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It’s Just Pooh, Hunny-Hunting Wildlife officials in New Hampshire believe a bear is to blame for a series of recent car break-ins. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says several cars have been broken into over the last few weeks in the same North Conway neighborhood. Officials say the likely culprit is a bear looking for food. (AP) EAT MOR CHIKIN

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Five cows that went on the lam are back home in upstate New York thanks to a quick-thinking emergency dispatcher. State police say the cows were spotted Saturday wandering along State Route 2 in Grafton, about 20 miles northeast of Albany. They say troopers corralled the “feisty” creatures into a yard until a Rensselaer County dispatcher figured out where they belonged. (AP)

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A New Way to Talk Things Out Crisis negotiators are turning to texting to defuse situations Police negotiator Andres Wells was doing all he could to keep a suspect from committing suicide after a gas-station robbery and 100-mph chase. But the man kept cutting phone calls short and pointing his handgun to his head. About 10 minutes after the last hang up, Wells’ cellphone chimed. It was a text from the suspect. “Please call Amie,â€? the message said, followed by the number of the man’s girlfriend. Wells was taken aback. In three years as a negotiator with the Kalamazoo, Mich., police, he’d always relied on spoken give-andtake, taking cues from a person’s tone of voice, the inections, emotions. He’d never thought about negotiating via text. “It had never even been brought up at one of our training,â€? Wells recalled of the 2011 case.


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Police negotiator Andres Wells says it’s harder to negotiate with suspects via text.

“He didn’t want to talk as much as he wanted to text.� — Erie County Sheriff’s Capt. Gregory Savage, of New York, on a suspect who surrendered after negotiating with deputies via text in March

With billions of text messages exchanged daily in the U.S., law enforcement ofďŹ cers are increasingly being called upon to defuse violent, unpredictable situations

through the typed word. Experts say it’s happened enough in the past ďŹ ve years to warrant specialized training. But in Wells’ case, he had to adapt on the y. “What do you want me to tell her?â€? he texted back. “The truth,â€? Jesse Cook wrote. While Wells ordinarily would rely on a skill called “active listening,â€? he couldn’t hear Cook’s voice. Was he yelling? Crying? Wells tried to show Cook empathy and build trust. He texted that

he understood the unemployed veteran was trying to provide for his girlfriend and daughter when he robbed the gas station. There was no response. A minute later, Wells typed, “This doesn’t have to go down like this.â€? Again, nothing. “Do you need anything? Water? Food?â€? Wells tried after another minute. Finally, a reply. “Water,â€? Cook wrote. “As soon as he wrote water, I thought, ‘OK, I can work with this,’ â€? Wells said. Wells asked Cook to roll down his window so an ofďŹ cer could toss a bottle of water into his SUV. “This guy throws like a girl,â€? Wells texted, ďŹ shing for Cook’s state of mind. “Thanks. He does throw like a girl,â€? Cook wrote afterward. Then a smiley face. It was the cue Wells had been waiting for, proof Cook had relaxed enough to perhaps resume talking by phone. “Can I call u?â€? Wells then asked Cook. “OK,â€? Cook replied. He surr e nde r e d 1 5 m i nut e s l a t e r. CAROLYN THOMPSON (AP)

No Respect: Thieves broke into the Cleveland monument of President James A. Garfield last week and stole a set of commemorative spoons, police said. Vandals shattered a window to get inside the 180-foot-tall monument at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland Heights. Garfield’s casket is located near the glass case from which the spoons were stolen. Police reports say cigarette butts, a T-shirt and a whiskey bottle were recovered. (AP)


Never Too Early To Ask (Or Is It?) The 2016 presidential election is in a little more than two years, so the Sunday shows seem to have no choice but to ask everyone who is anyone about their future political ambitions. JAIME FULLER (THE WASHINGTON POST )

“I am not running for president.� — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., when asked by Bob Schieffer on CBS’ “Face the Nation�

“I mean, I’ll be 43 this month, but the other thing [is] ‌ I’ve served now in public office for the better part of 14 years.â€? — Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in response to being asked by Jonathan Karl on ABC’s “This Weekâ€? if he’s ready to be president

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primary-election voting but staffers said they were not prepared to issue marriage licenses. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza paved the way for the marriages Friday with a ruling that removed a 10-year-old barrier, saying a constitutional amendment overwhelmingly passed by voters in 2004 banning gay marriage was “an unconstitutional attempt to narrow the definition of equality.” Piazza’s ruling also overturned a 1997 state law banning gay marriage. McDaniel has asked Piazza to suspend his ruling and said late Saturday that he wants the state Supreme Court to take up the matter. That appeal has not yet been filed. But because Piazza didn’t issue a stay, Arkansas’ 75 county clerks were left to decide for themselves whether to grant marriage licenses. CHRISTINA HUYNH (AP)

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Members of a Secret Service special unit responsible for patrolling near the White House were pulled off that assignment over at least two months in 2011 to protect the assistant of the agency’s director while she was engaged in a dispute with a neighbor, according to a report in The Washington Post. Agents were told that the Secret Service director at the time, Mark Sullivan, was concerned that his assistant was being harassed by her neighbor. (AP) WASHINGTON

