|Presidents Day could soon be a school day under a Md. billWTOP / 6 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON — Presidents Day is traditionally a time for students to stay home from school and enjoy a day off, but legislation making its way through the Maryland General Assembly could change that. Related Stories Hogan issues executive order mandating Md. schools start after Labor Day Maryland News Hogan’s back-to-school order means a time crunch for some Md. districts Maryland News The bill would allow local school districts to make their own decisions as to whether students should be kept in class on Presidents Day. The same would be true for Easter Monday. “Right now they’re mandated to take Easter Monday and Presidents Day. This would give them the option,” said the bill’s sponsor Del. Pamela Beidle, D-Anne Arundel County. Beidle said one of the main issues that prompted the bill was Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order last year that requires, with few exceptions, schools to start classes after Labor Day and to end no later than June 15. “Our school year has been shortened, so these couple of days could be very important to the school schedule,” Beidle said. Hogan and Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot said the change gives families more time to enjoy summer vacation in August, and would provide an economic boost to the tourism industry and small businesses in the state. Hogan said the post-Labor Day start would help schools save on energy costs — August is the second hottest month on average in Maryland. Also, the later start would reduce disruptions in the early part of the schools year when schools without air conditioning are forced to close on extremely hot days. But Beidle and other critics of Hogan’s move say school systems are now limited in how they can set up their academic calendars. “Repealing two mandatory public school holidays provides local school systems increased flexibility in meeting minimum requirements for the number of school days and school hours in the school year,” the legislation states. Presidents Day and Easter Monday are among several mandated public school holidays. Others include Thanksgiving Day and the day after; Christmas Eve through Jan. 1; Martin Luther King Jr. Day; the Friday before Easter; Memorial Day; and primary and general election days in most Maryland counties. Beidle’s bill is being considered by the state’s House Ways and Means Committee. The post Presidents Day could soon be a school day under a Md. bill appeared first on WTOP.
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|Maryland’s black history: Harry A. ColeWTOP / 1 h. 4 min. ago more|
Quanny Carr, Correspondent COLLEGE PARK, Md. — February is Black History Month, and many influential African-Americans have called Maryland home. Meet Harry A. Cole, a man who paved the way for blacks in the courtroom. The post Maryland’s black history: Harry A. Cole appeared first on WTOP.
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|Official: Clarksburg house fire causes $700K in damagesWTOP / 1 h. 51 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON — A Sunday morning house fire in Clarksburg, Maryland, that caused about $700,000 in damages started from “improperly discarded smoking material” on the porch, officials said. The $700,000 includes heat damage to the house next door, said Montgomery County Fire Spokesman Pete Piringer. All four residents of the house in the 23100 block of Persimmon Ridge Road escaped harm, thanks to the quick response of the police officer who arrived first at the scene. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said Officer Jon Roark made sure everyone was safely out of the burning house before running to the houses next door to evacuate the neighbors. Roark went to one house he said appeared to be in danger of catching fire due to the massive amount of heat being generated from the blaze. “I went over there and said ‘Get your family out of there now. Your house isn’t on fire yet, but it’s not safe.’ They started evacuating their people,” said Roark. “Everybody was just incredible. Surrounding neighbors came out and were offering to help.” It took 75 firefighters to subdue the fire from the two-story house and make sure the blaze didn’t spread, Montgomery County Fire spokesman Pete Piringer said. The homes on both sides have some damage from the heat. Two adults and two children were displaced as a result of the fire. No one was injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Shortly before officers responded to the Persimmon Ridge Road fire, Montgomery County firefighters were at the scene of another fire in Silver Spring, Maryland. Crews put out a fire at the 11000 block of Mapleview Drive that spread from a shed. No one was injured, and officials do not know the cause of the fire. The post Official: Clarksburg house fire causes $700K in damages appeared first on WTOP.
|Bao Bao's Last Day in DC: Your Zoo Visit Survival GuideNBC 4 / 2 h. 1 min. ago more|
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|McAuliffe seeks funding for mental-health screenings in jailsWTOP / 2 h. 10 min. ago more|
Tyler Hammel, Correspondent RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Terry McAuliffe urged Virginia legislators on Friday to include in the state budget funding to conduct mental health screenings in jails and hire investigators to examine suspicious jail deaths. In a meeting with reporters, McAuliffe addressed a topic that many law enforcement and mental health experts say is critical: About 16 percent of Virginia’s jail inmates were “known or suspected to be mentally ill,” according to a study last June. “We need someone in those jails who can determine if someone has an issue with mental health,” McAuliffe said at a news briefing. In a letter to legislative leaders, he called on the General Assembly to approve his budget request for $4.2 million “to provide for training of jail staff in mental health screening and to provide grants to jails for mental health assessments.” McAuliffe also asked for $200,000 for the Virginia Department of Corrections to hire two investigators “to review deaths and other major situations in local and regional jails.” The request for the investigators was spurred by the death of Jamycheal Mitchell in 2015. Mitchell, who suffered from schizophrenia, was placed in the Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Portsmouth, Virginia, after stealing about $5 of snacks from a 7-Eleven. Although a judge ordered that Mitchell, 24, be sent to a psychiatric hospital, he ended up staying in the jail for four months, losing 40 pounds, until he was found dead in his cell. McAuliffe had asked for money for jail-death investigators and mental health services in jails in the proposed budget that he submitted to the General Assembly in December. Both the House and Senate eliminated the money for mental health screenings. The House eliminated both investigator positions; the Senate kept one. To fund the requests, McAuliffe proposed cutting funding for an upcoming commemoration of historical events at Jamestown. In 2019, the state will mark the 400th anniversary of the founding of the House of Burgesses at Jamestown, as well as the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in the English colonies. The budgets being prepared by the House and Senate would provide $10 million for promoting and hosting the commemorative activities. McAuliffe suggested cutting that amount in half, to $5 million. McAuliffe generally praised House and Senate leaders on the budgets they have crafted. Lawmakers still must work out differences in a conference committee and have both chambers approval a final budget before the legislative session ends Feb. 25. Legislators must revise the second year of the $105 billion budget that the General Assembly adopted in 2016. That’s because tax revenues fell short of projections, causing a shortfall of more than $1 billion. Both legislative bodies and McAuliffe agree that state employees and teachers deserve more compensation; however, they have proposed different ways to achieve this. McAuliffe suggested a one-time, 1.5 percent bonus for state employees. The House and Senate proposed a 3 percent pay raise for state employees, with a targeted increase for state police, Capitol police and sheriff’s deputies. The Senate budget sets aside about $83 million to give K-12 teachers a 2 percent raise. In contrast, the House proposed taking $62 million from the state lottery and giving to local school boards to use for teacher pensions or salaries. “While each chamber has chosen its own method for addressing teacher compensation, I applaud both for keeping our teachers in the mix for discussion during conference,” McAuliffe wrote in his letter. He said education was another area of agreement. “I am especially pleased to see that we agree on the need to protect public education from any programmatic reductions in funding,” McAuliffe’s letter said. “Public education is the backbone of a growing economy and our collective actions have demonstrated its priority and our shared commitment to protect public education from the effects of slow revenue growth.” In his session with reporters, McAuliffe, a Democrat, said Virginia’s budget situation is complicated by uncertainties in Washington over federal funding for Medicaid, the health care program for low-income Americans. The federal Affordable Care Act encouraged states to expand Medicaid. But President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have vowed to repeal the ACA. This might involve replacing Medicaid with block grants to the states. Virginia did not expand Medicaid under the ACA. The non-expansion states might receive smaller block grants than the states that expanded Medicaid, McAuliffe said. “If they block-grant Medicaid, that is very problematic for the commonwealth of Virginia,” he said. The post McAuliffe seeks funding for mental-health screenings in jails appeared first on WTOP.
|Russia Compiling Dossier on Trump's Mind: Former OfficialNBC4Washington.com / 2 h. 12 min. ago more|
A dossier profiling the mind of President Donald Trump is being prepared for Russian President Vladimir Putin, a former senior Kremlin adviser tells NBC News. Among the report's preliminary conclusions is that Trump takes risks but can be naive, the adviser said. "Very serious preparatory work is going on in the Kremlin, including a paper — seven pages — describing a psychological portrait of Trump, especially based on this last two to three months, and the last weeks," said former Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Fedorov, who says he has known Trump since 2000. It's part of Putin's planning for his first meeting with Trump, the date for which has yet to be decided.Photo Credit: Getty Images, File
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|Va. House speaker expected to announce retirementWTOP / 2 h. 21 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON — There is word that Virginia’s second longest-serving Speaker of the House will not seek re-election in November, but instead will be announcing his retirement. The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell, R-Stafford, will make the news official Monday. Howell’s decision means that House Majority Leader Kirkland Cox, R-Colonial Heights, could become the next speaker in 2018. Howell, 73, has served in the Virginia General Assembly for 29 years and has been speaker for the last 15 years. Howell assumed the role of speaker on the heels of the resignation of Speaker Vance Wilkins Jr., who was mired in a sexual harassment scandal. Under Howell’s low-key style leadership, Republicans expanded their majority in the House. The current makeup of the House is 66 Republican and 34 Democrats. That majority has allowed Howell to reject Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s repeated attempts to expand Medicaid in Virginia as part of the Affordable Care Act. Last year, Howell, along with other Republicans, went before the Virginia Supreme Court to overturn the governor’s blanket order restoring voting and other civil rights, such as owning a gun, to about 260,000 felons who had completed their sentences. Howell is known for sound fiscal management and conservative policies. But in 2013, he sponsored the first transportation funding overhaul in 27 years. Virginia’s longest serving speaker was Edgar Blackburn Moore, who held the position from 1950 through 1967. Howell comes second, starting his term in 2003. The post Va. House speaker expected to announce retirement appeared first on WTOP.
|Syrian safe zones: Trump's best bet for refugee relief, regional stabilityTheHill.com / 2 h. 23 min. ago more|
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|Driver charged with DUI after Montgomery Co. police cruiser struckWTOP / 3 h. 15 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON — A Silver Spring, Maryland, man was arrested and charged Saturday with multiple traffic offenses, including driving under the influence of alcohol, after a marked Montgomery County police cruiser stopped at crash scene was struck from behind. Montgomery County police said Officer Matthew Runkles arrived first at the scene of a collision on Norbeck Road in Colesville, Maryland, around 6:30 p.m. Runkles, a 10-year veteran of the police force, stopped behind one of the disabled vehicles in the roadway and was about to exit his patrol car when Morris Moody, 65, of Deer Valley Terrace, rear-ended him, officials said. Moody then swerved his 1995 Mercedes-Benzs500 around the cruiser and came to a stop, police said. Runkles, who had unbuckled his seat belt in order to exit the vehicle, suffered nonlife threatening injuries. He was taken to a hospital, but has been released. Police said Moody agreed to a breath test and showed a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.17, more than double the legal limit of 0.08 in Maryland. Moody has been charged with driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and additional traffic offenses. The post Driver charged with DUI after Montgomery Co. police cruiser struck appeared first on WTOP.
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|At Florida, after a turbulent week, Trump is on a mission to find his next National Security Advisor Big News Network.com / 3 h. 43 min. ago more|
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|Appointee to head Maryland lottery nearing vote after delaysWTOP / 6 h. 35 min. ago more|
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Senate panel is scheduled to vote on the appointment of Maryland’s acting lottery director — more than 21 months after Gov. Larry Hogan appointed him to the job. A vote by the panel on whether to send Gordon Medenica’s appointment to the full Senate is expected Monday. Some senators have expressed confidence in his experience. Others, however, have had questions about him. That’s because of his association with a company the lottery recommended for a state contract worth more than $260 million, instead of a company with a less costly bid or another that was a minority business enterprise, which had the lowest of the three bids. Critics have expressed skepticism about his commitment to minority business participation goals. Medenica was New York Lottery director from 2007 to 2012. The post Appointee to head Maryland lottery nearing vote after delays appeared first on WTOP.
|Trump marks his first month with tweets, turmoilWTOP / 6 h. 58 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON (AP) — One month after the inauguration, the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of Donald Trump’s White House still is a hard-hat zone. Skeletal remains of the inaugural reviewing stands poke skyward. Random piles of plywood and cables are heaped on the ground inside crooked lines of metal fencing. The disarray outside the president’s front door, though not his fault, serves as a metaphor for the tumult still unfolding inside. Four weeks in, the man who says he inherited “a mess” at home and abroad is presiding over a White House that is widely described as itself being a mess. At a stunning pace, Trump has riled world leaders and frustrated allies. He was dealt a bruising legal blow on one of his signature policies. He lost his national security adviser and his pick for labor secretary to scandal. He’s seen forces within his government push back against his policies and leak confidential information. All of this has played out amid a steady drip of revelations about an FBI investigation into his campaign’s contacts with Russian intelligence officials. Trump says his administration is running like a “fine-tuned machine.” He points to the rising stock market and the devotion of his still-loyal supporters as evidence that all is well, although his job approval rating is much lower than that for prior presidents in their first weeks in office. Stung by the unrelenting criticism coming his way, Trump dismisses much of it as “fake news” delivered by “the enemy of the people” — aka the press. Daily denunciations of the media are just one of the new White House fixtures Americans are adjusting to. Most days start (and end) with presidential tweets riffing off of whatever’s on TV talk shows or teasing coming events or hurling insults at the media. At some point in the day, count on Trump to cast back to the marvels of his upset of Democrat Hillary Clinton in the November election and quite possibly overstate his margins of support. Expect more denunciations of the “dishonest” press and its “fake news.” From there, things can veer in unexpected directions as Trump offers up policy pronouncements or offhand remarks that leave even White House aides struggling to interpret them. The long-standing U.S. policy of seeking a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Trump this past week offered this cryptic pronouncement: “I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like. I can live with either one.” His U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, the next day insisted, “We absolutely support a two-state solution.” Trump’s days are busy. Outside groups troop in for “listening sessions.” Foreign leaders call or come to visit. (Or, in the case of Mexico’s president, cancel out in pique over Trump’s talk about the planned border wall.) After the president signed two dozen executive actions, the White House was awaiting a rush order of more of the gold-plated Cross pens that Trump prefers to the chrome-plated ones used by his predecessor. Trump hands them out as souvenirs at the signing ceremonies that he points to as evidence of his ambitious pace. “This last month has represented an unprecedented degree of action on behalf of the great citizens of our country,” Trump said at a Thursday news conference. “Again, I say it. There has never been a presidency that’s done so much in such a short period of time.” That’s all music to the ears of his followers, who sent him to Washington to upend the established order and play the role of disrupter. “I can’t believe there’s actually a politician doing what he says he would do,” says an approving Scott Hiltgen, a 66-year-old office furniture sales broker from River Falls, Wisconsin. “That never happens.” Disrupt Trump has. But there may be more sound and fury than substance to many of his early actions. Trump did select Judge Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, a nomination that has drawn strong reviews from conservatives. But the president is regrouping on immigration after federal judges blocked his order to suspend the United States’ refugee program and ban visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries, which had caused chaos for travelers around the globe. Some other orders on issues such as the U.S.-Mexico border wall and former President Barack Obama’s health care law are of limited effect. Trump says his early actions show he means to deliver on the promises he made during the campaign. “A lot of people say, ‘Oh, oh, Trump was only kidding with the wall,'” the president told a group of police chiefs recently. “I wasn’t kidding. I don’t kid.” But the Republican-led Congress is still waiting to see specifics on how Trump wants to proceed legislatively on top initiatives such as replacing the health care law, enacting tax cuts and revising trade deals. The messy rollout of the travel ban and tumult over the ouster of national security adviser Michael Flynn for misrepresenting his contacts with Russia are part of a broader state of disarray as different figures in Trump’s White House jockey for power and leaks reveal internal discord in the machinations of the presidency. “I thought by now you’d at least hear the outlines of domestic legislation like tax cuts,” says Princeton historian Julian Zelizer. “But a lot of that has slowed. Trump shouldn’t mistake the fact that some of his supporters like his style with the fact that a lot of Republicans just want the policies he promised them. He has to deliver that.” Put Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in the camp of those more interested in substance than style. “I’m not a great fan of daily tweets,” McConnell said Friday, referring to the “extra discussion” that Trump likes to engage in. But McConnell was quick to add: “What I am a fan of is what he’s been actually doing.” He credits Trump with assembling a conservative Cabinet and taking steps to reduce government regulation, and promised: “We like his positions and we’re going to pursue them as vigorously as we can.” The challenge may be to tease out exactly what Trump wants in the way of a health care plan, tax changes and trade policy. At his long and defiant news conference on Thursday, Trump tried to dispel the impression of a White House in crisis, squarely blaming the press for keeping him from moving forward more decisively on his agenda. Pointing to his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, Trump said, “You take a look at Reince, he’s working so hard just putting out fires that are fake fires. I mean, they’re fake. They’re not true. And isn’t that a shame because he’d rather be working on health care, he’d rather be working on tax reform.” For all the frustrations of his early days as president, Trump still seems tickled by the trappings of his office. When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visited the White House last week to discuss the national opioid epidemic over lunch, the governor said Trump informed him: “Chris, you and I are going to have the meatloaf.'” Trump added: “I’m telling you, the meatloaf is fabulous.” ___ Follow Nancy Benac on Twitter at http://twitter.com/nbenac The post Trump marks his first month with tweets, turmoil appeared first on WTOP.
|Trump’s proposed big military budget no sure thingWTOP / 6 h. 59 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans control Congress so President Donald Trump’s pledge to boost the Pentagon budget by tens of billions of dollars should be a sure bet. It’s not. Trump faces skeptical Democrats whose support he’ll need and resistance from fiscal conservatives opposed to repealing a 2011 law that set firm limits on military and domestic spending. Unless the president figures out a way to mollify the disparate camps, he’ll have a tough time delivering on a signature campaign promise to rescue the armed forces from a festering financial crisis. Senior U.S. commanders have flatly warned that the spending caps set by the Budget Control Act are squeezing the armed forces so hard that the number of ready-to-fight units is dwindling. That means beating powers such as Russia or China is tougher than it used to be as aging equipment stacks up, waiting to be repaired, and troops don’t get enough training. Gen. Daniel Allyn, the Army’s vice chief of staff, startled many lawmakers when he testified recently that just three of the service’s 58 active-duty and reserve brigade combat teams are ready to fight at a moment’s notice. Allyn and other four-star officers pleaded during separate hearings in the House and Senate for the spending limits to be repealed, clearing the way for the bigger budgets they say are needed to stop the military’s readiness for combat from decaying further. “We need to act now before it’s too late,” said Gen. Stephen Wilson, the Air Force’s vice chief of staff. The average age of Air Force aircraft is 27 years, according to Wilson, who added that more than half of the service’s inventory would qualify for antique vehicle license plates in Virginia. On top of that, the Air Force is short 1,500 pilots and 3,400 aircraft maintainers, he said. The Navy and Marine Corps are experiencing the same turbulence. Trump, speaking at a White House news conference Thursday, said he’s ordered a plan for a “massive rebuilding” of the armed forces. He didn’t disclose how much he expected his blueprint to cost. National security hawks in Congress have suggested a defense budget of $700 billion in 2018 — more than at any point during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The total, which includes $60 billion for overseas combat operations, is $91 billion over the mandatory spending cap. That’s just a down payment to begin digging out of a readiness problem the Pentagon’s top brass says will take years to fix. GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has envisioned annual increases of between 3 percent and 4 percent, culminating with an $800 billion budget for the armed forces in 2022. Securing these sizable and sustained increases will require repealing the Budget Control Act. Trump, however, has proposed to eliminate only the budget limit on defense. That’s a nonstarter for Democrats, who have long demanded parity between the two broad categories of federal spending. They’ve argued that Trump’s approach will continue to restrict the budgets of the departments of State, Treasury and Justice, all of which play essential national security roles. “We’ve always insisted, on our side of the aisle, that as long as the caps are in place, there should be equal relief,” said Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services readiness subcommittee. Trump will need at least a handful of Democrats on his side: It’ll take 60 votes in the Senate to undo the budget law and Republicans hold 52 seats. Republicans hold a larger majority in the House, but the party’s deficit hawks are a significant obstacle. They see the caps as blunt yet effective tools to curb federal spending and prevent the national debt from spiraling further out of control. “We’re walking into a financial train wreck that is going to have implications not just in terms of national security but in terms of everyone’s financial security,” said Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C. “It would be disastrous to simply abandon the caps with no other alternative in place.” But not everyone is convinced that the Pentagon is struggling so mightily. Lawmakers such as Rep. Jackie Speier, a liberal California Democrat and a member of the House Armed Services Committee, contend the current defense budget of $611 billion is already more than China and Russia spend on their militaries combined. On top of that, money is being wasted on bases and installations that are no longer needed but remain open because the GOP-led Congress has so far refused to allow a new round of base closures. “No one wants to see bases close,” Speier said. “But we have a certain pot of money and we’ve got to use it smartly.” ___ Contact Richard Lardner on Twitter: http://twitter.com/rplardner ___ This story has been corrected to reflect that Trump’s news conference was Thursday, not Wednesday. The post Trump’s proposed big military budget no sure thing appeared first on WTOP.
