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Corey Hart’s Been Preparing For This Event for 30 Years Organizers of Gilda’s LaughFest in Grand Rapids, Mich., announced Tuesday that it will kick off on March 6 with an attempt to set a Guinness World Records mark for the most people wearing sunglasses in the dark. Past LaughFest events included record-setting efforts for donning false mustaches, wearing chicken beaks and tossing rubber chickens. (AP) SLOGANS
She Couldn’t Have It Her Way Heather Smith, 22, called 911 last Friday after receiving the wrong food at a Burger King in White Township, Pa. But when police arrived, they ended up charging her instead. While Smith waited for police, she allegedly got out of her car in the drive-through lane and started yelling. Police charged Smith with disorderly conduct. (AP) WHY THE KNIFE?
Robber: ‘I Heard Bank Had Dough, Lettuce and Cheddar!’
SNOWFLAKES IN THE CEMETERY: A burial team leads a horse-drawn casket through a snowcovered Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday. The region received about an inch of snow Tuesday, adding to an already significant total for the winter.
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GOP Tax Plan Dead on Arrival? McConnell says he sees no hope for overhaul this year
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Timothy D. Easley (ap)
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House Republicans haven’t even officially unveiled their massive plan to overhaul the tax code and the top Republican in the Senate is already pronouncing it dead. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday that he sees no hope for enacting tax overhaul legislation this year. He blamed Democrats for trying to use the issue to raise revenue by $1 trillion and said the object of overhauling the tax code should be making the nation more competitive, not raising more money for the government. McConnell’s remarks came a day before the Republican chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, was to unveil a massive tax plan three years in the making. Camp’s plan would cut income tax rates but impose a new surtax
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell blames Democrats for his pessimism.
on some high-income families, said a GOP aide who wasn’t authorized to discuss the plan by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. The top income tax rate for most families would be lowered from 39.6 percent to 25 percent. However, the plan would impose a new 10 percent surtax on some earned income above about $450,000. The new surtax would not apply to capital gains or dividends, sparing many of the superrich who make the bulk of their money from
investments. The plan had little chance of becoming law in this year even before McConnell’s remarks. But it could become a political document for House Republicans to show what they stand for, and for Democrats to attack, as the midterm elections approach in November. The issue of whether to increase overall tax revenue is a major sticking point among Republicans and Democrats. Most Republicans in Congress adamantly oppose any-
For Democrats anxious about preserving their Senate majority in a midterm election year, Bill Clinton on Tuesday suggested a path forward: Defend the health-care law, recommit to a populist theme of increasing wages and economic growth, and go after the super PACs flooding the airwaves with negative ads. Clinton made his first 2014 campaign stop in Kentucky to boost the candidacy of Alison Lundergan Grimes, above left, who is running to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. (The washington post )
thing that looks like a tax increase, while Democratic leaders insist that any attempt to overhaul the tax code raise additional revenue. STEPHEN OHLEMACHER (ap)
The number of “lifers” in California’s prisons who have been released over the past three years. Since taking office, Gov. Jerry Brown has affirmed 82 percent of parole-board decisions, releasing a record number of inmates with life sentences. The state has been grappling with court orders to ease a prison-crowding crisis. (AP)
Vice President Joe Biden says his decision on whether to seek the presidency in 2016 will not hinge on whether Hillary Rodham ClinBiden ton enters the race. Biden said Tuesday on ABC’s “The View” talk show that he had not made up his mind on running. (ap) Washington
Pentagon to Gear Up for Full Afghan Withdrawal
President Barack Obama has ordered the Pentagon to plan for a full American withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this year should the Afghan government refuse to sign a security agreement with the U.S., the White House said Tuesday. (ap) Stanford, calif.
Rare Disease Hits Calif. An extremely rare, polio-like disease has appeared in more than a dozen California children within the past year, and each of them suffered paralysis to one or more arms or legs, Stanford University researchers say. But public health officials haven’t identified any common causes connecting the cases. (ap)
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A female soldier trains on a firing range in Fort Campbell, Ky., in 2012. In a survey, few Army women said they’d like a combat job.
Surveying the Troops Only a small fraction of Army women say they’d like to move into one of the newly opening combat jobs, according to a survey of the service’s nearly 170,000 women. That survey and others across the Army also reveal that soldiers of both genders are nervous about women entering combat jobs but are determined to do it fairly. LOLITA C. BALDOR (AP)
The History Last year, Pentagon officials signed an order saying women must have the same opportunities as men in combat jobs, and the services have been devising updated physical standards, training, education and other programs for thousands of jobs they must open by Jan. 1, 2016.
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Italian Premier Clears Final Confidence Vote Premier Matteo Renzi easily won a final vote of confidence on Tuesday, clearing the way for his new government to begin Renzi a slate of promised reforms to Italy’s economy and institutions. Renzi won the vote in the lower house by a vote of 378-220, after clearing the Senate in the early hours by a slimmer margin. (AP) MEXICO CITY
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Ugandan Gay ‘Witch Hunt’ Begins Day after anti-LGBT law signed, tabloid exposes 200 people
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Kampala, Uganda A Ugandan newspaper published a list Tuesday of what it called the country’s “200 top” gays, outing some Ugandans and raising fears of violence against those named just a day after the president enacted a severe anti-gay law. Many on the list “are scared and they need help,” said Pepe Julian Onziema, a prominent Ugandan gay activist who was named in the Red Pepper tabloid. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday’s signing of the bill by Uganda President Yoweri Museveni marked “a tragic day for Uganda and for all who care about the cause of human rights.” He warned that Washington could cut aid to the East African nation over the new law, which punishes gay sex with up to life in prison.