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The state’s top lawyer will ask the Arkansas Supreme Court to review a lower court’s decision to overturn a 2004 constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. At tor ne y G enera l Dust i n McDaniel announced his intent to appeal to the high court late Saturday night, but not before 15 licenses were issued for same-sex couples in northwest Arkansas’ Carroll County, heralding the arrival of gay marriage in the Bible Belt. “Thank God,” Jennifer Rambo said after Carroll County Deputy Clerk Jane Osborn issued a marriage license to her and Kristin


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wants to serve our country should have an opportunity if they fit the qualifications and can do it.” (AP)

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The prohibition on transgender individuals serving in the U.S. military “continually should be reviewed,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday. Hagel did not indicate whether he believes the policy should be overturned. However, he said “every qualified American who

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‘Noah’ and ‘Sophia’ The monikers that top the Social Security Administration’s list of most popular American baby names for 2013. Noah sailed past Jacob to claim the top spot for boys, ending Jacob’s 14-year reign. For the third straight year, Sophia topped the list, which was released Friday. Noah was followed by Liam, Jacob, Mason and William. Sophia was followed by Emma, Olivia, Isabella and Ava. (AP)

Spokane, Wash. The green-cross storefronts of medical marijuana dispensaries are common in much of Washington, and the state is plowing ahead with licensing people to grow and sell recreational pot to adults. But a federal trial set to begin in the coming weeks for five people in Spokane, Wash., suggests that not all is OK with weed in the state. Larry Harvey, a 70-year-old medical marijuana patient with no criminal history, three of his relatives and a family friend each face mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years in prison after they were caught growing about 70 pot plants on their rural property.



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If convicted, Larry Harvey, 70, faces a minimum of 10 years in prison.

The Harveys had guns at their home, which is part of the reason for the lengthy possible prison time. They say the weapons were for hunting and protection, but prosecutors say two were loaded and in the same room as a tub of pot.

“This case is another glaring example of what’s wrong with the federal policy on cannabis.” — K A RI BOITER, WASHINGTON STATE COORDINATOR FOR THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA GROUP “AMERICANS FOR SAFE ACCESS,” ON THE HARVEYS’ CASE

Medical marijuana advocates have cried foul, arguing that the prosecution violates Department of Justice policies announced last year that nonviolent, small-time drug offenders shouldn’t face lengthy prison sentences. A spokes-

man for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Spokane said he could not discuss the trial or the office’s general approach to pot crimes. But the case illustrates discrepancies in how law enforcement officials are handling marijuana cases as Washington — with the Justice Department’s blessing — moves ahead with its grand experiment in pot legalization. Medical marijuana gardens the size of the Harveys’ rarely draw attention from authorities in the Seattle area. But under federal law, marijuana remains illegal, and what licensed growers in the state are doing differs little from what Harvey and his family did. NICHOL AS K. GER ANIOS AND GENE JOHNSON (AP)

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Thailand Warns People Away From Protest Sites Thailand’s caretaker government said Sunday that it would tighten security to prevent clashes that could arise between the two sides in an escalating political crisis, and warned people to stay away from protest sites for their own safety. The announcement was broadcast on television as pro-government and anti-government protesters held competing rallies in Bangkok over the weekend. The two groups were several miles apart, but concerns of violence have risen following a court’s ouster of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra last week. (AP) CAIRO

Seven Islamists Get Life In Prison for Violence An Egyptian judge sentenced seven alleged Muslim Brotherhood members to life in prison for blocking a highway and damaging a security post outside of Cairo last summer after security forces violently broke up sit-ins supporting the ousted Islamist president, the country’s top prosecutor said Sunday. (AP)


“Once you hear a Satanic growl, you never forget it. It’s like smelling Margherita pizza for the first time. It’s something you never forget.” — Rev. Cesar Truqui, a Catholic exorcist, recalling an encounter with what he says was a woman possessed by demons. Pope Francis has overseen a resurgence of mystical rites in the church, including exorcisms. For more on the pope’s old-fashioned approach to the devil, go to

Turnout high, but not among foes of sovereignty measure

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Donetsk, Ukraine Ninet y percent of voters in a key industrial region in eastern Ukraine came out in favor of sovereignty Sunday, pro-Russian insurgents said in announcing preliminary results of a twin referendum that is certain to deepen the turmoil in the country. Roman Lyagin, election chief of the self-styled Donetsk People’s Republic, said around 75 percent of the Donetsk region’s 3 million or so eligible voters cast ballots, and the vast majority backed sovereignty. “We are just saying to the world that we want changes, we want to be heard,” Lyagin said. With no international election monitors in place, it was all but impossible to verify the insurgents’ claims. The preliminary vote count was announced just two hours after



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Voters outside Donetsk, Ukraine, cast ballots Sunday on a sovereignty referendum.

the polls closed in an election conducted with paper ballots. A second referendum organized by pro-Russian separatists was held Sunday in eastern Ukraine’s industrial Luhansk region, but no immediate results were released. Ukraine’s central government and the West had condemned the balloting as a violation of international law, and they have accused

Moscow of orchestrating the unrest in a possible attempt to grab another piece of the country weeks after the annexation of Crimea. At one polling station at a school in Donetsk, turnout was brisk in the first hour of voting. All voting slips that could be seen in the clear ballot boxes showed that autonomy had been selected. Most opponents of sovereignty

