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Case closed HBO’s ‘True Detective’ proves that it shouldn’t have come back 19
The largest snowfall in three years brings the Washington region to a standstill, snarling travel, shutting schools and sending many out to frolic in the season’s first real accumulation 4
‘Worn out his act’
Trump is discovering he can’t end the shutdown with his showy tactics 9
A cloud of secrecy
Trump has concealed details about his talks with Vladimir Putin 10
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I WALK THE LINE:
A man walks on a tightrope above the sea at sunset on Sunday in Nice, in southeastern France.
Kids losing their $350 beanies: A real problem that really exists
Would a guilty woman toss the stolen undies out her window?!
Look, here’s a way to spend your extra cash that isn’t a $350 hat
Administrators at Great Neck North Middle School on Long Island in New York are asking parents not to send kids to school wearing $350 beanies by the clothing company Moncler, the New York Post reported Saturday. In a letter, administrators asked parents to “try and redirect your middle schooler from wearing these hats to school.” Administrators said looking for lost Moncler hats has been “disruptive to the students’ focus and time.” (AP)
Underwear, bras and other shoplifted items were tossed from a car being chased by police at nearly 100 mph in northwestern Indiana on Wednesday. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported the driver almost struck other cars before her tires were shredded by spikes that police laid across the road. Four bras, 14 pairs of underwear, two candles and some air freshener refills are believed to have been stolen from a retail store in Portage. (AP)
A Kansas businessman surprised an employee at a McDonald’s he frequents with the gift of a used car, The Wichita Eagle reported Thursday. Chris Ellis often chats with Vicki Anderson at the McDonald’s where she works in Hutchinson. After Anderson mentioned her old car had died, Ellis bought his son’s 2009 Pontiac GS, which the son had planned to sell, and gave it to Anderson. “I don’t have that kind of luck,” Anderson marveled. (EXPRESS)
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Acts of kindness: Lost wallet leads to a lesson learned husband answered while I sat in the dining room on the phone with a credit card company. “Does Jennifer live here?” I heard someone say. In her hand was my clutch, intact with not a penny missing. She left before I could even make it to the door, much less offer my gratitude for her incredibly good act. As it happens, this woman has a remarkable track record of reuniting lost items with their owners. After I tweeted the story, I heard from her boyfriend, who identified the good citizen as Erin Ball, a 26-year-old working for a trade organization. Unbelievably, here’s how the couple met: He left his L.L. Bean tote behind at a bar one night after playing bingo. Ball found it and tracked him down — and they’ve been dating for the past five months. Once I figured out who she was, I called her to thank her. She said she spotted my clutch on a bus seat and asked the
Furloughed family wins $100K in Va. JENNY ROGERS
I was standing at the cash register at my grocery co-op on Wednesday night, ready to pay for my bananas and graham crackers, when dread gripped me. My wallet. It was gone. And I could only have left it one place: the G9 bus, which was now speeding in the dark down Rhode Island Avenue. The heart-stopping moment of realizing it was gone was quickly followed by mental math. How much time and money would it cost to replace the contents of that little black leather clutch? The credit cards, the driver’s license, the unusually large wad of cash left over from holiday travel, and the preposterously expensive lipstick. Two hours after I realized my clutch was gone, back at my house in Brookland, I heard a knock on the door. My
Jenny Rogers left this clutch and its contents on the G9 bus last week. A good citizen found it, and made a trip to her home to return it.
driver what to do, and didn’t get much of a response. “I thought, ‘I guess this is in my wheelhouse now,’ ” she told me. She calculated that going to a stranger’s house was a riskier move than leaving the wallet with the driver, but she decided to take the chance. “If I were in that situation, I would want someone to try to find me,” she said. Ball doesn’t find her actions particularly remarkable. “There are a lot of micro opportunities to do good things,”
she said, adding: “It’s not hard to do small things for people.” Ball had gone beyond what almost anyone would have done, finding my house on a bitterly cold night, and for that I was extremely grateful. But looking back, I’m not surprised someone had wanted to help a stranger. An undercurrent of decency runs through this town and shows up in unexpected ways. Follow Jenny Rogers on Twitter @jennyrogersDC
As hundreds of thousands of federal workers were lamenting their missed checks, one lucky family was picking one up. Carrie Walls of Ashburn, Va., won the Virginia Lottery’s “Ford Expedition Plus $100K,” a scratch-off contest. Walls is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and her husband is a federal worker who is currently furloughed in the government shutdown. She bought the scratchoff on Dec. 4. “I cried,” Walls said of the moment she knew she was a winner. “I couldn’t believe it.” (THE WASHINGTON POST)
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Snow pummels region Washington’s first significant winter storm of 2019 drops up to 10 inches around area
Patricia Wald, pathbreaking judge, dies at 90
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began to fall, she turned her blue nightgown and Lafayette pajama pants inside out and backward, and came downstairs to show her parents her plan. When she woke up, there was snow waiting. She noted that she tried the trick the night of her dentist’s advice. “The next day, it snowed,” she said. “And it’s snowing a lot right now.” FAIZ SIDDIQUI AND
1928-2019 Shortly before graduating from Yale Law School in 1951, Patricia Wald secured a job interview with a white-shoe Manhattan firm. The hiring partner was impressed with her credentials but lamented her timing. “It’s really a shame,” she recalled the man saying. “If only you could have been here last week.” A woman had been hired then, she was told, and it would be a long time before the firm considered bringing on another. Gradually, working nights and weekends for a pro bono legal services group and a publicinterest law firm while raising five children, Wald built a career in Washington as an authority on bail reform and family law. She became an assistant attorney general under President Jimmy Carter, who in 1979 appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit — often described as the country’s most important bench after the U.S. Supreme Court. She was the first woman to serve on the D.C. Circuit court and was its chief judge from 1986 to 1991. Wald, whom Barack Obama called “one of the most respected appellate judges of her generation” when he awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013, died Jan. 12 at her home in Washington. She was 90. The cause was pancreatic cancer, said a son, Douglas Wald.
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People take part in “Snowdown Snowballs” at the Washington Monument on Sunday during the winter storm.