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The exposé by the Red Pepper tabloid on Tuesday outed some Ugandans.
Those convicted of “promoting homosexuality” also face punishment. The Red Pepper ran its list of names — and some pictures — in a front-page story under the headline “EXPOSED!” News editor Ben Byarabaha said the paper published the full names of only the well-known activists and tried to use nick-
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Biden Tried to Warn Yanukovych Washington Two days before he ﬂed Ukraine’s capital, President Viktor Yanukovych huddled on the phone for more than an hour with Vice President Joe Biden, his primary conduit with the U.S. government throughout the political crisis consuming the former Soviet republic. Biden, who had built a working relationship with Yanukovych since becoming vice president, was at the forefront of the delicate diplomatic maneuvering for the Obama administration. He spoke to Yanukovych on the phone nine times during the three-month political crisis, according to a senior administration ofﬁcial familiar with the conversation, an unusual level of contact that underscored the heightened U.S.
Meanwhile ... Ukraine’s new authorities navigated tricky political waters Tuesday, working on a new government and trying to seek immediate financial help from the West. Yet protests in the country’s pro-Russian region of Crimea and the shooting of a top aide to fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych have raised fears of retaliation. Andriy Klyuyev, the chief of staff for Yanukovych until this weekend, was wounded by gunfire Monday and hospitalized, spokesman Artem Petrenko said Tuesday. (AP)
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Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mansour, chose the outgoing housing minister, a construction magnate from the era of ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak, as his new prime minister on Tuesday, some two months ahead of key presidential elections. (AP)
Awkward A poorly timed point by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday inadvertently (we think) made German Chancellor Angela Merkel look as if she had a mustache — evoking inevitable comparisons to former German leader Adolf Hitler and his infamous upper-lip hair. The two leaders — whose countries are allies now — were speaking at a joint news conference during Merkel’s visit to Jerusalem . (E XPRESS)
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Backstory Entire towns and villages were under the sway of the militant group Boko Haram when Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency last May. The military forced the insurgents out of urban areas, only to have them regroup in forests and caves where it has proved difficult to flush them out. The military said recent attacks are being perpetrated by militants escaping assaults on their forest hideouts. (AP)
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Woman Killed by Truck Mourned Mother of three was struck after loading daughter into car seat Arlington To her friends, Jennifer Lawson was an Arlington everymom — a supermom, really — who poured what seemed like an endless store of energy into raising her three kids. It was no surprise, then, that even as she died, Lawson was doing something motherly. According to police, friends and witnesses, Lawson, 39, had just loaded her youngest, a daughter, into a car seat in her minivan
Backstory Jennifer Lawson, police said, had parked her minivan in the 5900 block of North Little Falls Road so that its driver’s side opened to traffic. Such a practice would not be unusual: White lines designate an area for cars to park. The street, though, is not especially wide, and someone stepping out of a vehicle on the driver’s side would very likely be emerging into a lane of traffic. Police said they were still investigating exactly where Lawson was standing when she was hit and whether her minivan door protruded over the parking space line. They said they were also probing how fast the truck was going. (T WP)
when a dump truck pulled up. It hit Lawson and the door of her minivan with such force that witnesses say the van door remained stuck to the truck’s side. Directly in front of the Arlington elementary school where Lawson’s
oldest son is in kindergarten, Lawson was left fatally wounded. Her daughter, police said, was unhurt. A day after the incident, friends said they were grieving and struggling to process what had happened, as police and prosecutors
worked to reconstruct the crash and determine who — if anyone — was to blame. As of Tuesday afternoon, no one had been cited or charged with any crimes. Friends and acquaintances attached ﬂowers to a utility pole at the scene of the crash. They remembered Lawson foremost as a loving wife and doting mother to her children — a 5-year-old son, a 4-year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter. “T hey were ever y t hing to her,” said John Schmidt, a friend and former co-worker. M AT T Z A P O T O S K Y A N D PAT R I C K S V I T E K (THE WASHINGTON POST )
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Edens, developer of major mixeduse projects in D.C. and Merrifield, Va., is plotting its next act in Alexandria north of Old Town. Edens has purchased a Giant grocery store at 530 First St. and is under contract to buy the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control store next door, according to Steve Boyle, managing director of Edens. Between the two properties, Edens controls the entire block. Boyle said the company was planning a mix of residential units and retail, referring to it as “another opportunity to enrich the existing community in really what we call North Old Town.”
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Backstory Edens, a South Carolina-based company, has built a name locally by turning industrial property or dated shopping areas into mixeduse projects with an urban feel. In Fairfax County, it developed the Mosaic District on the site of a former movie theater. It is also building Union Market, a hub of restaurants and food shops in Northeast. (CB)
Edens has not yet submitted plans to the county, but it has begun discussing the project with prospective retailers. A sticking point might be the future of the Giant store, though. Stephanie Landrum, chief operating ofﬁcer at the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, said that Giant opened in 1951 and is the chain’s oldest operating store.
After meeting with Giant ofﬁcials, she said she wasn’t sure the company was prepared to close the store even though the chain will be opening a store in nearby Potomac Yard. A Giant spokesman said the company had not made a ﬁnal decision. Landrum said the area around the Giant was probably ready for redevelopment and Edens had the capacity to redeﬁne the location. “I think Edens is really popular right now,” she said. “People like what they’ve done in other places and companies want to be a part of their projects.” Landrum said that, in general, Alexandria was drawing more interest now that some industrial sites along the Potomac River had been opened up for development. “There just seems to be a lot of buzz about t he waterfront and Old Town,” she said. JONATHAN O’CONNELL (CAPITAL BUSINESS)
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So, what went wrong? And what does this mean for the broader Bitcoin economy?
