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At Fort Hood, ‘a Family in Uniform’ General just home from war is again comforting wounded

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The woman, who moments earlier had been forcing a smile for the visiting general and the congressmen, burst into tears. Her brother, a young private first class, lay in a hospital bed a few feet away, one of the victims of last week’s mass shooting at Fort Hood. He was conscious but unable to talk because of a breathing tube. Lt. Gen. Mark Milley wrapped his arms around the woman and tried to console her outside the hospital room. “I’ve been in a lot of combat zones,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of wounded and injured soldiers. He’s going to be OK.”

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“In combat, you expect it. You don’t expect it back in the U.S. on this scale,” Lt. Gen. Mark Milley said of the shooting.

Milley had returned to Fort Hood late last month, after a oneyear tour of Afghanistan. Eleven days later, Spc. Ivan Lopez opened fire on troops, killing three soldiers and wounding 16 before he took his own life. As Milley visited the hospital Saturday, he was still wearing his Afghanistan combat boots. For more than a decade, Milley had been making similar vis-

On Monday, military investigators said that the rampage at Fort Hood was related to the shooter’s request for leave from the Army post. Army spokesman Chris Grey did not indicate whether Spc. Ivan Lopez was granted the leave. Authorities have said the shooting was preceded by an argument Lopez had with other soldiers in his unit. Grey said Lopez fired more than 35 shots during the eight-minute rampage. (AP)

its to hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan to check in on his wounded troops and offer words of encouragement. “Battlefield circulation” was what his staff was calling this day, which included hospital visits and a trip with two Texas congressmen to the crime scene.

In one of the hospital rooms, a young soldier sat by her bedside. Milley bent down on one knee to look at her. “How are you feeling?” he asked. She replied in a whisper. The general held her hand. “You’re going to have challenges getting the images out of your head,” he quietly told her. “You have a mom here. You have a family in uniform. Remember, you’ve got help if you need it.” Later, outside the hospital, Milley pulled aside a company commander whose 80-soldier unit had suffered two dead and three wounded in the shooting. “Make sure your soldiers get help. Get them counseling,” Milley said. “No survivor’s guilt. You’ve been in combat, so you know. It’s the same drill here.” Greg Jaffe (The Washington Post )

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A 6-month-old giraffe born with a terminal defect that prevents her from digesting most foods is set to undergo surgery that an Oklahoma City Zoo veterinarian said has never been performed on her species. Kyah, above, has an extra blood vessel wrapped around her esophagus — a symptom of a congenital heart defect — that prevents her from holding down much of what she eats. The surgery is slated for today. (ap)

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residents in Pelham, Ala. Severe storms dumped heavy rains across the Southeast and caused flash flooding in Alabama, where dozens had to be rescued. In Mississippi, a 9-year-old girl was swept away after nearly 7 inches of rain fell over two days. A possible tornado in another part of the state hurt seven people, and a motorist in Atlanta was found dead after driving into a swollen creek.

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from a photography business in New Mexico that refused to take pictures of a samesex wedding ceremony. The justices left in place a New Mexico high court ruling that said Elane Photography violated a state anti-discrimination law when it refused to work for a lesbian couple who wanted pictures of their commitment ceremony. The case has recently been cited by some state leaders who have sought legislation exempting businesses from lawsuits if they refuse to serve gay people because it violates their religious beliefs. (ap)

The proportion of Americans who have no health insurance, down from 18 percent six months ago and the lowest point since 2008, according to new data from Gallup. Last week, the White House announced that more than 7 million Americans had signed up for coverage under “Obamacare.” (The Washington Post )

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Ted Kennedy Jr. to Run For Connecticut Senate Ted Kennedy Jr., 52, is planning to run for the state Senate in Connecticut in his first bid for public office, two people briefed on the Kennedy decision said Monday. The son of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts will announce today that he intends to seek the Democratic nomination for the 12th Senatorial District. (ap) CHICAGO

Train Crash Report Issued A preliminary report on last month’s Chicago train crash — released by the National Transportation Safety Board on Monday — says a sensor for an automatic braking system was too close to the end of the track to prevent a crash at O’Hare International Airport. The train operator admitted she had dozed off before the crash; she was fired last week. (ap)

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“Great to meet the strong & brave young women from #PussyRiot, who refuse to let their voices be silenced in #Russia.” — Hillary Rodham Clinton (@HillaryClinton), who on Friday tweeted a picture of herself with members of the anti-Vladimir Putin punk rock group Pussy Riot at the Women in the World Summit. It has been re-tweeted nearly 10,000 times.