|Tillerson takes low-key approach as America’s top diplomatWTOP / 7 h. ago more|
WASHINGTON (AP) — When North Korea fired a ballistic missile into waters between South Korea and Japan, President Donald Trump moved quickly to show U.S. resolve. He appeared within hours alongside visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and said the U.S. “stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100 percent.” Trump happened to be hosting Abe that day in Florida. Yet his lack of any mention of a U.S. treaty ally South Korea didn’t go unnoticed by the new secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. So, while on his first official trip, Tillerson arranged a three-way meeting in Germany with the Japanese and South Korean foreign ministers to show the U.S. wasn’t picking favorites, according to a senior State Department official. The talks culminated in a joint declaration in which the U.S. pledged to defend a pair of Asian nations that don’t always get along. There was no elaborate ceremony before the video cameras, no speeches, as their written statement went out in low-key fashion. It was Tillerson’s way. Cautious, reserved and intent on avoiding the spotlight, the former Exxon Mobil CEO is proving to be everything his extroverted Oval Office boss is not. In his first weeks as America’s top diplomat, Tillerson has gone to great lengths to avoid attracting attention, despite a growing perception in Washington that the State Department is being sidelined by a power-centric White House. Some State Department officials have been told by the White House to expect drastic budget cuts, with much of the reduction potentially coming out of U.S. foreign aid money. Trump and his team have also told those interviewing for top State Department jobs that significant staffing cuts will come. Some appear to have started already. While Tillerson was in Germany, several senior management and advisory positions were eliminated. The staffers were reassigned. Some other top posts are vacant, and there are no signs they’ll be quickly filled. While Tillerson has met or spoken with dozens of foreign counterparts in his first weeks, the White House is driving the front-page diplomacy. The lack of State Department involvement has flustered many long-time diplomats. When Trump met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week, acting Deputy Secretary Tom Shannon was assigned to represent the agency in the meeting because Tillerson was flying to Germany. At the last minute, Shannon was blocked from participating in the meeting. The meeting went on without State Department representation. It was “modified to allow for a more personal discussion,” according to a U.S. official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Tillerson had dined the evening before with Netanyahu and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and a White House aide who has emerged as Trump’s top emissary to Israel, Mexico and other countries. That is a role that traditionally has fallen to the secretary of state. Tillerson has barely spoken in public, save for greeting U.S. diplomats on his first day and brief comments after a get-together with Russia’s foreign minister. It’s a sharp contrast with the Obama administration’s last secretary of state, John Kerry, who routinely found his way to the center of global crises, enthusiastically fulfilling the “public diplomacy” part of the job. Whereas Kerry exhausted staff with impromptu, whirlwind foreign trips and constant press appearances, Tillerson has made it known to his staff that he wants a lower profile. In private, the Texas oilman with the booming baritone voice is deliberate, independent and cool-headed, according to U.S. and foreign diplomats who have interacted with him and who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to avoid possible diplomatic fallout from discussing private conversations. A common thread in Tillerson’s meetings with diplomats has been an emphasis on the safety of U.S. personnel, State Department officials said. It’s a continuation of a theme Tillerson touched on when he spoke to staffers on his first day, and one he plans to echo this coming week on a trip to Mexico City with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. Tillerson will stop at the U.S. Embassy to meet with American diplomats, officials said. Diplomats from several foreign countries said Tillerson is playing it safe in high-level meetings so far, avoiding extemporaneous comments. He shows up seeming well-prepared and confident on the substance of issues, rarely consulting his aides or written notes, they reported. In Germany last week, Tillerson urged China to help address North Korea’s nuclear threat. He called on Russia to honor a 2015 peace plan for Ukraine. While those signs of continuity in U.S. policy may have assuaged some foreign leaders’ concerns about Trump, Tillerson’s tight-lipped nature unsettled others. After meeting Tillerson, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault lamented the “vague” U.S. position on issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Tillerson told several of his international partners the U.S. is still in “listening mode,” leaving some with the perception that Trump may craft U.S. foreign policy on the fly. In a rare interaction with reporters, Tillerson said before leaving Germany he was bringing home “many” messages for Trump. Asked to share a few, he demurred. “Not until I share it with him,” he said. The post Tillerson takes low-key approach as America’s top diplomat appeared first on WTOP.
|AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s view at odds with events of the weekWTOP / 7 h. 2 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the Washington week that wasn’t, President Donald Trump’s new administration whirred like a “fine-tuned machine,” piling on big-league accomplishments at a pace never before seen. Immigration agents newly empowered by Trump’s call to secure borders sent hordes of bad foreigners back home, validating a president who won the most lopsided Electoral College victory since Ronald Reagan. That’s what the audacity of hype looks like. In the Washington week that actually was, Trump fired his national security adviser for misleading the vice president, was rebuffed by his next choice, saw a Cabinet nominee’s prospects flame out, and stirred anxiety among some fellow Republicans over the tumult holding up Trump’s agenda. Immigration officials announced a sizable but routine roundup of people living in the country illegally, which resulted in fewer arrests than raids mounted under President Barack Obama almost two years earlier. Trump was called out on his latest of many boasts about the Electoral College, which handed him one of the narrowest victories since Reagan’s first run for the White House — sixth out of eight — and not one of the biggest. A look at some of his statements in the past week: TRUMP: “I see stories of chaos. Chaos. Yet it is the exact opposite. This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine, despite the fact that I can’t get my Cabinet approved.” “This last month has represented an unprecedented degree of action on behalf of the great citizens of our country. Again, I say it. There has never been a presidency that’s done so much in such a short period of time.” THE FACTS: Trump’s first month has been consumed by a series of missteps and firestorms and produced less legislation of significance than Obama enacted during his first month. Republican-led congressional committees will investigate the Trump team’s relations with Russians before he took office and the flood of leaks that altogether forced out his national security adviser in record time. His pick for labor secretary withdrew because he didn’t have enough Republican support. By many measures, the administration is in near paralysis in its earliest days, leaving allies unsettled and many in Congress anxious about what Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., called the “constant disruption.” To many Republicans — never mind Democrats — the machine seems in danger of its wheels coming off. In his first month, Obama signed a $787 billion stimulus package into law, as well as a law expanding health care for children and the Lilly Ledbetter bill on equal pay for women. Trump has vigorously produced executive orders, which don’t require congressional approval and typically have narrow effect. The one with far-reaching consequences — banning entry by refugees and by visitors from seven countries — has been blocked by courts. Trump’s biggest initiatives, such as tax cuts and a replacement for Obama’s health care law, have not emerged. On Thursday he signed into law a rollback of Obama-era regulations on mining near streams. Congress has sent him little else. ___ TRUMP: “To be honest I inherited a mess. It’s a mess. At home and abroad, a mess.” THE FACTS: A mess is in the eye of the beholder. But by almost every economic measure, Obama inherited a far worse situation when he became president in 2009 than he left for Trump. He had to deal with the worst economic downturn since the Depression. Unemployment was spiking, the stock market was crashing, the auto industry was failing and millions of Americans risked losing their homes to foreclosure when Obama took the oath of office. None of those statistics is as dire for Trump. Unemployment is 4.8 percent, compared with a peak of 10 percent during Obama’s first year as president. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was cratering until March 2009, only to rebound roughly 200 percent over the rest of Obama’s term, and those gains have continued under Trump on the promise of tax and regulatory cuts. When Trump assumed office last month, a greater percentage of the country had health insurance, incomes were rising and the country was adding jobs. The Trump administration has noted that a smaller proportion of the population is working or looking for jobs. But even this measure began to turn around toward the end of the Obama era. Yet it’s true that jobs at factories and coal mines have been disappearing for more than three decades, while many people with only a high school diploma have seen their incomes fall after adjusting for inflation. The home ownership rate has slipped even as the economy has improved, leaving many pockets of the country feeling left out of a recovery that technically began more than seven years ago. ___ TRUMP: “ISIS has spread like cancer, another mess I inherited.” THE FACTS: The Islamic State group began to lose ground before Trump took office, not just in Iraq and Syria but also in Libya. The gradual military progress achieved in Iraq during Obama’s final two years has pushed the Islamic State group to the point of collapse in Mosul, its main Iraqi stronghold. It remains a potent danger beyond its shrunken territory, encouraging adherents to stage acts of terrorism. The analogy with cancer is an echo of Obama’s last defense secretary, Ash Carter, who repeatedly cast Obama’s counter-IS campaign as an effort to reverse the extremists’ “metastasis” beyond the “parent tumor” in Iraq and Syria. ___ TRUMP, bragging again about his Electoral College vote total: “We got 306 because people came out and voted like they’ve never seen before, so that’s the way it goes. I guess it was the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan.” THE FACTS: Not even close. In the seven previous elections, the winner of five of those contests won a larger Electoral College majority than Trump. They were George H.W. Bush in 1988, Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996; and Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. When a reporter pointed out that Trump was overstating his winning margin, the president said: “Well, I don’t know, I was given that information.” He then called it “a very substantial victory.” Trump actually ended up with 304 electoral votes because of the defection of two electors in December, but he had won enough states in November to get to 306. ___ TRUMP: “We want products made in America, made by American hands. You probably saw the Keystone pipeline I approved recently.” THE FACTS: He hasn’t approved the Keystone XL pipeline, though he seems to want to. Trump has signed an order asking the TransCanada pipeline company to “resubmit its application” for a permit to build the project, which it has done. There’s still a regulatory process to go through and negotiations to be done. Trump has said he’d renegotiate some of the terms and is insisting that the pipeline be built with U.S. steel. TransCanada has said it would need time to review how any buy-American plan from Washington will impact the company. Late in his presidency, Barack Obama rejected Keystone XL on environmental grounds. Trump’s order directs the State Department and other agencies to make a decision within 60 days of the application. ___ TRUMP: “We’re actually taking people that are criminals, very, very, hardened criminals in some cases … with a tremendous track record of abuse and problems, and we’re getting them out and that’s what I said I would do. … And I said at the beginning, we are going to get the bad ones, the really bad ones, we’re getting them out and that’s exactly what we’re doing.” THE FACTS: Officials said an operation that resulted in the arrest of more than 680 immigrants in various cities was a routine enforcement action like those undertaken during the presidency of Obama, who deported an unprecedented number of people as president. More specifically, David Marin, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s field office director for enforcement and removal operations in greater Los Angeles, said the agency carries out such large-scale operations two or three times a year in his region. The California operation was in the planning stages “before the administration came out with their current executive orders,” he said. More than 100 of the arrests were in the Los Angeles area. The notion that raids have been stepped up under Trump has been advanced both by the White House, to show that Trump is keeping a promise, and by advocates of those who have been targeted, to illustrate what they call the new president’s heavy-handed tactics. But statistical evidence has not come in to show that enforcement has surged under the new Trump administration or that actual deportations are up. A similar series of raids under Obama in March 2015 resulted in the arrest of more than 2,000 criminals, the government said at the time. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said: “ICE conducts these kind of targeted enforcement operations regularly and has for many years. The focus of these enforcement operations is consistent with the routine, targeted arrests carried out by ICE’s Fugitive Operations teams on a daily basis.” It’s possible, however, that the latest raids went beyond Obama’s actions in arresting people without serious criminal records. Kelly said 75 percent of those arrested had been convicted of crimes. That still leaves many who were taken into detention without such records. ___ TRUMP, saying the appeals court that blocked his selective travel ban “has been overturned at a record number.” THE FACTS: Other appeals courts have seen their decisions overturned at a higher rate than the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that froze his action on immigration. In the most recent full term, the Supreme Court reversed 8 of the 11 cases from the 9th Circuit. But the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit went 0 for 3; that is, the Supreme Court reversed all three cases it heard from that circuit. Over the past five years, five federal appeals courts were reversed at a higher rate than the 9th Circuit. The 9th Circuit is by far the largest of the 13 federal courts of appeals. In raw numbers, more cases are heard and reversed from the 9th Circuit year in and year out. But as a percentage of cases the Supreme Court hears, the liberal-leaning circuit fares somewhat better, according to statistical compilations by Scotusblog. Most cases decided by appeals courts aren’t appealed to the Supreme Court, and the high court only accepts for review a small percentage of those that are. But the very act of the Supreme Court’s agreeing to hear a case means the odds are it will be overturned; the court reverses about two-thirds of the cases it hears. ___ TRUMP on childhood autism: “Tremendous increases … really a horrible thing to watch the tremendous amount of increase.” THE FACTS: About 1 in 68 school-age children has autism or related disorders, a rate that has stayed about the same for two years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in March. That’s far more than in 2000, when the CDC estimated that about 1 in 150 children had autism. But the increase is explained in large part by more awareness of the developmental disorder and changes in practice that broadened the definition for an autism diagnosis. Labeling also is an issue, as parents became more likely to seek out the increasing services for autism and related disorders that are available in schools and other settings. Still, the CDC says that a true increase in the number of people with autism cannot be ruled out. An accurate estimate of the prevalence of autism is important because those who attribute autism to vaccination seize upon any rising numbers as an argument against vaccination. That has proved worrisome to public health officials because it could divert money away from things that should be a higher priority. Trump in the past has subscribed to theories unsupported by scientific evidence linking vaccines to autism. ___ Associated Press writers Robert Burns, Mark Sherman, Josh Boak, Alicia A. Caldwell and Lauran Neergaard contributed to this report. ___ Find all AP Fact Checks here: http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd EDITOR’S NOTE _ A look at the veracity of claims by political figures The post AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s view at odds with events of the week appeared first on WTOP.
|Trump election has parallels to Andrew Jackson’s presidencyWTOP / 7 h. 6 min. ago more|
NEW YORK (AP) — It was an ugly, highly personal presidential election. An unvarnished celebrity outsider who pledged to represent the forgotten laborer took on an intellectual member of the Washington establishment looking to extend a political dynasty in the White House. Andrew Jackson’s triumph in 1828 over President John Quincy Adams bears striking similarities to Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton last year, and some of those most eager to point that out are in the Trump White House. Trump’s team has seized upon the parallels between the current president and the long-dead Tennessee war hero. Trump has hung a portrait of Jackson in the Oval Office and Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, who has pushed the comparison, told reporters after Trump’s inaugural address that “I don’t think we’ve had a speech like that since Andrew Jackson came to the White House.” Trump himself mused during his first days in Washington that “there hasn’t been anything like this since Andrew Jackson.” It’s a remarkable moment of rehabilitation for Jackson, a figure whose populist credentials and anti-establishment streak has been tempered by harsher elements of his legacy, chiefly his forced removal of Native Americans that caused disease and the death of thousands. “Both were elected presidents as a national celebrity; Jackson due to prowess on the battlefield and Trump from making billions in his business empire,” said Douglas Brinkley, a professor of history at Rice University. “And it’s a conscious move for Trump to embrace Jackson. In American political lore, Jackson represents the forgotten rural America while Trump won by bringing out that rural vote and the blue collar vote.” The seventh president, known as “Old Hickory” for his toughness on the battlefield, gained fame when he led American forces to a victory in the Battle of New Orleans in the final throes of the War of 1812. He did serve a term representing Tennessee in the Senate, but he has long been imagined as a rough and tumble American folk hero, an anti-intellectual who believed in settling scores against political opponents and even killed a man in a duel for insulting the honor of Jackson’s wife. Jackson also raged against what he deemed “a corrupt bargain” that prevented him from winning the 1824 election against Adams when the race was thrown to the House of Representatives after no candidate received a majority in the Electoral College. Even before the vote in November, Trump railed against a “rigged” election and has repeatedly asserted, without evidence, widespread voter fraud prevented his own popular vote triumph. Jackson’s ascension came at a time when the right to vote was expanded to all white men — and not just property-owners — and he fashioned himself into a populist, bringing new groups of voters into the electoral system. Remarkably, the popular vote tripled between Jackson’s loss in 1824 and his victory four years later, and he used the nation’s growing newspaper industry — like Trump on social media — to spread his message. Many of those new voters descended on Washington for Jackson’s 1829 inauguration and the crowd of thousands that mobbed the Capitol and the White House forced Jackson to spend his first night as president in a hotel. Once in office, he continued his crusade as a champion for the common man by opposing the Second Bank of the United States, which he declared to be a symptom of a political system that favored the rich and ignored “the humble members of society — the farmers, mechanics, and laborers — who have neither the time nor the means of securing like favors to themselves.” Jackson, as Trump hopes to do, expanded the powers of the presidency, and a new political party, the new Democratic party, coalesced around him in the 1820s. He was the first non-Virginia wealthy farmer or member of the Adams dynasty in Massachusetts to be elected president. “The American public wanted a different kind of president. And there’s no question Donald Trump is a different kind of president,” Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said this past week. “He’s now comparing himself to Andrew Jackson. I think it’s a pretty good, a pretty good comparison. That’s how big a change Jackson was from the Virginia and Massachusetts gentlemen who had been president of the United States for the first 40 years.” But there are also limits to the comparison, historians say. Unlike Jackson, who won in 1828 in a landslide, Trump lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million ballots. Jon Meacham, who wrote a 2008 biography of Jackson, “American Lion,” said Jackson was “an outsider in style but not in substance” and his outlandish public pronouncements would often be followed by hours of deep conversations and letter-writing hashing out political calculations. “He was a wild man during the day but a careful diplomat at night,” said Meacham, who said it was too early to know whether Trump, like Jackson, “had a strategy behind his theatrics,” and whether Trump had the ability to harness the wave of populism that has swept the globe as it did in the 1820s. “The moment is Jacksoninan but do we have a Jackson in the Oval Office?” Meacham asked. Trump’s appropriation of Jackson came after his victory. Trump never mentioned Jackson during the campaign or discussed Jackson during a series of conversations with Meacham last spring But it is hardly unique for a president to adopt a previous one as a historical role model. Barack Obama frequently invoked Abraham Lincoln. Dwight Eisenhower venerated George Washington. Jackson himself had been claimed by Franklin Roosevelt and his successor, Harry Truman, both of whom — unlike Trump — interpreted Jackson’s populism as a call for expanded government, in part to help the working class. There could be other comparisons for Trump. A favorable one would be Eisenhower, also a nonpolitician who governed like a hands-off CEO. A less favorable one would be Andrew Johnson, a tool of his party whose erratic behavior helped bring about his impeachment. Trump’s embrace could signal an about-face for Jackson’s legacy. Historians have recently soured on the slave-owning president whose Indian Removal Act of 1830 commissioned the forced removal of Native Americans from their ancestral homelands in the southeastern United States. More than 4,000 died along their journey west, a brutal match that became known as the “Trail of Tears.” Jackson’s standing had fallen so much that in 2015, when the U.S. Treasury announced plans to replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill with Harriet S. Tubman, the outcry in defense of the Founding Father — in part due to the success of the Broadway musical that tells his story — was so loud that the government changed course and opted to remove Jackson from the $20 instead. ___ Follow Lemire on Twitter at http://twitter.com/JonLemire The post Trump election has parallels to Andrew Jackson’s presidency appeared first on WTOP.
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|How often have athletes snubbed the White House?WTOP / 8 h. 13 min. ago more|
The routine is familiar. The president makes a few bad jokes. The championship-winning team presents the leader of the free world with a personalized jersey. Everyone smiles for the cameras. Nothing political about that, right? Not exactly. In a divided nation, everything is political. While presidents have been snubbed before, six players from the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots took it to another level by preemptively turning down an expected invitation from President Trump. Rest assured, they won’t be the last to mix sports and politics. “The balance of power in professional sports now rests more with the performers than the owners,” said Stephen Mosher, a professor of sports management and media at Ithaca College. “Without a labor force, (Patriots owner) Robert Kraft has nothing but an empty stadium. He has to let his employees make these political statements if he wants to win. He has to. There’s too many different political views held by players in the National Football League. “Actually,” Mosher added, “I think it’s quite refreshing.” The Patriots were part of the political discourse even before they dramatically rallied from 25 points down to beat the Atlanta Falcons in the first Super Bowl to go to overtime. Kraft is a friend of the 45th president, and quarterback Tom Brady drew plenty of scrutiny when one of Trump’s “Make America Great Again” caps was spotted in his locker at the start of the contentious presidential campaign. Then, with the Patriots still in the midst of their Super Bowl celebration, tight end Martellus Bennett made it clear he had no intention of visiting Trump’s White House. Five teammates — defensive back Devin McCourty, running back LeGarrette Blount, defensive end Chris Long, linebacker Dont’a Hightower and defensive tackle Alan Branch — quickly followed suit. Most pinned their decision on political differences with the Republican administration. Significant, to be sure. But nothing new. SNUBBING THE WHITE HOUSE Since the tradition of inviting sports champions to the nation’s most famous home really began to take off under President Reagan, some two dozen athletes have turned down the opportunity. That list includes Brady, who didn’t attend a 2015 celebration because of what the quarterback insisted was a “family commitment” but others speculated was because of some unflattering comments a spokesman for President Obama made about the Deflategate scandal. For some, a trip to the White House was no big deal. Larry Bird shrugged off an invitation from Reagan after the Boston Celtics won an NBA title, crabbily explaining, “If the president wants to see me, he knows where to find me.” After winning one of his six championships, Michael Jordan said he preferred to spend time with his family rather than hang with President George H.W. Bush. Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison turned down not one, but two chances to visit the White House, pointing out — quite correctly — that he wouldn’t have gotten either of those invitations if his team had lost the Super Bowl. Others cited political differences with those in power in declining. Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas declined to join the 2011 Stanley Cup champions on their White House visit, writing on social media that the government “has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.” Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk passed on a chance to meet with Obama because of the president’s support of Planned Parenthood. Golfer Tom Lehman was even more outspoken when rebuffing a president, calling Bill Clinton “a draft-dodging baby killer.” HOW IT ALL STARTED In 1865, not long after the end of the Civil War and before professional baseball was even a thing, President Andrew Johnson met with a pair of amateur teams, the Washington Nationals and Brooklyn Atlantics, according to the White House Historical Association. Given the tumultuous term he would serve after inheriting the office from Abraham Lincoln, Johnson probably figured he could use all the positive publicity he could get. President Calvin Coolidge invited the hometown Senators for a visit after their dramatic seven-game victory in the 1924 World Series, which proved to be a prudent move. Washington may be first in war and first in peace, but it’s still stuck on that one Series title. More teams would visit the White House in the years to come, but Mosher points to Richard Nixon as the first president who really pushed for a connection to athletes of all stripes, with some speculating that it was a way to make up for his failed football dreams. Most notably, he began the practice of placing congratulatory phone calls right to the locker room while teams were right in the midst of their championship celebrations. Reagan, who knew how to work the camera far better than Nixon, stepped up the game by using the White House as a backdrop for well-choreographed photo ops with champions from a wide range of sports. While these appearances were passed off as nothing more than a chance to dole out some well-deserved kudos while escaping the divisive issues of the day, the Gipper surely knew they had everything to do with politics. “Basking in the reflective glory” of a championship team, as Mosher puts it, never hurts when election time rolls around. “They keep telling us over and over again that sports and politics don’t mix,” he said. “But that’s simply not the case.” WHAT’S NEXT Colin Kaepernick’s season-long protest against police brutality and abuses in the justice system seems to have sparked a new activism among professional athletes. The quarterback’s simple act of kneeling during the national anthem “is very different than what I’ve studied in the past,” Mosher said. “He did it so politely, with so much respect. He wasn’t calling attention to himself. The story only became a story when people noticed it. That stood in stark contrast to the ranting and raving that the political campaign was putting in front of the American public.” In Week 1 of the NFL season, Bennett raised his fist in a show of support. Now that the season is over, he’s plunging into another fiery issue. Given the divided state of the nation, more athletes are sure to follow. No matter who’s in the White House. ___ Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/paul-newberry . ___ For more NFL coverage: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL The post How often have athletes snubbed the White House? appeared first on WTOP.