Abductee Scared to Go to School Bauchi, Nigeria One of the teenagers who escaped from Islamic extremists who abducted more than 300 schoolgirls says the kidnapping was “too terrifying for words,” and she is now scared to go back to school. Sarah Lawan, a 19-year-old science student, spoke Sunday as Nigerians in churches across the nation prayed for the safety of the 276 students still held captive. Their prayers were joined by Pope Francis. Lawan said more of the girls could have escaped but that they were frightened by their captors’ threats to shoot them. “I am pained that my other colleagues could not summon the courage to run away with me,” Lawan said. “Now I cry each time I come across their parents and see


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how they weep when they see me.” She said the thought of going back to school terrifies her — either the burned out ruins of Chibok Government Girls Secondary School or any other school. But it will have to be done if she is to realize her dream of studying law. “I am really scared to go back

Although the voting in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions appeared mostly peaceful, armed men identified as members of the Ukrainian national guard opened fire on a crowd outside a town hall in Krasnoarmeysk, and an official with the region’s insurgents said people were killed. It was not clear how many. The bloodshed took place hours after dozens of armed men shut down the voting in the town. (AP)

appeared likely to stay away from the polls rather than risk drawing attention to themselves. Darya, a medical worker who would not give her last name, said she saw no point in casting a ballot, since the vote had no legal force. “There were no notices about this referendum anywhere, about where and when it was happening,” she said. “In any case, it is not valid, so there was no reason to take part.” PETER LEONARD (AP)

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The president of Nigeria for weeks refused international help to search for more than 300 girls abducted from a school by Islamic extremists, one in a series of missteps that have led to international outrage against the government. The delay underlines what has been a problem in the attempt to find the girls: an apparent lack of urgency on the part of the government and military, for reasons that include a reluctance to bring in outsiders as well as possible infiltration by extremists. (AP)

Iran President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday his country would not surrender what it considers its right to nuclear development in upcoming talks with world powers, but that it would be “transparent” in negotiations over the contested program. The talks, resuming Tuesday, face an informal July deadline to hammer out a final deal to limit Iran’s ability to build nuclear arms in exchange for ending crippling economic sanctions it faces. While the moderate Rouhani and Iran’s negotiators have the backing of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, hard-liners increasingly criticize the deal as giving up too much while gaining too little from the West. (AP)

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The number of people living in London whose fortunes exceed more than a billion pounds ($1.6 billion), more than in any other city, according to a list published by the Sunday Times. That’s well ahead of Moscow, at 48, New York, at 43, San Francisco at 42, Los Angeles at 38 or Hong Kong at 34. (AP)

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Where Are Metro’s Most Walkable Stations? Washington In trying to make the case for billions of dollars in capacity upgrades in coming years, Metro officials are not arguing only that the improvements will enhance train service but that Metro is critical to making neighborhoods more walkable, and thus more attractive to businesses, home buyers and apartment renters. The agency recently posted some data about the most- and least-walkable stations, based in part on the

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Know Your Current Events? Test your knowledge of last week’s news with our current-events quiz. Answers, page 35. 1 Which of the following did famed White House intern Monica Lewinsky NOT do in a Vanity Fair article published last week? A. Ask that Beyonce correct the lyrics of her hit “Partition” from “Monica Lewinsky’d all on my gown” to “Bill Clinton’d all on my gown” B. Say she deeply regrets what happened between her and former President Bill Clinton C. Admit to having suicidal thoughts during the media firestorm surrounding their affair D. Reveal that the Clintons paid her off not to speak out 2

A D.C. artist and her friend were arrested in April for doing what? A. Planting flowers at the Dupont Circle Metro station B. Taking trash bins marked by the city with “Take Me!” stickers so the artist could convert them into flower planters C. Throwing “seed bombs” at the Capitol building to protest the building of the Keystone XL pipeline D. Defacing several paintings of flowers at the National Gallery of Art, calling them “mindless drudgery produced by the conventional art world” 3 Who won his first NBA MVP last week, accepting the award with a

tearful speech in which he called his mother “the real MVP”? A. Blake Griffin B. LeBron James C. Kevin Durant D. John Wall 4 Last Monday, the World Health Organization declared that ______________. A. The spread of polio is an international public-health emergency B. Flu vaccines do more harm than good C. A deadly outbreak of E. coli has infected meat at many popular fast food restaurants D. A cure for cancer will never be found 5 What former reality star is on the verge of securing the Democratic nomination for a North Carolina congressional seat? A. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi B. NeNe Leakes C. Clay Aiken D. Juan Pablo Galavis 6 There’s a national shortage of ____________, which made Cinco de Mayo celebrations last week uncertain for some. A. Refried beans B. Limes C. Tequila D. Avocados 7 The White House went on lockdown last week. Why?