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REGION The first significant winter storm of the season unleashed dangerous road conditions and snarled air travel Sunday in the nation’s capital, where deserted streets and snow-capped buildings served as a fitting image for a federal government shutdown that was stretching into its fourth week. The death toll from the storm that also ravaged parts of the Midwest appeared to rise after several people were killed in crashes in Virginia overnight Saturday and Sunday morning, and authorities across the region advised people to stay off the roads and exercise extreme caution if they needed to travel. Most of the major school systems in the region, including Prince George’s in Maryland and Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Prince William, Manassas and Spotsylvania in Virginia, had announced by late afternoon they would be closed today because of the weather. Howard University also will be closed. According to The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang, it was the most snow Washington had received since the January 2016 blizzard, and there was potential for an additional 2 to 4 inches of snow through the rest of Sunday into today. Storm totals of 5 to 10 inches were expected, with the highest amounts south of the city. Slippery roads and an icedover bridge were cited as factors in two of the three fatal crashes that occurred in Virginia late Saturday and early Sunday, on interstates 81 and 64 and on a rural road in Brunswick County, state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said. Only the Interstate 81 crash was declared “stormrelated,” however. Few cars were on the roads in
A runner trudges through the snow on a pedestrian bridge during a winter storm Sunday in Alexandria.
the District and its suburbs Sunday, but many residents headed outside to enjoy the snow. Along D.C.’s usually bustling 14th Street corridor, business owners shoveled their sidewalks and kids threw snowballs. “Happy snow day!” Courtney Baldridge said, smiling as she greeted strangers along U Street Baldridge, 27, alternated between walking and skipping as she and her husband made their
Nami Trinkl sleds in Gaithersburg, Md., on Sunday with her daughter Annali, 4, and son Jehu, 9, hidden behind.
way through the snow to brunch. Chloe Nelms, age 9, was doubly enjoying the snow day. She and a friend were sledding down the hill next to Lafayette Elementary School in Chevy Chase and with the knowledge that she helped make it snow in the first place. She said that a few years ago a dentist told her that if she wore her pajamas inside out and backward, it would snow while she slept. So Saturday night, as flakes
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New commandant named at U.S. Naval Academy
Special election for vacant House seat set for Feb. 19
A science teacher has been sentenced to serve two years in prison for taking indecent liberties with a student at the Virginia high school where she worked. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that a judge formally accepted a plea agreement Friday between Hanover County prosecutors and 35-year-old Miranda Nicole Pauley. She had pleaded guilty to four indecent liberties counts in October. A Hanover prosecutor previously said the activity happened at Patrick Henry High School, where a minor told a Hanover sheriff’s investigator that he had a sexual relationship with Pauley. (AP)
A new commandant of midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy has been selected. The academy announced Friday that Capt. Thomas R. Buchanan will replace Capt. Robert Chadwick, who will leave the post this summer after a two-year tour. The commandant, who is second in command at the academy under the superintendent, is similar to a dean of students at a civilian university. The commandant is responsible for the day-to-day conduct, military training and professional development of more than 4,400 midshipmen. Buchanan is currently executive assistant to the director of the Joint Staff. (AP)
Voters in a Northern Virginia state House district will pick a new delegate next month. House Speaker Kirk Cox announced a special election will be held for a district representing parts of Fairfax and Loudoun counties on Feb 19. The election is to replace former Del. Jennifer Boysko, who was recently elected to the state Senate after defeating former Republican delegate Joe T. May. Democrats have won the district by more than a 2-to-1 margin in recent elections. Republicans currently hold a 51-48 advantage in the House. This year’s legislative session is set to end on Feb. 23. (AP)
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Va. school officially drops Confederate name for Liberty The Arlington County school board has picked a new name for a school that had been named for Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Washington-Lee High School will now be known as Washington-Liberty High School. The board voted 5-0 in favor of the name change Thursday evening. The board had voted in June to rename the school but had not picked a name. A judge last month tossed out a lawsuit that sought to block the school board from taking Lee’s name off the high school. Confederate symbols have come under increased scrutiny ever since a violent 2017 rally in Charlottesville. (AP)
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Israel confirms strikes as border mission ends
Wild canines found to have red wolf DNA
ISRAEL Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday confirmed that Israel has struck hundreds of Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria, including a weapons facility, in a weekend airstrike, as the military announced the discovery of a sixth and final tunnel dug by the Lebanese militant group for cross-border attacks. The statements marked a rare public acknowledgement of Israeli attacks against Hezbollah and its patron Iran in neighboring Syria, where Israel is long believed to have targeted Iranian weapons shipments to the Lebanese Shiite group. At his weekly Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu publicly confirmed the strike as he thanked outgoing military chief Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot for long years of service and particularly his marshalling of Israel’s shadowy campaign against Iran in recent years. Coupled with the announcement that after Sunday’s discovery, Israel was wrapping up its operation to destroy Hezbollah’s tunnel network into Israel, the weekend strike in Syria is widely seen as Eisenkot’s “parting shot” as his four-year tenure as military chief ends. After keeping a low profile throughout most of his term,
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Netanyahu publicly acknowledges attacks in Syria on Hezbollah
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, confirmed on Sunday that Israel had launched airstrikes against Hezbollah targets in Syria.
U.S. pulling supplies The U.S. military says it has started pulling equipment, but not troops, out of Syria as a first step in meeting President Trump’s demand for a complete military withdrawal. In the coming weeks, the contingent of about 2,000 troops is expected to depart even as the White House says it will keep up pressure on ISIS. The classified withdrawal plan is expected to take months. (AP)
Eisenkot gave a series of interviews over the weekend focusing on his shifting the military’s attention toward Iran directly, instead of just engaging its lesser proxies, Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Hamas in Gaza.
A far more visible part of his legacy has been the recent Lebanese border operation, which the military said thwarted Hezbollah’s prime strategic investment for its next potential war. Military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said Sunday the final tunnel was the largest discovered so far, running hundreds of meters from the Lebanese border town of Ramyeh and deep into Israeli territory. Israel and the United Nations say the tunnels violate a ceasefire resolution that ended a devastating war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006. Conricus said the U.N. peacekeeping mission, known as UNIFIL, was updated on the latest development.
Princeton University researchers say a pack of wild canines found near the Texas Gulf Coast carry a substantial amount of red wolf genes, a surprising discovery since the animal was declared extinct in the wild nearly 40 years ago. A small remnant population had been captured for breeding and reintroduction in the ’70s. The genetic analysis, published in the journal Genes, found the Galveston Island canines appear to be a hybrid of red wolf and coyote. The discovery jibes with similar DNA findings in wild canines in Louisiana and bolsters the hopes of conservationists dismayed by the dwindling number of red wolves in North Carolina, which make up the only known pack in the wild. (AP)
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Researchers say there’s a new calf among the population of critically endangered killer whales that live in the waters between Washington state and Canada. Staff at the Center for Whale Research first saw the calf Friday at the eastern end of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The youngster looks healthy, but the survival rate for baby orcas is about 50 percent. The whales have been starving amid a dearth of salmon. No calf born in the last three years has survived. (AP) At least 16 people injured in anti-India protests in disputed Kashmir after 2 rebels were killed
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NBC News, Megyn Kelly reach separation deal NBC News announced its professional divorce agreement with Megyn Kelly late Friday, ending an association with the former Fox News Channel star. Terms were not disclosed. Kelly was in the second year of a threeyear contract that reportedly paid her more than $20 million a year. She’s been off the air since October after suggesting that it was OK for white people to wear blackface on Halloween. Exit negotiations had dragged on for two months. (AP) DAVIS, CALIF.