|Bethesda native’s Oscar short ‘Joe’s Violin’ grabs Denzel’s earWTOP / 8 h. 53 min. ago more|
WTOP's Jason Fraley salutes 'Joe's Violin' Jason Fraley | November 30, -0001 12:00 am http://wtop.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/joes-violin-on-air.mp3Download audio WASHINGTON — A talented teen pulls her bow across a special set of strings. Standing poolside at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon on Feb. 6, Denzel Washington stops in his tracks to listen to the soulful violin of 14-year-old Brianna Perez, whose touching story is chronicled in the Oscar-nominated documentary short “Joe’s Violin,” directed by Bethesda native Kahane Cooperman. “It was an incredible moment I will probably never forget,” Cooperman told WTOP. “[Denzel] asked if she wanted a photo. She said, ‘Yes,’ and he said, ‘OK, on one condition: Play something for me.’ So, right then and there, by this pool in front of strangers and Denzel Washington, her idol, Brianna pulled out Joe’s violin … and played Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D’ for him. … Despite the fact that it was on such a busy day, he took time for her … I’m surprised you can’t hear me sniffling in the background.” It was a goosebump moment in a whirlwind Oscar ride for Cooperman, who graduated from Walt Whitman High in Bethesda before moving to New Jersey. After earning 11 Emmys and 2 Peabodys producing “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” this marks her first ever Academy Award nomination. “I had my daughter and my husband in the room with us while we watched the announcement on television — my son had already gone off to school,” Cooperman said. “We sat on the edge of the couch in our living room and heard the announcement. Of course, when we heard the name of our film, we just screamed and teared up and every clichéd reaction that you think you won’t do, you do.” The film follows 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joseph Feingold, who was living on the Upper West Side of New York City when he heard about a charity instrument drive by WQXR Radio and the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. He donated his precious violin, which wound up in the hands of 12-year-old Perez, a Dominican-American girl living in America’s poorest congressional district in the Bronx. “Two strangers from completely different walks of life, born 80 years apart [are] connected by a single violin,” Cooperman said. “I didn’t know if the violin had a significant history when I started doing this, but in talking to Joseph, I soon found it had an incredibly poignant history attached to it.” Born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1923, Feingold grew up in a musical family and learned to play violin with his mother until the Nazis and Soviets invaded Poland. At age 17, Feingold was sent to a Siberian labor camp for over six years, while his mother and brother were killed in concentration camps. After the war, Feingold fled with his father to Germany and eventually resettled in New York, where he found work as an architect and traded a pack of cigarettes for a violin to play in memory of his family. “Once I learned the story from Joseph and felt like he was a wonderful storyteller, I thought I’d follow and see what happened,” Cooperman said. “[The violin] couldn’t have gone to a more impressive school, and they chose a really unusual and amazing young 12-year-old girl to receive the violin.” Born to Dominican parents, Perez is one of many students at the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls that comes from new immigrant families, mostly from South America, the Caribbean and Africa. “Brianna’s family is from the Dominican Republic [and] Joseph came here as a refugee,” Cooperman said. “Both he and Brianna are classic immigrant stories and these beautiful people that make up the fabric of what makes our country what it is.” Like any great filmmaker, her adherence to theme allowed her to capture happy accidents on camera. “There’s a moment toward the end when Brianna and Joseph say goodbye and Joseph gets into a car,” Cooperman said. “The Uber drives away with Joseph, this immigrant and refugee, leaving a school where this young girl is. This car we just happened to get, happens to have an American flag waving in the wind as it drives away. That has taken on, since the election, an incredible resonance for me.” Not only does the film exude such Statue of Liberty ideals, it also speaks to the generous spirit of the American people. The instrument drive initially estimated it would receive 1,000 instruments, but it received a whopping 500 donations on the first day alone and a total of 3,000 instruments by the end. “This film is about many things and one of them is about how a small act can have a truly great impact,” Cooperman said. “You have to imagine that every single one of those instruments has a story and all of these instruments are being connected with kids who I’m sure also have amazing stories.” You can tell Perez appreciates the deep history of Feingold’s violin. At one point, she tells her classmates, “There are so many secrets in this violin.” Later she says, “I have history in my hands.” That history is conveyed using black-and-white photos, showing how Feingold wrote his mother letters once a month from his labor camp. One day, she writes him back with chilling lyrics. “She wrote him back a particularly poignant letter that quoted the lyrics of “Solveig’s Song” written by Edvard Grieg,” Cooperman said. “It was a passage from the song about someone who’s missing someone and will wait for them and will be there when they return. … There’s added poignancy to the fact that when Joseph received this letter, he did not know that he would never see his mother again.” So you can imagine the emotion in the room when Joseph first meets Brianna, who pulls out the violin and plays that very song for him. Pulling the bow across those strings, it’s as if Joseph’s mother is standing in the room with them, fulfilling her promise that she will wait for him on the other side. “I couldn’t have predicted she would invite him to the school and that he would accept,” Cooperman said. “I also didn’t know if they’d actually connect, but the connection in the moment of meeting is so tangible and palpable, you could feel it when we were filming it and I think it comes across in the film. It’s a true bond. They are forever bonded and they stay in touch to this day. They love each other.” No doubt, Feingold and Perez will also keep in touch with Cooperman, who just captured their story with such blinding humanity. Its a rare gift that should bring pride to Bethesda and her peers back at Walt Whitman High (“Go Vikings!”). How did Cooperman make her way into such vital filmmaking? “I went to college in Chicago after Whitman and I started working in theatre there,” Cooperman said. “I was also always watching a ton of films and I started applying everything I was learning in theatre to films. … Then I ended up just taking off with that and went to graduate school in New York City to film school at Columbia [University] and I ended up just really falling in love with the documentary storytelling form and telling real people’s stories. Nothing moves me or interests me more than that.” Soon, she began working for veteran documentary filmmakers Albert & David Maysles, famous for such legendary docs as “Salesman” (1969), “Gimme Shelter” (1970) and “Grey Gardens” (1975). Who knew that this doc work would open doors of opportunity to the biggest television job of her career? “It was because of my documentary background that I got hired as a field producer on a new show called ‘The Daily Show’ in 1996,” Cooperman said. “No one knew anything about it. The host was not Jon Stewart yet, it was a guy named Craig Kilborn. I was hired as a field producer to essentially create these 3-4 minute news-like pieces with correspondents. … Little did I know that those 12 weeks would turn into more than 18 years of an amazing job where I ended up being co-executive producer.” Not only did the show win dozens of awards, it set the daily tone for American comedy and politics. “It really is a comedy show … but I do think people felt strongly about what we were commenting on, so there was a lot of inherent passion throughout the entire staff,” Cooperman said. “Coming from the top, Jon Stewart cared deeply about everything we made hay of during the show. I do think that rang true for people and I think that was one of the reasons the show was the success that it was.” Despite the show’s success, Cooperman never lost sight of her true passion. “I never lost my passion for documentary storytelling,” she said. “I was hungry to keep doing it. I was able to make one film during my time there, and then years later, I really felt strongly that I needed to make another one, so I started making ‘Joe’s Violin’ on the side while I worked on ‘The Daily Show.'” That’s right, while Stewart was directing his own side project “Rosewater” (2014), Cooperman was putting the finishing touches on “Joe’s Violin,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. It’s only fitting that Cooperman left ‘The Daily Show’ just months before Stewart retired from the show. “I truly appreciate that it was Jon Stewart who led that show,” she said. “He was very supportive of myself and anyone who had side projects that they felt passionate about. He thought that was really important for you to be able to do, so as long as you did your job, you would always get the blessing to pursue your passions, which doesn’t always happen, so I will be forever appreciative of that.” Listen to our full conversation with “Joe’s Violin” director Kahane Cooperman in the audio below, then watch the entire 24-minute Oscar-nominated documentary in the video below: WTOP's Jason Fraley chats with Kahane Cooperman (Full Interview) Jason Fraley | November 30, -0001 12:00 am http://wtop.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/joes-violin-interview.mp3Download audio The post Bethesda native’s Oscar short ‘Joe’s Violin’ grabs Denzel’s ear appeared first on WTOP.
|Americans on Presidents Day: Admiration, fear mark holidayWTOP - DC News / 9 h. 54 min. ago more|
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The United States on Monday marks Presidents Day, a holiday that’s taking on a new meaning for some Americans this year as President Donald Trump — to the dismay of some and delight of others — upends traditional notions of the office. The holiday began as a celebration of George Washington’s birthday, Feb. 22, and its official name remains Washington’s Birthday. Throughout the 19th century, communities celebrated with parades and fireworks, said Evan Phifer, a research historian at the White House Historical Association. In the late 1800s, Feb. 22 became a federal holiday. The holiday was moved to the third Monday in February in 1971, creating a three-day weekend for many workers. “There was fear when the holiday was moved to the third Monday that it would lose the distinction of Washington’s birthday, and people would forget his legacy,” Phifer said. To some extent, that has happened. Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is Feb. 12, and many people now associate both presidents with the holiday. It has also become a retail holiday, where shoppers can get deals on cars, furniture and other goods during Presidents Day sales. The Associated Press spoke with people around the country about their ideas about Presidents Day, the presidency and how it is changing. ___ Jack Warren is executive director of the Society of the Cincinnati, the nation’s oldest patriotic organization, founded in 1783. George Washington was the first president general of the group. He calls the idea of Presidents Day “wrongheaded” and said referring to Washington’s Birthday as Presidents Day is a reflection of how out of touch we are with our revolutionary origins. “The revolution George Washington led created the first great republic since antiquity. It articulated ideals of universal liberty, natural rights and equality that have shaped the entire history of our country and have reached beyond it,” he said. “We don’t need a holiday to commemorate the presidency. We do need one to commemorate our greatest national leader.” ___ Curt Viebranz is president and CEO of George Washington’s Virginia estate, Mount Vernon. He expects between 10,000 and 15,000 people to visit on Monday. “We wouldn’t have a country without him,” he said. “We wouldn’t have a republic.” Many of the formal traditions of the presidency that survive today were established by Washington, he said, such as the open-air inauguration. But recent presidents are also different. “He’s not a man who would have been tweeting, for sure. It’s not going to happen,” he said. These days, people have a more informal connection to the institution: “It’s sort of the end of leadership as we know it, where the leader sets himself apart.” ___ Juathawala Harris, 67, of Baltimore, was on a trip to Dallas that included a visit to the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, which is dedicated to telling the story of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Harris, who works as a manager for a dialysis unit, said Presidents Day meant more to her in the past. “We’ve lived through presidencies, and they have always been men that we look up to. That is not so for me now,” said Harris, who voted for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. “I am fearful now, and I’ve never been fearful in all of my years,” she said, adding that she is scared the country may be moving toward a war. Presidents Day, she said, now feels tarnished. ___ Robin Allweiss, a 56-year-old attorney from Tampa, Florida, considers herself a patriot and takes Presidents Day seriously — especially so this year. She is a Trump supporter and thinks he’s vastly different than any other president in the country’s history. “He relates to us. He gives us a feeling that he could be our father, our brother, he could be our cousin or our best friend, and that’s what makes him so different. He doesn’t care what anybody thinks. What he wants to do is make America great again,” she said. “Donald Trump cares about us. And no other president in the history of the United States, or even any foreign leader, has cared about his country as much as Donald Trump.” ___ Barbara Perry, presidential studies director at the nonpartisan Miller Center at the University of Virginia, has been fascinated by presidents since she was 4 years old and her mother took her to see John F. Kennedy speak one month before he was elected. Children as young as 6 have a sense of the president — who he is and what he does — long before they understand Congress or the judiciary, she said, and teaching children about the president is an important way to help them understand our government. “I still have somewhat of a childlike vision of the presidency,” she said. “I know my faith is not misplaced. I know we have had heroic presidents. Even the ones who were not great still were, by and large, great people.” The presidency began to demystify under Franklin Roosevelt, who created personal connections with Americans through his radio “fireside chats” in the depths of the Great Depression, she said. That familiarity eventually “ended up breeding contempt, I think, for normal presidents, or traditional presidents.” “In the end, this has led to a Donald Trump, a populist demagogue in the White House,” she said. “The Trump presidency, based on the baser instincts of people, is painful to me. It feels like a desecration.” ___ Deen Brown, 94, of Oakdale, Connecticut, conducted submarine war patrols for the Navy during World War II. Brown said he has early memories of conversations in his home about Herbert Hoover, president from 1929 to 1933. “What is most impressive to me, and I still believe this firmly today, is the awe of the momentous decisions that they’re called on to make. It is just beyond belief. And this was true for President Roosevelt and also for President Harry Truman, and it may be coming true today,” he said. “And very often, they don’t get to choose between right and wrong. That’s too simple. … They must choose one of the wrongs and maybe the one that’s least wrong.” President Donald Trump has already changed the way people see the presidency, he said, because he’s a businessman who is being more decisive than some of his predecessors. “He certainly deserves the respect of the nation,” he said. ___ Rhonda Bicknell, 39, who is in real estate investment, is based in Phoenix but spends most of the year traveling in a motor coach. She said Presidents Day to her is “really a day to honor that person that actually does a pretty thankless job — not matter what party you are in.” A Democrat who voted for Hillary Clinton, she said presidents she has admired include Barack Obama and John F. Kennedy. She feels that President Donald Trump is “disgracing” the presidency. “I don’t think that this president has much class, or integrity, or even intelligence, to be honest,” Bicknell said. “So I think he’s affected the presidency in a negative way, and I think that the rest of the world feels the same.” ___ George Davenport, 23, works two jobs — one as a dishwasher and the other as a street sign-holding Statue of Liberty for a tax preparation service in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has two toddlers, and affordable education is his biggest concern for the future. Presidents Day doesn’t mean much to him. “It’s really just another day where I work, and a day off for kids,” he said. ___ Wendy Nelson, 59, a hairdresser in Helena, Montana, expects a busy day on Presidents Day, as legislators and government workers come in for haircuts and other services. “They have that day off. I don’t,” she said. “Presidents Day means a celebration of leadership that we have in this country,” Nelson said. “We have independence, and we pick those people.” On Election Day, she picked Donald Trump. “I wanted to see change. At first I thought he was kind of a scary guy. But the more I listened to him, the more I realized he’s very independent, too. And that’s what this country’s about.” ___ Helen Heenan, 69, was visiting The President’s House on Wednesday. It’s a permanent installation on the footprint of the home and executive mansion of Presidents George Washington and John Adams when Philadelphia was the capital. Heenan, an American citizen and retired IT worker who lives in London, said Presidents Day is a reminder “that the government is not just the president. It’s the judiciary and it’s the legislature,” she said. “I think that is the lifeblood of the American system and constitution, and the great presidents we have will respect that.” Heenan, who voted for Hillary Clinton, said she thinks President Donald Trump is testing the idea of the presidency “to the limits” but a positive outcome is that his actions are making people think about the role of the president. ___ George Cleveland, 64, of Tamworth, New Hampshire, was born into politics; his grandfather was President Grover Cleveland, who was elected in 1884 and 1892. He will be spending Presidents Day taking a friend to the hospital to have shoulder surgery. “What does Presidents Day mean to me? Well, it’s a nice idea to think that we’d all kind of take a day and review American history and the high points and the low points and what some of the presidents did and perhaps didn’t do,” he said. “I’m afraid we don’t do that. Presidents Day right now seems to be really more of a holiday.” ___ Nareg Fradjian, 32, a photographer who lives in Pasadena, California, was among the 3,000 people to become a U.S. citizen during a Los Angeles ceremony on Wednesday. Frandjian is from Armenia and has been in the U.S. for the past 16 years. “Any president, they work super hard. It’s either four or eight years. They live and breathe their job every single day,” said Fradjian. He said he would have voted for Trump if he had gotten his citizenship in time. “It’s awesome to have that one designated day just to say ‘Thank you.’ This year, morale is down. We don’t know where we are as a country. It’s crazy,” he said. “Presidents Day is going to be another day for people to do marches, just say a lot of negative things about the current president.” ___ Felicia Paul, who lives on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana, voted for Hillary Clinton. “My fears and my hopes as a Native person is that he thinks about the Native people, our treaty rights,” Paul said. What does the holiday mean to her? “As a Native American, I really don’t call it a Presidents Day holiday,” she said. “I just think of it as an all-chief’s day.” ___ Contributing to this report were Associated Press writers Jamie Stengle in Dallas, Tamara Lush in Florida, Jennifer McDermott in Groton, Connecticut, Kristen de Groot in Philadelphia, Bobby Caina Calvan in Helena, Montana, Amanda Lee Myers in Los Angeles and Holly Ramer in Tamworth, New Hampshire. The post Americans on Presidents Day: Admiration, fear mark holiday appeared first on WTOP.
|In Retrospect, Jayson Werth Was Nats’ Secret SauceCBS Washington / 10 h. ago more|
WASHINGTON — Regardless of what happens this season and beyond, the Washington Nationals and Jayson Werth get the last laugh for the “outlandish” contract he signed as a free agent in 2010. Admit it: we all had doubts about the move. The Nats were stuck in neutral as a franchise, while the Phillies were coming off of their second consecutive World Series appearance and fourth straight NL East title. Signing Werth, aged 30 at the time, to a seven-year, $126 million deal seemed delusional at best. A cry for help from a desperate franchise. Instead, it was a catalyst for success. He showed that Washington was serious about spending at a championship level. He also showed that good leadership could help mold some of the high draft picks into winners. It also gave Werth, who did not come up with the rest of the Phillies core, a chance to prove he could do it on his own. “My focus was on winning, but at the time that’s not really what it looked like,” Werth told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Everybody was like, ‘The Nats were crazy, Werth is money hungry’ and whatever else was said. Honestly, I was in a position to pick and choose what I wanted to do.” So why the Nationals? “What I thought was cool about the Nats was that it was a total underdog situation, but they had good owners . . . and a core group of players with a high ceiling. It was a situation where I thought we could build something.” It didn’t happen overnight. In Werth’s first season in D.C., he got to watch his old teammates win the NL East again. But then, after an NLDS exit, the dynasty was over. The Nats, who improved to third in the East in 2011, would win the NL East in three of the next six season, including the team’s first five winning seasons. Werth would help build a winner leading from the front, playing in more games than any member of the Phillies’ championship core beside Jimmy Rollins over the last six seasons. Now most of them are retired or ineffective, while Werth mulls his future after this season. Talking to the media, his idea of playing five more seasons sounds more like Tom Brady than a rational late-30’s-athlete. Then again, most critics didn’t believe he would survive the length of his first contract with the Nats. “Halfway through the first season, some of the people in the media joked that my contract, they called it the seven-year war. Now here we are in year seven of the seven-year war,” he said. “I feel like I’ve got a lot to prove, and I still feel like I’ve got a lot in the tank.” Reading between the lines, there’s a chance that that tank could be emptied on one more championship ride. “My career is kind of pinned to this season,” he said. “I want nothing more for these guys in here and the city to experience what it’s like for a team to win the World Series. And I still have that opportunity.” Follow Brian Tinsman and 106.7 The Fan on Twitter.
|Video: Eagle Cam captures The First Lady laying 1st egg of 2017WTOP - DC News / 10 h. 36 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON — The first family of eagles is expecting this year after The First Lady laid an egg Sunday night at the U.S. National Arboretum. It’s the eagle pair’s first egg of the year, after Mr. President and The First Lady raised two eaglets — known as Freedom and Liberty — last year. They raised one eaglet in 2015. The new egg will be called DC4 and will hatch in about 35 days, according to the American Eagle Foundation. Eagles typically produce one to three eggs annually, so DC4 could be joined by others. Those tuned in to the D.C. Eagle Cam, run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the American Eagle Foundation, had been expecting The First Lady and Mr. President to grow their family for more than a week now. Fans of the eagle couple can expect to see the pair incubate and protect the new egg from predators and the elements. Last year, the D.C. Eagle Cam attracted more than 60 million views, the foundation said. The post Video: Eagle Cam captures The First Lady laying 1st egg of 2017 appeared first on WTOP.