A. An IRS employee accidentally followed Sasha and Malia Obama’s motorcade past security checkpoints B. Bo Obama — the first family’s dog — went missing C. A man was spotted hiding in the Rose Garden and didn’t respond to Secret Service orders D. A tourist mistakenly wandered onto the grounds after mistaking the White House for the Capitol 8 Which team selected Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be picked in the NFL draft? A. Baltimore Ravens B. St. Louis Rams C. San Francisco 49ers D. Seattle Seahawks 9 What did the leader of the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram threaten to do last week? A. Order an attack on American soil B. Assassinate Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan C. Sell hundreds of kidnapped schoolgirls into slavery D. Block Western aid from entering the country. 10 Prince revealed to Essence magazine in its June issue that he will no longer do what? A. Curse B. Eat meat C. Drink alcohol D. Smoke

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Deadly Balloon Crash Claims Three Lives Doswell, Va. As University of Richmond students participated in graduation ceremonies Sunday, state and local police finished a massive search for the third victim of a fiery balloon crash that has devastated the school’s women’s basketball team. The badly burned remains of a woman’s body was found Sunday about 100 yards away from where one of the other two victim’s charred bodies was found the day

before, Virginia State Police said. None of the victims in the Friday crash near Doswell, Va., have been identified pending a medical examiner’s report, officials said. But university officials have confirmed that both Ginny Doyle, 44, associate head women’s basketball coach, and Natalie Lewis, 24, the team’s director of basketball operations, were inside the balloon’s gondola when the craft went down. The balloon’s pilot — whom an official identified as Daniel Kirk, 65 — also was on board. The balloon, one of 13 that took flight Friday evening as part of an event in advance of a Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival, evidently struck a

D.C. Landmark Reopens Washington The cracks have been repaired. The stone has been patched. The elevator is fixed. The 500 tons of scaffolding have been down for weeks, and the lawn is freshly mowed. Today, 994 days since an earthquake shook the Washington Monument from top to bottom, the marble-and-granite national landmark reopens to the public. Tours resume at 1 p.m., following a 10 a.m. reopening ceremony. Since the August afternoon 2½ years ago when terrified tourists fled from the shaking observation level 500 feet up, an estimated 1.5 million people have been deprived of the spectacular view and a major stop on visits to D.C. MICHAEL E. RUANE (THE WASHINGTON POST )

Shh! Arlington Passes Noise Law Arlington After hearing persistent complaints about the lack of peace and quiet in some high-rise mixed-use districts along the livelier byways of Arlington, the County Board on Saturday substantially tightened its noise control ordinances to target human outbursts for the first time. The law, which goes into effect July 1, bars any person from “yelling, wailing, shouting or scream-

ing” from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. seven days a week t hroughout t he 27 square-mile burg. The tightened ordinance is even harder on mixed-use districts in the county: Between midnight and 9 a.m., any group of four or more whose celebrations in these areas result in yells, wails, shouts or screams that can be heard inside a residence more than 100 feet away will be violating the law. PATRICIA SULLIVAN (THE WASHINGTON POST)

power line, a National Transportation Safety Board spokesman said. The pilot attempted to vent the balloon and take other measures to bring it down before the gondola and balloon separated in flames amid cries for help, witnesses told investigators. Kirk, of Hartly, Del., had been a commercial pilot since the 1980s and owned and operated a Delaware-based balloon-riding company called Starship Adventures, according to the company’s website. The accident was an emotional blow to the Spiders basketball program, which Doyle joined fresh out of high school. Lewis was a native of Buffalo, N.Y., who swam for the

Backstory Accidents involving hot-air balloons are rare in the United States, where pilots are required to have a Federal Aviation Administration certificate and a balloon rating in order to fly. The National Transportation Safety Board has investigated 772 hot-air balloon crashes and incidents in the country since 1964. Of those, fewer than 70 were fatal. The last fatal crash in the Washington region was June 6, 1987, when a balloon hit a power line and exploded near Gaithersburg, Md., killing a 16-year-old and seriously injuring her father. (T WP)

Spiders and graduated in 2011. “We are all stunned by the tragic news. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their loved ones,” said athletic director Keith Gill. Spiders head coach Michael Shafer organized the outing to the festival with his colleagues. Shafer and his two daughters were in a separate balloon and landed safely. The balloon festival was canceled after the crash. Instead, more than 100 rescue workers searched for the bodies along a portion of Caroline County, Va., that was three miles long and a quarter mile wide, said state police. ANTONIO OLIVO AND PAUL DUGGAN (THE WASHINGTON POST )

You Can Call Him Dr. Combs Washington Rap and music mogul Sean Combs electrified Howard University’s Class of 2014 on Saturday with a commencement speech that was thoughtful, funny and, surprisingly, sentimental. “I have rushed through some of my great moments,” he told the crowd, clearly savoring the occasion. “I promised myself if I ever reached this moment I would take my time.” That’s right folks — the man of many monikers — Sean John, Puff Daddy, P. Diddy and very briefly, Swag, has added a new one, now that he has an honorary doctorate. “Only this family could take one of its sons who already had three name changes and give him a fourth — Dr. Sean Combs.” Combs told the audience that enrolling at Howard changed his life. And although he left the university before graduating, he never forgot his Howard family. The con-



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Sean Combs arrives Saturday at the graduation ceremony of Howard University.


troversy over the selection of Combs as a graduation speaker seemed forgotten in the excitement of the day. Four others also received honorary degrees: CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, PepsiCo Chairman and chief executive Indra Nooyi, jazz legend Benny Golson and one of the country’s premier organ transplant surgeons, Clive Callender, a professor at Howard’s school of medicine. LORI AR ATANI (THE WASHINGTON POST )

The number of weeks when it stays light the longest, which started Sunday, in the Washington region. On Sunday, the interval between sunrise and sunset was about 14 hours and 10 minutes. At least that much daylight is available on each of the 83 days from Sunday to the first day of August. The longest day of the year is June 21. (THE WASHINGTON POST )

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The Making of a Scandal We may be months away from the 2014 midterm elections, but the bickering between Democrats and Republicans is already heating up, and the GOP is taking the lead by experimenting with a number of perceived Obama administration scandals/failures as its talking points. Here’s a quick guide to them. JAIME FULLER (THE WASHINGTON POST )



During the 2010 and 2012 election cycles, the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative organizations seeking taxexempt status for heightened scrutiny. IRS official Lois Lerner found out and stopped the procedures. Recently, the House Lerner began pressing Lerner — who retired last year — for more details, and she refused. Members held her in contempt of Congress last week.

Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., front, and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., have been vocal proponents of Benghazi investigations.

Benghazi The attacks on the United States’ consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012 — which ended with the deaths of four U.S. diplomats — have been used as a political rallying cry since just weeks before President Barack Obama’s re-election in November 2012, with the GOP alleging incompetence and possible cover-ups by the White House. Last week, the Republican-led House voted to create a 12-member select committee to investigate the response to the attacks. “Benghazi” is shaping up as a byword of this fall’s midterm election. Who’s pushing this? Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., have been among the most vocal proponents of additional investigations. House Speaker John Boehner was a crucial factor in finally getting the select committee formed. But, really, mostly everyone in the Republican Party is pushing this. What does the White House say? White House Press Secretary Jay Carney noted that there have been seven different investigations into the attacks, as well as 13 hearings. What does the right say? “I have said from Day One, I want this to transcend politics, and I want it to in-

“They are clearly doing this to drive their turnout.” — Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday

spire trust,” said Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., the select committee’s chairman, on “Fox News Sunday.” What does the public say? Not surprisingly, opinions on Benghazi fall on partisan lines, as a Pew Research poll from May 2013 shows. Fifteen percent of Republicans and

62 percent of Democrats polled said the Obama administration has been honest about Benghazi; 8 percent of Republicans and 60 percent of Democrats said the Republicans have gone too far with their hearings. Could this affect upcoming elections? That’s unclear. Scandals tend to have a dampening effect on the party of the president, but the investigations haven’t turned up anything scandalous yet. Gowdy has said the committee could last until 2016; when the Pew Research Center released a survey about Hillary Rodham Clinton, presumed 2016 presidential candidate, last week, it revealed that Benghazi is the biggest negative in her career.

‘Obamacare’ Repeal, revise, revile — the Republican Party has tried getting rid of the Affordable Care Act using every method in the book since it passed in 2010. The House has voted to repeal the legislation more than 50 times. Republican outside groups have spent millions on ads bashing Democratic lawmakers for supporting the law. The GOP thinks low public opinion of the Affordable Care Act in 10 close Senate races might be their key to victory. Who’s pushing this? Nearly everyone in the Republican Party — especially the Senate candidates running against vulnerable incumbent Democrats. But “Obamacare” is mentioned far less often now by Republicans than it was before high coverage numbers were announced.

Who’s pushing this? Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has been at the lead of the investigations. The House Ways and Means Committee voted to refer Lerner to criminal prosecution last month on a party-line vote. But, really, most Republicans have been supportive of further IRS investigations.

What do “Obamacare” supporters say? Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, one of the most prominent “Obamacare” supporters because he leads a relatively conservative state, said after more than 400,000 Kentuckians signed up: “We’re going to keep enrolling people until everybody in Kentucky who needs health coverage has it.”

“[This is] a step toward a level of accountability that the Obama administration has been unwilling to take.”

What does the public say? They are sending mixed messages. While more than 8 million people signed up for the Affordable Care Act, a recent Pew poll shows that many don’t like the law very much. A majority think the law has fallen short of expectations. At the moment, however, the public still trusts Democrats and President Barack Obama more on health care than Republicans.

— Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., on the vote holding Lerner in contempt

What does the left say? Democrats have mostly kept clear of the battle. What does the public say? In May 2013, a Quinnipiac University poll found that the public considered the IRS scandal a bigger deal than Benghazi. Could this affect upcoming elections? Doubtful. The president and most Democrats have distanced themselves from the IRS on this, so Lerner and her department alone seem destined to take the heat.

Could this affect upcoming elections? Maybe. Based on the millions of dollars candidates and Republican outside groups have spent against Democratic candidates citing their support of the Affordable Care Act, Republicans sure think so.


The proportion of people who disapprove of “Obamacare,” according to a Pew Research Center/ USA Today poll conducted in April

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The 2014 NFL draft is now in the books, and the Redskins wound up adding eight players — some of whom could wind up meeting long-term needs. Redskins coach Jay Gruden spoke on each player, and discussed how the decision-makers currently envision the prospects fitting into the big picture. Here’s a rundown of Gruden’s assessment.


They passed on Cyrus Kouandjio in the second round to trade down for outside linebacker Trent Murphy, who’s stuck for now behind Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan. Can a 3-13 team without a first-round pick afford such a luxury? They got potential starting offensive linemen in Morgan Moses and Spencer Long.

On the draft as a whole: “We’re

happy with where we ended with the draft; we got some good draft picks. Moving forward with this football team, we feel like we have good, strong competition at every spot and we’ll add some free agents also and fill out our 90-man roster and go from there.”



The Redskins drafted linebacker Trent Murphy, left, in the second round and running back Lache Seastrunk in the sixth round.

On second-round pick OLB Trent Murphy: “We saw in Trent Mur-

phy another guy that can rush a passer. He’s a proven pass rusher — 14-and-a-half sacks this year. He led the country in sacks. He works his tail off. He’s first on the field every day and the last to leave.”