What is Mt. Gox? Mt. Gox is probably the most well-known bitcoin exchange on the planet.
OK, but what is Bitcoin, and what is an exchange? Bitcoin is a distributed digital payment system and currency that is a lot like PayPal, except that there’s no single company that owns the Bitcoin network. Instead, transactions are processed in peer-to-peer fashion using a shared, public ledger. Oh, and while PayPal transactions are based on the dollar, the Bitcoin network has its own currency unit, also known as a bitcoin. Website exchanges let users trade bitcoins for conventional currencies. Mt. Gox has grown to become the most popular exchange around, reportedly processing 76 percent of Bitcoin transactions as recently as last spring.
So, what happened? Mt. Gox has disappeared. Many are now calling it insolvent. Its website went blank overnight. Its tweets were deleted. Although the source code for the page once appeared to hint at some sort of buyout or acquisition, it’s unclear if that was real or a bit of misdirection. Mt. Gox updated its site with a vague comment saying “a decision was taken to close all transactions for the time being in order to protect the site and our users. We will be closely monitoring the situation and will react accordingly.”
A Bit of a Setback?
What happens to bitcoins people had stored in Mt. Gox? No one knows for sure, but things don’t look good. If an unverified internal document is to be believed, Mt. Gox had $174 million in liabilities against $32.75 million in assets. And that $174 million in liabilities figure is based on the Mt. Gox trading price, which is essentially divorced from reality.
Some wonder if virtual currency is kaput as bitcoin exchange shutters Tokyo
One of the world’s largest bitcoin exchanges has seemingly disappeared, delivering a severe blow to the virtual currency as it struggles to gain legitimacy. A coalition of virtual currency companies said Tuesday that Tokyo-based Mt. Gox went under after secretly racking up catastrophic losses.
“I may have lost all of my money. It hasn’t shaken my trust in bitcoin, but it has shaken my trust in bitcoin exchanges.” — KOLIN BURGE S, WHO HAS $320,000 TIED UP IN BITCOINS WITH MT. GOX
Mt. Gox’s website was returning a blank page Tuesday. The disappearance of the site follows the resignation Sunday of Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles from the board of the Bitcoin Foundation, a group seeking legitimacy for the exotic new form of money. Prominent supporters of Bitcoin — including San Francisco-based wallet service Coinbase and Chinese exchange BTC China — sought to shore up conﬁdence in the currency by saying Mt. Gox’s collapse was an isolated case of mismanagement. “As with any new industry, there are certain bad actors that need to be weeded out, and that is what we are seeing today,” a statement from the services said. Since its creation in 2009, Bitcoin has become popular among tech enthusiasts, libertarians and
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Mt. Gox recently imposed a ban on bitcoin withdrawals, feeding speculation that it was out of money.
adventurous investors because it allows people to make one-to-one transactions, buy goods and services and exchange money across borders without involving banks, credit-card issuers or other third parties. Criminals like Bitcoin for the same reasons. For various technical reasons, it’s hard to know just how many people around the world own bitcoins, but the currency has attracted outsize media attention and the fascination of millions as an increasing number of large retailers such as Overstock.com begin to accept it. Central banks across the globe have been hesitant to recognize Bitcoin as a legitimate form of money, and Mt. Gox isn’t helping. Mt. Gox “reminds us of the downside of decentralized, unregulated currencies,” said Campbell Harvey, a professor at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. “There is no Federal Reserve or IMF to come to the rescue. There is no deposit insurance.” Campbell believes, however, that Mt. Gox’s disappearance “doesn’t mean the end of the road” for Bitcoin and other virtual currencies.
What Went Wrong?
It’s not entirely clear what happened to Mt. Gox, a Tokyobased exchange that has sometimes been criticized for poor security. Several experts have accused the exchange of ignoring warnings about a software glitch that could enable hackers to silently drain the business of its bitcoins. The glitch was recently fixed, but not before Mt. Gox imposed a ban on bitcoin withdrawals, feeding speculation that the exchange was out of money. (AP)
$1,200 The value of a single bitcoin in December, its all-time high
$470 The value of a bitcoin in the aftermath of the Mt. Gox collapse Tuesday
The collapse “might represent the end of the ‘Wild West,’ where anyone can set up shop and deal in crypto-currencies,” he said. But “increasingly sophisticated investors” are funding ventures that will “raise both quality and conﬁdence.” Documents purportedly leaked from Mt. Gox lay out the scale of the problem. An 11-page “Crisis Strategy Draft” published on the blog of Bitcoin enthusiast Ryan Selkis said that 740,000 bitcoins are missing from Mt. Gox, which roughly translates to hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of losses. “At t he r isk of appea r ing hyperbolic, this could be the end of Bitcoin, at least for most of the public,” the draft said. RAPHAEL SATTER AND YURIKO NAGANO (AP)
Swiftly. The leaders of several Bitcoin services released a letter Monday distancing Mt. Gox from the market. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., released a statement calling the news about Mt. Gox a disturbing reminder “of the damage potentially ill equipped and unregulated financial actors can wreak on unsuspecting consumers” and called for stakeholders to “engage in meaningful dialogue to provide clear rules of the roads for entrepreneurs, investors, and consumers.”