|Dusty Baker Confident Contract Extension Can be ReachedCBS Washington / 10 h. 44 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON — If media reports can be taken at face value, Dusty Baker wasn’t the Washington Nationals’ first choice as manager last offseason, but there is no question that he got the job done. The Nats were the bounceback kids in 2016, living up to their regular season potential with 95 wins and easily reclaiming the NL East Crown. But because Baker was running out of opportunities to coach again in the MLB, he settled for a two-year contract, allowing the team full flexibility to move on if he flopped in 2016. Heading into Year 2, Baker craves the security that comes with success. “I mean, everybody likes security,” Baker told the media. “Everybody likes to know what their future is going to be even though it doesn’t amount to much. But I’m very confident that we’d get things worked out. You’d like to do it sooner rather than later because I don’t want to be a distraction to my team.” While the sounds very magnanimous, the simple fact is that Baker wants what he deserves. And with six weeks to go before Opening Day, the clock is ticking to get a deal done. Over the winter, the team expressed interest in retaining Baker beyond 2017, but he sounded uncertain if he wanted to return. “I don’t know,” Baker said of his future and desires. “Tell you the truth, the way I look at it — between my family, my hunger, between, you know, the prayers that I send up looking for answers and looking for clues — it will come to me, you know? Some of it’s in your control, and some of it’s out of your control.” Now, with the deadline in sight, Baker is singing a different tune. “I see my importance in the organization has grown since I’ve been here,” Baker said. “That’s worth something. And as much as we’re a young organization, I’ve been around a while. Everybody comes to my office, from the trainers to the PR department to the media department to the community relations department. “I feel like I’m helping out on all fronts. Sometimes you can make yourself valuable so you’re not that easily disposed.” Regardless of what happens on the contract front, Baker refuses to be a distraction for a team with huge aspirations. “The guys, I just want them to focus on what they have to do,” Baker concluded. “Don’t worry about me, because Dusty’s fine.” Follow Brian Tinsman and 106.7 The Fan on Twitter.
|WATCH: John Wall Dishes Out, Receives PunishmentCBS Washington / 11 h. 16 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON — Washington Wizards point guard John Wall was in his element at the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, cutting through huge gaps between West team players who had no interest in defending him. The best defense he got all night was from Russell Westbrook in a cheap shot after the whistle: russell westbrook just shoved john wall lmao pic.twitter.com/iM37G0z34Q — Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) February 20, 2017 It’s an interesting move because it didn’t result in a penalty, it violates the no-contact spirit of the NBA All-Star game, and things didn’t end well the last time someone shoved Wall after the play. Fortunately, this time, there were no additional fireworks. Wall also dished out some of his own punishment on the court, supplying the world with this impressive slam dunk: John Wall wants us to remember that he, too, is at the All-Star Game pic.twitter.com/qpasYQChTn — The Ringer (@ringer) February 20, 2017 Wall ended up logging nearly 21 minutes, shooting 6-for-12 for 12 points, adding six rebounds and four steals. Despite playing close for most of the game, the Western Conference pulled ahead in the end, winning 192-182. Follow Brian Tinsman and 106.7 The Fan on Twitter.
|The Latest: Trump invites Panama, Trinidad-Tobago leadersWTOP - DC News / 11 h. 22 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST): 10:50 p.m. President Donald Trump discussed what the White House calls “shared priorities” in phone calls to the leaders of Panama and the twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. In statements late Sunday, the White House says Trump spoke to President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama and Prime Minister Keith Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago. Trump invited both leaders to visit Washington, D.C., in the coming months. ___ 6:50 p.m. The leader of Panama says he has spoken by phone with President Donald Trump ahead of an official visit to Washington. Juan Carlos Varela says via his verified Twitter account that the two presidents discussed their countries’ “excellent bilateral relationship on economic, security and regional matters.” Varela adds that they agreed to hold talks between high-level officials ahead of his trip to Washington, “which I will do at his invitation.” He did not say when he is to visit. Varela tweeted that he received the call from Trump on Sunday afternoon. ___ 5:40 p.m. Swedes have been scratching their heads since President Donald Trump suggested that some kind of major incident had taken place in their country Friday night. Trump is now clarifying his comments, saying he was referring to something he saw on television. Trump first referenced Sweden during a Florida rally on Saturday as he talked about past terror attacks in Europe. He told supporters, “Look what’s happening last night in Sweden.” In Sweden, the remark raised eyebrows and sparked derision about a fact-challenged president. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Catarina Axelsson said that the government wasn’t aware of any “terror-linked major incidents.” On Sunday, Trump tweeted that his statement was in reference to a story broadcast on Fox News concerning immigrants and Sweden. The president may be referring to a segment aired Friday night on the Fox News show “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that reported Sweden had accepted more than 160,000 asylum-seekers last year but that only 500 had found jobs. The report went on to say that a surge in gun violence and rape had followed the influx of immigrants. A White House spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, says that Trump was talking about rising crime and recent incidents in general, not referring to a specific issue. ___ 5:20 p.m. President Donald Trump’s meetings with potential candidates to be his new national security adviser are continuing Sunday afternoon. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump is meeting with four candidates at his private Palm Beach club. On the schedule were his acting adviser, retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg; John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster and the superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen. Sanders said Trump may interview more candidates and hopes to make the decision soon. Trump also discussed strategies for repealing and replacing President Barack Obama’s health care law with top advisers, including Health Secretary Tom Price and Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House budget office. ___ 4:35 p.m. The Homeland Security Department has drafted sweeping new guidelines aimed at aggressively detaining and deporting immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. A pair of memoranda signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly outline the plans under consideration. The memos dated Friday seek to implement President Donald Trump’s broad directive to crack down on illegal immigration. Kelly outlines plans to hire thousands of additional enforcement agents, expand on the priority list for immigrants marked for immediate removal and enlist local law enforcement to help make arrests. Those details were confirmed to The Associated Press by a person briefed on the documents. A White House official says the White House has raised objections with the documents and is working with DHS to finalize the policy. ___ 1:15 p.m. The Congressional Black Caucus says it will meet with President Donald Trump after all. Rep. Elijah Cummings is a senior member of the group. He told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that Trump answered the caucus’ Jan. 19 request for a meeting “a day or so ago.” The Maryland Democrat says he expects the two parties will meet when Congress returns from a weeklong break and discuss prescription drugs and urban issues. The possible meeting stirred controversy during Trump’s press conference last week. Responding to a reporter’s inquiry, Trump suggested that Cummings had declined a meeting and asked the reporter, who is black, to set up a meeting. Cummings says he never rejected a meeting. On Sunday, he attributed the late acceptance to Trump apparently not being “in contact with his staff properly.” ___ 11:30 a.m. President Donald Trump plans to speak Sunday with leaders from Panama and Trinidad and Tobago. A White House official says Trump will speak to leaders of both countries. The official requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the president’s schedule. Trump has been speaking to foreign leaders since he took office four weeks ago. The calls come on a busy day for Trump. He is also interviewing candidates to be his new national security adviser and is planning a health care policy meeting. ___ 10:55 a.m. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he has no issues with the media, despite his boss’ condemnation that the “fake news media” is “the enemy of the American people.” The Pentagon chief says he’s had some contentious times with members of the media, but adds the press is a constituency he deals with. He also rebuffed suggestions that disarray at the White House is affecting the military. His comments came days after the White House national security adviser was forced to resign. Mattis says at a news conference in the United Arab Emirates that at times democracy is “quite sporting.” But he says the military’s job is to hold the line while the government sorts out the way ahead. Says Mattis: “We don’t have any disarray inside the military, and that’s where my responsibility lies.” ___ 10:50 a.m. A top adviser to President Donald Trump says campaign aides didn’t have any contact with Russia before the election. Chief of staff Reince Priebus (ryns PREE’-bus) tells NBC’s “Meet the Press” that “we don’t know of any contacts with Russian agents.” Priebus says he had “talked to the top levels of the intelligence community.” He denies a New York Times report that multiple Trump advisers were in touch with Russian intelligence advisers during the election campaign. During a news conference last week, Trump gave a lawyerly denial that his campaign aides had been in touch with Russian officials before last fall’s election. He said: “nobody that I know of.” ___ 10:45 a.m. The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee says President Donald Trump is behaving like a “tin-pot dictator” by making comments criticizing the news media as “the enemy of the American people.” Rep. Adam Schiff of California described Trump’s tweet last week as “the most devastating” and “the most alarming” in attacking the First Amendment right to a free press. He told ABC’s “This Week” that the comment is what tin-pot dictators say “when they want to control all the information.” He says people from both parties should reject the description. Schiff says he agrees with Republican Sen. John McCain, who said a free press is vital “to preserve democracy as we know it.” Schiff says the country is confronting a “new war of ideas” — authoritarianism vs. democracy. The post The Latest: Trump invites Panama, Trinidad-Tobago leaders appeared first on WTOP.
|An Egg Has Landed! National Arboretum Eagles Expecting AgainNBC 4 / 11 h. 35 min. ago more|
The DC Eagle Cam is back, and the eagle pair at the National Arboretum are busily preparing their nest for the possibility of new eaglets.Photo Credit: @dceaglecam/American Eagle Foundation This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.
|Dem FEC member to resignTheHill.com / 12 h. 3 min. ago more|
She made a plea for campaign finance reform in her resignation letter to President Trump.
|Local Students at Future City Competition in Washington, DC - KAALtv.comGoogle News / 12 h. 27 min. ago more|
KAALtv.comLocal Students at Future City Competition in Washington, DCKAALtv.com(ABC 6 News) -- Local students from St. Francis of Assisi School in Rochester were in Washington, D.C. this weekend competing at the Future City event where middle schoolers from all over the country have built designs of public spaces for the future.
|Emails Show Kushner's Stricter Approach on Ethics Than TrumpNBC4Washington.com / 12 h. 58 min. ago more|
The Trump administration has struggled with ethics vetting for Cabinet nominees and faced criticism for the president's decision to remain invested in his business empire. When Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, prepared to enter the White House, however, the administration sought to do it by the book.Photo Credit: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
|Gang recruitment starts as early as elementary school, experts sayWTOP - DC News / 13 h. 41 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON — The recent disappearance and murder of a 15-year-old Gaithersburg girl has focused attention on the criminal gangs that operate throughout the D.C. area. The gangs recruit kids as young as 10 or 11 years old, and gang experts say all parents need to help steer their kids clear of gang influence. Related Stories Md. teen’s killing follows spike in gang violence in Montgomery Co. Montgomery County, MD News 5 charged with murder in ‘savage’ death of Md. teen Local News 10 charged in connection with killing of 15-year-old Md. girl Local News “We do see multiple gangs in the Washington, D.C. area, anything from nationally known gangs to homegrown street cliques,” said Ed Ryan, gang prevention coordinator for Fairfax County. “Oftentimes gangs are targeting middle school age and they do, unfortunately, dip down to the elementary school age.” Ryan is employed by the Fairfax Juvenile Court to combat gang activity through intervention and prevention. He has counterparts in Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington counties and the city of Alexandria. Police work toward suppression of gang activity and they agree that all parents should be concerned about the threat of gangs. “There might not be a direct threat of this group reaching out to to their children, but (gangs are) in your schools. You don’t want to take the chance of your kid getting involved in that group,” said Officer Tawny Wright, a spokeswoman for Fairfax County police. Experts say any kid can be subjected to gang influence, but it’s quiet loners who are most susceptible. “Maybe they have a hard time making friends. They may be bullied. They usually sit by themselves at the lunch table,” Ryan said. “The gangs see that.” Wright said gangs provide kids a sense of belonging. “They (gangs) seem to have this idea of unity: ‘We’re here for you, we’re together and we’re family.’ But they don’t,” Wright said. “They don’t look out for each other and they treat the girls horribly.” All parents are encouraged to warn their children about gangs, just like they warn children about drugs or talking to strangers. “You just incorporate negativity like gangs into whatever your parenting style is and you do that as early as you would talk to your kids about any negative influences,” Ryan said. The post Gang recruitment starts as early as elementary school, experts say appeared first on WTOP.
|High-ranking North Korean defector: Kim Jong-un ‘should not be underestimated’ TheHill.com / 14 h. 11 min. ago more|
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|Employees Fired After Joining Day Without Immigrants ProtestNBC4Washington.com / 14 h. 48 min. ago more|
More than 100 employees across the country were fired from their jobs after skipping work to take part in last week's "Day Without Immigrants" demonstrations, which were aimed at showcasing the impact immigrants have on the U.S. economy.As NBC News reported, restaurants and day cares were among the businesses in states like Florida, Tennessee, Oklahoma and New York where bosses fired workers after they didn't show up for work in order to protest.A company in Tennessee laid off 18 employees after they participated in the nationwide demonstration on Thursday, NBC4 reported. The company's attorney said in a statement obtained by the news station that all employees were told they risked termination if they skipped work.Two employees in Florida claimed they were fired from their positions at Grace Community School, according to NBC2, though the head of the school insists no one was terminated. While 25 workers were fired from Ben's Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers in Long Island, New York, on Friday, according to Telemundo 47.Photo Credit: LM Otero/AP
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|Elderly woman charged with murder after DC slayingWTOP - DC News / 14 h. 59 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON (AP) — Police say a 76-year-old woman has been charged with murder in the beating death of a 63-year-old man in Washington. District of Columbia police say Thomasine Bennett was charged Saturday with first-degree murder while armed in the death of Walter Mack Clark. Police say Clark was found unconscious inside a home on Friday. He was taken to a hospital, where he died. Police say Bennett was arrested on Friday and charged with assault with intent to kill. After an autopsy revealed that Clark died of blunt force trauma, the charge was upgraded to first-degree murder. A police report shows that Bennett told officers that she hit the victim with a bat. Bennett’s public defender did not immediately return a message on Sunday. The post Elderly woman charged with murder after DC slaying appeared first on WTOP.
|Former Obama officials say Netanyahu turned down secret peace deal: APTheHill.com / 15 h. 2 min. ago more|
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|Senior Trump appointee fired after critical commentsWTOP - DC News / 16 h. 13 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Trump administration official was fired following criticism in a private speech of President Donald Trump’s policies and his inner circle of advisers. Craig Deare, whom Trump appointed a month ago to head the National Security Council’s Western Hemisphere division, was on Friday escorted out of the Executive Office Building, where he worked in Washington. A senior White House official confirmed that Deare is no longer working at the NSC and has returned to the position he previously held at the National Defense University. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an incident not otherwise made public, and provided no further details. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sunday that Deare “was sent back to his original position.” Asked if government employees should be concerned that they could be fired for criticizing the president, she said: “I don’t think any person that is there in order to carry out the president’s agenda should be against the president’s agenda.” Current and former administration officials say Deare’s termination was linked to remarks he made Thursday at a private talk at the Wilson Center, a Washington think tank. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter. According to one person who attended the discussion, Deare slammed the Trump administration for its policies on Latin America, specifically its rocky start to relations with Mexico. That person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a private event. Trump signed an order in the first week of his presidency to build a border wall with Mexico, jumpstarting a campaign promise. The move prompted Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto to cancel his trip to Washington in late January. The person who attended the Wilson Center discussion also said that Deare openly expressed frustration over being cut out of most of the policy discussions about Mexico, saying that members of Trump’s inner circle, including chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, have not consulted with NSC directorates as the White House formulates policy. Deare has been on the faculty of National Defense University in Washington since 2001. He joined the university’s College of International Security Affairs in 2010 and most recently served as dean of administration. The person who attended the Wilson Center talk also noted that Deare made several remarks about how attractive Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, appeared, remarks that person described as “awkward.” Deare did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Officials with the Wilson Center also declined a request for information, saying the discussion was off the record. Deare is the second senior NSC official to leave in under a week. On Monday, Trump’s national security adviser, retired Gen. Michael Flynn, resigned after revelations that he discussed sanctions with a Russian diplomat before Trump was sworn in, then misled Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of those conversations. The post Senior Trump appointee fired after critical comments appeared first on WTOP.
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President Trump met with four candidates this weekend as he searches for a replacement for ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Sunday that Tru...
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|WATCH: Melo Trimble Dazzles as Terps Fall to BadgersCBS Washington / 18 h. 27 min. ago more|
MADISON, Wis. — Maryland point guard Melo Trimble shot 9-of-17 from the floor for 27 points, raining down 3’s from around the key, but it was not enough to overcome a mistake-filled performance by the Terps. The game lacked a sense of rhythm, as there were 48 fouls assessed in the game, 25 against Maryland. Despite that, Trimble had his highlights, including this no-look pass that froze the Wisconsin defenders: .@TerrapinHoops star Melo Trimble is unreal. https://t.co/SRxk870a8t — CBS Sports CBB (@CBSSportsCBB) February 19, 2017 .@ClarkKelloggCBS on a beautiful pass by @TerrapinHoops guard Melo Trimble: "That was so good, it was almost as good as a donut." — CBS Sports PR (@CBSSportsGang) February 19, 2017 On the other side of the ball, Nigel Hayes scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half, Ethan Happ had 20 points and No. 11 Wisconsin beat No. 23 Maryland 71-60. Bronson Koenig scored all nine of his points in the second half, giving the Badgers a lift with his jump shot after the senior missed a game with a left calf injury. Wisconsin shot 51 percent in the second half. Wisconsin pulled away slowly, turning a six-point halftime deficit into a 12-point edge with 3 minutes to go in a game that lacked flow because of frequent whistles. The Badgers held on despite Happ spending much of the second half on the bench saddled with four fouls. Hayes took up the slack with an active day in the paint, grabbing 10 rebounds. Freshman Brevin Pritzl added seven points and seven rebounds, giving Wisconsin an energy boost off the bench. After Trimble, Michael Cekovsky was the only other Maryland player in double figures with 10 points. BIG PICTURE Maryland: Trimble followed up his career-high 32 points in a win at Northwestern with another good game on the road. He had 15 in the first half, including two 3s in the final 1:11 to give the Terrapins a 33-27 lead. Trimble was averaging a team-best 17.0 points in road games coming into Sunday. Wisconsin: Shooting has lagged over the last six games, a stretch when Koenig has been hurt. He’s the team’s best outside shooter. After missing his first three shots in the first half, Koenig went 4 of 8 from the field in the second. A productive Koenig gives Wisconsin the balance needed to go with the dangerous Happ in the post. UP NEXT Maryland: Hosts the first of two straight home games when Minnesota visits College Park. Wisconsin: Tries to sweep the season series from Ohio State with a trip to Columbus. (© The Associated Press contributed to this article. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
|Dog Left at Shelter Comes With Heartbreaking Letter From KidNBC4Washington.com / 18 h. 36 min. ago more|
Rhino Lightning arrived at the Humane Society of Utah last week, with a spiral notebook filled back to front with a child's notes about the dog — a "striped dream," as the adoring author put it, the "Today" show reported.Addressed to Rhino's new family, the letter says the animal's "cheeks make a lot of slobber." He is "a good dog and he loves cuddles," and is a "very amazing puppy." Rhino "hates snow & swimming," but he "loves to run around" and to sleep under the blankets."The family told our receiving staff the notebook was written by one of their kids," Humane Society of Utah spokesperson Guinnevere Shuster told TODAY in an email. "It was filled with information about Rhino for his new family."Photo Credit: AP This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.
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WASHINGTON — Saturday night, The Sports Junkies, Chad Dukes and Danny Rouhier took the stage at State Theatre for an event all its own: The First Annual ‘106.7 The Fan Live.’ The idea was simple: Put all the hosts who regularly entertain the Beltway masses onto one stage… and see what happens. The night also featured live acts from renowned mentalist Max Major and the band For The Win. PHOTO GALLERY: ‘The Fan LIVE!’ For the first time publicly, the guys shared behind-the-scenes drama — secrets kept under wraps for decades! — like the time… (whoops! guess you had to be there!) Pete Medhurst was on the call for these brilliant opening introductions! Be sure to listen to The Junkies Tuesday morning, starting at 6 a.m., for exclusive audio from The Fan LIVE! One thing is certain: Danny feels really good about the show. Follow 106.7 The Fan on Twitter
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A faculty member and administrator at the University of the District of Columbia has died after a fire at his home in Washington’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. The Washington Post (http://tinyurl.com/gtrgxdz) reports that 75-year-old John Slack died Friday at a hospital. He was critically injured in the fire at his home a week earlier. Police say the fire has been rule accidental. A second man was also critically injured in the fire. Slack was the director of public health and health education at UDC’s College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences. ___ Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com The post University administrator, 75, dies after fire at DC home appeared first on WTOP.
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WASHINGTON — A security guard was shot Saturday night in Southeast D.C. The man had gone to an apartment complex in the 2300 block of Green Street SE at around 8 p.m. to see his girlfriend, but he was parked in a section reserved for residents, according to D.C. police. Two special police officers working security for the complex told the man that he needed to park in the visitor section of the lot. As the man was driving away, he shot at the security guards, striking a female officer in the upper leg. She was taken to a hospital for her injury. The other guard was not hurt. Police are still investigating the shooting. The post Security guard shot over parking lot dispute in DC appeared first on WTOP.