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Late Flights Up, Complaints Down Best and Worst Virgin America topped the ratings, and three regional airlines — American Eagle, an affiliate of American Airlines, and SkyWest and ExpressJet, which operate flights for United and Delta — scored at the bottom. Among the four biggest airlines, Delta ranked best followed by Southwest, American and United.

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Best: Southwest Airlines Worst: Frontier Consumer complaints to the government dropped 15 percent in 2013 after rising 20 percent the year before. The report credited the drop in complaints partly to United Airlines, which suffered several computer-network outages and grounded hundreds of flights in 2012 when it merged with Continental and combined computer networks but “got their act together” in 2013.

The number of complaints the U.S. Department of Transportation received last year, down from 11,447 in 2012. It should be noted, though, that no matter how much people gripe about airlines, very few ever bother to file a complaint with the government.

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On-Time Performance Best: Hawaiian Airlines Worst: American Eagle Airlines operated 78.4 percent of their flights on time in 2013, down from 81.8 percent in 2012. Only two airlines improved: American Airlines and United.

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More Unrest in Eastern Ukraine As in Crimea, some in Donetsk demand secession referendum

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Pro-Russian activists barricaded inside a government building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk proclaimed the region independent Monday and called for a referendum on seceding from Ukraine — an ominous echo of the events that led to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. The activists who proclaimed the Donetsk People’s Republic called for the referendum on the secession of the Donetsk region, which borders Russia, to be held no later than May 11, according to the Russian news agency Interfax. They also blocked off the entrance to the government building they were occupying with 6-foot barricades of car

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Minister A rseniy Yatseny uk, accusing Russia of fomenting the unrest to create a pretext for sending troops in and taking another piece of Ukraine. “The plan is for foreign troops to cross the border and seize the country’s territory, which we will not allow,” he said. A similar action was taken in

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In Washington, the U.S. said any move by Russia into eastern Ukraine would be a “very serious escalation” that could bring further sanctions. White House spokesman Jay Carney said there was strong evidence that some of the pro-Russian protesters in Ukraine were paid. At the same time, the U.S. announced that Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with top diplomats from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union in a new push to ease tensions. The meeting will take place in the next 10 days, the State Department said. (AP)

Priest Killed in Syria Francis Van Der Lugt, a beloved, elderly Dutch priest who made headlines this year with a desperate plea for aid for civilVan Der Lugt ians trapped in the besieged Syrian city of Homs was assassinated Monday by a masked gunman who shot him at his monastery, the latest attack targeting Christian clergymen in the country’s civil war. (AP) KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN

another Russian-speaking city in the east, Kharkiv, where proMoscow activists declared themselves “alternative” regional legislators and proclaimed a “sovereign Kharkiv People’s Republic,” Interfax reported. PETER LEONARD (AP)

The number of polling stations involved in India’s parliamentary elections — the world’s biggest — which began Monday in the country’s remote northeast. With 814 million eligible voters, India will vote in stages over the next five weeks in a staggered approach made necessary by the country’s vast size. (AP)

Roadside Bomb Kills at Least 15 in Afghanistan A roadside bomb killed at least 15 people and severely wounded four others traveling in vehicles that had been diverted from a main road Monday after an earlier attack in southern Afghanistan, officials said. The blast came after a relatively calm weekend in which no major attacks were reported as Afghans voted for a new president and provincial councils. (AP)

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An Australian ship detected two distinct, long-lasting sounds underwater that are consistent with the pings from aircraft black boxes in a major break in the monthlong hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, the search coordinator said Monday. Navy specialists were urgently trying to pick up the signal again so they can triangulate its position and go to the next step of sending an unmanned miniature submarine into the depths to try to identify plane wreckage. Little time is left to locate the devices, which have beacons that emit “pings” so they can be more easily found. The beacons’ batteries last only about a month — and today marks exactly one month since the plane disappeared during a flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing with 239 people on board.

Previous Dead Ends The pings heard by an Australian ship aren’t the first lead in the hunt for Flight 370. Here are a few that haven’t panned out.