Man said police hit him with ultrasonic waves The man who shot and killed a California police officer left a letter in the home where he lived claiming police bombarded him with ultrasonic waves, officials said. Police on Saturday made public the one-paragraph letter they said was written by Kevin Douglas Limbaugh, 48. He killed himself Thursday after fatally shooting Officer Natalie Corona, 22. Investigators have not found a motive for the ambush shooting of Corona as she investigated a car accident. (AP) TORONTO
Saudi woman who fled family arrives in Canada Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, the Saudi woman who said she feared death if deported back home, arrived Saturday in Canada, which offered her asylum in a case that attracted global attention. There was no immediate Saudi government reaction, but a governmentsanctioned body said it deplores the methods used by some foreign officials and organizations to “incite” some young Saudi women to disobey their families and leave. (AP)
Iran’s nuclear chief says the country is exploring new uranium enrichment
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Is Trump out of tools? ANALYSIS Military salutes. Heaps of contraband. Oval Office optics. President Trump, who has long put a premium on stagecraft, is discovering he cannot resolve the partial government shutdown simply by putting on a show. With the standoff over paying for his long-promised U.S.Mexico wall dragging on, the president’s Oval Office address and visit to the Texas border this past week failed to break the logjam. Aides and allies are fearful that he has misjudged Democratic resolve and is running out of negotiating options. Using the trappings of the White House to make a point is a standard procedure. Dramatic public displays have been Trump’s negotiating go-to. But even Trump was skeptical that the speech and trip would make a difference. Some in the White House argue that Trump’s moves helped push his message. But many associates fear his hand is weakening as his efforts to define the stakes must compete with the testimonials of hardship from federal workers and people in need of shuttered government services. That may leave a national emergency declaration as Trump’s only escape path — one more showy strategy that could backfire. Former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg said Trump was simply using all available tools. He argued that Trump’s border visit, which included an interview on the president’s preferred network, Fox News, was “not going to win any hearts and minds.” But he added that the Oval Office address was a “great opportunity” for Trump to make his case to an audience of millions well beyond
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President is realizing his showy strategies won’t end shutdown
President Trump speaks Thursday next to Texas Republican Sens. John Cornyn, left, and Ted Cruz, near the Rio Grande in McAllen, Texas.
Who’s to blame for the government shutdown? By a wide margin, more Americans blame President Trump and Republicans in Congress than congressional Democrats for the now record-breaking government shutdown, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. (TWP) Trump and Republicans in Congress
Democrats in Congress
Both equally (volunteered) 29%
U.S. overall 6% 5%
85% Democrats 15%
Independents Note: “No opinion” and “neither” not shown. As a result, numbers do not total 100. Source: Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted Jan. 8-11, 2019, among 788 Americans with an error margin of +/- 4.5 percentage points.
his most loyal supporters. In a moment of deep political divisions, though, the presidential megaphone does not seem to hold the power it once did. Democratic leaders have dismissed Trump’s tactics. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., last week
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decried the “soap opera that the president’s petulance and obstinance is creating.” Trump’s visit to McAllen, Texas, was staged for maximum impact. At a border patrol facility, he surveyed mounds of drugs and weapons seized by agents.
Federal Aviation Administration calls some furloughed safety inspectors back to work
He hugged tearful families who spoke of relatives killed by those in the U.S. illegally. He traveled to a dusty bluff above the Rio Grande and saluted a border patrol helicopter as it flew past. The stop was intended to reinforce Trump’s claims of crisis at the border, but it was notable for what was left out. The contraband was designed to emphasize the dangers of an unsecured border. But there was only passing mention that the drugs were intercepted at official points of entry, not in open areas where Trump wants to build a wall. Trump did meet with victims and agents, but he did not go to a nearby facility where hundreds of migrant children were detained in cages after being separated from their parents last year. Allies say Trump has dug in for good reason: Building a wall has always been a surefire applause line for Trump. Some, however, believe it has become a political albatross. Increasingly, many around Trump think that the only way out of the shutdown impasse is for the president to declare a national emergency to try to pay for the wall by diverting federal funds from other programs. They reason that such a declaration would wind up in court, but Trump could reopen the government in the meantime and say he was continuing the fight for the wall during the legal fight. It’s a play that would be in keeping with Trump’s pattern of claiming victory even when the circumstances are murky. As Trump tries to find a way out of the shutdown impasse, Republican consultant Rick Tyler argued that some of the president’s ploys may be getting stale. “There’s a reason the circus comes to town for a week,” he said. “He’s worn out his act.” CATHERINE LUCEY (AP)
Graham urges Trump to end the shutdown POLITICS Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Sunday that President Trump should agree to reopen the government and continue trying to hammer out a deal with Democrats on funding his longpromised border wall — but that the president should declare a national emergency if no progress is made in three weeks. In an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Graham maintained that Trump is not going to give up on his demand for more than $5 billion in funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. But he argued that reopening the government and attempting to find a legislative solution, then declaring a national emergency if those talks don’t bear fruit, is the best way forward. “I would urge him to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug. See if we can get a deal. If we can’t at the end of three weeks, all bets are off. See if he can do it by himself through the emergency powers,” Graham said. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Sunday that given Trump’s suggestion late last week that he does not immediately plan to issue an emergency declaration, “It’s time for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring up the House-passed appropriations bills that would finally reopen government.” CAT ZAKRZEWSKI AND FELICIA SONMEZ (THE WASHINGTON POST)
Annual humpback whale count in Hawaii proceeds with volunteers despite shutdown
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Trump hid talks with Putin POLITICS President Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials, current and former U.S. officials said. Trump did so after a meeting with Putin in 2017 in Hamburg that was also attended by thenSecretary of State Rex Tillerson. U.S. officials learned of Trump’s actions when a White House adviser and a senior State Department official sought information from the interpreter beyond a readout shared by Tillerson. The constraints that Trump imposed are part of a broader pattern by the president of shielding his communications with Putin from public scrutiny and preventing even high-ranking officials in his own administration from fully knowing the contents of their discussions. As a result, U.S. officials said there is no detailed record, even in classified files, of Trump’s face-to-face interactions with the Russian leader at five locations over the past two years. Such a gap would be unusual in any presidency, let alone one that
A left-wing Italian militant who was convicted of murder nearly three decades ago was arrested in Bolivia, authorities said Sunday. The Italian government sent an aircraft to pick up Cesare Battisti, 64, who was captured by Bolivian and Italian police in Santa Cruz de La Sierra, where he was found by intelligence agents after using one of his mobile devices, Italian police said. (AP)
U.S. officials have no detailed record of Trump’s face-to-face meetings with Putin.