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|Men’s Basketball | GU Aims to Complete Season Sweep Against CreightonThe Hoya / 1 d. 16 h. 59 min. ago more|
With five games remaining in Big East regular season play, the Georgetown men’s basketball team’s upcoming contest against the No. 20 Creighton Bluejays has the potential to alter its NCAA Tournament path. Eight long days after the Hoyas’ (14-12, 5-8 Big East) 18-point demolition of the Marquette Golden Eagles (15-10, 6-7 Big East), the Blue and Gray look to complete the season sweep against the Bluejays (21-5 8-5 Big East) in Omaha, Neb., and a chance to build upon their NCAA Tournament resume. “They are a ranked team right now. They have a tough environment. Going up there and trying to get a win, that’d be a great thing for the resume,” sophomore center Jessie Govan said. After a rough start to Big East play, the Hoyas have greatly improved over their last six games, winning four while dropping one in overtime and another at No. 2 Villanova (26-2, 13-2 Big East). The Hoyas began their recent success with a 20-point blowout against Creighton. The Bluejays — which have only scored below 70 points once all year — shot 1-for-18 behind the arc, finishing with 51 points at the Verizon Center on Jan. 25. Having lost senior point guard and potential all-American Maurice Watson Jr. to an ACL injury in mid-January, the Hoyas caught Creighton at a vulnerable time. Even with the loss of Watson, Creighton still ranks second and 10th in NCAA from the field at 52.4 percent and from 3-point land at 41 percent. The Bluejays’ struggle last go-round against the Hoyas seemed to be an anomaly for one of the most prolific offenses in the country. “They have adjusted a lot quite honestly,” Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III said. “They have so many weapons that it’s easy to adjust.” Junior guard and leading scorer Marcus Foster anchors Creighton’s offense, averaging 17.8 points per game alongside freshman center Justin Patton’s 13.6 points per game. Despite the Bluejays’ offensive struggles last meeting, Patton dominated the Hoyas, shooting 9-of-13 from the floor. The lean 7-footer has displayed his versatility on both ends of the floor and can cause problems for Georgetown come Sunday. “Some people have him as a lottery pick, and they’re right,” Thompson said. “I don’t think there’s anything you can do to fluster him, and they know that. He can make an outside shot, he can score inside, and he’s fast. He’s really, really good.” Since Watson’s injury, Creighton has looked to create more opportunities on the offensive glass. The Bluejays rank ninth in the Big East in rebounding margin at minus 4.2, compared to Georgetown’s plus 1.5. In a hostile environment, securing rebounds on both ends of the floor should be a key focus for the Hoyas, which outrebounded Marquette 39-28 on Saturday. The Hoyas lean on their dynamic backcourt tandem of transfer and graduate student guard Rodney Pryor, who ranks second in the Big East with 18.3 points per game, and junior guard L.J. Peak, whose 16.6 points per game ranks ninth in the conference. To steal a game in Omaha, however, Georgetown’s frontcourt must make the difference. Sophomore center Jessie Govan has been instrumental the past six games. Govan, who averaged 5 points per game in his first seven Big East games, has averaged 18 points per game in the Hoyas’ last four wins. “Our coach and my teammates told me to attack. They want me to score because they know I open up so many things on the offense. They told me to be aggressive early and I’ve been trying to do that the last couple of games and it’s been working out for us,” Govan said. His ability to operate in the post and stretch the floor — 5-of-10 on three pointers over the streak — is necessary to create space and neutralize Patton. On the season, the Hoyas are 10-1 when Peak, Pryor and Govan all score in double figures. “There were too many stretches early on where one would play well and one wouldn’t. When they both play well together, we’re pretty good,” said Thompson of Peak and Pryor. “When you get L.J. and Rodney plus Jessie or Marcus, I don’t think we’ve lost too many games when we get three guys who play well.” Junior forward Akoy Agau’s presence on the defensive end of the court could be essential, primarily in defending Patton. With senior center Bradley Hayes set to play limited minutes, Agau’s combination of quickness, length and energy must be used effectively to slow down Patton. With an increase in playing time over the last two weeks, Agau hurled in double-digit rebounds in two of his last three games. Earlier in the season, sophomore forward Marcus Derrickson provided depth scoring for the Hoyas. However, after scoring 74 points in the first five Big East games, Derrickson averages six points per game in his last five. “We know we have to play with a sense of urgency because we really want to win and do some things postseason,” Derrickson said. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. ET at CenturyLink Center Omaha, and the game will be televised on Fox Sports 1.The post Men’s Basketball | GU Aims to Complete Season Sweep Against Creighton appeared first on .
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|Would Redskins Really Draft a RB or WR in the 1st Round?CBS Washington / 1 d. 21 h. 43 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON — The Redskins have a defense full of holes and severely lacking playmakers. Their offensive line was solid in 2016, but they could use an upgrade at left guard and center. They might also lose both of their top two receivers, and the combination of Matt Jones and Rob Kelley isn’t exactly inspiring when it comes to a one-two backfield punch. There is very real reason to believe the Redskins will need to considerably improve their running back situation and their receiving corps this offseason or suffer a significant offensive decline next season. But is that as high of a priority as the defense, which was arguably one of the five worst in football a season ago? It depends on who you ask, really. GM Scot McCloughan is a very firm believer in the draft strategy of taking the best player available no matter the circumstances. Generally speaking, fans without any experience running a team are opposed to that strategy and demand their favorite teams draft the best player at what they perceive to be the biggest hole on the team. Also worth taking into consideration is positional value: McCloughan endured some criticism for his selection of Brandon Scherff with the fifth pick in the 2015 draft, as guards aren’t typically considered top-10 picks. The value of running backs dropped steeply in recent seasons, though it enjoyed something of a revival thanks to the stellar rookie season of Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott. The value of wide receivers is fairly high, but it’s also become clear in recent seasons that plenty of high-end is still available in the later rounds, as evidenced by 2016 second-round pick Michael Thomas, second-round pick Sterling Shepard, fourth-round pick Malcolm Mitchell and fifth-round pick Tyreek Hill. So the question begs to be asked: Would the Redskins really draft a receiver or running back in the first round? Despite the glaring needs on the defensive side of the ball and the possible later value, it is certainly possible they would do exactly that, and several analysts seem to think that’s exactly what they’ll do. Take as reference the second mock draft by ESPN expert Mel Kiper. Kiper projects the Redskins to draft Florida State running back Dalvin Cook with their first-round pick, which is the 17th pick overall. Here’s Kiper’s take: At what point should a team forget about what’s conventional and just take the best football player, period? That’s a question that could come into play with Cook, whom some teams will have graded as nearly on par with Leonard Fournette. The Redskins like Rob Kelley, but they don’t have a home-run hitter like Cook, who could help take some pressure off QB Kirk Cousins, assuming he’s back. Cook is considered by many to be the best running back in the draft, though others consider him a close second to LSU’s Leonard Fournette — Kiper has Fournette going No. 6 overall to the New York Jets. He would almost definitely be a tremendous asset to the Redskins, but would it be the best use of their pick? Kiper is one of the few analysts projecting Washington to take a running back in the first round, but there is a small contingent of draft experts who forecast the Redskins taking another receiver. If both Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson leave in free agency this offseason, which is a very real possibility, the Redskins’ receiving core would be down to essentially Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson and a handful of virtual unknowns. They’d still have Jordan Reed, who would help take some pressure off the rest of the receivers, but that’s a marked decline in talent from the group the Redskins put on the field in 2016. That said, McCloughan didn’t earn himself many fans when he opted to select Doctson in the first round in the 2016 draft instead of addressing the porous defense, and fans won’t be thrilled if he does the same this time around — especially if Doctson doesn’t return to health. In early January, we took a look at some mock drafts around the web, and two analysts had Washington going receiver in the first round. Dan Kadar of SB Nation had Washington taking John Ross, a burner from Washington, and Todd McShay had the Redskins taking USC star JuJu Smith-Schuster. In our second mock draft roundup, earlier this month, we noted Bucky Brooks of NFL.com pegging the Redskins to take Ross, as well. Plenty of analysts have forecasted the Redskins addressing their defense, whether it be via pass-rushing help, a star safety, a top-end cover corner or a space-eating defensive tackle. All are pressing needs, and there should be some talent available at each position when the Redskins pick. But if the Redskins are on the clock with the 17th pick, and the best player available, in McCloughan’s eyes, happens to be a running back or receiver, will he let fan opinion sway him at all? Or will he adapt to his team needs and choose, say, the second-best player available? Or, will he draft another receiver and possibly stake his job on the performance of that receiver and Doctson? Follow Bryan Frantz and 106.7 The Fan on Twitter
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|Bryce Harper Knows ‘Exactly’ Why he Struggled Last YearCBS Washington / 1 d. 23 h. 37 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON — Bryce Harper’s 2016 season has been the subject of a great deal of scrutiny, and there is substantial reason to believe he was playing through injury throughout. With the Nationals reporting for Spring Training this week, the media finally got its first chance to talk to the star right fielder again. The news that came out was curious, but it reinforced that theory. Bryce Harper talked to the media. He said he knows "exactly why" his production dropped in '16. He didn't elaborate when asked what that was — Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) February 18, 2017 Harper said knows "exactly why" last year wasn't like '15, but dodged question about reason. Said tried to "stay in the lineup every day" — Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) February 18, 2017 Basically, continues to imply that he played hurt but will not say what, and did not have offseason procedure. — Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) February 18, 2017 The idea that Harper was hurt all season has come up several times before, though the public has yet to get a clear answer on the issue. It was reported several times, mostly by respected SI writer Tom Verducci, that Harper was playing the season with an injured shoulder. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo refuted that story time and again throughout the season. That story was never going to fully go away until both parties (Harper, or his agent Scott Boras, and Rizzo) gave the same answer, either in the affirmative or in the negative. That has not yet happened, and it’s only gotten more clouded since the end of the season. Bryce Harper’s Struggles Can Be Traced to 2 Pitches Preceding Harper’s comments were some by Boras earlier this month, when he declared the Nationals star had played through an “issue” in 2016 that caused him discomfort but allowed him to play through the season. For what it’s worth, Harper’s season wasn’t necessarily a bad season — he hit .243/.373/.441 with 24 home runs and stole a career-high 21 bases while walking 108 times — but compared to his incredible 2015 season that led to a unanimous NL MVP award, it was a significant decline. The 2017 season should provide some clarity as to what Harper truly is. If he puts up 2015-esque numbers and contends for another MVP award, he’ll not only expect a massive payday, but the theory that he was playing through an injury in 2016 will have some credence. If he puts up a 2016-esque season, however, the claim made by Harper and Boras might be proven inaccurate, and maybe the consensus on Harper changes for the worse. Follow Bryan Frantz and 106.7 The Fan on Twitter
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WASHINGTON — Let’s chalk this one up as a point for those who would believe John Wall is better than Kyrie Irving. No, this has nothing to do with basketball. This is simply a former Duke student and current multimillionaire with access to incredible resources claiming the world is flat, based on shoddy arguments and naked eye observations. Here’s how it starts. Irving, star point guard of the Cleveland Cavaliers, joins teammates Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye on a podcast the latter two host. They recorded this particular episode on a plane ride. Around the 15:00 mark, the trio delves into the topic of space, specifically whether or not extraterrestrial beings exist — all three members of the team agree they likely do, given the incredible size of the universe. Then, seemingly unprovoked, Irving asked his teammates whether or not they think the Earth is round. Both answer in the affirmative. Irving then sends the whole thing tumbling down the rabbit hole by declaring “the Earth is flat.” Note Irving did not say “I believe the Earth is flat.” He said “the Earth is flat.” He then goes on to make claims that hold little water about how “they” (he does not explain who “they” are) are trying to control the information the people get. Here’s an idea of his rationalization: “There is no concrete information except for the information that they’re giving us. They’re particularly putting you in the direction of what to believe and what not to believe. The truth is right there, you just got to go searching for it.” So that’s how that started. It continued later that evening when Irving was asked by Arash Markazi of ESPN about his theory. Kyrie Irving was trending on Twitter today because he believes the Earth is flat. I asked him about it. pic.twitter.com/ODe9aP9qmK — Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) February 18, 2017 Kyrie Irving not only believes the Earth is flat but that the jury is still out on what dinosaurs actually looked like. pic.twitter.com/0lkra9gPE3 — Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) February 18, 2017 In an interesting development, Stefon Diggs, a wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings who previously played at the University of Maryland, sent out a series of tweets later Friday evening, seemingly agreeing with the Cavs star. How mad would you guys be if I said I agree with kyrie? Well don't care — Stefon (@stefondiggs) February 18, 2017 @tategotham prove that it's not right now. Besides showing me a picture that you got from somewhere. And I'll be a believer … — Stefon (@stefondiggs) February 18, 2017 Okay I'm just talking to get a reaction out of you guys… — Stefon (@stefondiggs) February 18, 2017 But then again.. am I ? — Stefon (@stefondiggs) February 18, 2017 The world may never know goodnight. — Stefon (@stefondiggs) February 18, 2017 Maybe Diggs is just trolling, maybe he actually agrees with Irving. Who’s to say? (h/t SI) Follow Bryan Frantz and 106.7 The Fan on Twitter
|Startling rise in stress levels witnessed in America due to current political upheaval Big News Network.com / 2 d. 2 h. 42 min. ago more|
NEW YORK, U.S. - The recent political climate in the U.S. is said to have left the country under significant stress. According to a poll conducted by the American Psychological Associat
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|New local sports exhibit to open at museumWashington Times Herald / 2 d. 3 h. 24 min. ago more|
At this time of year, you don’t need to look far to be reminded how passionate Daviess Countians are about their local sports teams. But, as a new exhibit at the Daviess County Museum shows, that pride in athletic competition…
|Jasper Memorial announces FertilityCare programWashington Times Herald / 2 d. 3 h. 24 min. ago more|
JASPER – The FertilityCare program refers to a natural method to avoid or achieve pregnancy. The Creighton Model coordinates with a couple’s fertility cycle without the use of drugs or contraceptives. The program teaches the couple to identify the woman’s…
|Senecia Graber named newest Lilly ScholarWashington Times Herald / 2 d. 3 h. 24 min. ago more|
ELNORA — Daviess County has a new Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Around the same time Washington High School senior Mary Barnard was named the Lilly Scholar in December, another senior from North Daviess learned she had been named the first…
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|Strasburg Found Distance Running, Patience this OffseasonCBS Washington / 2 d. 10 h. 55 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON — If the Washington Nationals hope to compete with the beasts of the National League in 2017, they will need the consistent contributions of Stephen Strasburg. Over the course of his career, when Strasburg is healthy, he’s among the best arms in baseball. When he’s not, it usually has to do with injury. So looking back over the course of his career, his 2014 season is one to replicate. This meant preparing for 2017 in much the same way. Powerlifting is out, distance running is back in. “I did a lot more distance running and then tapered that down into more sprint stuff,” Strasburg told the media. “I was getting up to six, seven miles. For a guy my size, it takes three or four days to recover from it. Once I started to get more into throwing every day, I tapered it down so I did a little bit less – more sprint-type cardio, but on a daily basis. “[I] really tried to do a lot more of the functional fitness type. It’s nice if you can do heavy weight on the bench, but if you can’t do X number of push-ups or pull-ups, it doesn’t really help you. “That was kind of the program they had going for me, was really trying to do a lot of the body weight stuff and strengthen that way.” Early returns are encouraging, especially after Strasburg’s season unraveled in 2016. Rather than going under the knife this offseason, Strasburg elected to rehabilitate the injuries and arrived on Day One of Spring Training ready to go. “He looked like Stras to me,” said manager Dusty Baker. “That was very, very impressive to me. He told me he was ready and he worked hard this winter. He’s in great shape.” Strasburg threw all four of his pitches pain-free and with command according to catcher Derek Norris. As MASN Sports’ Pete Kerzel pointed out, that slider will be used significantly less this season, as Strasburg turns back to the fastball, curveball and changeup. From a mental standpoint, Strasburg also benefitted from a lesson in patience this offseason. “I kind of catch myself wanting to see results immediately and I think it can be counterproductive when you don’t really look at the big picture,” he explained. “So I have a tendency to want to see my pitches work the way I want them to every time. That’s fine, but it won’t necessarily work for seven months, so you just gotta kind of know when to take it back, and I think that’s something I’ll always struggle with. “We’ve got a great group of people here with a lot of knowledge and experience that can hopefully keep me from doing things that are counterproductive to staying healthy.” Follow Brian Tinsman and 106.7 The Fan on Twitter.
|More Reading Too Much Into Bryce Harper’s HatCBS Washington / 2 d. 11 h. 51 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON — Bryce Harper has a habit of wearing hats that annoy people. Earlier this week, Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper appeared in the crowds at WWE’s Monday Night Raw wearing a Dallas Cowboys hat. He grew up cheering for the team and clearly has not divested his loyalties. His manager even had a pretty good quip on the topic during his conversation with the media on Friday: Dusty's first impression of Harper, who arrived today: "My first impression is he's a Cowboys fan." — Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) February 17, 2017 In a non-scientific poll on our article, readers overwhelmingly (82 vs. 18 percent) answered that they do not care who Harper cheers for. But if a baseless conspiracy floated by ESPN pundits Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon holds any water, those fans should care a lot. “I think it’s different with Bryce Harper,” Kornheiser told Wilbon on Friday. “I think he’s saying, ‘Get prepared for this, I’m leaving.'” Some would argue that that’s a hot take. Keep in mind, that Kornheiser got all of that subtle meaning from this clip: jakerussell: Full clip of Bryce (and Bryan) Harper at Monday Night Raw USA WWE Monday Night… https://t.co/Z8gPHRcYIB pic.twitter.com/qPSv2s9unH — FanSportsClips (@FanSportsClips) February 14, 2017 Did you see the way Harper waved to fans? The way he smiled? The way he looked back and gave a thumbs up to fans behind him? It couldn’t be more clear. “‘I’m going to the New York Yankees,'” Kornheiser continued, reading the tea leaves on Harper’s wardrobe. “‘I don’t have to root for the Washington Redskins because I’m short-time in this area’.” Perhaps the most interesting thing is that Wilbon did not contest the point. Harper has long been rumored to find his historic payday in a city other than Washington, and Nationals fans are well versed in the theory. That does not, however, justify equating a hat to a manifesto of divorce, a decision on which is still two seasons away. For what it’s worth, Kornheiser and Wilbon also agree on John Wall’s faux pas wearing a Cowboys jersey on the Redskins’ sidelines last season. “John Wall, differently, is not short-time,” Kornheiser said. “And he wore the [Cowboys] jersey.” Wilbon interjected: “John Wall was saying, ‘Now you people know how it feels. You come into the Verizon Center, we’ve got the third-best team in the East, and you people cheer for Lakers. People like you–” “I don’t cheer for the Lakers,” Kornheiser said incredulously. Then the bell rang, moving the discussion on to the next topic. Follow Brian Tinsman and 106.7 The Fan on Twitter.
|Yes, those are robots you see on the streets of Washington, DC - Washington ExaminerGoogle News / 2 d. 12 h. 5 min. ago more|
Washington ExaminerYes, those are robots you see on the streets of Washington, DCWashington ExaminerResidents and tourists walking around the district's Northwest quadrant started spotting the six-wheel robots around town this week. The machines were created by Starship Technologies, which is led by the cofounders of Skype. "Our vision revolves ...
|Nats Slugger Daniel Murphy Catches TebowmaniaCBS Washington / 2 d. 13 h. 12 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON — So far in life, Denver Broncos general manager John Elway might be the only person to have crossed paths with Tim Tebow and not been impressed. The former Heisman Trophy winner and one-time NFL quarterback continues his quest to become a professional baseball player this Spring and will join the New York Mets at their Florida training facility. This comes after an offseason in which he was neighbors with Washington Nationals slugger Daniel Murphy in Jacksonville. Needless to say, Murphy came away impressed after hitting with Tebow at a local high school. “He’s quite an impressive person,” Murphy told the media. “I think that the [batting] power is real. What he needs is at-bats.” Murphy should know what it’s like to be a late bloomer. After being an above average hitter with the New York Mets, he became the star of the MLB Postseason in 2015, parlaying that into a modest contract from the rival Nats. He then proceeded to turn in an MVP-caliber season at age 31, setting career highs in average (.347), home runs (25), RBI (104), doubles (47), slugging (.595), OPS (.985), total bases (316), hit by pitch (8), and sacrifice flies (8). He led baseball in doubles, slugging and OPS. Tebow registered closer to the other end of the spectrum during the Arizona Fall League, hitting an anemic .194 and striking out once every 3.5 at-bats. What’s the trick for getting over the hump? Repetition, repetition, repetition. “He needs 500, 600 plate appearances to try to make adjustments on the fly,” Murphy explained. “It’s always interesting to see what happens when you go from someone trying to hit your barrel to someone trying to not hit your barrel. He just needs that experience to pull from, which only a full season can give you. “He’s done all this work, and he’s improved greatly.” Follow Brian Tinsman and 106.7 The Fan on Twitter.
|Mandatory reorganization may be problematicWashington Times Herald / 2 d. 13 h. 24 min. ago more|
All over Indiana in the coming weeks the Democrats and Republicans are supposed to be meeting on the county level for a formal organization process that they conduct every four years. For one party in Daviess County, it appears that…
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|George ‘The Animal’ Steele, 79, DiesCBS Washington / 2 d. 16 h. 31 min. ago more|
STAMFORD, Conn. — WWE Hall of Famer George “The Animal” Steele, whose given name was Jim Myers, has died at age 79. WWE announced Friday the death of Steele, who was living in Florida. The Detroit native had tweeted and blogged in recent months about his declining health. He dealt with the digestive disorder Crohn’s disease for several years. Sporting a bald head, hairy back and green tongue, Steele was famous for his signature move of sinking his teeth into the turnbuckle pads around the ring. At a Boston Red Sox game in 2012, he pretended to take a bite from the baseball before throwing out a ceremonial first pitch. Steele was once a Detroit-area high school teacher and coach who received a master’s degree from Central Michigan. Follow 106.7 The Fan on Twitter (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
|Swastika and note with gay slur found outside building at Virginia collegeMetro Weekly / 2 d. 16 h. 48 min. ago more|
A handwritten swastika and a note containing a gay slur were found posted outside of a building on the campus of a Fredericksburg-area college on Feb. 4, reports Washington, D.C.’s ABC affiliate WJLA. The note was found outside Lee Hall on the campus of the University of Mary Washington by a concerned undergraduate student, who posted […] The post Swastika and note with gay slur found outside building at Virginia college appeared first on Metro Weekly.
|Prince William clerk who challenged marriage equality diesMetro Weekly / 2 d. 17 h. 18 min. ago more|
The Prince William County Clerk of the Circuit Court who intervened in the case that eventually led to the legalization of same-sex marriage in Virginia has died, according to the Prince William Times. Michele McQuigg, Prince William County’s Clerk of the Circuit Court, passed away after an illness on Thursday at age 69. McQuigg, a […] The post Prince William clerk who challenged marriage equality dies appeared first on Metro Weekly.