A cluster of objects at least six feet in size was spotted on March 30. It turned out to be fishing equipment. China released satellite imagery on March 12 showing possible debris northeast of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysian authorities later said China told them the images were released by mistake. The FBI investigated after it emerged that files had been deleted from a flight simulator belonging to the pilot, but nothing sinister was found. (AP/ THE WASHINGTON POST )

Confirmation that the signals picked up by the Australian navy ship Ocean Shield belong to Flight 370’s black boxes could take days, but the discovery offers “a most promising lead” yet, said Angus Houston, the head of a joint agency coordinating the multination-

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al search. They were stronger and lasted longer than faint signals a Chinese ship reported hearing farther south in the search zone in the remote Indian Ocean. “Clearly this is a most promising lead, and probably in the search so far, it’s probably the best information that we have had,” Houston said at a news conference. “We’ve got a visual indication on a screen and we’ve also got an audible signal — and the audible signal sounds to me just like an emergency locator beacon.” The Ocean Shield was slowly canvassing a small area trying to find the signal again, though that could take another day, U.S. Navy Capt. Mark Matthews said. If they pick up the signal again, the crew will launch an underwater vehicle to investigate, he said. “It could take some days before the information is available to establish whether these detections can be confirmed as being from MH370,” Houston said. “In very deep oceanic water, nothing happens fast.” NICK PERRY (AP)

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His voice shaking, Oscar Pistorius took the witness stand Monday for the first time, testifying that he was trying to protect the girlfriend he killed and that he became so tormented by memories of the fatal shooting and panic attacks that he once hid helplessly in a closet. Pistorius offered an apology to the family of Reeva Steenkamp, who died after he shot her through a closed toilet door last year in his home. He said he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder. Prosecutors say he killed her after an argument. “There hasn’t been a moment since this tragedy happened that I haven’t thought about your family,” Pistorius said. (AP)


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‘Surge Pricing’ Could Come to Taxicabs Under a proposal, cabs could cost more if hailed from an app Washington D.C. could become one of the first U.S. cities to allow its cab drivers to ignore their meters and adjust fares depending on demand. D.C. Council members Mary Cheh and David Grosso have introduced legislation that would allow the city’s taxi drivers to embrace so-called “surge pricing,” a practice already being used by popular car services such as Uber, in which prices are adjusted in real-

time according to demand. The Council members say the shift, which would apply only to instances where passengers use their smartphones or tablets to book a ride, will allow traditional cabs to better compete with a bevy of new app-based ride services. The move could benefit riders by allowing them to comparison shop between services. But surge pricing also has its critics who say the model can lead to price gouging. Under the proposal, passengers who book via a mobile app would be told ahead of time what they can expect to pay. The price would not be set by individual cab drivers, but rather by the mobile dispatch ser-

Meanwhile … The proposed bill also makes permanent emergency measures passed last year that require services such as uberX, Lyft and Sidecar to perform background checks on drivers, obtain commercial insurance for drivers and adhere to zero-tolerance policies for drugs and alcohol. The D.C. Taxicab Commission is also exploring how to regulate such services and is expected to take up a similar proposal Wednesday, which will consider rules that would limit drivers for ridesharing services to 20 hours a week unless the driver has a taxi license. (T WP)

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charge a standard rate — $3.25 to start and then $2.16 per mile. They are only allowed to increase pricing in certain circumstances, such as snow emergencies. Grosso said the legislation strikes a balance between allowing new ride services — where indi-

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Council, Gray Spar Over Budget Battle could define a lame-duck year for the outgoing mayor Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s final spending plan could force steep budget cuts after he leaves office, D.C. Council members warned Monday, marking a tense start to a budget battle likely to set the tone for the remainder of Gray’s term. Gray, who was ousted last week in the city’s Democratic primary, was challenged by nearly every member of the council about his plan to use more than $100 million of a tax

“If we want to look to remain competitive, we need to get a tax policy that is going to compete with Virginia.” — D.C. COUNCIL MEMBER DAVID CATANIA, WHO IS RUNNING FOR MAYOR, ON VINCENT GRAY’S DECISION TO NOT DEAL WITH D.C.’S TA X CODE

windfall to spend more money next year than the city takes in. Gray said savings from proposed reforms would cover the small difference in the $10.7-billion budget. If the recent economic expansion continues, Gray also said, tax revenue growth would make the spending a non-issue altogether. But Council Chairman Phil Mendelson launched a tough, four-hour

question-and-answer session with Gray saying the budget maneuver set up a potential “time bomb” that could leave the District $200 million in the red. The city’s new chief financial officer, Jeffrey DeWitt, backed up Gray, saying the city would have time to make adjustments to balance the budget if more revenue or savings does not materialize. But the

council’s first public hearing with Gray since the election made clear the budget would be a fight, and that little might come easy for Gray during a 9-month lame-duck period. The tension over the administration’s spending plan was magnified in questioning by Council members Muriel Bowser, the Democratic nominee for mayor, and David Catania, who is running for mayor as an independent. Bowser said Gray’s budget could tie the hands of the “next mayor,” leaving Gray’s successor to identify needed cuts and limit the funding for more big-ticket projects like additional school construction. A ARON C. DAVIS (THE WASHINGTON POST )