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Officials say president concealed details of high-level discussions
Italian fugitive captured after three decades
Russia sought to install through what U.S. intelligence agencies have described as an unprecedented campaign of election interference. Special counsel Robert Mueller is thought to be in the final stages of an investigation that has focused largely on whether Trump or his associates conspired with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign. The new details about Trump’s continued secrecy underscore the extent to which little is known about his communications with Putin since becoming president. Former U.S. officials said that Trump’s behavior is at odds with the known practices of previous presidents, who have relied on senior aides to witness meetings
Working for Russia? President Trump avoided directly answering when asked if he currently is or has ever worked for Russia after a published report said law enforcement officials, concerned by his behavior after he fired FBI Director James Comey in 2017, began probing that possibility. Trump said Fox News Channel host Jeanine Pirro’s question was the “most insulting” he’d ever been asked. The New York Times report Friday cited unnamed former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation. (AP)
and take comprehensive notes then shared with other officials. Trump’s secrecy surrounding Putin “is not only unusual by
historical standards, it is outrageous,” said Strobe Talbott, a former deputy secretary of state now at the Brookings Institution, who participated in more than a dozen meetings between President Bill Clinton and thenRussian President Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s. “It handicaps the U.S. government ... and it certainly gives Putin much more scope to manipulate Trump.” A White House spokesman disputed that characterization and said that the Trump administration has sought to “improve the relationship with Russia.” Trump allies also said the president’s desire for secrecy may also be driven by embarrassing leaks that occurred early in his presidency. GREG MILLER (THE WASHINGTON POST)
Avalanche kills three; two ski patrollers killed Three German skiers have been killed in an avalanche in Austria and a fourth is still missing, police said Sunday as snowfall set in again in the northern Alps. In France, two ski patrollers were killed when the devices they use to trigger avalanches exploded. The two accidents brought to at least 26 the number of weatherrelated deaths reported in parts of Europe this month. (AP) GREECE
PM faces confidence vote after minister quits Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Sunday he will ask for a vote of confidence in Parliament this week after the country’s defense minister resigned over a deal to change Macedonia’s name to North Macedonia. Panos Kammenos announced his resignation and said his right-wing Independent Greeks party is quitting the government after meeting with Tsipras on Sunday morning. (AP) SHENMU, CHINA
Coal mine collapse kills at least 21 workers
“What Steve King said was stupid. It was stupid, it was hurtful, it was wrong. And he needs to stop it.” SEN. TED CRUZ, R-TEXAS, speaking Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” after Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, was quoted in The
New York Times last week wondering when the phrases “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” became offensive
Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro launches his 2020 presidential campaign
Twenty-one coal miners were killed when a mine collapsed in northern China, state media reported Sunday. The disaster occurred Saturday in Shenmu in Shaanxi province in the heart of the country’s coal mining belt, according to state TV. Sixty-six other miners were rescued. (AP)
Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announces she is running for president in 2020
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nation+world Jayme Closs, 13, in ‘good spirits’ after escaping cabin in Wis. woods BARRON, WIS. The grandfather of a 13-year-old northwestern Wisconsin girl who authorities say escaped a man who killed her parents and held her captive for three months said Sunday she’s in “exceptionally good spirits.” Jayme Closs on Thursday fled the cabin near the small town of Gordon, Wis., where she said she had been imprisoned. She approached a woman walking a dog and asked for her help. Police arrested 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson minutes later based on Jayme’s
description of his vehicle. Authorities are holding him on suspicion of kidnapping and homicide. Closs Little has been revealed about Jayme’s ordeal since her abduction in mid-October, although more details could come today, as Patterson is expected to be charged and make his first appearance in court. Jayme’s grandfather, Robert Naiberg, said Sunday that, considering the circumstances, the teen is holding up. “She’s doing exceptionally well for what she went through,” Naiberg said. “She’s in exceptionally good spirits.” Jayme has been staying with
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Captive teen rejoins family
This aerial photo shows the cabin where 13-year-old Jayme Closs was held for nearly three months.
an aunt in Barron, Wis., since she escaped. While investigators have said Patterson’s goal was to kidnap Jayme, he had no apparent prior
connection to the family. Naiberg said that Jayme told FBI agents she did not know Patterson. Patterson Patterson allegedly blasted open the door of James and Denise Closs’ home near Barron, Wis., with a shotgun Oct. 15, gunned the couple down and made off with Jayme. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told reporters on Friday that Patterson took measures to avoid leaving evidence at the Closs family’s home, including shaving his head before breaking in. A shotgun was recovered from the cabin, which Patterson’s father owned.
Florida pardons 4 black men in 1949 rape case
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WHAT’S THEIR BEEF?
If it’s not meat, don’t label it “meat.” That’s the thinking behind a bill Nebraska lawmakers will consider this year at the urging of the state’s powerful farm groups. The bill would make it illegal to use the word “meat” on veggie burgers, tofu dogs and other items that look and taste like meat but aren’t. Similar measures are pending in Tennessee, Virginia and Wyoming. (AP)
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PARIS | Firefighters and cleaners gather Sunday at the scene where, a day earlier, a powerful explosion tore through a building in central Paris. Saturday’s blast at a bakery killed at least four people — two of whom were firefighters — injured up to 54 others and badly damaged nearby apartments, officials said. Rescuers found a woman’s body under the rubble on Sunday. The blast is believed to have been caused by a gas leak, police said.