|Judge rules that a slow condo sale is neither D.C.'s fault nor a constitutional violationBizjournals.com / 2 d. 18 h. 26 min. ago more|
A developer who claimed the District’s affordable housing requirements were unconstitutional and prevented sales at his condo development has lost his case in U.S. District Court. Art Linde of New Hampshire-based ASL Development Corp. has maintained since his original suit in 2012 that D.C.'s inclusionary zoning law has interfered with his business, 2910 Georgia Ave. LLC, through which he developed a 22-unit Northwest building at that same address. In his suit, he blamed the IZ program, which…
|Lawmakers, Educators Push for Less Classroom-Testing TimeCBS Washington / 2 d. 18 h. 38 min. ago more|
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland is ranked as the second-worst state in the nation for teacher classroom autonomy, according to the Learning Policy Institute, and testing mandates are a major contributor to this ranking, according to the Maryland State Education Association. Lawmakers and educators testified Wednesday before the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs committee in favor of the Less Testing, More Learning Act — legislation sponsored by Sen. Roger Manno, D-Montgomery, that would limit standardized testing to 2 percent of class time, or about 21.6 hours for elementary and middle schools and 23.4 hours for high school each school year. In 2015, The U.S. Department of Education recommended that a student spend no more than 2 percent of their time in class taking required statewide standardized assessments. “About 21 hours testing or 2 percent of instructional time annually is more than enough time to make sure students are on track to be successful throughout the year,” Betty Weller, president of the Maryland State Education Association and a middle school teacher for Kent County Public Schools said during the hearing. The bill also repeals statewide social studies assessments both on the middle school and high school levels. As an alternative, starting during the 2017-2018 school year, each local board of education should design and administer their own social studies assessment as part of the local curriculum, according to the bill. Manno testified during the hearing that the legislation will allow local committees to be able to determine their own social studies curricula. About two-thirds of the state Senate — 31 members — are co-sponsors of the bill. The House of Delegates unanimously passed similar legislation last year, according to a Maryland State Education Association press release. During the 2015-2016 school year, the average student took 249 total hours of standardized tests from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, according to a Maryland State Education Association analysis based on date from the Maryland State Department of Education. Those hours do not include preparation, in-class tests, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams and, in a majority of cases, exams such as the ACT and the SAT are not included, according to the Maryland State Education Association. Celia Burton, testing coordinator for Prince George’s County Public Schools, said at the hearing that since this past September students have had 71 different types of mandated tests. In her school district, Burton said, some students are not allowed or able to attend Black History Month programs because of testing for student learning objectives that are used for teacher evaluations. They are being assessed for courses such as math, reading, science, physical education, health, foreign language and band. “They are required to take one assessment per content area and the questions are more than 30 questions on each of the assessments,” Burton said. Maryland Parent and Teacher Association President Elizabeth Ysla-Leight also supports the act and said she believes there are many benefits to cutting back on testing and spending more time on learning. “As a stakeholder . for the Every Student Succeeds Act, we believe that the more active time students spend in the classroom — actually learning — benefits their achievement and . meeting their potential in schools,” Ysla-Leight said. “We believe the benefits is that they’re actually going to be learning as opposed to being assessed on what they already learned.” Manno also said students being exposed to the arts and physical education in school helps them become well-balanced, and well-rounded to prepare for the future. “The onerous non-stop grind towards these benchmarks — towards these federal, state benchmarks to prepare them for these tests and for them to perform on a dime during these tests are really getting to inhibit their ability to…be productive, wonderful, flourishing young people who I know we all want to continue to grow and to nurture,” Manno said during the hearing. Manno emphasized that although the bill will limit testing time, he does support standardized testing. “There’s a great need for benchmarks and preparation for critical subjects but we’ve, I think, begun to pile up in terms of these tests and as a result kids, who we all know need a rich, diverse, instructional experience and environment, have essentially become slaves to the test,” Manno said.
|Purdue University tackles cheating, academic dishonestyWashington Times Herald / 2 d. 18 h. 42 min. ago more|
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University has been working to address cheating and academic dishonesty, which students say has become commonplace at the school.
|Keidel: The Simmering Durant-Westbrook FeudCBS Washington / 2 d. 18 h. 46 min. ago more|
By Jason Keidel During the interminable, snow-coated NBA season, it’s hard to keep the media and masses awake for 82 games. People don’t really pay attention until the fourth quarter of games and the fourth quarter of the season — the playoffs. But this season has been rife with soap operatic entertainment. Will LeBron James, on the wrong side of 30, endure the incessant pounding and endless minutes on his epic frame? Will Carmelo Anthony finish his wholly unfulfilled season (and career) in New York, or be traded to a contender before Feb 23? Then there’s the kaleidoscopic friendship that has morphed into the feud du jour: the tete-a-tete between Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. And there’s no middle ground. You’re either with Westbrook, the gifted guard who fills the box score like Oscar Robertson, who has become the emblem of loyalty and fidelity, who didn’t leave OKC burning like his former brethren. (Westbrook is like the last solider defending the fort, despite the impossible odds of winning.) Or you’re in Camp Durant, all about upward mobility, about taking the better gig with the bigger group. The all-world forward joined a team that won 73 games last season, leaving former players and pundits calling an aesthetic, technical foul. Of course, it’s more than one thing with Durant. There are almost too many layers to his treasonous move to Golden State. Not only did he leave Westbrook and OKC in the lurch, he joined the team OKC should have beaten in last year’s conference title series. While Thunder fans would have had a lingering dissatisfaction no matter where Durant went, they could have metabolized any destination except Oakland. The whole thing jarred our old-school sensibilities. You’re allowed to switch teams for more money, for warm weather, even for a few more wins. But you don’t cross the symbolic line and join your archenemies. It’s no different from Bird joining the Lakers, from Jordan joining the Pistons or Magic joining the Celtics. Just this week Johnson told ESPN that there’s no way on earth he would have welcomed Larry Bird to Los Angeles. Likewise, Jordan has expressed a similar allergy toward snuggling with the enemy. To his critics, Durant didn’t embrace the natural progression of building your roster, and yourself, until you huff your way up to that final rung. Even if Durant and the obscenely good Warriors win the title this year, it could not possibly fill him with the same glowing satisfaction that would have come with doing it in Oklahoma City. Instead of leading a team to a title, it feels like Durant hopped on the Teflon bandwagon, already on its way to the top, to poach a ring, rather than earn it. Get more commentary from other CBS Local Sports Voices. On some level you have to feel some sympathy for Westbrook, who has become the leading scorer, passer and rebounder for the Thunder. He does everything but perform surgery and sell peanuts. And there’s more to this feud than two uber-competitive guys playing ball. It’s as if they shared a room with a slow gas leak, and Durant jumping ship was the spark that blew up the room. They had a grudging respect and faux friendship of forced smiles and chest bumps. But there’s clearly a simmering resentment that started long before Durant bolted for California. If Oklahomans didn’t already have a sporting complex, they surely do now. Despite the fact that they stuff their NBA arena and show frothing support every night, they still aren’t regarded highly enough to land an MLB or NFL team. Before the Supersonics moved to Oklahoma City, you could argue that the only city sports fans knew was Norman, where Barry Switzer lorded over the only game in town. And even Switzer left his Sooners empire to scratch a professional itch. (Not to mention the Thunder once had three of the five best players on the planet — Westbrook, Durant and James Harden — all of whom are MVP candidates this year.) On the court, their play has assumed predictable arcs. Durant, always known for his humble, low-key regularity, has fit into the Warriors like a thread through his jersey. Their selfless play matches his humble demeanor and hungry game. While most of the Warriors have a ring from two years ago, adding a guy like Durant makes for perfect hardwood alchemy. If any of the veteran players loaf into the land of apathy, Durant will remind them of his ringless fingers. Westbrook has morphed into a triple-double machine, with almost every game nudging his name up the record books. Westbrook critics see this as the more perfect microcosm — a me-first diva who finally has the stage all to himself, his name the only one beaming from the team marquee. On the court, the Warriors (47-9) have lapped the field, as predicted. Meanwhile, the Thunder (32-25) are hanging in, scrappy and frantic, like their eclectic and electric guard. It wouldn’t be that way had Durant stayed in OKC. But then this season wouldn’t be so much fun. Jason writes a weekly column for CBS Local Sports. He is a native New Yorker, sans the elitist sensibilities, and believes there’s a world west of the Hudson River. A Yankees devotee and Steelers groupie, he has been scouring the forest of fertile NYC sports sections since the 1970s. He has written over 500 columns for WFAN/CBS NY, and also worked as a freelance writer for Sports Illustrated and Newsday subsidiary amNew York. He made his bones as a boxing writer, occasionally covering fights in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, but mostly inside Madison Square Garden. Follow him on Twitter @JasonKeidel.
|NBA follows NFL’s lead in warning Texas not to pass “bathroom bill”Metro Weekly / 2 d. 18 h. 47 min. ago more|
The sports community is telling the Lone Star State “not so fast” when it comes to pushing through a discriminatory “bathroom bill” that would prohibit transgender people from using the bathroom that matches their gender identity. The NBA is the latest organization to chastise Texas lawmakers for the bill, shooting off a warning that the […] The post NBA follows NFL’s lead in warning Texas not to pass “bathroom bill” appeared first on Metro Weekly.
|Here's one project a group of high-profile D.C. developers are working on togetherBizjournals.com / 2 d. 19 h. 27 min. ago more|
Some major players in D.C. development will work with D.C. Councilman Vincent Gray on improving the economy in his home ward. Gray, the former D.C. mayor who was re-elected to the council in the fall, has formed a 12-member Ward 7 Economic Development Advisory Council. The group, which held its first meeting this week, is chaired by Warren Williams, CEO of The Warrenton Group. Also in the group: Bill Alsup, Hines Interests’ senior managing director; Douglas Jemal, founder and president of Douglas…
|Skanska homing in on first tenant at spec Capitol Riverfront projectBizjournals.com / 2 d. 19 h. 30 min. ago more|
The Credit Union National Association is in talks to shift its D.C. lobbying shop from downtown D.C. to 99 M St. SE, Skanska USA Commercial Development's speculative office project just a block north of Nationals Park. CUNA, the nation's largest trade association representing U.S. credit unions, leases about 29,000 square feet at 601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. It would take about 22,000 square feet in the new location starting in September 2018, according to two sources familiar with the situation. Representatives…
|Johns Hopkins, University System of Maryland endowments drop in 2016Bizjournals.com / 2 d. 19 h. 33 min. ago more|
Johns Hopkins University's endowment — the largest among all colleges in the state at more than $3 billion — fell by 0.6 percent in fiscal 2016. The University System of Maryland's endowment, with funds distributed among five system universities and 18 foundations and organizations, also fell by about 1.7 percent. Despite the drops, the schools were not hit as hard as other schools across the country in fiscal 2016. U.S. college endowment returns fell in total by an average of 1.9 percent in…
|Trump 'looking seriously at a big order' of Boeing F-18s, turning up heat on LockheedBizjournals.com / 2 d. 19 h. 39 min. ago more|
President Donald Trump just turned up the heat on Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT), telling an audience of about 5,000 workers at The Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) facilities in Charleston, South Carolina, Friday that he was considering a "big order" of the company's F-18 Super Hornets. The remarks come as the Pentagon mulls over a plan to replace some orders of Lockheed-built, fifth-generation F-35 fighters with Boeing's last generation F-18s. Trump was speaking at an unveiling of Boeing's latest commercial…
|Maryland, D.C., Virginia in top 10 of country's millionaire householdsBizjournals.com / 2 d. 20 h. 17 min. ago more|
For the sixth year in a row, Maryland continues to be the state with the highest ratio of millionaire households. At 7.55 percent in 2016, the state again outpaces the rest of the country, according to the Wealth & Affluent Monitor from Phoenix Marketing International, a Rhinebeck, New York, market research firm. The state saw a decrease from 7.7 percent in 2015. The total number of households in Maryland grew from 2,237,507 in 2015 to 2,254,798 households. Virginia and D.C. also fall in the top…
|North Carolina governor grasping for deal on HB 2 repealMetro Weekly / 2 d. 20 h. 28 min. ago more|
Despite the intransigence of leaders within the Republican-dominated General Assembly North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is still hoping for, and pushing for, a compromise measure that would allow the Tar Heel State to repeal the anti-LGBT HB 2 law that has caused the state to miss out on major economic opportunities. Cooper has taken his […] The post North Carolina governor grasping for deal on HB 2 repeal appeared first on Metro Weekly.
|'Exquisite' vs. 'absolutely catastrophic' — Trump and generals have very different take on F-35 programBizjournals.com / 2 d. 21 h. 20 min. ago more|
There’s a sharp disconnect between President Donald Trump and his generals when it comes to the F-35 program — and that divergence was on full display Thursday when the president held a press conference just hours after several generals briefed members of Congress on the status of the program. As he took the podium before the White House press corps Thursday, Trump told reporters he had been busy negotiating “airplane contracts” — presumably referring to Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin…
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Washington PostSPIES, SPIES EVERYWHERE A journey through DC espionageWashington PostIf you dip into our new book “Spy Sites of Washington, D.C.,” you will find that sneaking, lying and skullduggery are as old as the republic itself. And our region is full of the traces: hotels and parks and saloons and embassies and government offices ...and more »
|Maryland high school stages bilingual adaptation of 'Evita': ReportWashingtonTimes.com / 2 d. 22 h. 49 min. ago more|
A high school outside of Annapolis, Md., is staging a bilingual adaptation of the musical "Evita" through Feb. 24, the Capital newspaper reported in a front-page story Friday. "The cast and directors of the musical translated parts of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic into Spanish to pay homage to ...
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LOOGOOTEE - A Loogootee woman has died after her daughter drove off into West Boggs Lake Thursday night around 8:30.
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|Governor: Cut Jamestown Va. celebration, fund mental healthWashingtonTimes.com / 2 d. 23 h. 31 min. ago more|
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers want the General Assembly's 400th birthday in 2019 to be a celebration worthy of the country's oldest legislative body, but the state's bon vivant governor is worried about the cost. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is asking Republican lawmakers to cut spending to commemorate the ...
|Kane trustee proposes auction for mover's trailers, trucks and other equipmentBizjournals.com / 2 d. 23 h. 35 min. ago more|
The trustee overseeing the liquidation of what had been Greater Washington's largest office mover has asked a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge for permission to auction the Kane Co.'s trailers, trucks and other items, nearly two months after the Elkridge-based company abruptly filed for Chapter 7. Crowell & Moring LLP attorney Monique Almy filed a motion with the bankruptcy court in Baltimore Thursday to retain Atlantic Auctions Inc. to sell the remaining assets of Kane and its affiliates, including…
|Larry Hogan, Maryland governor, blasts attorney general powers expansionWashingtonTimes.com / 2 d. 23 h. 38 min. ago more|
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is blasting a recently passed resolution to empower the attorney general to sue the federal government without his permission. Hogan talked about the resolution passed this week by the General Assembly during an appearance on WBAL-AM's "The C4 Show" on Friday. The ...
|‘A United Kingdom’ shows the difference between bigotry and racismWashingtonPost.com / 3 d. 0 h. 39 min. ago more|
The Reelist is a column featuring Kristen Page-Kirby’s musings on movies. For Washington Post film critic Stephanie Merry’s review of “A United Kingdom,” click here. I was 23 before I was the only white person in a room. I was teaching English at a private high school on the West Side of Chicago, one with […]
|FX presents a special screening of Feud: Bette and Joan at TownMetro Weekly / 3 d. 1 h. 28 min. ago more|
See the first episode of Feud, the latest anthology series from Ryan Murphy The post FX presents a special screening of Feud: Bette and Joan at Town appeared first on Metro Weekly.
|ICE: Raid reports fake news, Obama grabbed 350% moreWE - Secrets / 3 d. 1 h. 30 min. ago more|
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|GUSA 2017 Candidates Share Their StoriesThe Hoya / 3 d. 1 h. 42 min. ago more|
Four tickets for the GUSA executive elections share their personal stories with The Hoya. Garet Williams (COL ’18) and Habon Ali (SFS ’18) Williams and Ali are seeking to realize their vision of a more inclusive, supportive and approachable GUSA – a GUSA rooted in their experiences from before and during their time at Georgetown. Kamar Mack (COL ’19) and Jessica Andino (COL ’18) Mack and Andino decided to form a ticket together because of a joint commitment to change the Georgetown University Student Association. Both candidates are currently involved in GUSA, where they work to advocate for increased opportunities for marginalized student groups. Jenny Franke (COL ’18) and Jack McGuire (COL ’18) Franke and McGuire are running as Georgetown University Student Association outsiders, motivated by a mission to bring inclusivity, transparency, accountability and change to the student body. John Matthews (COL ’18) and Nick Matz (COL ’18) The Matthews-Matz ticket is running with a strategically small campaign staff and a targeted, 10-point campaign platform centered on affordability. The post GUSA 2017 Candidates Share Their Stories appeared first on .
|Loogootee woman dies in crash, daughter arrestedWashington Times Herald / 3 d. 2 h. 26 min. ago more|
LOOGOOTEE - A Loogootee woman has died after her daughter drove off into West Boggs Lake Thursday night around 8:30.
|Accident claims life of Loogootee woman, sends daughter to jailWashington Times Herald / 3 d. 2 h. 30 min. ago more|
LOOGOOTEE - A Loogootee has died after her daughter drove off into West Boggs Lake Thursday night around 8:30 p.m.
|MoCo board withholds support for Old Angler's Inn projectBizjournals.com / 3 d. 2 h. 40 min. ago more|
The owners of the Old Angler’s Inn in Potomac did not receive backing from the Montgomery County Planning Board for their bid to build a companion building with a banquet hall and overnight rooms near the historic restaurant. According to Bethesda Magazine, planning board members said Thursday they did not have enough information on Mark and Sara Reges’ plan to build a 9,000-square-foot country inn to give it a proper evaluation. The Reges’ proposed project has been controversial in Potomac,…
|Best presidents: Obama starts a 'respectable' 12th in C-SPAN experts pollWE - Secrets / 3 d. 2 h. 42 min. ago more|
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|Carl Van Vechten: Harlem HeroesMetro Weekly / 3 d. 2 h. 52 min. ago more|
Van Vechten photographed such rising luminaries as James Baldwin, Langston Hughes and Bessie Smith. The post Carl Van Vechten: Harlem Heroes appeared first on Metro Weekly.
|Dirty Dozen Brass Band at The Hamilton LiveMetro Weekly / 3 d. 3 h. 1 min. ago more|
Established 40 years ago in New Orleans and taking its name from a popular social club for African-American musicians, this seven-member ensemble has helped revitalize the brass tradition in New Orleans as well as export it around the world. A music machine that has guested on albums for David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Modest Mouse and […] The post Dirty Dozen Brass Band at The Hamilton Live appeared first on Metro Weekly.
|Scavenging for Brilliance: No Culture by Mother Mother (Review)Metro Weekly / 3 d. 3 h. 4 min. ago more|
Genre-blurring Mother Mother unearths a bold and playful new confidence The post Scavenging for Brilliance: No Culture by Mother Mother (Review) appeared first on Metro Weekly.
|Now at Constellation: Peter and The StarcatcherMetro Weekly / 3 d. 3 h. 15 min. ago more|
Kathryn Chase Bryer directs a Rick Elice’s prequel to Peter Pan, complete with swordfights, shipwrecks and mermaids, but also clever wordplay, daring ensemble movement and live music. Dallas Tolentino plays the Boy Who Never Grew Up, alongside Megan Graves as the plucky and precocious Molly and Michael John Casey as the Black Stache, determined to […] The post Now at Constellation: Peter and The Starcatcher appeared first on Metro Weekly.
|Mary Wilson appears at Blues Alley on ThursdayMetro Weekly / 3 d. 3 h. 19 min. ago more|
One of the original Supremes alongside Diana Ross, Wilson has long channeled her passion and celebrity into promoting humanitarian efforts to end hunger, fight HIV/AIDS, encourage world peace, and condemn the use of hidden landmines. Thursday, Feb. 16, through Sunday, Feb. 19, at 8 and 10 p.m. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Tickets are […] The post Mary Wilson appears at Blues Alley on Thursday appeared first on Metro Weekly.
|An American Diplomat In 1820s Russia at The Hillwood MuseumMetro Weekly / 3 d. 3 h. 21 min. ago more|
Friends and Fashion paints a captivating picture of diplomatic life in early 19th century St. Petersburg, based on an album of watercolors assembled by the family of politician and statesman Henry Middleton. The collection was acquired by Hillwood in 2004 and conserved in 2015, but this marks the first time the fascinating set is presented […] The post An American Diplomat In 1820s Russia at The Hillwood Museum appeared first on Metro Weekly.
|Model Behavior: Team DC raises tons of funds at annual hunkfestMetro Weekly / 3 d. 3 h. 26 min. ago more|
A dozen models will strut their stuff to raise money for LGBT high school athletes The post Model Behavior: Team DC raises tons of funds at annual hunkfest appeared first on Metro Weekly.
|Perspectives: An interview with Mexican actress Julieta EgurrolaMetro Weekly / 3 d. 3 h. 36 min. ago more|
Mexican actress Julieta Egurrola is only scared of one thing in D.C. -- and it's not Trump The post Perspectives: An interview with Mexican actress Julieta Egurrola appeared first on Metro Weekly.
|Point Foundation helps LGBTQ students advance to four-year degreesMetro Weekly / 3 d. 3 h. 43 min. ago more|
The Point Foundation, a national LGBTQ scholarship fund, detailed their applications will open on March 1 that help LGBTQ students in community colleges transfer to four-year institutions for their degrees. Around half of the nation’s college-level students are currently enrolled in community colleges and many of those will transfer to four-year institutions in order to earn their […] The post Point Foundation helps LGBTQ students advance to four-year degrees appeared first on Metro Weekly.