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Two F-16 fighter jets briefly intercepted a small plane Sunday that was flying in restricted airspace over Washington without communicating with air-traffic controllers, the Air Force said, adding that the pilot apparently had no hostile intentions. The pilot apparently was flying over the nation’s capital “without realizing that he was somewhere where he shouldn’t be,” a spokeswoman said. (THE WASHINGTON POST)

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Man in Video Cooperating In Case of Missing Girl D.C. police say they’ve identified a man in a video released last week and that he’s cooperating with the investigation of missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd. Police said Monday they’ve interviewed the man but they have no new information about Relisha’s whereabouts. (AP)

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Stressed? Aren’t We All …

Busyness has become not just a way of life but a status symbol

38M The number of Americans who shop on their smartphones while sitting on the toilet, according to a 2012 survey on multitasking.

This story is adapted from Brigid Schulte’s book “Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time.” Schulte is a writer for The Washington Post. One man says he works 72 hours a week because everyone else at his office does; he’s thinking about cutting back on sleep so he can be more productive. A woman says the last time she had a moment for herself was when she went for her annual mammogram. Another says she has decided that life is too hectic to have kids — ever. Then a woman bursts in, apologizing for being late to this focus group convened precisely to discuss the fast pace of modern life. She got stuck in traffic, she explains. This is not New York, Washington, Los Angeles or another frenetic, Type A city. It’s Fargo, N.D. “Life is stressful in Fargo,” Ann Burnett, a researcher who convened the focus group, said. “People are going nuts.’’ Somewhere around the end of the 20th century, busyness became not just a way of life but a badge of honor. And life, sociologists say, became an exhausting everydayathon. People now tell pollsters that they’re too busy to register to vote, too busy to date, to make friends outside the office, to take a vacation, to sleep, to have sex. People compete over being busy; it’s about showing status. “If you’re busy, you’re important. You’re leading a full and worthy life,” Burnett says. Keeping up with the Joneses used to be about money, cars and homes. Now, she explains, “if you’re not as busy as the Joneses, you’d better get cracking.” Even as neuroscience is beginning

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to show that at our most idle, our brains are most open to creativity — and history proves that great works of art, philosophy and invention were created during leisure time — we resist taking time off. Psychologists treat burnedout clients who can’t shake the notion that the busier you are, the faster you work, and the more you multitask, the more you are considered competent, smart, successful. It’s the Protestant work ethic in overdrive. In the Middle Ages, this kind of frenzy — called acedia, the opposite of sloth — was one of Catholicism’s seven deadly sins. But today, busyness is seen as so valuable that peo-

ple are actually happier when they’re busy, says Christopher Hsee, a psychologist and professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago. “If people remain idle, they are miserable,” he wrote in Psychological Science in 2010. “If idle people become busy, they will be happier.”

Then and Now Life in the early 21st century wasn’t supposed to be so hectic. In a 1930 essay, economist John Maynard Keynes predicted a 15-hour workweek by 2030, when we’d all have time to enjoy “the hour and the day virtuously and well.” During the 1950s, the post-World

Ann Burnett, a communications professor at North Dakota State University, has studied a trove of holiday letters she’s collected stretching back to the 1960s that serves as an archive of the rise of American busyness. She says that words and phrases that began surfacing in the 1970s and 1980s — “hectic,” “whirlwind,” “consumed,” “crazy,” “constantly on the run” and “way too fast” — now appear with astonishing frequency. (T WP)