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FLORIDA After a dramatic, hourlong meeting that recalled events from nearly seven decades ago, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, above, and the state’s three-member Cabinet granted posthumous pardons Friday to four AfricanAmerican men accused of raping a white woman in a 1949 case now seen as a racial injustice. The case of the men known as the Groveland Four has been documented in a book and is considered a blight on Florida’s history. One of the four was killed before he could be charged and the other three were convicted on dubious evidence. The ordeal began in Lake County in 1949, when a 17-yearold woman said she had been raped. Three of the men were arrested and severely beaten; a fourth, Ernest Thomas, fled. A posse of about 1,000 men was formed to hunt down Thomas. He was shot 400 times when they found him sleeping under a tree. Charles Greenlee, Walter Irvin and Samuel Shepherd were convicted by an all-white jury. Other evidence that could have exonerated them was withheld at their trial. Greenlee was sentenced to life, and Irvin and Shepherd to death. The unanimous vote to pardon came almost two years after lawmakers voted to apologize to relatives of the Groveland Four and to ask then-Gov. Rick Scott to pardon the men. Scott, now a U.S. senator, never took action. BRENDAN FARRINGTON (AP)
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Patriots running back Sony Michel scores one of his three TDs in Sunday’s win over the Chargers.
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NFL PLAYOFFS | DIVISIONAL ROUND
Patriots’ reign continues New England makes eighth straight trip to AFC title game by routing the Chargers It’s the 13th conference championship game appearance by the Patriots during the Tom BradyBill Belichick era. “It’s going to be a good game,” Brady said of the rematch with the Chiefs. “I know everybody thinks we suck and, you know, we can’t win any games, so we’ll see. It’ll be fun.” The Chargers (13-5) haven’t reached the AFC title game since the 2007 season. Philip Rivers finished 25 of 51 for 331 yards, three TDs and an interception. He is 0-5 in games played in Foxborough, including 0-3 in the postseason. Brady finished 34 of 44 for 343 yards and a touchdown. He improves to 8-0 as a starter against Rivers, who drops to 1-8 against
PATRIOTS 41, CHARGERS 28 Tom Brady recognizes that there are some who believe the Patriots are nearing the end of their run of unprecedented playoff success. New England took its first step toward possibly silencing those voices for a little longer. Sony Michel ran for 129 yards and had three touchdowns and the Patriots beat the Chargers 41-28 in the divisional playoffs on Sunday to earn their eighth straight trip to the AFC championship game. New England (12-5) will play at Kansas City in next week’s AFC title game. The Patriots beat the Chiefs 43-40 in Foxborough in Week 6. The Patriots finished 9-0 at home this season.
Ref makes history Sarah Thomas became the first woman to work an NFL playoff game as an on-field official, according to the league’s Twitter account. Thomas was the down judge in Sunday’s divisional round game between the Patriots and Chargers. She was hired in 2015 and was already the league’s first female full-time official. (AP)
New England all-time. For Rivers, seeing Brady again pick apart the Chargers’ defense was another reminder that he was competing against one of the
best QBs in NFL history. “He’s up there if not the alltime great, then one of,” Rivers said. “That argument can go on forever. … Was he rolling at the highest level today? I think we can all agree on that.” James White tied Darren Sproles’ NFL postseason record with 15 catches, totaling 97 yards. New England scored on its first four possessions of the game to build a 35-7 halftime lead. “We got our butts kicked,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. Asked if this victory proved at least some of the Patriots’ doubters wrong, Brady paused and smiled. “I just like winning,” he said. “I just like winning.”
While the home teams won all four games this weekend, things didn’t exactly go as expected. Here are three of the biggest surprises from the divisional round. JEFFREY TOMIK (EXPRESS)
3 Chiefs’ defense The Chiefs, who allowed the second most yards in the NFL, held the Colts to just 91 yards and four first downs in the first half. Maybe their defense isn’t a liability?
2 Brady-Edelman combo It’s not a surprise that Julian Edelman is a favorite target of Tom Brady, but it’s quite shocking that now only Jerry Rice has more playoff catches than the Patriots’ receiver.
1 Anderson’s revival C.J. Anderson, 27, had rushed for 100 yards three times in his previous 36 games before joining the Rams and reaching the century mark in three straight games.
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SAINTS 20, EAGLES 14
Saints rally past Eagles, will host Rams
The New Orleans Saints got two touchdown passes from Drew Brees, left, two interceptions by Marcus Lattimore, and rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 20-14 on Sunday to advance to the NFC championship game. Using a dominant ball-control offense after a horrendous start, Brees took the Saints (14-3) on scoring drives of 92, 79 and 67 yards. And a few gambles paid off to assure New Orleans will host the Rams (13-4) next Sunday for a spot in the Super Bowl. (AP)
NFC championship game: L.A. Rams at New Orleans Saints, 3:05 p.m. Sunday (Fox)
AFC championship game: New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs, 6:40 p.m. Sunday (CBS)
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After big comeback, Wizards fall in 2OT RAPTORS 140, WIZARDS 138 It took a snowstorm outside and the best team in the NBA on the court at Capital One Arena to cool off the Wizards’ budding hot streak Sunday afternoon. After taking care of two of the top four teams in the Eastern Conference in their previous two games, the Wizards mounted a late comeback attempt against the league-leading Raptors (33-12),
but ultimately fell 140-138 in double overtime. The loss featured a slow start but morphed into a display of the type of sharp play that earned recent victories against Milwaukee and Philadelphia. The Wizards moved the ball crisply and made big plays when it counted most, starting in the fourth quarter. But more than anything, Sunday’s game was yet another showcase for Bradley Beal. The team’s lone active AllStar played like one in front of an enthusiastic snow-day crowd of 16,919 and dropped 43 points
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A record afternoon The Wizards set a franchise record with 19 made 3s vs. the Raptors, one game after they tied the record by making 18 vs. the Bucks. Bradley Beal had a triple-double and Trevor Ariza was one rebound shy of the feat. No two Wizards teammates have ever recorded triple-doubles in the same game. (TWP/EXPRESS) NICK WASS (AP)
Beal records second triple-double in loss to league’s top team
Wizards guard Bradley Beal, top, battles for the ball against Raptors guard Kyle Lowry in Sunday’s loss.
on the Raptors, 24 of which came after the third quarter. Beal rounded out the second triple-double of his career with 10 rebounds and a game-high 15 assists.