|Movie Review: “Fifty Shades Darker”The Hoya / 3 d. 4 h. 23 min. ago more|
★★★★☆ Mr. Grey will see you — again. Bolder, darker and intensely intimate, “Fifty Shades Darker” is the much-anticipated sequel to the global sensation “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Based on the erotic romantic trilogy by E. L. James, this film continues the story of Anastasia Steele, a recent college graduate, and her tortured love interest, full-time young billionaire and part-time sexual dominant Christian Grey. Returning to the risque world of Steele and Grey can be a quite a heady experience; as the film’s central characters become increasingly complex, their relationship becomes increasingly emotionally charged — and electric to watch. “Fifty Shades Darker” opens exploring Christian’s past, a scene that proves to be of great significance throughout the film. Viewers are then placed back in Seattle, seemingly days after the events that concluded the first film, as Anastasia comes to terms with her recent breakup. After reconnecting at a photography exhibit, Ana decides to give Christian another chance and agrees to attempt a “normal” relationship with him. However, as noble as Christian’s desire to change is, they cannot escape his dark history and soon, Anastasia must come face-to-face with those scorned by the man she loves. “Fifty Shades Darker” is thus aptly named, as it delves into the dramatic, tortured history of a seemingly perfect man. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan return as Anastasia and Christian, and their improving upon the sense of the awkwardness between them in the first film. Although there are still many moments of humorous tension between the characters in this film, there is also a greater sense of familiarity and chemistry between the two. Furthermore, as “Fifty Shades” fans will expect, the film does not hold back in its portrayal of Christian and Ana’s intimate encounters. There are undoubtedly some eyebrow-raising moments that will prove entertaining for those who choose to watch the film in theaters — nervous laughter was a frequent occurrence at the DC Press Screening. As with the first film, “Fifty Shades Darker” follows E. L. James’ work closely and delivers an interpretation that honors the book as best as can be achieved in a film adaptation. Dornan and Johnson are natural and charismatic, while delivering dramatic moments and lines with commendable poise and believability. The plot in this second film is far more dramatic and complex than that of the first film. Viewers will be engrossed by the mystery and eventual revelation of the film and entertained by the racier scenes. The film falls short at times, however, in the way that particular scenes — those of great importance in the book — are glossed over quickly or depicted inadequately. Dornan, likely aiming for a brooding, husky voice, mumbles during notably significant scenes and thus distracts from what could be a convincing retelling of a dialogue-intensive book. Ultimately, the level of comedy in this film makes up for any of its substantial shortcomings and contributes to a truly enjoyable experience for viewers. Fans of the series will experience all that they enjoyed in the book, along with a beautiful portrayal of the glitz and glamor of Mr. Grey’s lifestyle. In this sense, the film is clearly a step-up from the first in terms of its depiction of Grey’s extravagance and love of adventure. In addition, there are impressive shots panning over water and sweeping views of landscapes — and the Seattle skyline — are sure to catch viewers eyes. Audiences cannot help but appreciate the artistic way in which the film is presented. Evidently, great attention has been paid to achieve a stunning and riveting aesthetic experience for viewers. The soundtrack, featuring Taylor Swift, Zayn, Nicki Minaj, Nick Jonas, Halsey and Sia, is a remarkable addition to the film. If so inclined, watching this film would serve as an entertaining Valentine’s Day date, but a night with friends is probably the best way to appreciate it. The drama and story take a more central focus in this sequel and make the film an engrossing experience. That said, be prepared to raise an eyebrow and shift awkwardly in your seat, for ”Fifty Shades Darker” does neither seek nor achieve distance, only hot and heavy intimacy.The post Movie Review: “Fifty Shades Darker” appeared first on .
|Busy, But Not BridezillaThe Hoya / 3 d. 4 h. 23 min. ago more|
This weekend, stand-up comedian Jamie Lee graces the stage of the DC Improv and join the ranks of stand-up legends like Ellen DeGeneres, Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle and Georgetown alumnus Jim Gaffigan (MSB ’88) who have performed on that stage. Last week, The Hoya spoke with Lee about her latest projects. Recently married, Lee decided to commemorate her big day unlike many new brides: Writing an honest wedding guidebook and launching a promotional stand-up tour. “Weddiculous,” which fellow comedian Nikki Glaser praised as the “most honest book about wedding planning anyone has ever written,” provides brides-to-be with hilarious, down-to-earth advice about what their weddings will really be like. Her favorite piece of advice: “Everyone is going to s−−t-talk your wedding.” “No matter the amount of money or the amount of effort you put into your wedding, someone is going to find something they think is wrong with it, and they’re going to tell other people about it,” Lee said. “If you can allow yourself to accept that kind of horrifying fact, you will, I think, feel a great deal of relief knowing that you can’t control it. So why worry about it?” Even though “Weddiculous” is a wedding guidebook, Lee does not feel like it fits in perfectly with the rest of the bridal section at Barnes and Noble. “There’s also a whole other side to wedding planning that’s really emotional and pretty ridiculous, or you could even say ‘Weddiculous’” Lee said. “We just wanted to let people know that they’re not alone when they’re experiencing all the stress and drama.” According to Lee, most of the literature out there for brides is a part of what she calls “Big Bridal,” a commercial movement centered around giving new brides the expectation of a fairy tale wedding. “The aesthetic part of your wedding is not the only factor in making a good wedding. In fact, the most lavish wedding I ever went to is one of the worst weddings I ever went to,” Lee said. “We aimed to let people know that you’re not a failure and there’s really no right or wrong way to do this.” In fact, Lee’s favorite moment from her recent wedding was completely improvised. “The Thursday before our wedding, a bunch of people were starting to arrive at the hotel, and there was a really informal, casual plan to meet us over at this place at the hotel … We sent out a mass text to people who had already arrived saying, ‘Hey, if you’re around and hungry, come meet up with us,’ and so many people came to that,” Lee said. “It was very organic the way it happened, and the fact that it didn’t really take any planning at all made it more special.” Lee’s career has hardly been on hold despite her recent nuptials. She is currently writing on Pete Holmes’ HBO series “Crashing,” a show about a struggling comedian whose wife leaves him. According to Lee, the show is actually a lot more inspiring than it sounds. “Pete’s show is more about new beginnings, like we see the marriage in the pilot. You kind of get the backstory about the marriage falling apart, but really it’s about someone who’s picking up and starting over, so it’s actually more inspiring than depressing,” Lee said. Although “Crashing” is Lee’s first foray into narrative writing, she considers it a welcome challenge. “When you write on talk shows the pressure on you is just to write a bunch of jokes, and then, when you’re writing on a narrative show, the pressure is to make sure that the characters in the story do something for the audience and that the audience connects with them,” Lee said. Previously, Lee had written on Holmes’ late-night talk show “The Pete Holmes Show” on TBS, and is now starring in the MTV series “Girl Code,” which recently wrapped up its fourth season. She also hosts a podcast, “Jamie Lee’s Best of the Worst,” as well as the show “10 Things” on TruTV. Lee is now developing her own half-hour comedy series for Bravo, as well as a feature film with James Corden of“The Late Late Show.” Although she is now a successful comedian with a busy schedule, she did not always know she wanted to be a comic. “I didn’t know for sure until post-college. I did a comedy show on our student news channel, and then my first job out of college was working for Comedy Central, and I knew then I wanted to be around comedy,” Lee said. “Girl Code,” a show that creates a space for female comics to talk about gender-specific topics without worrying about appealing to male audiences, has helped Lee develop her own comedy style. “On that show everybody kind of has their own role. They encourage you to just be yourself,” Lee said. “It really makes you kind of hone in on who you are as a comedian, and it also makes advice-giving funny which really helped with the book.” Jamie Lee is performing at DC Improv from Feb. 17 to 19. Her new book “Weddiculous” is on sale now, and “Crashing” premieres on HBO on Feb. 19.The post Busy, But Not Bridezilla appeared first on .
|BMDT Breaks Barriers Through DanceThe Hoya / 3 d. 4 h. 23 min. ago more|
In celebration of its 35th anniversary, Georgetown’s Black Movements Dance Theater presents “Defiance,” the company’s final production for the 2016-17 season. The dance concert, “an exploratory journey of truth and celebration,” will take place at 8:00 p.m. from Feb. 24 to 25 at the Gonda Theater. The self-producing company has celebrated both dance as a vital art form and the history of the black community in Georgetown for 35 years. Through forceful, poetic movements, “Defiance” is set to explore a series of issues in relation to the black experience. The concert moves from its exploration of difficult subjects, such as the examination of police brutality and racial inequality, to cheerful celebrations of boldness and grit. “We chose the theme ‘Defiance’ primarily because we were thinking about the state of black America in 2016. It was the height of the election season, coming right from the Olympics,” student co-director Elizabeth Erra (COL ’17) said. “We thought about different ways that African Americans and black people in general defied stereotypes, defied norms and set the stage for the upcoming year of 2017.” Additional inspiration came from the duality of challenge and success that minorities across the country experience. In terms of racial discrimination and prejudice, “Defiance” found its roots in a series of events that embodied both historic courageous attempts to challenge stereotypes and the prevailing difficulties that continue to surface. “The directors were also inspired by the new African American museum, and how the architecture of it is defiant in itself,” student dancer Madeleine Keefe (COL ’17) said. “After the election, there was a growing inspiration to continue with this theme and speak about against some of the current inequalities in terms not only of race but gender, socioeconomic backgrounds, etc.” Although “Defiance” stems from complex social discrepancies among Americans, as well as persisting issues of racial inequality, the directors emphasize the universal nature of the pieces. Erra said that audiences will be able to connect to the concert in a both a fundamental and a contextual level. “You can think about defiance as anger, or as something empowering, defying your parents’ expectations. There are so many different interpretations to it,” said Erra. BMDT seeks to foster a dynamic conversation about topics that are often difficult to discuss openly. By using a universal medium, like dance, the company strives to create open dialogue, creating pieces that encourage people to talk to one another and to react to each other’s struggles with empathy. “We certainly don’t want to confine our concert to racial inequality. This is how group A feels and this is how group B feels, because that is not what our company is about,” student director Ashley Newman (COL ‘18) said. “We want to create dialogue between different groups, different minorities, and dance is one of the best ways to express distinct opinions and experiences.” This unifying mission appears particularly relevant with regards to the increased levels of polarization and estrangement in America. “I think dance can speak to everybody. Everybody likes to watch dance; everybody loves to dance,” Newman said. “Especially in the current political situation of our country, I think it’s even more important to have these ways of expressing yourself. With the positivity effect, defiance is a very important idea right now. For a lot of people, this administration is a hard thing to watch, and standing against negativity and prejudice, becoming more politically active, those are acts of defiance too.” This anniversary concert draws its “defiance” from its founders — four black female students who knocked the existing barriers in Georgetown, creating an inclusive space that addressed their needs as both dancers and minority students. Artistic Director Alfreda Davis sees the preservation of such a bold legacy as one of BMDT’s main goals as an institution. “The four courageous women who started this company wanted something that would reflect their story,” Davis said. “Everyone wants to be included; no one wants to be on the outside looking in, because, while we have similarities, we also have differences, and it felt that our voice wasn’t being projected, wasn’t being heard, and there wasn’t anything that represented them.” The concert features a commissioned piece by master artist and Alvin Ailey alum, Christopher Huggins. “Defiance” also includes works by guest artists, Levi Marsman and Mari Andrea Travis, Alfreda Davis and student choreographers. Student directors contributed with extraordinary pieces that discuss different forms of defiance. By merging Chinese traditional movements with contemporary dance, Joy Xinran Wang’s (COL ’19) piece includes themes access to education for women across the world. “Joy’s piece is about girls who don’t have access to education in different parts of the world,” Erra said. “It is about what it means to learn how to read and write, and that’s an act of defiance.” On the other hand, Ashley Newman’s (COL ’18) creation discusses the role of beauty standards in racial discussions in America. “Her work is really about loving yourself and finding confidence in who you are. She really speaks to the conversation of race, in terms of ‘if you are a particular race, love yourself as you are,’” Davis said. “Because everything is about how small you are, how thin you are, how straight your hair is, how tall you are, how short you are and that can become very dangerous.” Lastly, Davis points to “Defiance” as not only a beautiful art form to delight audiences but as a powerful medium for important messages. “I always want us to have a message. Dancing for fun is great, but, if you can walk away and feel good, feel inspired, or feel that you can carry that conversation somewhere else, then I feel that I’ve done my work,” Davis said. “I want our message to resonate with everyone, no matter what your socio-economic background is, no matter what your ethnicity is. Our message can resonate with whoever comes to our performances.” In short, as BMDT promises, “Defiance” will “lift the spirit, stir the soul, and open the mind.” The post BMDT Breaks Barriers Through Dance appeared first on .
|Album Review: ‘DROGAS Light’The Hoya / 3 d. 4 h. 23 min. ago more|
★★★☆☆ Lupe Fiasco’s career has been tumultuous in recent months; after a series of tweets in response to his ostensibly anti-Semitic lyrics and talks of an early retirement in 2016, the Chicago rapper cancelled the release of two upcoming studio albums. Luckily for his fans, however, Lupe Fiasco has finally dropped the first of three albums to come: “DROGAS Light,” a passionate and experimental — though at times uneven — creation. Composed of 14 tracks and clocking in at just over an hour, “DROGAS Light” is Lupe Fiasco’s attempt to both refine his signature sound and maintain his trademark focus on personal and social themes. In his anticipation of critical response to “DROGAS Light,” Lupe Fiasco released his own review of the album on Twitter, deeming it “the only review of #DROGASLight that matters.” In his evaluation, the rapper self-effacingly rates his latest work at a mere seven out of 10, describing it as “somewhat of a mixed bag.” Still, Lupe Fiasco argues that his new music reflects clear improvement from his 2011 release, “LASERS,” and says that it “possesses … classic Lupe direct social commentary and imaginative storytelling.” Lupe Fiasco’s review, although unquestionably subjective, is not far off the mark. “DROGAS Light” certainly has its merits — yet its overall effect is decidedly more mixed. The album opens with “Dopamine Lit (Intro),” a brief and instantly catchy introduction with a vigorous beat. Its lyrics are relatively simple and repetitive, yet there are still a few moments in which Lupe Fiasco’s clever lyricism shines through: “Try Containment Unit, the walls, they can’t fit us / Who theGhostbusters gon’ call to come get us?” Though “Dopamine Lit” is not Lupe Fiasco’s most complex composition, it effortlessly transitions listeners into an energetic album. Following “Dopamine Lit” is “NGL,” one of the album’s most forceful tracks. Featuring Ty Dolla $ign and recorded over a backtrack with an incredibly strong beat, “NGL” is instrumentally powerful, yet also manages to highlight guest artist Ty Dolla Sign’s intricately layered vocals. Though “NGL” draws listeners in with its hook, its thematic message is just as compelling. The track emphasizes the necessity of being conscious of the world one lives in, drawing from Lupe Fiasco’s experiences growing up as a black male. Lupe Fiasco makes reference to the inequitable U.S. justice system, rapping, “Disproportionate convictions / Especially when it come to our case (our case) / You seen the movie, they killed the n–––a / Why you still wanna be like Scarface?” At the end of the song, the instrumental backtrack tapers off altogether, letting Lupe Fiasco and Ty Dolla Sign’s impassioned lyrics truly take center stage. “NGL” is not the only track that benefits from the appearance of a guest artist. Other featured artists on the album include Bianca Sings, Gizzle, Rondo, Simon Sayz, Victoria Monét, Salim, Jake Torrey, RXMN, Rick Ross and Big K.R.I.T., the latter two making appearances on “Tranquillo.” The song is already a fan favorite, with the interplay between its cascading, ethereal instrumentals and distinctive vocals. The lyrics of “Tranquillo” are pure poetry, with Lupe Fiasco rapping “I will pursue felicity, find value in simplicity / Altruism and empathy will be the first thing extended to my enemy / Clarity will be the trademark of my friendships.” Despite the wide array of guest artists, Lupe Fiasco still holds his own while solo; “Promise” is a prime example. Although more one-dimensional than the preceding tracks, “Promise” is a fun, easy listen that subtly builds a sense of tension with its string instrumentals. While it has its fair share of standout tracks, “DROGAS Light” could benefit from a more filtered approach. Tracks like “Jump,” featuring Gizzle, and “City of the Year,” featuring Rondo, sound over-produced and overwhelm the listener with less harmonious elements. Other tracks on “DROGAS Light” simply feel as though they do not belong. “Wild Child,” featuring singer Jake Torrey, has the feel of an indie-pop song, with a romantic, acoustic hook. Though it is by no means unenjoyable, “Wild Child” contributes to the album’s overarching feel of disjointedness. In a similar sense, “Pick Up the Phone” sounds entirely out of place on the album, like a pop-rock anthem intercut with Lupe Fiasco’s rap verse. As a result, it feels as though Lupe Fiasco is interrupting guest artists on his own album. “It’s Not Design,” featuring Salim, is another case of Lupe Fiasco’s music completely flipping genres — to retro funk, in this case. The groovy track is yet another departure from Lupe Fiasco’s characteristic heavy rap sound that fans have grown to love. In fact, as listeners will find, the album continually devolves in random directions as it progresses, despite a strong start. Whether “DROGAS Light” is indeed a refinement from Lupe Fiasco’s 2011 and 2015 albums — “LASERS” and “Tetsuo & Youth,” respectively — remains to be seen. Despite Lupe Fiasco’s insistence that his latest work is more successful, both past albums were more effective in creating cohesive listening experiences. “DROGAS Light” finds some success in its experimental forays, but sounds as though Lupe Fiasco was not quite committed to his musical agenda. Lupe Fiasco’s self-assessment may seem like a humorous antic, but serves to deliver a surprisingly insightful look at highlights and drawbacks of his latest work. “DROGAS Light” is, as he hoped, high-concept and thought-provoking; it just needs editing.The post Album Review: ‘DROGAS Light’ appeared first on .
|Crumbling Character: A Gentrified GeorgetownThe Hoya / 3 d. 4 h. 23 min. ago more|
A quarter of a century ago, a stroll down M Street would reveal rows of highly specialized boutique shops, restaurants and vendors. Crowds lured in from across the city and the country filled the sidewalks, ready to experience an atmosphere unique to this small corner of northwest Washington, D.C. A distinct feeling of whimsy and quirk characterized this iconic place, home to many who had lived here for years. Much has changed in the neighborhood over the past two decades. Mega-chain stores have replaced the one-of-a-kind trinket shops, younger generations have pushed out older residents and Georgetown, in addition to the city as a whole, has become much whiter. Though the changes in Georgetown reflect a broader trend across both D.C. and U.S. cities, they intertwine and impact one another in noteworthy ways with lasting consequences for the community. Georgetown saw its first major wave of demographic shifts in the years following World War II, but the area really began to gain traction in the mid-’90s with an influx of predominately white families and entrepreneurs moving into the area. In fact, former Georgetown University professors Kathleen Mezie Lesko, Valerie Babb and Carrol R. Gibbs highlight the changing population in their book “Black Georgetown Remembered,” reissued last February and originally published in 1991, to both celebrate and explore the rich history of the Georgetown neighborhood as an epicenter for black life. These demographic changes have continued over the years, leaving many to wonder where “chocolate city” has gone. While Georgetown’s demographic shift from predominantly black to predominantly non-black began years ago, it was only in 2011 that Washington, D.C.’s population underwent the same shift, and dipped below 50 percent black for the first time in 50 years. This was the first time in decades that the percentage of black people living in Washington dropped to such a low level. Georgetown sociology professor Brian McCabe (SFS ’02) attributes the demographic shift to a number of factors, the most significant of which is the large influx of young and predominantly white people in the past 20 years. “There’s an interest again to live in cities. It’s cool and hip to live in cities. You see a lot of young people moving to cities in a shifting demographic where people moving in tend to be whiter, wealthier and tend to be more well-educated,” McCabe said. These changing demographics are not the sole cause of Georgetown’s rapid change, according to Georgetown history professor Marcia Chatelain. “When people think about gentrification, they often imagine affluent buyers buying houses and the influx of stores and restaurants that cater to that clientele,” Chatelain said in an email to The Hoya. “What we often lose sight of, is that colleges, universities, as well as their hospitals and athletic facilities can lead to serious displacement and gentrification. ... When we think about the politics of property, labor and policing, we see how colleges and universities can adversely impact neighborhoods and communities.” The shifting population does not just impact the racial and socioeconomic breakdown — it also has serious implications for the Georgetown residential and business community. Nick Wasylczuk has owned Just Paper and Tea on P Street NW for the past 27 years, watching the city change and grow over the years. According to Wasylczuk, the Georgetown neighborhood was once known as the social and shopping hub of the city. Today, he feels differently. “Every store you see here on M Street, you see everywhere else. Georgetown used to be the major area if you wanted to come into D.C. and shop. It’s no longer that way,” Wasylczuk said. The shopping district started to see a real change in the late 1990s and early 2000s, as landlords started charging higher rents that made it difficult for smaller, specialty shops to stay afloat. Large chain stores like Nike and Patagonia moved in, able to take on the high rent and a homogenizing market of mass consumption. “Georgetown has really lost its ability to attract merchants that want to provide something a little different, based on the fact that the big box stores have moved in and taken over,” Wasylczuk said. “Nothing is really that unique.” Concurrently, many of the bars and nightlife options began to move out, in part due to the increasing rent, as well as a concerted effort by neighborhood officials to clean up the local area and improve the relationship between the university and residential community. “It’s quiet in Georgetown now. They got rid of those rowdy bars and whatnot, and to be honest, I kind of miss some of that, because that was sort of the element here,” Wasylczuk said. However, much of the change in Georgetown’s reputation is also due to factors outside of the neighborhood itself. As McCabe, who graduated from Georgetown in 2002, points out, many of the transplants to the city are moving into neighborhoods where they otherwise wouldn’t have lived in years past, like Shaw and the U Street area. “They’re moving into neighborhoods that they probably wouldn’t have lived in 20 or 30 years ago. I remember living in Shaw right after college, and it was way past where anybody would have lived at that time, but now it’s all the rage,” McCabe said. As more and more young people move into these areas, they become more expensive, densely populated and full of chain bars, restaurants and shops. Consequently, the need to come to places like Georgetown, which allows more standard big-businesses to move in each year, dwindles. Wasylczuk also attributes the change in Georgetown’s reputation as a social hub to the expansion of nightlife activities in other parts of the city. With the development of areas like H and U streets, and the Dupont Circle area, there are now far more nightlife options in the surrounding area. “U Street corner was more of a prostitute and drug area, and now that’s just become a hot area for young people in the 20 to 35 age range, and that keeps them from coming to Georgetown. Life has really moved out that way,” Wasylczuk said. Other long-term shopkeepers and residents have also noted these same developments. Ed Solomon at Anthony’s Tuxedos and Wedding Creations has been on P Street for over 32 years, and has seen these changes unfold across the city. “Although the neighborhood as a whole is definitely seeing a transformation with retail, I think that has more to do with the internet and the way millennials buy now. But we do see a lot more younger people, in the 25 to 35 range, and I do think that’s reflective of what’s happening in the city. We’ve got lots of nightlife and lots of things to do where we didn’t before,” Solomon said. On the whole, the greater D.C. area has become more of a destination for younger people looking to start their lives in a new city, enticed by the up-and-coming restaurants, art scene and bustling energy. While this, in turn, has caused the Georgetown neighborhood to lose its reputation as a distinct shopping and social location, it has opened up other parts of the city and garnered a more cosmopolitan and commercial identity. However, these changes do come at a cost. While these shifting demographics tend to lead to faster urbanization and development, they also have the potential to further marginalize huge sections of the black population that have been here for centuries; according to “Black Georgetown Remembered,” Georgetown and its surrounding area had a black population of just above 5,000. What is cosmopolitan and fun for upper class, college-educated twentysomethings, may just amount to increased rent and a lack of affordable housing and shopping options for the rest of the DC population. McCabe sees this as the most significant challenge facing developing cities. “What can the city do to ensure that it’s both attractive to people that want to live here, but also to make sure that people who have lived here for a long time feel that they have a right to this place as well?” McCabe said. “That’s one of the fears that people have, with all this good stuff happening and people wanting to move back in, we need not forget about people that have been here a long time and kept D.C. afloat.” Ultimately, as the broader landscape of D.C. continues to change, the Georgetown neighborhood will continue to be affected by the rest of the city. In the meantime, shop owners like Solomon and Wasylczuk will do their best to keep the authentic character of Georgetown around. “What I don’t appreciate is the fact that they’ve homogenized so much of the city and so much of the town, that it’s like a mall, and not like the unique boutique area that it used to be,” Wasylczuk said. “That part I really miss, because it did give the flavor that you couldn’t find elsewhere.”The post Crumbling Character: A Gentrified Georgetown appeared first on .