War II boom in productivity, along with rising incomes and standards of living, led economists and politicians to predict that by 1990, Americans would work 22 hours a week, six months a year, and retire before age 40. While accepting the Republican Party’s nomination for president in 1956, Dwight D. Eisenhower envisioned a world where “leisure … will be abundant, so that all can develop the life of the spirit, of reflection, of religion, of the arts, of the full realization of the good things of the world.” Leisure for all was exactly what the labor movement had been pursuing for more than a century. As late as 1923, the steel industry required 12-hour shifts, seven days a week. Finally, it seemed, workers were about to savor shorter workweeks. So, what happened? First: Life got more expensive, and wages failed to keep up. (College tuition alone jumped 1,120 percent from 1978 to 2012.) Until 1975, wages made up 50 percent of GDP; in 2012, they were 43.5 percent. Second: Jobs have become less mechanical and work more creative. New York University sociologist Dalton Conley argues that today’s knowledge-economy professions in art, technology, engineering and academics are similar to the pursuits of the mind that the ancient Greek philosophers envisioned as leisure. So, some of us work a lot because we enjoy it. “Work has become central in our lives, answering the religious questions of ‘Who are you?’ and ‘How do you find meaning and purpose in your life?’ ” Ben Hunnicutt, one of the few leisure scholars in America, said. “Leisure has been trivialized — something only silly girls want, to have time to shop and gossip.” There’s another, deeper reason why we stay busy: People who have stepped off the hamster wheel long enough to savor everyday moments usually realize that their time on Earth is limited. If we never take a moment to stop and think, we don’t have to face that hard truth. BRIGID SCHULTE (THE WASHINGTON POST)


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First-year coach Jay Gruden and the Redskins began voluntary workouts Monday. Washington hired Gruden in January to replace Mike Shanahan.

Gruden’s First Glimpse Redskins coach Jay Gruden finally gets a first look at his new team. No more just watching them on videotape. Here are the real people he has studied since he was hired to replace coach Mike Shanahan three months ago. Hopefully, seeing these guys in person is a good thing. The offseason ended Monday when “voluntary” workouts began at Redskins Park. Coaches can talk football with players for two weeks before they head to the field. OrgaBy Rick nized team activSnider ities follow next month with minicamps afterward. Basically, there’ll be something happening through midJune, when the team breaks one month before the start of training camp in late July. Gruden is hoping the horror films known as the 2013 game tapes were misleading. He hopes

the 3-13 team he inherited needs reviving more than rebuilding after last year’s suffocating finish under Shanahan. The Redskins did well in free agency. Snagging receiver DeSean Jackson from Philadelphia was a steal that might restore balance in the NFC East. Regaining Ryan Clark at safety remedies one of the biggest mistakes of the Dan Snyder era, when Washington let Clark go in 2006 to instead sign Adam Archuleta. Clark fills a secondary void, though Washington still may need more help at safety. Mostly, Gruden can get a feel on the new lineup before the NFL draft starts May 8. The

Redskins need to know where to spend their second-round choice. Is it a right tackle that could fit on a revamped line with newly acquired left guard Shawn Lauvao and Kory Lichtensteiger moving to center? Do they need another safety or inside linebacker instead? But like everything else at Redskins Park, it’s really about watching quarterback Robert Griffin III. The brace is off, and the knee is healed. He’ll have a full offseason of workouts after spending last year rehabbing. The next two months are critical in his push to return to 2012-rookie-of-the-year form. The Redskins are going nowhere without a productive

Gruden is hoping the horror films known as the 2013 game tapes were misleading.

Griffin. How quickly Gruden and Griffin mesh under this offensive system is critical. Gruden must learn what to keep and what to toss from the playbook over the next two months. After all his dueling with Shanahan, Griffin will unquestionably say how much he loves the new system and coach, but he has to mean it. Griffin must be honest with himself and Gruden about his real strengths and weaknesses. With the addition of Jackson, Washington looks like an 8-8 team. Who knows, maybe they can steal another game and make the playoffs? They could also finish 6-10. Gruden needs to spot weaknesses in the coming weeks and address them with the draft. The time to build a winner is now. Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter @Snide_Remarks

A Perfect Title Game Matchup Women’s Basketball After a season-long buildup, the women’s NCAA tournament will be decided by the perfect championship game. This season’s undefeated titans will meet today (8:30 p.m., ESPN) in a historic championship game when UConn plays Notre Dame. It will mark the first time in NCAA basketball history that unbeaten teams will play for a title. “It is pretty amazing,” Irish coach Muffet McGraw said after her team beat Maryland 87-61. “So many of the media and fans have been looking at this all season long.” The former Big East rivals didn’t play during the regular season for the first time since 1995 as Notre Dame moved to the ACC. The Irish (37-0) are one of the rare teams that has had success against the Huskies, winning seven of the past nine meetings. The Huskies (39-0) won the last one though, topping Notre Dame in the Final Four last season en route to the school’s eighth national title. DOUG FEINBERG (AP)