Mavericks’ J.J. Barea has torn Achilles, ending season
The Wizards (18-26) fell into a 23-point hole in the second quarter and trailed for nearly 48 minutes before Beal capped a 21-point performance in the final period of regulation with a 26-foot 3-pointer to tie things at 124 with 21.5 seconds left and force overtime. “We’re taking steps in the right direction,” Trevor Ariza said. “Obviously tonight is a tough one. We wanted to win this one. … But we’re getting better every day. We’re paying attention. We’re playing harder.” AVA WALLACE (THE WASHINGTON POST)
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NHL Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby practiced fully Sunday morning, apparently no worse for wear after Columbus forward Cam Atkinson inadvertently wedged his stick through a hole in Holtby’s mask, injuring his left eye in the second period of Saturday night’s game. Holtby didn’t return to the game, and it’s unclear if he’ll start against the St. Louis Blues
tonight, the first game of a backto-back set. Coach Todd Reirden said the team doesn’t intend to recall another netminder, indicating Holtby is at least healthy enough to dress. Washington could choose to start Pheonix Copley against the Blues and then have Holtby in net against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. “Obviously anything with your eyes is a little scary,” Holtby said. “It’s fortunate that it wasn’t
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Holtby’s eye injury isn’t ‘too serious’ Capitals goalie Braden Holtby was hit in his left eye with a stick Saturday.
anything too serious. You just move on. ... I didn’t have the sight to keep going. I just wouldn’t have been a benefit to the team. … Eyes heal quickly, so just 24 hours and I’ll be back to normal.” Holtby, who has had Lasik
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surgery on his eyes in the past, implied his vision isn’t quite 100 percent yet, but “it’s progressing the right way, obviously,” he said. “Like anything, a scratch to your eye takes a bit to heal.” ISABELLE KHURSHUDYAN (THE WASHINGTON POST)
The faceoff winning percentage for the Capitals this season, the worst mark in the NHL. Washington general manager Brian MacLellan said Friday that he’s looking to make a forwardfor-forward swap ahead of the Feb. 25 trade deadline but won’t necessarily seek a faceoff specialist despite Washington’s struggles this year. (TWP)
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tough interview questions like that. Even the best applicants can get tripped up by questions that delve into sensitive subject matter or are so broad that it’s hard to know where to begin. Don’t let that happen to you. We asked experts for advice on how to answer some of the most dreaded job interview questions.
“Where do you see yourself in five years?” You’re focused on landing the job for which you’re interviewing. But now you’re being asked about the future? This question is all about assessing a candidate’s motivation. “Companies want to invest in people who have a self-interest in growing as well,” says Jason Patel, founder of D.C.-based college and career consulting firm Transizion. “If you’re working hard for yourself, you’re going to be working hard for the company.” Patel advises structuring your answer around the goals of the position for which you’re applying. “If you can grow in that position and provide value for the
company, you’ll be helping the company achieve its ultimate goals,” he says. Don’t be afraid to take a broad approach to your answer. “My strategy for this question is a learning and growing strategy,” says Laura M. Labovich, CEO of the Career Strategy Group in Bethesda, which offers career and job search services. “Say, ‘My goal is I want to be here at this organization constantly making a difference doing work that I love and am challenged by.’”
“Tell me about yourself.” This request can leave candidates looking like the proverbial deer in headlights, wondering how much of their life story the interviewer really wants to know. But you don’t have to start by telling them you were born in a small town — unless that’s relevant to the job on the table. “If you’re interviewing for a Hill job and the [representative] is from a small town, that’s a connection to make,” says Chang. “It’s about making that connection to what they’re doing.”
Candidates often hate this open-ended query, but Labovich says they should be thankful for it. “This is an opportunity for you to have a platform,” she says. “It’s the longest time period an employer will ever give you to talk about yourself, so you need to use that platform in the best way.” She advises picking two qualities you want to emphasize about yourself and then supporting them with examples. But know that you can’t devise just one standard answer to this request for every job interview you land. “You will always need to tailor it to the company interviewing you to emphasize the qualities they are looking for,” says Labovich. “Your answer is never static.”
“What are your weaknesses?” You want to put your best foot forward in a job interview, not talk about your flaws. But it’s far more likely you’ll be asked about the latter. Avoid the inclination to go cute or cliche with your answer. “Don’t say, ‘I don’t have any CONTINUED ON PAGE 17
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Filling out FAFSA is now a little easier The U.S. Department of Education announced last week that it will make it easier for families to provide proof of their income when applying for federal student aid. Every year, about onethird of all students who fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as FAFSA, are asked to provide an official IRS tax transcript to verify their income information. The Education Department flags students for verification at random, but higher-education experts say the neediest students are frequently audited. Rather than having to obtain a tax transcript, students can now provide signed copies of tax returns. College financial aid officers will also be allowed to accept signed statements from applicants whose families do not file tax returns. The changes benefit students still completing verification for the current academic year and for next year. (THE WASHINGTON POST)
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weaknesses,’ because that shows a complete lack of self-awareness,” says Patel. “And don’t say, ‘I’m too much of a perfectionist,’ because that doesn’t give anyone anything.” The key here is to talk about a real weakness you have (but not one that’s severe enough to knock you out of the running for the job) and then to address how you overcome that weakness. “‘I don’t get along with people’ would not be something you’d want to share,” says Labovich. “But maybe you’re not terribly comfortable in front of a room. So you can talk about how you’re going to Toastmasters and finding ways to get out of your comfort zone as much as possible.”
“What did you dislike about your previous job?” You may have a long list of responses to this question, and they might be the very reason why you’re looking for a new position. But you don’t want to spend your interview time trashing your current or former employer. For this question, make sure you can spin any negatives you mention into positives. “Instead of saying, ‘My last boss didn’t let me do XYZ and I resent her for micromanaging me,’ say, ‘I’m looking for an opportunity that allows me to do XYZ and I’m looking for more autonomy so I can show my creativity in my work,’” says Patel. “Everything you answer with here should be geared toward the future and about how you want to better yourself and your next
“Everything you answer with here should be … about how you want to better yourself and your next company.” JASON PATEL, on speaking about why you’re leaving your current job
company.” For Chang, this kind of question also speaks to how candidates deal with adversity. “If you had a bad experience at a job, briefly say whatever the issue was,” she says. “But as the interviewer, what I’m looking for is what you really learned from that experience.”
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This is a tricky question to answer. You don’t want to underprice yourself, but you also don’t want to throw out a number that’s completely unrealistic. “The first person who mentions a number loses when it comes to negotiations,” says Bianca J. Jackson, a career coach based in Silver Spring. “So I would try to get a number from them first. Every position is budgeted, so I would flip the question back onto them: ‘What have you budgeted for the role?’ ” Deflection is always a smart strategy. “Usually I’d say, ‘I’d love to learn more about this position before we discuss pay, and if this is the right role for me, I trust that we won’t let pay get in the way,’ ” says Labovich.