|VIEWPOINT: Trump’s Fictitious Russian EquivalencyThe Hoya / 3 d. 4 h. 23 min. ago more|
On Super Bowl Sunday, something unprecedented in American history occurred: A sitting president of the United States drew a moral equivalency between the United States and Russia. In a pregame interview with Fox’s Bill O’Reilly, President Donald Trump seemed to defend Russian President Vladimir Putin. When O’Reilly questioned how Trump could respect Putin despite the allegations that he is “a killer,” Trump responded,“There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country’s so innocent?” It is imperative to understand the implications of Trump’s claims. Essentially, Trump justifies his respect for a “killer” by leveling the moral playing field. If the United States is just as guilty as Russia, it follows that Putin should be treated as an equal, not a criminal. Were Trump more familiar with the grim realities of Russian political life, perhaps he would realize the true significance of drawing such a comparison. One need only look at the news coming out of Moscow over the past few weeks to see what kind of country Putin leads. On Feb. 8, opposition activist Aleksei Navalny, known for his exposes of regime corruption, was convicted for defrauding the government, effectively barring him from running in the 2018 presidential elections. The charges are highly dubious, since the verdict mirrors word-for-word a 2013 conviction against Navalny that was overruled by the European Court of Human Rights just two months ago. Meanwhile, another Kremlin opponent lies in an intensive care unit. On Feb. 2, democracy activist Vladimir Kara-Murza entered the hospital in critical condition, experiencing severe organ failure. This follows a 2015 incident, in which he suffered from similar symptoms as a result of acute poisoning “of an unknown source.” Before his hospitalization, Kara-Murza had been touring the country, presenting a documentary about Boris Nemtsov, the liberal politician who was gunned down near the Kremlin in 2015. Although these events have elicited concern among members of Congress from both parties, the White House has thus far remained mostly silent. When asked about Kara-Murza’s hospitalization, Press Secretary Sean Spicer responded that “the State Department is aware of it, and we’re monitoring it.” Considering that the President has weighed in critically on everything from Nordstrom to Saturday Night Live, his lack of criticism toward a man most political leaders condemn as a “butcher” and “thug” is all the more telling. Possibly, this is because Trump himself sees the United States as not “so innocent.” This conclusion has such resonance because it reflects the truly sad reality that the United States fails to live up to its values all too often. On Feb. 12, a preliminary United Nations investigation suggested a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan killed 18 civilians, nearly all women and children. At home, the land of the free continues to have the highest incarceration rate in the world, disproportionately affecting men of color. While an op-ed can hardly capture the depth of injustice perpetrated by the United States, the essential point is this: When we as a country look in the mirror, it is impossible to ignore the blood on our hands. But we must not believe that our guilt defines us, for unlike Putin’s Russia, we are more than a country of killers. Admitting the United States has its own killers does not mean that our country’s failures invalidate its promise. It means that we must strive all the more to fulfill this promise. How we live out our ideals is flawed, not the ideals themselves. Renewing our commitment to this promise is what separates the United States and Russia. Only when our failure to uphold our values leads us to give up on these values entirely will we truly become Russia’s moral equivalent. Alejandro Perez-Reyes is a senior in the College.The post VIEWPOINT: Trump’s Fictitious Russian Equivalency appeared first on .
|Arlo Guthrie Talks Tour, Family, and Folk MusicThe Hoya / 3 d. 4 h. 23 min. ago more|
A seasoned musician, Arlo Guthrie is no stranger to the touring lifestyle. Like his father Woody Guthrie, Arlo is known for his folk music with a conscience. Following his sold-out Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour, Guthrie is currently on his Running Down the Road Tour, performing his greatest tracks from the late ‘60s and ‘70s. In an exclusive email interview with The Hoya, Guthrie discussed the Running Down the Road Tour, his extensive musical catalog and his past work. Your last album was “Tales of ’69,” released in 2009, and the focus of your new tour is your music from the late ’60s and early ’70s. Why the focus on music from the past? Folk songs are the original social media. Nowadays people seem to tweet more and sing less. However, there’s no doubt there are many young people writing and recording new songs, because this is their world now. I am, in effect, a part of the past, so I focus on who I am, knowing that the past is the foundation of the future — if that makes any sense. What about the cultural sentiments of the ’60s and ’70s do you think still resonates today? Do you believe that there is a need for new folk music to reflect new generations and the current political and cultural climate? There was a recent development in that music from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s began to outsell music being created these days. That tells you something not only about the music industry but about the young generation of people learning to express themselves. Music is pretty powerful stuff. You said recently in an interview with Herald-Mail Media that you’ve “always advocated the questioning of authority.” There’s been a recent rise in criticism of the involvement of performers in political discourse. What do you think is the responsibility of individuals with a public platform, with regards to their personal political views? There wouldn’t be much late-night humor if some people had their way. If someone is uncomfortable speaking out about what’s going on, they shouldn’t have to do it. Likewise, if someone is uncomfortable not speaking out, we should let ‘em do so. In the long run those with talent will be appreciated, and those without will do something else. There’s no free pass just because someone is an entertainer. Democracy seems to work best when we allow people to express themselves. You’ve written some books for children, and you’ve explained that came out of a desire to tell stories for “very young people.” Do you think your older music can still resonate with a younger generation? Do you expect many younger people to attend your concerts on this tour? I expect there will one or two under 25 going to the gigs. More than that is icing on the cake. Personally, I love having new victims. Performing your older songs, do you ever find that you have any regrets about them? Do you have any albums that you would choose to go back and do differently, and do you think that going back and performing your older music gives you the opportunity, in a way, for revision? There are recordings of mine I don’t allow in the house. And there are songs of mine I stopped singing a long time ago. There’s also some I’ve kept singing for over 50 years. Given the chance, there’s a lot of recordings I’d do over again — it’s just that there’s better things to do than to go around repeating yourself hoping to make it better. Your son Abe joins you on stage for this tour, as part of Shenandoah. As a musician, you’re also following in the footsteps of your father — how much do you think your family has influenced your life as a musician? We’re not advertising or playing up the Shenandoah thing — at least I’m not. Having said that, I love playing with some of my old bandmates after so long a time. We’re like family. Add to this that I love playing with my biological family and it gets even better. We’ve done family tours over the years when all the kids and grandkids get out there on stage. It’s something my father dreamed of doing, and we got to live his dream. For that I’m simply grateful. What do you want the people who listen to your music, and particularly the music on this tour, to take away from it? Whatever they can remember. The next tour is already being scheduled. Beginning later this year we will be doing more of a family show — old school style. We’ll swap some songs and stories together on stage and see what happens. At least, that’s the plan — for now. It’ll be called “Re:Generation” because we don’t know what else to call it.The post Arlo Guthrie Talks Tour, Family, and Folk Music appeared first on .
|BAKE MY DAY: Don’t Kale My VibeThe Hoya / 3 d. 4 h. 23 min. ago more|
Kale has a variety of different uses beyond the simple salad. In fact, this leafy green exists in such abundance in Washington, D.C. that a kale diet is possible anywhere in the city. This week, I am featuring my seven-day “complete kale cleanse.” For those worried about the variety of my daily nutrient consumption, I did not have just kale, but I ate kale consistently, at least twice a day. Following this simple rule proved as amazing as it was easy to do — a complete 180-degree turn from the paleo diet of two weeks ago — in fact, it was a total “fairy-kale.” As much as I would like to stop exalting the myriad of wonderful qualities this vegetable possesses, my sense of duty does not allow me to do so. Humanity needs kale: Kale has it all. With just one serving, you can cross out your vitamins A, C and K for the day. It is a sure-fire way to feel great throughout the week. I transformed just one bag of kale from Trader Joe’s into 5 to 7 servings. However, you better make sure to grab the regular bag over the organic option — I learned the hard way that organic kale goes bad within a day of opening. Store the kale in the coldest part of your fridge, away from other produce, and never cede to the temptation of freezing it. The kale diet also left me feeling happy and satisfied. It is a very filling vegetable, if not the easiest to snack on raw. Moreover, I found that my usual cravings were cut back and no late-night Ben and Jerry’s runs needed. In terms of convenience, it is a simple fix to prepare a large bowl of kale and butternut squash salad for a few days’ lunch. Depending on how you cook it, kale can take different textures, which creates variety for this simple diet. Beware of bits, however; it is important to take care to check your teeth before heading out, or else you might be grinning green. I may have made that mistake before an interview. Overall, the seven-day kale cleanse proved a success. I have expanded my cooking repertoire and plan to include a few servings of kale per week, though probably not as many servings as I had this week. With this wonderfully sustainable diet, I felt great while doing it. Here are some restaurants close by that offer some serious kale menu items: 1. Chaia: Skip Dog Tag Bakery treats this week and head next door to Chaia for unconventional vegan tacos. 2. Ching Ching Cha: Located next to Filomena, this gem is often overlooked despite its diverse array of loose-leaf tea and fun floor seating. It is simultaneously a restaurant, tea hub, Asian-goods shop and a personal favorite. 3. Sweetgreen: No need to comment on this Georgetown-must. 4. The Bombay Club: For those craving some classier kale fare. 5. The Tombs: It is right outside of the main gates on 35th Street, so few excuses could prevent Georgetown students from going once and trying one of the signature salads or the grilled swordfish on kale. Here are some kale recipes that I tried and loved: 1. Kale black bean burritos: For these spicy treats, fill a tortilla with black beans, kale, goat cheese, avocado, kale pesto, and wrap. Optional for spice: jalapeno, lime juice, cumin, garlic, etc. 2. Kale, chicken, butternut squash and farro salad: After peeling and dicing a butternut squash, toss in some olive oil and garlic. Bake on an aluminum foil-covered baking sheet for 30-40 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Toss with grilled chicken, cooked farro, kale and the dressing of your choice. 3. Kale pesto: Toss kale, a clove of garlic, and a half cup of olive oil into a food processor and blend until smooth. Add lemon juice and salt to taste and about a half cup of raw almonds or cashews to the mix and pulse until blended. 4. Creamed kale: Blanch your kale in salt water, then rinse and drain. Melt butter over medium heat and add chopped kale, a cup of heavy cream, and nutmeg to taste. Reduce to simmer until sauce has thickened. Season with salt and pepper. 5. Kale, red pepper, spinach and snap pea stir-fry: Add a tablespoon of vegetable oil and kale, sliced red peppers, spinach, and snap-peas to a pan over medium-high heat. Season with your favorite stir-fry sauce and serve over rice. And these are the kale recipes that I tried and loathed: 1. Kale smoothies: Making these seemingly simple beverages at home will ruin both your day and your pearly whites; I found myself with kale stuck in my teeth for a whole week. 2. Kale quesadillas: The kale really took over and subverted the goal of cheese — cheesiness. 3. Cheesy kale chips: No cheesiness, no yumminess. Nina Young is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service. BAKE MY DAY appears every other Friday. The post BAKE MY DAY: Don’t Kale My Vibe appeared first on .
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ANALYSIS/OPINION: Dream on veterans, you starving poor, all you granddads struggling to raise your children's children. Your mayor wants to spend your hard-earned money to aid illegal immigrants and shield ne'er-do-wells. Recall, Donald Trump pledged a double-barreled crackdown on illegal aliens, and federal law enforcement agencies are seemingly bent on ...
|GAO: Cyber attack threat from federal employeesWE - Secrets / 4 d. 17 h. 54 min. ago more|
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|Republicans to liberal protesters: 'Get over it, grow up'WE - Secrets / 4 d. 22 h. 39 min. ago more|
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|Venus Iraheta, Alexandria, Virginia, teen arrested in connection with gang slayingWashingtonTimes.com / 5 d. 0 h. 43 min. ago more|
Fairfax County police detectives Wednesday said they have detained 10 people — four adults and six juveniles — who they believe were involved in the gang-related murder of a 15-year-old Gaitherburg girl. On Saturday police found Damaris Reyes Rivas' body in a park in Springfield, Virginia. The girl had been ...
|Trump, GOP Congress have already cut $2.8 billion in regulationsWE - Secrets / 5 d. 18 h. 57 min. ago more|
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|Poll: Hispanics back Trump deportations, ending 'sanctuary cities'WE - Secrets / 5 d. 19 h. 15 min. ago more|
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|US president-elect Donald Trump says he has chosen South Carolina Republican congressman Mick Mulvaney to be White House budget director - ReutersBreakingNews.com / 65 d. 1 h. 31 min. ago more|
US president-elect Donald Trump says he has chosen South Carolina Republican congressman Mick Mulvaney to be White House budget director - Reuters
|DHCD Acts to Preserve 63 Affordable Housing Units in Wards 4 and 8DistrictChronicles.com / 74 d. 12 h. 17 min. ago more|
The DC Department of Housing and Community Development has used monies from two federal programs and the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF) to help preserve affordable housing at the 38-unit Altamont Place...
|Mayor Bowser releases housing reportDistrictChronicles.com / 74 d. 12 h. 17 min. ago more|
(Washington, DC) – This week, Mayor Muriel Bowser released a final report from the DC Housing Preservation Strike Force detailing a proactive, multi-pronged strategy for the District to use in...
|District Holds First-Ever State Diploma Commencement for Residents Who Completed GED, NEDP ProgramsDistrictChronicles.com / 74 d. 12 h. 17 min. ago more|
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) recognized this week the accomplishments of District of Columbia residents who have passed the tests of the 2014 Series General Educational Development (GED)...
|Here are Six Black Republicans that Trump Should Be Talking to about Cabinet PositionsDistrictChronicles.com / 74 d. 12 h. 17 min. ago more|
President-elect Donald Trump owes the Black community absolutely nothing. Let me repeat that: HE OWES US NOTHING! Blacks gave Trump just 8 percent of their vote and Hillary Clinton won 88 percent; Clinton’s...
|County Launches Dementia Friendly InitiativeDistrictChronicles.com / 74 d. 12 h. 17 min. ago more|
Montgomery County has launched its Dementia Friendly initiative – a set of strengthened services and supports for affected community members. Montgomery County is part of Dementia Friendly America, an emerging...
|About 10 people injured in Metrobus crash in Southeast Washington, DC, officials say - WJLABreakingNews.com / 74 d. 15 h. 20 min. ago more|
About 10 people injured in Metrobus crash in Southeast Washington, DC, officials say - WJLA
|County Seeks Volunteers to Work With Victims of Sexual AssaultDistrictChronicles.com / 81 d. 12 h. 17 min. ago more|
Volunteers are needed to assist sexual assault, domestic violence victims, and their families through the Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP) of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human...
|Empowering Kids to Combat the 'Trump Effect'DistrictChronicles.com / 81 d. 12 h. 17 min. ago more|
With the "Trump effect" – the spreading of the president-elect’s discriminatory rhetoric toward immigrants, women, and other groups – finding its way into schools, many parents are...
|Religious groups to Obama: Dismantle immigration registry’s frameworkDistrictChronicles.com / 81 d. 12 h. 17 min. ago more|
A San Diego Harbor police officer chats with Homeland Security officers while on patrol at Lindbergh Field airport in San Diego, Calif., on July 1, 2016. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Mike Blake *Editors: This photo may...
|Fidel Castro Is DeadDistrictChronicles.com / 81 d. 12 h. 17 min. ago more|
Fidel Castro and Malcolm X (TriceEdneyWire.com) - On September, 18, 1960, when Fidel Castro led a Cuban delegation to New York City to speak before the United Nations, they stayed at the Hotel Theresa in...
|Fuller Theological Seminary students want a sanctuary campusDistrictChronicles.com / 81 d. 12 h. 17 min. ago more|
(RNS) Fuller Theological Seminary has joined a growing list of schools where administrators are being pressed by students, alumni and faculty for designation as a sanctuary campus. In...
|Sharpton Announces D.C. March During MLK Weekend 2017DistrictChronicles.com / 81 d. 12 h. 17 min. ago more|
President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office, Nov. 10, 2016. During this meeting, Trump appeared humbled, called President Obama a "good man" and said he would seek...
|Children Say Goodbye to First Lady Michelle at One of Her Final White House EventsDistrictChronicles.com / 81 d. 12 h. 17 min. ago more|
Michelle Obama hugs Noemi Negron at the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards ceremony at the White House. Children from across the nation laughed, hugged and cried as they said goodbye to the...
|Post-election whiplash: 10 observationsDistrictChronicles.com / 88 d. 12 h. 17 min. ago more|
Here are 10 things I know or think I know, see or think I see, in the post-election whiplash. I am mainly trying to stay in the analytical mode in this piece as I try to make sense of what is going on around...
|Christian college campuses reaffirm commitment to inclusive communities amidst Trump winDistrictChronicles.com / 88 d. 12 h. 17 min. ago more|
Exit polls suggest 81 percent of White evangelicals voted for President-elect Donald Trump. But support for Trump may have been less decisive on Christian college campuses, where most students are also...
|Va. Democrats to challenge GOP state lawmakers in each district Clinton wonThe Washington Post more|
Democrats say they will field twice as many challengers in state races this November as they did two years ago.
|Why home values are growing faster in some farther-out suburbs than closer-in onesThe Washington Post more|
As D.C. becomes unaffordable, many home buyers are looking to places like Poolesville and Clarksburg in Maryland and Warrenton and Lorton in Virginia.
|Tesla driver joins group of highway heroes who saved others' lives in runaway carThe Washington Post more|
It's a feat you usually see only at the movies, but a number of motorists have saved other drivers by stopping runaway vehicles
|Three-bedroom, three-bathroom townhouse in Alexandria lists for $349,900The Washington Post more|
AFFORDABLE HOME OF THE WEEK | The two-story residence has been renovated and includes hardwood floors in the living and dining rooms, a wood-burning fireplace, plantation shutters, recessed lighting and renovated bathrooms.
|D.C.-area forecast: Not as warm into Tuesday but a ridiculously mild February week overallThe Washington Post more|
Wednesday through Friday could be even more balmy than the weekend.
|Monument has a moment of darkness on George Washington’s big weekendThe Washington Post more|
Floodlights at the Washington Monument failed to turn on for part of Sunday night.
|Prince William County summaryThe Washington Post more|
This week’s Post stories of interest to readers in Prince William County.
|76-year-old woman is charged with murderThe Washington Post more|
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|Montgomery officer helps families flee fireThe Washington Post more|
Three Clarksburg houses were damaged as the flames spread.
|Education Digest: Kerry to teach at YaleThe Washington Post more|
The former secretary of state will teach under a new initiative.
|Number of Maryland babies born with drugs in their system growsThe Washington Post more|
As the opioid epidemic grows, hospitals see a spike in infants who were exposed in the womb.
|How a tweet inspired a show of defiance against GOP meddling with D.C. lawsThe Washington Post more|
Council member emerges as point man in “Hands Off DC” fight to combat congressional interference
|Remodeled River Terrace school aims to better serve special-education studentsThe Washington Post more|
The school enrolls 135 students with severe physical and intellectual needs.
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