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Barring a series of miraculous events, the Capitals are going to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Washington has made six consecutive postseason appearances, tied for the fourth-longest active streak in the league entering this season. But the Capitals could be eliminated from playoff contention as early as today. A regulation loss to the Blues combined with a Blue Jackets victory against the Coyotes and at least one point for the Red Wings against the Sabres would mathematically eliminate the Capitals. “It’s hard not to feel kind of weird,” defenseman Karl Alzner said of the Capitals’ current predicament. “The years I’ve been here, we’re used to making the playoffs, used to having a team that’s been able to compete. We haven’t been nearly good enough this year.” Two weeks ago, Washington’s playoff chances were buoyed by an impressive 2-0-1 road trip through

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Through the first week of the season, the Nationals’ best hitter is Anthony Rendon. He has already collected nine hits and has driven in five runs. He is hitting .391 with three extra-base hits, five RBIs, no walks and four strikeouts. He has hit in four different spots of the lineup: leadoff, second, seventh and eighth. He has a hit in every game, including a crucial threerun home run in the season opener. Although the sample is small, it is a continuation of Rendon’s solid play in spring — a .289 average and .753 OPS in 16 games, along

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For his historic 2012 jump, Felix Baumgartner went about 24 miles above the Earth in this capsule now on display at the National Air and Space Museum.

project. Baumgartner’s attempt to best the then-existing record jump of 102,800 feet — completed in 1960 by Joseph Kittinger — required assembling a team of top engineers, physicians and other experts (Kittinger included). The success of all of their work rested with Baumgartner. So, as soon as he dreamed up this idea in 2005 and persuaded sponsor Red Bull to fund it, the pressure was on.

Despite Baumgartner’s daredevil résumé and muscular physique, he wasn’t a natural for the challenge. “I’m a sprinter,” Baumgartner says. “I like short distances, and going 100 percent. I want to be able to see the end.” This jump was the equivalent of an ultramarathon. For five years, Baumgartner was completely immersed in preparation, which required studying, traveling, los-

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The equipment used for the historic mission is on display at the National Air and Space Museum through May 26. The artifacts will then move to their permanent home at the Udvar-Hazy Center. Get more info at airandspace.si.edu. V.H. “Once that happened, I had to find a solution,” says Baumgartner, whose heart rate reached its peak when he stepped out of the capsule, and then dropped during his fall. The fact that scientists have that data is an example of how significant the feat was for future advances, says team medical director Jonathan B. Clark. If they could monitor Baumgartner, they can monitor people in other extreme environments. Baumgartner’s more personal breakthrough? Figuring out what to eat before entering the stratosphere. Neil Armstrong’s pre-moon meal was steak and eggs, but Baumgartner couldn’t stomach that. Instead, he downed protein shakes. Chances are he’ll use a similar strategy to fuel up before his next stunt — June’s Nurburgring 24-hour race in Germany. Baumgartner has never raced cars before, but he’s not worried. He’s used to going pretty fast. VICK Y HALLET T (E XPRESS)


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When author JJ Smith developed her latest nutrition plan, she hoped it would have fast results. But even she wasn’t expecting to lose 200,000 pounds in three months. That’s an average of 10 pounds for each of the estimated 20,000 people — and counting — who’ve completed the program in her book, “10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse” ($17). And based on the positive feedback that floods her Facebook group, her number could be accurate. Smith, 44, who lives in Arlington, Va., designed the cleanse for herself as a way to detox after mercur y poisoning in 2013. Because Smith didn’t want to embark on the regimen alone, she contacted friends and family to see if anyone else was interested. One hundred of them said yes. That was just this past January. After seeing successful results, she quickly wrote a paperback about it. As of Monday, the book was the No. 2 bestseller on Amazon.com. Smith didn’t invent green smoothies, so what makes her plan special? The choices, she says. Readers can do the full cleanse, which is three smoothies a day, plus highprotein snacks (hard-boiled eggs, nuts) and unlimited crunchy vegetables. Or, they can do a modified version, with two smoothies a day, snacks and a meal (salad, veggies and chicken or fish). No matter which they pick, they won’t starve. “In one drink, there are more nutrients than a lot of people get in a week,” says Smith, noting that the high fiber content works wonders on a digestive tract. Because it can be tough to make such a big change, Smith recommends starting on a Friday: “As