When the interviewer gives you the chance to turn the tables, don’t let it go to waste. Patel suggests having at least three questions at the ready. “My go-to questions are: ‘What are your clients’ biggest problems and how will this position I’m applying for help solve them,’ ‘What are the company or team goals over the next one to three years and how will I be able to help,’ and ‘How will this position enable me to grow and better myself as a professional,’ ” he says. Questions like these can help the interviewee better understand the expectations of the role. “It’s like dating,” says Chang. “Both sides have to decide if this is a good fit.” BETH LUBERECKI (FOR EXPRESS)
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Name: Ellie Schaack, 25 Position: Speechwriter
What she does Ellie Schaack remembers the first time she heard words that she had written tumble out of the mouth of a well-known politician. She recalls seeing passages she had crafted appear in the newspaper she reads each day — and in a book for sale at the bookstore. She remembers the first time her words went viral. Schaack is a District-based director at West Wing Writers, a firm she’s worked at since 2015 that offers speechwriting services and communications strategy. “We work with leaders of a lot of different types of organizations to tell their story in a way that helps them create whatever kind of change they want to make,” she says. “Whether that’s introducing a new idea or product, or passing legislation or changing the conversation about whatever issue they’re working on.” Sometimes, she adds, the most effective way to do that is via a speech, but she’s also helped clients write books and tweets — basically, whatever kind of written product they need. Schaack can’t divulge her specific clients due to confidentiality agreements, but she’s written for people who run nonprofits, tech companies and media organizations, as well as political candidates and government officials. “So, anyone who’s trying to lead a big conversation,” she says. When Schaack starts working on a new project — say, a 15-minute keynote a CEO will deliver at a conference, an award
acceptance speech, an inauguration address or an hour-long lecture — she first has an in-depth conversation with the client to determine his or her vision. Then comes the research stage. She reads constantly and relies on the firm’s interns, who create 100-page “welcome to this issue” packets that serve as useful primers. Next is the draft stage: Each speech goes through numerous iterations until everyone involved feels it’s the best it can possibly be. Sometimes, speechwriters have a month’s lead time on a given assignment; other projects — the “stressful ones,” Schaack says — come in with only a couple days’ notice. She spent much of the past year working on longterm book projects — nonfiction works “about these big global issues, and one person’s specific lens on that issue.” Schaack feeds off the variety that defines speechwriting. “It’s basically your whole job to figure out what make something interesting,” she says. “Especially if you work for a firm that does this for a lot of different people, you just keep dipping your toes into all these weird new things and learning only enough about them that you stop where it stops being interesting. What’s happening in the TV industry? How scared should we be about a global pandemic? And then you move on.”
How she got the job In 2013, while studying political science and English at Duke University, Schaack interned with then-Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado. While there, she wrote
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She’s got words for the wise
Ellie Schaack’s work for D.C. speechwriting firm West Wing Writers has appeared in books, speeches and lectures.
a speech for him on the immigration reform bill, which passed the Senate two days later. After that, she was sold on speechwriting, so she spent the summer before she graduated interning with West Wing Writers. But she particularly credits her current position to her extracurricular activities. She wrote a weekly op-ed for Duke’s student newspaper, for example, and describes doing so as boot camp for persuasive writing. “You master the art of capturing people’s attention, and of striking a tone that’s casual and relatable but also convincing,” she says. In addition to other activities, like debate competitions, she’s a singer — a surprisingly relevant skill. “Sometimes I look at the speeches I love and I’m like, the reason I love that is the rhythm and melody — and how it builds and builds to a climax. Developing a real ear for it is really useful for speechwriting.”
Who would want this job You have to be a generalist,
“You master the art of capturing people’s attention, and of striking a tone that’s casual and relatable but also convincing.” ELLIE SCHAACK, on how op-ed writing for her college newspaper prepared her for speechwriting
Schaack stresses, too, that you’ll need to be able to deal with not having your name attached to your work. Speechwriters are always writing for someone else, “and even when it’s in their voice, I like to say, if your fingers typed it on a keyboard, it feels like part of you.” Adjusting language to fit someone else’s priorities and preferences can be difficult, especially when it doesn’t quite mesh with your vision.
How you can get the job Schaack says, and crave learning about a new topic almost every day. And you absolutely have to love writing. “I could just wax poetic about the idea of words forever,” she says. “They take imaginary things and turn them into real, tangible change in the world. If you stop and think about it, it’s amazing.” Also: Make sure you’re OK with staring at a computer for a good part of the day (and, more specifically, the blinking cursor looming on an empty Word document that you really need to fill).
Study whatever you want in college: “We write about every topic under the sun, and breadth of knowledge is super useful,” Schaack says. Working for a political candidate can be a good way to break into the field, and interning at a firm like West Wing Writers is smart. But most important is to write — all the time. Schaack recommends crafting op-eds, even if you’re the only reader. Submit the really good ones to a publication you like, and perhaps you’ll gain a solid clip. ANGELA HAUPT (FOR EXPRESS)
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A classic copycat crime ‘True Detective’ Season 3 labors while attempting to replicate the show’s glory days TV REVIEW HBO still thinks there’s something truly great to be found in the ruins of “True Detective,” but why? It’s probably because the ponderous crime anthology’s first season caused such a stir when it premiered five (yes, five) years ago. Things fell apart in the summer of 2015, as viewers spit back the half-chewed mess of the bizarrely structured second season. Usually, when everyone — including network brass — shares a disappointment so intense, it’s the last we have to hear of it. Nope. “True Detective” was back with a double-episode Season 3 premiere Sunday night
and a conspicuous, almost selfconscious attempt to resemble its former self. Unfortunately, it’s no big surprise that things drag along in a very “True Detective” sort of way, at least until the season is more than halfway finished (there are eight episodes, five of which were given to critics). Even when the show is viewed with an open mind, the experience is a lot like coming home and discovering you forgot to set your slow cooker to actually cook the meal. Wearing old-man makeup for one of the show’s three plot points on a 35-year timeline, Mahershala Ali stars as Wayne Hays, a retired, 70-year-old Arkansas
state police detective who, in the year 2015, is struggling with symptoms of dementia. Foremost in Hays’ mind, however, is the November 1980 kidnapping-murder case of two siblings in the shabby, workingclass town of West Finger, where a 12-year-old boy, Will Purcell, and his 10-year-old sister, Julie, were last seen riding their bikes in the late afternoon. Hays is assigned to the case with his partner, Roland West (Stephen Dorff). Neighbors are questioned, nearby fields are combed, and soon enough the body of one of the Purcell children is found, while the other is missing and presumed dead.