So, what happens now? This is a major setback for Bitcoin. Some fear that a sudden loss of confidence in online exchanges’ ability to protect their stored bitcoins could kill off the currency’s appeal. But Bitcoin is no stranger to scandals, hacks, or otherwise poor business judgment. Since it was started by the pseudononymous Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009, it’s gone from being worth pennies to more than $1,200 per bitcoin. It’s possible this represents nothing more than a major growing pain. Other services are cropping up hoping to take its place. ANDREA PETERSON (THE WASHINGTON POST )
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Campers: Boys and girls between 8 and 15 Length: Three two-week sleepaway sessions for 11- to 15-year-olds; a oneweek session for 8- to 10-year-olds. Distance from D.C.: 100 miles The vibe: Small camp surrounded by nature What it’s like: Phoebes, warblers
and woodpeckers will greet your camper at the Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies, situated in a West Virginia valley of the Appalachian mountains. Campers swim, hike and hunt for butterﬂies and newts while exploring nature at this secluded destination. An added bonus: The camp promises its food is really good. And for kids at heart, there’s a weekend camp for adults 21 and over.
Reclaiming Summer In the age of six-second Vine videos and vanishing Snapchats, summer camp, with its ﬁreside songs and slow-your-roll activities, may seem blasé to the modern child. But did we mention the ziplining and wakeboard lessons? From the Chesapeake to Appalachia, adventure camps are taking advantage of the D.C. region’s natural bounty to oﬀer children as young as 4 a summer so chock full of activity that they’ll forget all about their iPads. Summer camps are more than just a chance for kids to run around. They
encourage independence by giving children exposure to peers and positive role models who “care but are not attached by the umbilical emotional strings,” says Vini Schoene, director of the Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies in Capon Bridge, W.V. Ready for your kid to detach and unplug? Adventures await at these nearby camps. AMBREEN ALI (FOR E XPRESS)
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Length: Sleepaway camp ranges from several days to eight weeks Distance from D.C.: 130 miles The vibe: Kids choose from a broad set of activities What it’s like: Camp Horizons
Allegheny Mountains serve as the background for 250-acres of fields, streams and farmland nestled in a valley. Now in its 22nd year, Hidden Meadows draws 165 children each summer with activities such as horseback riding, fly fishing and mountain boarding — a snowboarding-inspired sport that’s like skateboarding down an incline. Campers also learn about farming and pitch in with meals by harvesting garden vegetables.
offers traditional camp and several specialty offerings for children who want to focus on horseback riding, trekking and mountain biking, and cultivating leadership. Situated at the base of the Massanutten Mountain Range, the camp offers children their choice of dozens of indoor and outdoor activities ranging from film photography to fishing. Older children can take caving and rock-climbing trips.
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has been welcoming young women for adventures in Shenandoah Valley since 1929. Girls can come for a full season or for shorter stints to sample the camp’s offerings, which include daily horseback riding, swimming, trail rides and tennis. Campers also learn about the area’s American Indian past through crafts and storytelling, and they have a chance to dance or join the choir. A nightly campﬁre gathering ends with a goodnight circle activity that involves singing songs to mark the end of each day.
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Immersion, Diversion Language camps are a fun way for kids to learn a foreign tongue One of the many advantages of living in and around a city as culturally diverse as Washington is the abundance and variety of language-immersion camps available to children of all ages. Learning a new language can give kids a leg up not just in school but also in an increasingly multicultural world. More important, perhaps: It’s just a fun way to spend a summer. Many language-immersion
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sion camps to children 30 months to 8 years old. Language Stars provides French, Spanish and Mandarin camps for children ages 3 to 10. The Washington International School offers a “Passport to Summer” program at its Georgetown campus (1690 36th St. NW; 202-2431791, wis.edu). The school also has French, Spanish and Mandarin camps for children ages 3 to 11. The Fairfax County, Va., public school system offers its own immersion courses. Kids can learn Spanish, French, Mandarin or German in the FLEX language summer programs (fcps.edu/is/ace/k12.shtml) geared toward children from first through 11th grade. Camp Lango in Prince George’s, Md., (14100 Mt. Oak Road, Bowie, Md.; princegeorgeslango.com) offers Spanish, Mandarin and French classes, camps and clubs. (El Tiempo Latino)
How to Choose A Language Camp We asked Raúl Echevarría of CommuniKids Preschool what parents should ask when considering a language camp: Ask how the program is organized and what types of activities are offered. Are they well suited to your child’s age, interests and stage of development? Will the activities be engaging for your child? If the activities are fun, kids will be more likely to learn. Make sure programs will work for your kids as they’re learning the language, not just when they’re already fluent. It’s hard to become fluent in one summer. See if the camp offers opportunities for language learning throughout the year, “In order for fluency to emerge, you should seek programs that will challenge and ‘grow’ with your child,” Echevarría says.
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night camps offer sessions from two to 11 weeks, and many camps also offer short programs for new and younger campers. Camp Tall Timbers in High View, W.V., for example, offers a “Wet Your Feet” weeklong session and “Try-out Weekend” sessions for rookie campers. If day camp is preferable, decide between halfdays or full-days and keep in mind how far you're willing to drive back and forth. Other important considerations include your budget, single-sex vs. co-ed, location and schedule. Many online resources have made easy work of searching for camps using these criteria. Acacamps.org and campeasy.com, for example, have multiple search options and are great places to start your search. When selecting a camp, the American Camp Association recommends choosing a camp based on its intrinsic values rather than Continued on page E12
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subjects from art to science, history and more. Many of the area’s museums run summer camp programs. Just a few to consider: International Spy Museum, Smithsonian Summer Camps, National Zoo Camps, Crime Museum, National Building Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art. Check the museum’s individual website. Foundation for Jewish Camp offers guidelines on what makes a Jewish camp, how to choose one, where to find one, and more. jewishcamp.org. CampEasy, founded by Virginia mom Brooke Salkoff, is designed to help parents find camps online. campeasy.com.