JJ Smith says her green smoothies "don't look as good as they taste." JJ SMITH

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your body adjusts, you’re going to be irritable. By the fourth day, you’re feeling better. By the eighth day, you want to do it two more weeks.” Smith still advises switching back to a more solid diet after 10 days — a lt hough a green smoothie or two a day can continue to be part of a lifestyle for years, she adds. Pam Booker, 47, of Bowie, Md., is a believer: “Everything she said would happen, it happened to me.” Since doing the cleanse in February with 20 women in her Zumba class, Booker has shed 30 pounds and her worst food habits. (“I have no desire for bread now,” Booker says.) Her only concern about the plan is that it’s too popular: “Frozen fruit is so hard to get.” Smith recently organized a shopping trip for “day one-ers” at the Wegmans in Lanham, Md., and she’s planning a green smoothie party in June. So those numbers will only be going up. VICK Y HALLET T (E XPRESS)

Recipe File

PINEAPPLE SPINACH SMOOTHIE Ingredients 2 cups of spinach 2 cups of water 1 cup of pineapple chunks 2 cups of frozen peaches 2 bananas, peeled 11⁄2 packets of stevia 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed 1 scoop protein powder (optional)

Place greens and water into blender and blend until mixture is a green juice-like consistency. Stop blender and add remaining ingredients. Blend until creamy. (REPRINTED FROM "10-DAY GREEN SMOOTHIE CLEANSE")


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for all comers of all fitness levels. “I just figure it’d be another way to bring the Nats community together, and also to reach out and help people feel as good as I’m feeling about fitness and exercise,” he said. When Santangelo wakes up in the morning, he heads to the fridge and throws ingredients such as kale, spinach, cucumbers, celery, carrots, apples, lemon, cilantro and ginger into his juicer. And even with six months of ballparks and hotel rooms and press boxes in his future, Santangelo has no worries about being tempted by pizza and fries. Santangelo used to make fun of people who focused this much on their health. “Now, I’m addicted to it,” he said. D A N S T E I N B E R G (THE WASHINGTON POST )

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Mickey Rooney, left, was married to film star Ava Gardner for one year.

Mickey Rooney Dies at 93

GIVING CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE

Obituary Mickey Rooney’s approach to life was simple: “Let’s put on a show!” He spent nine decades doing it, on the big screen, on television, on stage and in his extravagant personal life. Rooney died Sunday at age 93 surrounded by family in his North Hollywood home, police said. A superstar in his youth, Rooney was Hollywood’s top box-office draw in the late 1930s to early 1940s. He followed his stints as the vexing but wholesome Andy Hardy and as Judy Garland’s musical comrade in arms with roles in “National Velvet” and “The Bold and the Brave.” Over a four-decade span, he was nominated for four Academy Awards, and received two special Oscars for film achievements, won an Emmy for his TV movie “Bill” and had a Tony nomination for his Broadway smash “Sugar Babies.” Rooney married eight times, including once to Ava Gardner, and had nine children. He was shooting a movie at the time of his death, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” ANTHONY McCARTNEY (AP)

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The fast-forward button is right there. At multiple points during a hard-core TV binge-watch — at least the kind that involves a DVR or streaming video — the binger has the option to scoot past the opening titles and immediately continue consuming episodes. Yet increasingly, especially on cable and emerging programming platforms such as Netflix, opening sequences are becoming clever, visionary and cinematic in scope. What makes the story in an opening title sequence so captivating that we can’t bring ourselves to fast-forward through it, even when we’ve got the producers’ names memorized? Let’s look at four of the most crucial elements in great title sequences and how they work to memorable, unskippable effect in some of today’s best intros, as explained by the people who brought them to life. JEN CHANEY (THE WASHINGTON POST )

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Plotting the Narrative Road Map A strong title sequence tells viewers where the narrative is about to take them — sometimes literally, as in the sequence that opens HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” The weekly journey through the story’s terrain is a nod to the maps that appear in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” books on which the show is based. “We were trying to orient the viewer to what’s going on location-wise,” says Jennifer Sofio Hall, executive producer at Elastic, the studio behind the sequence. The locations on that map vary depending on where an episode’s plot plans to take the viewer, turning the titles into a weekly sneak preview.

Avoiding Title Tropes Increasingly, the creators of title sequences rely on unfamiliar im-

agery to anchor their work. For Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” the Thomas Cobb Group created a sequence that features tightly framed shots of the wide smiles and haunted eyes that belong to women who actually served time. The sequence’s director, founder Thomas Cobb, gave the women three directives: Think of a peaceful place, think of a person who makes you laugh, and think of something you want to forget. “It was a very intense day,” Cobb says.