Ali elevates the material without much help from the scripts. Creator Nic Pizzolatto has been persuaded, for the most part, to lose the fancy paragraphs of monologues that defined Matthew McConaughey’s “True Detective” and replaced them with your basic, serviceably noir patter. It can’t be easy to learn how to make TV on such high-profile terms. If “True Detective” aired on USA or TNT, the stakes wouldn’t be as high as they are, and half of us would have never heard of the show. Hope springs eternal for “True Detective,” but so does the letdown. HANK STUEVER
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“I just love the island so much, and I just want it to be proud of me.” LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, speaking Friday after his first performance back in the title role of “Hamilton” for a 23-show
run in Puerto Rico. Miranda organized the production to aid the island’s relief effort following Hurricane Maria.
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I watched “Schitt’s Creek” a few years ago because I am a fan of the great Second City Television alums Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara, who star in the Canadian sitcom as filthy rich couple Johnny and Moira Rose. After Johnny’s video store business implodes, they have no choice but to relocate to a podunk town with an obscenesounding name that they’d once bought for their son, David (Daniel Levy), as a gag gift. I hoped the show would be funny. It seemed contrived and dumb. I flicked it off after 10
minutes. Then I ran out of shows to binge over the past holiday season and gave Season 4 a try. Maybe the series got better, maybe I’ve changed, but I could not stop laughing — and am really psyched about the 14 episodes of Season 5, which launches at 10 p.m. Wednesday on the cable channel Pop TV. O’Hara, portraying a haughty former soap opera actor, elicits guffaws just from her parade of eye-poppingly weird black-and-white outfits and Lady Gaga-esque shoes. In the new season, she’ll be in Bosnia filming an apocalyptic movie about crows. She looks fabulous in feathers.
The children are equally amusing. David makes extremely funny faces to express his exasperation with pretty much everything. And his sister, Alexis (Annie Murphy), had an unusual past life: “I drove into the Prada store on Rodeo Drive. In fairness, it did look a lot like an entrance to a parking garage, and I was high at the time.” But as I laughed, I felt something else: empathy and joy! The series, created by Eugene and Daniel Levy for Canada’s CBC Television, isn’t afraid to tug at heartstrings as the emotionally handicapped Roses learn to become better people. David has trouble saying, “I love you.” But he overcomes his inner demons and expresses his love for his low-key partner by lip-syncing while Tina Turner sings, “You’re simply the best.” Which sums up my feelings about “Schitt’s Creek.” Read Marc’s previous columns at washingtonpost.com/muse
Missy Elliott makes Hall of Fame history Missy Elliott made history Saturday as the first female rapper selected for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Other inductees include legendary British singer Cat Stevens and country-folk icon John Prine. Elliott is just the third rapper to enter into the Hall, following JAY-Z and Jermaine Dupri’s inductions in 2017 and 2018, respectively. (AP) “Criminal Minds” to end after 15 seasons
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“Being gay isn’t a choice, being gay isn’t a phase, being gay shouldn’t be used for a trend and subscribers. Grow up, Logan Paul.” @SKAIJACKSON, slamming the often embattled YouTuber for saying on his podcast that he was going to “go gay for just one month” in March. Paul was immediately called out by members and allies of the LGBT community for suggesting sexual orientation is a choice. @AndreaRussett tweeted, “New year, same Logan Paul.”
“Open-ended questions asked are purely by mistake. ... I’m aware you can’t answer, but sometimes I slip up and ask real questions.” REDDIT USER BUSYBEEBEN, answering the prompt “Why do you talk to your patients while your hands are in their mouths?” asked by fellow user helloitsme72. The question was directed at dentists on the site, and immediately drew a lot of answers. The consensus: Yes/no questions distract patients from any discomfort, preventing them from tensing up during their dental visits.
“Can we give her props for recycling the can and having a low carbon footprint with her cart?” @MARMEL, joking about a Texas woman who was banned from her local Walmart on Friday. Police in Wichita Falls were called to the scene after reports of a suspicious person in the parking lot. Police said the caller reported that the woman was using an electric scooter to drive around the parking lot, while drinking wine from an empty Pringles can.
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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You may have to undergo something uncomfortable today in order to solve a problem that has been sneaking up on you for some time. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) What you really want is likely to remain out of reach today, but making a plan to close the gap can serve you well. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Loyalty and faithfulness give you a great deal to think about today — whether yours or someone else’s. You’re on the right track, surely. ARIES (March 21-April 19) Seek and ye shall find, today, but be ready to admit that what you were looking for isn’t exactly what you need. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You’ll be given a kind of “test” today by someone who wants to know just how reliable you really are. You are likely to pass with flying colors.
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1967: The Sixties’ “Summer of Love” unofficially begins with a “Human Be-In” involving tens of thousands of young people at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
2004: Former Enron finance chief Andrew Fastow pleads guilty to conspiracy as he accepts a 10-year prison sentence. (He was actually sentenced to six years and was released in December 2011.)
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Does it count as a shotgun wedding? “The Bachelor’s” Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham got married Saturday in Hawaii, according to Us Weekly. Luyendyk, 37, and Burnham, 27, got engaged on the show’s “After the Final Rose” special in March and announced in November that they are expecting their first child. “Ever since we’ve gotten together, we wanted to fast-forward to this day,” Luyendyk said. (EXPRESS)
Kanye West dropped out of Coachella two days before the April festival’s lineup was announced after organizers said they couldn’t accommodate his late request for an elaborate set, according to Billboard. On Jan. 1, the rapper reportedly told Coachella cofounder Paul Tollett that he didn’t want to perform on the main stage and instead wanted to construct a domed set in the middle of the fairgrounds. Informed that the additional set wasn’t possible because it would require the festival to overhaul its layout and remove a number of bathrooms, West became irritated and said he’s an artist who shouldn’t be bothered with such concerns, Billboard reported. (EXPRESS)
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Brie Larson and fiance Alex Greenwald have ended their engagement according to People. Larson, 29, got engaged to Greenwald, 39, in May 2016. The Oscar-winning actress had been dating the musician for more than five years. “They have taken a step back from their engagement for the time being, but they remain close,” a source said. (EXPRESS)
Audience members seeing “Beautiful,” the life story of Carole King, got a surprise when King appeared in the role of herself Saturday to celebrate the show’s fifth anniversary on Broadway. The packed house at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre cheered as King appeared, sitting at a piano to sing “Beautiful,” the final song. She had sung onstage during curtain calls but had never appeared in the show itself. (AP)
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