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its facilities. The National Camp Association (summercamp.org) agrees: Choose a camp that can meet many, if not all, of the needs, interests, goals and expectations of both you and your child, it advises. Sit down together and ask yourselves the following questions: What do you and your child want to gain from the camp experience? What are your child’s special interests? Does your child have any phys-
ical, intellectual or social limitations that should be considered? What kind of environment will beneﬁt your child most? (i.e., structured versus a more self-guided pace; co-ed vs. boys/girls only?) And don’t forget about cost, size and location. Perhaps the most important part of the decision, however, is your child. If you include him or her in the selection process, the camp you end up choosing will likely be a good ﬁt — and one that he or she can’t wait to experience. (E XPRESS)
Does One Size Fit All? It’s rare that one type of camp is good for every child (even every child in one family). You may want your child to start out at a day camp, and then in the next year or so move to an overnight camp. Your child may be musically or athletically or scientifically inclined. As a youngster, your child may not want to go to a co-ed camp, but that may well change in later years. There are so many camps because there are so many different types of campers. But rest assured, whatever your child needs, there is certain to be a camp that will provide the best possible experience.
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Before the Capitals went out to practice Tuesday, Nicklas Backstrom told his teammates that while he continues to deal with fallout from testing positive for a substance that is banned by the International Olympic Committee, he will do his best to make sure it doesn’t cause a distraction for the group moving forward. “I was talking to the guys today and I said, ‘I’ll deal with this on the side.’ I think we have a really important situation here in Washington right now. We’re not in a playoff spot and we have to look forward to that,” Backstrom said. “I’m focusing on Washington right now, how we have to deal with this as a team, how we have to win hockey games. That’s what I’m going to do.” That was easier said than done Tuesday, though, as many in Sweden and the international community are still looking to assign blame for the situation. With several Swedish news outlets at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Tuesday, pressing for more details, Backstrom reiterated that he has taken the allergy medication Zyrtec-D for seven years. While Zyrtec-D is an approved drug, it contains pseudoephedrine which is prohibited by the IOC at certain levels. Backstrom’s test results showed an elevated amount. “I’ve had allergies for seven years, since I got here. Everyone that lives in the Washington area knows how bad it is here,” Backstrom said. “Who do I blame? Well,
Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom bounces a puck on his stick during practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Tuesday.
Ovechkin’s Sorry for Olympic Play Alex Ovechkin has apologized for Russia’s disappointing performance in the hockey tournament at the Winter Olympics. Russia was eliminated by Finland in the quarterfinals last week in Sochi. “I want to say sorry to the fans because it’s once in a lifetime opportunity to represent your country in the Olympics, and you didn’t get the results, you didn’t get any medal,” Ovechkin said. He said he’s worried most about his father, who is recovering after having heart surgery during the Olympics. (AP)
I followed the doctor’s recommendation.” Sweden’s team doctor Bjorn Waldeback told reporters in Sochi on Sunday that Backstrom asked him before the Olympic tournament began if he could continue taking the medication and he said yes. “I feel a very big responsibility for this as I am medically respon-
sible,” Waldeback said in Sochi. “But on the other hand, we could’ve never imagined the consequences of taking a medication that hardly affects the person and ruins the greatest day of his life.” Backstrom has already missed out on the opportunity to play in that important contest, but he’ll now have to wait up to two weeks
to ﬁnd out if he will receive a silver medal while the IOC investigates the issue. “It’s up to the IOC,” Backstrom said. “We’re still waiting and talking to the Swedish Federation and we’ll see what’s going to happen. It’s up to them.” The Capitals are trying to offer all the support they can, knowing how much the opportunity to play for Sweden in the gold-medal game meant to Backstrom. “I think it’s [garbage],” said Martin Erat, a fellow Olympian for Czech Republic. “Take a guy like him, he works all his life for a tournament like that and he gets to the point where he plays in the biggest game of his career probably and some politicians or whatever just messed it up for him. It’s stupid.” K ATIE CARRER A (THE WASHINGTON POST )
Poor Taste: A South African bakery apologized via Twitter on Tuesday for producing a line of cookies with messages relating to the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympian. South African media said the bakery posted photos of cookies decorated with images of Pistorius, left, and messages such as “And the Oscar goes to … jail,” and one of a toilet door and a sign reading “Caution using toilet please don’t shoot!” (AP)
Jason Collins has received support from everyone from his teammates to Billie Jean King since becoming the ﬁrst openly gay athlete to play in one of the United States’ four major professional leagues. Collins said Tuesday morning that he’s received phone calls, texts and emails, as well as messages on Facebook and Twitter, and has been spending time “just trying to thank everyone for their support.” The 7-footer said one of the most meaningful messages was a text Monday night from King, the former tennis great. “She just got back from Sochi. With all that’s happening with the loss of her mother, she was great. It was really nice to hear from her. It was very meaningful and very much appreciated,” Collins said. Collins signed a 10-day contract on Sunday and played 11 scoreless minutes in a victory against the Los Angeles Lakers. BERNIE WILSON (AP)
TV Lineup COLLEGE BASKETBALL (7 P.M., RSN) No. 12 Virginia (23-5, 14-1 ACC) looks to avoid losing a trap game to Miami (14-13, 5-9) before Saturday’s big showdown against No. 4 Syracuse. The Cavaliers are riding an 11-game winning streak.