On third-round pick OT Morgan Moses: “We like Morgan. He’s

On fourth-round pick CB Bashaud Breeland: “A heck of a corner, very

long. He’s a big kid. He’s played a lot of football. He’s played both the left side and the right side in his career. He’s got a major upside.”

technically sound, but also we think he’s going to be a very good special teams football player.”

On third-round pick G Spencer Long: On how Murphy will be used: “More

so the nickel packages. … Coach [Jim] Haslett has a lot of plans for him, but coming in right now, he’s going to line up obviously at outside linebacker, back up Ryan [Kerrigan] and Brian [Orakpo] and provide us with some depth at that position.”

“We feel good about his recovery [from MCL/PCL surgery]. … Tough, tenacious offensive linemen are hard to find — big, physical guys that love football. That’s kind of the motto. All three of these guys that we drafted have football as one of their top priorities in life.”

On fifth-round pick WR Ryan Grant:

“He’s great hands catcher. He’s a good route runner. He can play inside and outside. We’re surprised that he was there.” On sixth-round pick RB Lache Seastrunk: “Obviously, [he] is an

interesting guy because of his speed. … The only weird thing about him is he didn’t catch any balls at Baylor, but they just

don’t throw to their backs. We feel like he can catch the ball good enough.” On seventh-round pick TE Ted Bolser: “He is a solid tight end,

got good hands. He’s played outside, he’s played fullback, he has played tight end in the core. … But really what kind of stuck out, he runs down on kickoff like a war daddy.” On seventh-round pick K Zach Hocker: “[We] liked leg strength.

… He’ll come in and compete for the kicking spot.” MIKE JONES ( THE WASHINGTON POST )

Obama Congratulates Sam: President Barack Obama offered his congratulations to Michael Sam on being the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL. The historic moment came Saturday when Sam, left, an All-America defensive end at the University of Missouri, was taken by the St. Louis Rams with the eighth-tolast pick. “The President congratulates Michael Sam, the Rams and the NFL for taking an important step forward today in our Nation’s journey,” the White House said in a statement emailed to reporters (via ABC News). (T WP)

COWBOYS They showed restraint by passing on quarterback Johnny Manziel but, with Tony Romo now 34, will they eventually regret that? They addressed big needs on their offensive line with Zack Martin and in their pass rush with defensive end Demarcus Lawrence.


EAGLES It’s debatable whether defensive end Marcus Smith was worth the 26th overall pick. The Eagles added a pair of early-round wide receivers in Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff, but they didn’t seem to get a wideout dynamic enough to offset the loss of DeSean Jackson.


GIANTS The Giants made a bold first-round pick by going with wideout Odell Beckham Jr., above, but they didn’t come away with a top tackle. They did add to the interior of the offensive line with center Weston Richburg and fortified the defensive line with Jay Bromley. MARK MASKE (THE WASHINGTON POST)

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Clippers Rally to Top Thunder NBA Darren Collison scored 8 of his 18 points in the final 2:58, rallying the Los Angeles Clippers past the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-99 on Sunday to tie the Western Conference semifinal series 2-2. Russell Westbrook, who scored 27 points, missed a 3-pointer and Serge Ibaka’s tip attempt was too late at the buzzer, allowing the Clippers to salvage a game they trailed until the final 1:23. Blake Griffin led Los Angeles with 25 points, making 9 of 11 free throws, and Chris Paul had 23 points and 10 assists. Jamal Crawford added 18 points. DeAndre Jordan had 14 rebounds, helping the Clippers win the boards, 45-43 — the first time in 11 playoff games the Thunder were outrebounded. Kevin Durant scored 40 points, hitting 15 of 18 free throws, for the Thunder. Game 5 is Tuesday night in Oklahoma City. (AP)

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NBA LeBron James understands it will take time, but he wants Donald Sterling out of the NBA. And he said Sunday that NBA players believe nobody in Sterling’s family should be able to own the Los Angeles Clippers if he’s gone. Sterling has been banned for life for making racist comments and Commissioner Adam Silver has urged owners to force Sterling to sell the franchise. But Silver said no decisions had been made about the rest of Sterling’s family. Shelly Sterling, Sterling’s estranged wife, said she intends to keep her 50 percent of the franchise. “As players, we want what’s right and we don’t feel like no one in his family should be able to own the team,” James said after the Miami Heat practiced for today’s Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Brooklyn.

LeBron James and the Miami Heat hold a 2-1 series lead over the Brooklyn Nets.

