love songs to a fleeting era and a sagging technology can be tiresome, both to younger folks who see the new media as a perfectly reasonable and even exciting replacement for what came before and to older folks who have had it with constant reminders that the culture that served them so well is vanishing before their eyes.
Sun, 19 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDTThe conductor, Kurt Masur, had met these hundred voices just a few days before, but though he was frail and shaking in his old age, he bounced up on his toes, gripping the air as if to pull anguish and reverence from the chorus before him.
Thu, 16 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDTRICHMOND, April 30, 2010 --
Tue, 14 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDTWe don't really know what we want. That's the conclusion of a social psychologist who decided to test just how committed parents and others are to single-sanction, zero-tolerance, tough-love punishment regimens of the kind that many schools have adopted to fight drug use by teenagers.
Sun, 12 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDTBAADER-MEINHOF
Sun, 12 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDTThe secret memo on same-sex marriage is perhaps the best-protected document in a historically leaky government; it's so secret that even now, five years after then-Attorney General Robert Spagnoletti wrote it, members of the D.C. Council say they've never been allowed to see it.
Thu, 09 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDTThere was supposed to be a neighborhood here -- teeming streets, happy people sharing nights of cheer and cheers . . . even, perhaps, an occasional win. Instead, the blocks around Washington's new baseball stadium remain largely empty, an eerie expanse of flattened lots so bereft of activity that they can be used for but one thing -- parking.
Tue, 07 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDTBulletin: College kids like sex. Bigger bulletin: College kids like to outrage their elders. Super-bonus bulletin: Some adults know how to deal with this, and some do not.
Sun, 05 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDTJ osh Anderson had just finished four homework assignments. He did his laundry. He watched TV with his mother -- "House," which he had Tivo'd for viewing that night. He played with the dogs. Then, at his mom's urging, he went up to bed. It was 12:30, and the next day, March 19, was a big one: Josh was scheduled for a hearing that probably would end with his expulsion from the Fairfax County school system.
Thu, 02 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDTFirst, a quick detour back to 1987, when D.C. voters made the city the most liberal place in the country to defeat a ballot question that would have imposed a nickel deposit on soda and beer bottles and cans.
Tue, 31 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDTHave you ever noticed that the rest stops along Virginia's interstate highways include no gas stations, restaurants or other commercial services, while those along I-95 in Maryland have busy mini-malls offering everything from tuna to tune-ups?
Tue, 24 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDT"G ood luck," I told Sean Dougherty. "I'll be thrilled if you win, but you won't."
Sun, 22 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDTFirst came the phone calls: men, strangers, telling Barbara Goddard they'd seen her ad on Craigslist and were eager to come over for her promised "casual encounter."
Thu, 19 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDTLike any workplace, this room has its pecking order, its wise veterans, its newly arrived go-getters. In this room, the work is waiting. An official notice gets posted on the bulletin board, and the newcomers rush over. Before they can even read the posting, an old-timer calls over: "Forget it -- it's not for you."
Tue, 17 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDTHow important is the freedom to express yourself by determining how you look? Is the right to grow a beard, whether as a personal statement or part of a religious belief system, more important than your life or the lives of your co-workers?
Sun, 15 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDTW ith its rolling lawns and secluded glens, Fort Ward looks like a lovely place to take a walk. Turns out, it's far more than a park in Alexandria -- it's one history sacrificed to make way for another, a Civil War military installation that has become a contemporary battleground over whose story gets told.
Thu, 12 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDTGive ground on the guns; get the vote.
Tue, 10 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDTAccording to somebody out there in computerland, the Dunkin' Donuts in Centreville, Md., is one of "the most dirty and unsanitary-looking food-service places I have seen."
Sun, 08 Mar 2009 00:00:00 ESTThe phone call came in the middle of midterm exams at the University of Illinois. "We need you to come home," Vivian Rice told her son, Craig. "Something's happened to Aunt Millie."