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Jordan Will Start First Spring Game Nationals Nationals manager Matt Williams says Taylor Jordan will start the team’s ﬁrst spring training game. Williams made the announcement Tuesday. The Nationals play the New York Mets on Friday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Williams did not say who will start the home opener Saturday against Atlanta, but he said Stephen Strasburg is on target to take the mound on opening day, March 31 against the Mets in New York. The first-year manager said the team has its pitching schedule mapped out. Jordan, a 25-year-old righthander, made nine starts for Washington last season and went 1-3 with a 3.66 ERA. He is in contention for the team’s No. 5 starter position. (AP)
Meanwhile … Ryan Zimmerman saw his first action of the spring at first base Monday in Viera, Fla. “It felt good,” Zimmerman said. Manager Matt Williams added: “He’s really good. He’s one of those unique guys that has great hands.” (THE WASHINGTON POST )
College Basketball Dez Wells has been one of the most productive — and upbeat — of the Maryland Terrapins during a season that’s been filled with close losses. But even the junior swingman was left dumbfounded after the latest near-miss by the Terps — when they fell at home Monday against Syracuse, which slipped from No. 1 to No. 4 in the AP poll just hours before tipoff. Maryland had a chance to win in the ﬁnal seconds as a 3-pointer by Seth Allen was off the mark at the buzzer and the Orange escaped with a 57-55 victory. The Terps had 18 turnovers but came back from a 12-point deﬁcit. “They’re a good team, we’re a good team,” Wells said. “We could
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Maryland’s Dez Wells, right, scored 15 points in Monday’s loss to No. 4 Syracuse.
have won this game just like we could have won against Duke … and all the other good teams we have been playing really close.
“Our season is not over until the ACC tournament is over,” Wells added. “We still have a chance. I’m ready, my teammates are ready and
Posey Supports MLB’s New Rule Baseball San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, whose 2011 season was cut short after the Marlins’ Scott Cousins crashed into him at the plate, said Tuesday that a home plate collision rule adopted by Major League Baseball and its players does a good thing by eliminating “malicious collisions.” “I’ve always said that the main thing is for everybody to be comfortable with it, that the catchers and runners are protected,” said Posey, addressing the rule change for the ﬁrst time. Posey, an All-Star catcher, sustained a broken bone in his lower left leg and three torn ligaments in his ankle in the May 2011 collision, an injury that helped intensify debate over plate collisions. Posey returned in 2012 to win the Nation-
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Giants catcher Buster Posey had his 2011 season cut short after a collision.
al League MVP award. The new rule, in what both sides said was a one-year experiment, allows collisions if the catcher has the ball and is blocking the runner’s direct path to home plate, and if the catcher goes into
we’re going to go on a run.” Maryland (15-13, 7-8 ACC) has lost in the closing seconds to four teams that were ranked when they played them: 78-77 to No. 18 Connecticut, 83-79 to No. 20 Pittsburgh, 69-67 to No. 8 Duke and now to the fourth-ranked Orange. The Terps play at Clemson on Sunday, then ﬁnish the regular season at home against Virginia Tech on March 4 and Virginia on March 9. “Something has to happen and that’s something me and Coach [Mark] Turgeon are going to talk about and I’m just going to put it on my shoulders to ﬁgure out what we need to do and what needs to happen for us to take that jump,” said Wells, who is averaging nearly 15 points per contest. After the loss, Turgeon was asked if anything in his coaching past had prepared him for the near misses this year against NCAA tournament-bound teams. “No,” he said simply, then walked away. DAVID DRIVER (FOR E XPRESS)
the basepath to ﬁeld a throw to the plate. The rule states that “a runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher [or other player covering home plate].” A runner violating the rule will be declared out, even if the ﬁelder drops the ball. The umpire crew chief can use the new video-review system to determine whether the rule was violated. “I have always set up in front of the plate, where the runner can have part of the plate,” Posey said. Tony Clark, the new executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, asked for Posey’s input in helping both sides shape the rule. “They got a lot of different input,” Posey said.
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Outfielder Nelson Cruz served a 50-game suspension for a violation of Major League Baseball’s drug agreement last season.