But Shelly Sterling told ABC News’ Barbara Walters that she doesn’t believe she should be punished for what her husband said. “I will fight that decision,” she

said in the interview. “To be honest with you, I’m wondering if a wife of one of the owners, and there’s 30 owners, did something like that, said those racial slurs, would they

oust the husband? Or would they leave the husband in?” James was one of the first and strongest voices to speak out after a recording of Donald Sterling’s remarks to V. Stiviano were posted on TMZ’s website last month, saying the comments were unacceptable and that there was no place in the league for Sterling. The league is trying to act quickly to remove him. Dick Parsons has been installed as the Clippers’ interim CEO, and the owners’ advisory/finance committee has held conference calls each of the past two weeks to discuss that process and timeline for a forced sale. That would require a threefourths vote of owners. But Sterling, who bought the team in 1981 and is the NBA’s longest-tenured owner, could choose to fight those attempts by the league. “At the end of the day, this is going to be a long litigation when it comes to that,” James said. “This guy who’s owned the team since the ’80s is not going to just give the team up in a day. So we understand it’s going to be long, but we want what’s right.” BRIAN MAHONEY (AP)

Nationals Place LaRoche on DL Baseball As expected, the Nationals officially placed first baseman Adam LaRoche on the 15-day disabled list with a right quad strain, retroactive to Saturday, and recalled first baseman-outfielder Tyler Moore from Triple-A Syracuse. LaRoche played through his quad injury for nearly two weeks until he suffered a setback on Friday night and couldn’t complete a game as a designated hitter. Moore was sent down on Wednesday but could be recalled without waiting the mandated 10 days because he is replacing an injured player. Moore played one game for Syracuse while


Clippers guards Chris Paul, left, and Darren Collison combined for 41 points.

James says players want no Sterlings to own the Clippers



LeBron Wants ‘What’s Right’

Nats first baseman Adam LaRoche has five homers and 21 RBIs this year.

back, going 0-for-3 with one walk. He is 6-for-30 with two home runs in the majors so far this season.

With LaRoche’s injury, now five of the Nationals’ eight lineup regulars have landed on the disabled list this season. The Nationals have stayed afloat despite injuries to and disabled list stints for Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, Denard Span, Wilson Ramos and Doug Fister. Span, Fister and Ramos have returned, the last two this week, but LaRoche may be the Nationals’ gut punch. LaRoche has posted a 158 OPS+, which is adjusted to the ballparks. That figure ranks 12th in the major leagues and tops on the Nationals. He is hitting .319/.421/.504 with five home runs and 21 RBIs. JAMES WAGNER (THE WASHINGTON POST )


A’s 9, Nationals 1 Derek Norris hit a pair of three-run home runs to back Scott Kazmir’s fifth win and the Athletics beat the Nationals 9-1 on Sunday to complete a series sweep. Both of Norris’ home runs came on pitches from Washington starter and former Oakland pitcher Gio Gonzalez, above. (AP)

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a league title. In 2012, City won the title on goal difference ahead of neighbor Manchester United after coming from behind to beat Queens Park Rangers on the final day. “You can’t repeat what happened last time,” City goalkeeper Joe Hart said. “This year, we’ve really come on strong at the end when we needed to.” Just 15 years ago, City was playing in the third tier of English soccer, but the club’s fortunes were transformed after the influx of Abu Dhabi cash following a 2008 takeover. Making this victory all the sweeter is the fact that United, which beat City to the title by 11 points last May, ended this season in seventh place after imploding in the post-Alex Ferguson era. City spent just 15 days in first place during a season when the lead changed hands 25 times. But Manuel Pellegrini’s club surged to the top when it mattered most. ROB HARRIS (AP)

Amount Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton was fined for squirting water

from the bench at Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban in the final minute of their playoff game. Thornton’s actions came in a 4-2 victory Saturday night that gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead in the secondround series. No penalty was assessed on the play. The fine of $2,820.52 is the maximum allowed under the league’s collective bargaining agreement with the union. (AP)

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“The quality and commitment of your people is the biggest factor in what gets

you success as a company.”

What are some lessons learned from starting your own software company?

Chief executive of Message Systems, a provider of digital messaging software, headquartered in Columbia, Md.

Nothing happens without someone making it happen — a salesperson, an engineer. First and foremost, the quality and commitment of your people is the biggest factor in what gets you success as a company.

PHILLIP MERRICK was born and raised

Any other lessons from the startup?

in Melbourne, Australia. Attracted to the growing tech scene in the United States, he decided to pack up and move here with plans to get experience and then start a software company in Australia. But he met his wife, who was the first manager at, and soon the two decided to start a company in their basement at the height of the dot-com boom. The company, WebMethods, went public in 2000, and was eventually sold to Software AG. Merrick became chairman of a few growing tech companies before coming to lead Message Systems.

Right up there is focus. Companies, particularly entrepreneurial growth companies, have limited resources. You have to really work hard at focusing those resources and resist the temptation of getting pulled in different directions. ... Having the discipline to say no to things is a key focus. What’s the secret sauce to ensure you get the right people?

You’ve got to really recruit carefully and selectively. I’ve always had three things that I look for in individuals when looking to bring

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them into the company. One is raw smarts, pure unadulterated intelligence. Smart people like to work with other smart people. No. 2 is passion. I look for people who are literally, like me, excited to get out of bed every morning and do something significant. Passion for what you do, what the company does and the industry. Thirdly, integrity. That’s not just not telling lies and being open and transparent but it’s also having integrity in terms of living up to your com-

Any lessons learned in building a business with your spouse?