Thu, 05 Mar 2009 00:00:00 ESTThe last time they tangled in court, Robert Lauderdale swore he'd be back soon enough, protecting Arlington from the ugly little advertising signs that Scott Small and others plant along the median strips. For his part, Small promised to catch his tormentor again. "Next time, he'll go to jail," he vowed.
Tue, 03 Mar 2009 00:00:00 ESTMayor Adrian Fenty says he went to Dubai for a week because, well, "I always wanted to go."
Sun, 01 Mar 2009 00:00:00 ESTPacks of lobbyists fill two rooms outside the House and Senate chambers in Richmond every afternoon, watching the proceedings on big video screens, zapping legislators with e-mails the instant the lobbyists sense that one of their bills might be in trouble. The interest groups that hire lobbyists can rest easy; they've got the legislature covered.
Thu, 26 Feb 2009 00:00:00 ESTJust down from Arin Simon's place, two storefronts are empty now. An auto parts store vanished a few weeks ago, after nearly half a century on Fenton Street in Silver Spring. The hurt is visible on nearly every block. Simon sees it all around him, but the bell on his door keeps ringing.
Tue, 24 Feb 2009 00:00:00 ESTThe strange story of Interstate 66 -- the highway that became a symbol for both sides in the eternal war between proponents of urban density and suburban development -- just got a whole lot stranger.
Sun, 22 Feb 2009 00:00:00 ESTD emocrats don't yet claim Virginia as their own, but they have won two straight governor's races, both U.S. Senate seats, two out of three House seats in the Washington suburbs and a majority in the state Senate. So who does the Republican Party choose to pry the door to the Washington suburbs back open?
Thu, 19 Feb 2009 00:00:00 ESTIn the end, Mayor Adrian Fenty decided it wasn't worth a fight to keep D.C. United in Washington. Fenty, no fan of the deal to build a baseball stadium in the city, was even less enamored of using the District's financing power to put up a soccer stadium, which has far less ability to spark economic development.
Tue, 17 Feb 2009 00:00:00 ESTShould Marion Barry go to jail for failing -- yet again -- to file his tax returns?
Sun, 15 Feb 2009 00:00:00 ESTI f the presidential race had gone his way, Terry McAuliffe says, he might be secretary of commerce now. "Jeez, I would have loved to be vice president," he muses. McAuliffe thinks big and acts even bigger.
Thu, 12 Feb 2009 00:00:00 ESTIf New Yorkers want to go the way of Los Angeles, may God have mercy upon their souls. But here in Washington, the gents who run the city's jacket-and-tie restaurants say they will not go the way of Manhattan's famous 21 Club, which announced the other day that although ties are still "preferred," they are no longer a prerequisite to eating one of 21's $30 burgers.
Sun, 08 Feb 2009 00:00:00 ESTIn the Moran clan, the gospel teaches that politics is about relationships. For 12 years in the state capital, on endless trips across Virginia as leader of the Democratic caucus, Brian Moran built and nursed bonds with sheriffs and mayors and business owners, all leading to this moment, to his drive to succeed Mark Warner and Tim Kaine as the state's third consecutive Democratic governor.
Thu, 05 Feb 2009 00:00:00 ESTI've been over the 19 minutes of security cam video seven times now, and by my count, 166 people walked past a man who lay motionless on the sidewalk outside a busy District supermarket one afternoon last week.
Sun, 01 Feb 2009 00:00:00 ESTCreigh Deeds expects to have less money than any other candidate for governor of Virginia. In the Washington area, he's probably the least well-known of the bunch. In a state that is rapidly becoming more suburban, more Democratic and more affluent, he's the only candidate from a rural, Republican, lower-income area.
Thu, 29 Jan 2009 00:00:00 ESTFor once, a roomful of members of Congress managed to debate the shame of this democracy with only one cavalierly telling half a million people that if they really want voting rights, all they need do is move.