The Power of an Unforgettable Song “Far From Any Road” — the track by alt-country duo the Handsome Family that accompanies the title of HBO’s “True Detective” — is a song that seeps into your molecules. Elastic paired it with haunting imagery: a 3-D-projected blend of stars

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson with shots of Louisiana country and strippers’ backsides. It earned the top honor for excellence in title design at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival.

Iconic Imagery As Imaginary Forces managing partner and creative director Peter Frankfurt explains, AMC’s “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner envisioned an opening with a live-action Don Draper, who travels to his office only to jump out the window. Frankfurt’s team turned that idea into a motion graphic sequence. The result — a sequence of a silhouette free-falling past vintage ads — became the indelible mark of “Mad Men.” “You never set out to make something iconic,” Frankfurt says. “A lot of what makes something iconic is repetition.”


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Album Review Of all contemporary country singers, Martina McBride seems the most well-suited to interpret classic soul tunes. The four-time Country Music Association female vocalist of the year has shown repeatedly that she can find the depth in emotionally complex material. Still, on her new album, “Everlasting,” McBride begs comparison with such giants as Aretha Franklin and Sam Cooke by taking on

their most potent performances and material. Working with producer Don Was, who brings an understated R&B pulse to the songs, McBride leans on vulnerability and purity of tone rather than the growling, rapturous release of the originals. McBride presents severa l impressive performances, turning Little Walter’s “My Babe” into a funky, sexy love song and Fred Neil’s “Little Bit of Rain” into a tender treatise on separation that lightens the dark tones of versions by Linda Ronstadt and Karen Dalton. Her honey voice works well with others, too, as she proves on duets with Gavin DeGraw (on “Bring It Home to Me”) and Kelly Clarkson

Martina McBride makes soul standards sound contemporary on “Everlasting.”

(on “In the Basement.”) That said, these takes lack the fierceness of Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” or the ecstatic joy of Van Morrison’s “Wild Night” and Diana Ross on The Supremes’ “Come See About Me.” McBride offers up pleasantly listenable versions of baby boomer standards on “Everlasting,” an album that will please her fans and spice up her concerts but won’t replace any of the originals on the mixtapes of R&B fans. MICHAEL MCCALL (AP)

MATT SAYLES (AP)

Martina McBride has plenty of soul in her take on R&B classics

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Proving Old Music Is ‘Everlasting’ Geldof Found Dead Peaches Geldof, the model and television presenter who was the daughter of musician Bob Geldof, has died at age 25. Peaches was active in the fashion world, a frequent attendee at fashion shows. She was twice married and leaves behind two sons. “My beloved wife Peaches was adored by myself and her two sons Astala and Phaedra, and I shall bring them up with their mother in their hearts every day,” said her husband, musician Tom Cohen in a statement. (AP)

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“As any fan of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade knows, Jesus would have used a simple carpenter’s cup.” —C   ANDIDA MOSS  AT THEDAILYBEAST .COM discredits a chalice that two

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George Unseats Pippa as No. 1 Most Pinchable Middleton

Barbara Walters’ final appearance on “The View” is May 16, part of a daylong retirement celebration that will include a two-hour special and ABC News naming its New York headquarters after her. She will still make occasional appearances on ABC. (AP)

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Kirstie Alley will once more be a spokeswoman for Jenny Craig, People magazine reported. She was last a spokeswoman seven years ago. “I was good for a while and then I wasn’t good, and the weight crept up,” Alley told People. “I need to get myself to where I feel cocky again,” Alley said. (EXPRESS)

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Chris Brown’s assault case is going forward after a judge in Washington on Monday rejected a request to dismiss it. Lawyers for Brown had argued the case should be dismissed because prosecutors abused the grand jury process to prepare for trial. Brown is scheduled to go to trial on April 17. (AP)

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Prince William and the former Kate Middleton arrived in New Zealand’s capital Monday to cheers from locals who braved rainy weather to catch a glimpse of the royal couple. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge landed in Wellington along with their son, George, to kick off a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia. Prime Minister John Key greeted the couple, who also received a traditional Maori welcome. (AP)

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He’s Right About Everything Except Biebs Knowing the Secret Rob Lowe said on Sunday’s episode of “Oprah Prime” that he has “tremendous empathy” for Justin Bieber. “I think he knows the dark secret … 80 percent of his audience doesn’t give a s--- about the music. And he knows it. It bums him out,” Lowe, left, said. “They care about lemming-think, and their girlfriends and who’s oohing and aahing and screaming. It has nothing to do with what he’s doing as an artist. He is the guy who is standing in front at a moment that they’re going through a developmental thing.” (EXPRESS)

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