Cruz Looks to Move On Orioles’ new slugger trying to shift focus away from 2013 ban Baseball When it comes to his 50-game drug suspension, Nelson Cruz didn’t have much to say during his introduction by the Baltimore Orioles. Cruz gave short answers to any Biogenesis-related questions during a news conference Tuesday, a day after the 33-year-old outﬁelder ﬁnalized an $8 million, one-year contract. “Whatever happened in the past, I look to move forward and have a great year with the Baltimore Orioles,” Cruz said. C r u z w a s s u s p e nde d f or 50 games last August while with the Texas Rangers for a violation of Major League Baseball’s drug agreement related to the league’s
“I’m really excited for the opportunity. I like challenges and I think it’s going to be a great challenge for me.” — ORIOLES OUTFIELDER NELSON CRUZ
investigation of Biogenesis of America, an anti-aging clinic. He was joined at the news conference by eight of his new teammates, including Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones, Manny Machado, Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters. Markakis said last summer that MLB needed stiffer penalties for violations of the drug rules. On Saturday, Markakis said he still favored tougher penalties but was happy to have Cruz on the Orioles. “My opinion doesn’t change
toward anything,” Markakis said. “He’s part of this team now and he’s going to be in this clubhouse and we’re going to welcome him just like anybody else.” Cruz hit .266 last year with 27 homers and 76 RBIs in 109 games. The suspension cost him $2.7 million of his $10 million salary. He signed with Baltimore more than three months after he turned down a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Rangers. “It was a frustrating process, but I’m happy for the decision that I made,” Cruz said. Cruz is part of a late spending spree for the Orioles. Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez agreed to a $50 million, four-year contract and South Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon received a three-year deal for $5.6 million. “We’ve been steadily putting our team together,” Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said. (AP)
A National (Pastime) Holiday: There’s a drive afoot to make baseball’s opening day a national holiday. Naturally, a brewery thinks it’s a good idea and has enlisted the St. Louis Cardinals’ Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith in the quest to get everyone another day off work. Budweiser and Smith, left, announced an advertising initiative Monday to get 100,000 signatures from people 21 and older on WhiteHouse.gov/petitions within 30 days. (THE WASHINGTON POST )
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Father Comedy Whenever I think of Harold Ramis, who died Monday at age 69, his role in 2007’s “Knocked Up” springs to mind. Playing father to Seth Rogen, a manchild who is about to become a dad with a woman he barely knows, the sardonic Ramis dispenses sage, genuinely warm wisdom. “This is a disaster,” Rogen says. “An earthquake is a disaster,” Ramis replies. “This is a good thing.” The scene symbolizes Ramis’ place in modern comedy: He was its wise (yet sarcastic) father figure, mapping a By Rudi blueprint to mainstream Greenberg success through the films he wrote, directed and starred in. When the stoner Rogen wonders how he’ll tell his kid not to do drugs without being a hypocrite, Ramis reminds Rogen that he, too, smoked pot while advising Rogen not to. Ramis also had things both ways in his movies: They were broad and widely successful yet subtly subversive. His heroes were underdogs who rebelled against stuffy institutions (the country club elite in “Caddyshack”). The films were satirical (“Stripes”), weird (“Ghostbusters”) and philosophical (“Groundhog Day”). “Stuff happens and you just gotta deal with it … that’s the beauty of it all,” Ramis tells Rogen in “Knocked Up.” That’s the Ramis I’ll always remember. For more of Rudi’s comedy musings, follow him on Twitter: @rudigreenberg.
Beck’s new album ‘Morning Phase’ is full of moody musings and not much else
producer) are concerned with the smallest of details, his lyrics are the opposite, dealing with love in the broadest sense. On this album, the lyrics are just another garnish. Although the ingredients seem to suggest a depressing listen, “Morning Phase,” to Beck’s credit, never truly drags. The songs may be far from joyous, but there’s a certain life to them.
Album Review Who would have thought that the defining persona of one of music’s most adept and adventurous shapeshifters of the past 20 years would end up being the traditional role of sad dude with an acoustic guitar? There’s more to “Morning Phase,” Beck’s ﬁrst new album in 5½ years, than simple unplugged melancholy. But because he is returning from such a long layoff with an album of such singular vision, it’s hard not to interpret this as a clear statement of purpose. “Morning Phase,” out now, is a triumph on the periphery. Elaborate ﬂourishes and elegant arrangements decorate every song with an enveloping glow. Even if many of those lovely sounds are stock at this point — string swells and echoed vocals always come in exactly when you expect them to — they are still expertly deployed through these midtempo dirges. But the overall effect is akin to putting pencil sketches into gold-plated frames. The shiny stuff on the outside is nice but less appealing when it turns out to be the main attraction. If the arrangements Beck curates (he serves as the album’s
It’s hard not to compare this exercise in sad-sackery to the rest of Beck’s discography.
“Morning Phase” is Beck’s first new album in 5½ years.
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The less-orchestral, more-rustic songs stand out as the best. “Say Goodbye” features some imperfectly plucked banjo that is oddly comforting, and Beck gives his vocals a hint of twang to match the accompaniment of “Country Down.” That “Morning Phase” is so clearly a sequel — and arguably a slightly updated carbon copy — to “Sea Change,” Beck’s previous exercise in sad-sackery, makes it hard not to compare the album with the rest of Beck’s discography, as well. Of course, nobody is asking Beck to re-create the collision of the genres he navigated so well in the ’90s. But ultimately “Morning Phase” feels like settling. It’s a gorgeous album, but it’s one that we’ve already heard before and isn’t a full course. DAVID MALITZ (THE WASHINGTON POST )
Don’t Look Down: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, left, will star in “To Walk the Clouds” as Philippe Petit, the French high-wire artist who walked across a tightrope between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. Robert Zemeckis has signed on as director for the 3-D film. Petit, 64, was previously the subject of the 2008 documentary “Man on Wire,” which details the night he snuck into the buildings to complete the stunt. (E XPRESS)
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Her ‘Bark’ Has Plenty of Bite Lorrie Moore’s short stories are thick with cynicism and darkness Book Review “Bark,” Lorrie Moore’s new collection of short stories, is not something you’d want to give to the newly engaged — unless your intent is subversive and your humor, like Moore’s, is mordant. Of the book’s eight stories — four of which were ﬁrst published in the New Yorker — most address the bitter disappointments of romantic relationships with her trademark sardonic wordplay. See-
sawing with uncanny adeptness between facetiousness and earnestness, she keeps readers slightly off balance as she works her way through moving portraits of vulnerability, awkwardness, resignation and melancholic fortitude. In an exercise that might seem academic in a lesser writer’s hands — and unlike anything in her most recent books, which include “Birds of America” and “A Gate at the Stairs” — two of the more interesting stories in “Bark” are closely based on classics. While they stand alone just ﬁne, it’s Moore’s variations that imbue them with layers of signiﬁcance. In “Wings,” Milton Theale, a
lonely, elderly widower, replaces the young heiress Milly Theale from Henry James’ “The Wings of the Dove.” As in James’ novel, characters’ motives are hardly pure. But Moore leavens her ironic morality tale with dark humor, including the juxtaposition of a billboard and nearby trafﬁc sign that read “Hospice Care: It’s Never Too Soon to Call” and “Pass with Care.” In “Referential,” Moore’s reworking of Vladimir Nabokov’s 1948 short story “Signs and Symbols,” the impact is again in her
altered climax. Both versions open with a man and woman visiting an “incurably deranged,” suicidal 16-year-old boy in a “facility.” Moore replaces Nabokov’s married couple with a long-widowed mother and her boyfriend, who had become “a kind of step-father” to her troubled son but, out of work since the economic downturn, has drifted away. Although both stories are about hope and resignation, in Moore’s clever, modern twist, the calls sound the death knell for a relationship. It’s a ﬁttingly plaintive note for this powerful collection about the difﬁculty of letting go of love. HELLER MCALPIN (THE WASHINGTON POST)
‘The Americans’ In the season premiere (10 p.m., FX), Elizabeth (Keri Russell, above) returns to work, and goes into a seemingly routine mission that goes wrong. Paige has become more suspicious since her mother has been away. Stan continues to be smitten with the Russian agent who’s playing him. (TRIBUNE MEDIA)
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“I thought maybe I could motivate Ethan to care about the SAT, just a little, if I climbed into the trenches myself.” — DEBBIE STIER AT THEATLANTIC.COM
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“There is a good reason Goldman Sachs has been unable to uncover its Twitter-happy employee: He doesn’t work at the firm. And he never did.” — ANDREW ROSS SORKIN AT DEALBOOK .NYTIMES.COM reveals John Lefevre,
34, is behind @GSElevator, a Twitter account with more than 630,000 followers that tweets gossip purportedly overheard at Goldman Sachs (i.e. “Groupon… Food stamps for the middle class.”). Although the account was revealed to be a parody, Sorkin writes, it earned Lefevre, who lives in Texas, a six-ﬁgure book deal to develop a tome about Wall Street culture.
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“The awardwinning Russian pianist performed amongst dozens of others on what seems like an exploding piano.” — TIMOTHY BURKE AT DEADSPIN .COM writes about what NBC left
out of its broadcast of the Sochi Olympics’ closing ceremony. NBC cut 38 percent of the show, Burke writes, including a segment that featured award-winning Russian pianist Denis Matsuev in an action-packed piano bit.
“On her 21st birthday party, he made sure that most of the cast didn’t show up, making her feel dejected. Result: An Oscar nomination …” — MARK JUDDERY AT THEWEEK .COM writes about actors who
suffered in real life for their craft, including Joan Fontaine, above left, who earned an Oscar nomination for her title role in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 ﬁlm “Rebecca.” The role required her to feel fearful and insecure, so to assure the desired effect came through on screen, Hitchcock ruined her birthday. His method worked.
“My morning coffee just tastes better now that Hulkamania has ran wild in the @WWE one more time.” — @ERICLACY tweets his glee about the return of Hulk Hogan on “Monday Night RAW” this week. Hogan, who shot to fame in the 1980s, inspired a stream of online chatter after announcing he will host “WrestleMania 30” on April 6.
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If Even the Pope Doesn’t Want To See Your Bible Movie …
Should Have Thought of That Before You Proposed
Russell Crowe asked Pope Francis via Twitter to screen “Noah,” his film about the Biblical flood, the New York Post has reported. Crowe tweeted Monday, “Dear Holy Father @Pontifex @Pontifex_it @DarrenAronofsky #Noah film. Screening? The message of the film is powerful, fascinating, resonant.” The pope has not responded to Crowe’s request, via Twitter or otherwise. (EXPRESS)
It makes Charlie Sheen “crazy” that the media refers to his fiancee, Brett Rossi, as a porn star, an unnamed source told RadarOnline. Rossi is apparently no longer acting in pornography and recently graduated from nursing school. The source said Sheen also wants the public to refer to Rossi by her legal name, Scottine Ross, because Brett is her stage name. (EXPRESS)
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‘Do You Also Handle Issues Between Singing Competition Judges?’ Simon Cowell hired a dog expert to introduce his Yorkshire terriers, Squiddly and Diddly, to his newborn son, a source told the New York Post. The canine caretaker told Cowell to put his son’s blanket in the dogs’ basket to acclimate them to his scent. The expert also brought the dogs cashmere sweaters and leather snow boots while Cowell was away. (EXPRESS)
The LA County judge already saw through Amanda’s Nicki Minaj disguise.
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This is not Simon Cowell’s new baby boy, but how could we resist?
While on the Sirius XM Radio show “Stand Up! with Pete Dominick” on Tuesday, Al Roker took shots at Conan O’Brien, saying he looks forward to “when he’s on real TV,” instead of cable channel TBS. When asked about his bout of incontinence at the White House, Roker said IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and TBS “are the same kind of thing.” (E XPRESS)
Transformation Into Lohan Almost Complete Amanda Bynes has pleaded no contest to alcohol-related reckless driving. The actress was sentenced to three years of probation and three months of alcohol education classes. Bynes was arrested in April 2012 on suspicion of drunken driving after she clipped a Los Angeles County sheriff’s patrol car. The 27-year-old actress was also was ordered to get counseling after she allegedly threw a bong out of a Manhattan window last year. (AP)
“I don’t mind how it looks, but I mind dealing with it … I do have a whole new sympathy for women.” — DANIEL RADCLIFFE TOLD THE TELEGRAPH THAT GROWING OUT HIS HAIR FOR A ROLE IN A FILM VERSION OF FRANKENSTEIN HAS BEEN “A NIGHTMARE.”
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