Don’t try this at home. Just kidding. We’ve been extraordinarily fortunate. ... There are some great advantages. One is when you’re working hard, if your spouse is doing it with you, you don’t have that problem of one spouse being absent. You’re both doing the same thing, so that takes away that time pressure and separation anxiety. But it did get pretty tough getting the conversation off of the business. Many days at the end of a long day, one of us would just have to say: “Enough. Can we please talk about something else?” VANESSA SMALL (CAPITAL BUSINESS)

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the Foreign Service. Hutto says the grounding in black politics helps them serve as public administrators, because the program’s emphasis gives them historic context. “We look at how past ideologies are relevant today,” he says, meaning how political movements — say, for example, abolition or civil rights — relate to modern problems. Professor Lorenzo Morris has been teaching in the black politics track since 1982. He says many students drift to the program because of their interest in the global African experience and tend to go on to careers in social and foreign policy. “Most students in public policy areas have to define the [larger

policy] issues,” Morris says, noting that the program is designed to encourage critical thinking. Such skills then help students address those problems and expand their positions. The program also takes advantage of Washington as the backdrop for Howard’s campus. Students seek out internships in the city and take a class that focuses specifically on D.C. politics. GW’s public administration program similarly connects students to potential employers in the area while exposing them to tracks in public service that they may not have previously considered. One example is a course on sustainable transportation taught by visiting professor Nancy Augustine. It focuses on how governments can

“The whole program is very focused on practicality and making real-world use of the skills you develop. This program would be a good fit for anyone who’s interested in moving the needle.” — T ON Y MA ST R I A , 23, A MASTER’S STUDENT AT GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, ON WHY HE CHOSE GW’S PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM

alleviate traffic snarls in cities like Washington with innovative programs such as ride sharing. As a class project, students had to pick an intersection in D.C. that drove them crazy and suggest a solution. One group picked the meeting point for Adams Morgan and U Street, where students said pedestrians routinely ignore the poorly timed walk signals that connect Florida Avenue NW with 18th, U and Vernon streets NW. Their solution: Reduce the number of crosswalks and use an iron fence to block off the intersection’s central island for a rain garden. “We read about theory and skills, but until you talk about how it applies and how it works out in the real world, the world is flat to the students,” Augustine says.

The nation’s capital is particularly suited for the class because of the many jurisdictional intersections here: Some roads belong to the federal government, others to the National Park Service, and they all have to work with the District Department of Transportation to ensure a seamless experience for drivers. The practical example helps students see how their graduate degrees will translate into realworld solutions, says Mastria, a research assistant for Augustine. “The whole program is very focused on practicality and making real-world use of the skills you develop,” he adds. “This program would be a good fit for anyone who’s interested in moving the needle.” AMBREEN ALI (FOR E XPRESS)

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on a bedroom wall, which was fun,” she says. She went to McGill University for a B.A. in Middle East studies and political science, but she continued to do mural work during the summers. After graduating in 2007, Partridge worked for a defense contractor in D.C. for several years, during which she spent a year in Iraq. She realized, however, what she really wanted to do was “to go back home and live a life that was focused around creativity.” Partridge founded her company (then called Cherry Blossom Mural Works) in 2012, when her plan was to focus on murals for children. However, she hasn’t painted a single kid’s room or doctor’s office since. “People just kept asking me to do other kinds of work,” she says. After doing a mural for her first client, Annie’s Ace Hardware in Petworth (1240 Upshur St. NW; 202-726-2658,, Partridge did the branding for Blind Dog Cafe (944 Florida Ave. NW;, including the logo, business cards, banners and ink stamps, as well as chalkboards and website design. Her work has even appeared in newsprint: She



started painting murals during high school in Rosemont, Pa. Her first two — one at a children’s center as a community service project and another at a pediatrician’s office — prompted local parents to seek her out to paint their kids’ rooms. “It was a lot of painting fire trucks and jungle animal scenes


Cherry Blossom Creative (1110 Congress St. NE; cherryblossomcreative .com) WHAT SHE DOES: A self-described “creative-project-doer,” Partridge makes local businesses her business. “There’s so much need for creative, visual work in D.C.,” Partridge says. Her studio, Cherry Blossom Creative, creates designs and illustrations for clients. Her portfolio includes a large interior mural of vintage ads at Union Market DC (1309 Fifth St. NE;, and packaging designs for Agent Marmalade (agent, a D.C-based jam and preserves company. Her company’s location in Union Kitchen ( is a plus: The 7,300-square-foot warehouse with a full-service kitchen is shared by similar creative enterprises and small food businesses. The proximity has helped Partridge land a lot of new clients, so Cherry Blossom Creative has been expanding in recent months to accommodate the workload. (Partridge balances between 10 and 20 projects at all times.) As her team grows — she now has five designers and illustrators who work on a contract basis, as well as an intern — Partridge’s position is shifting away from the studio’s principal designer and toward becoming its creative director.

“Just start,” Partridge advises aspiring designers and illustrators. Don’t wait to find the “perfect client or the perfect project or the perfect time to enter into the market.” But, of course, keep your day job until you’re confident and have built a clientele. (She suggests taking on projects from friends and colleagues at first.) Continued on page 24




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Artists who want to make a career in creativity need to learn the basics of managing their own business, which comes with a “really, really, really steep learning curve,” Partridge says. She took classes on how to use QuickBooks, an accounting software, from Ross Business Management ( And the D.C. Women’s Business Center (dcwbc .org) provided Partridge with free consultations on business basics. And don’t be afraid to ask other pros for advice, Partridge says. She asked a lot of questions of other business owners she knew. Ultimately, she

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Extended Stay Chris Brown is ordered to stay in jail 131 more days after his D.C. fisticuffs 35

In Brief

Breaking the Pattern Comedy Central promotes its ‘Senior Black Correspondent’ to replace Colbert

Debra Messing and Katherine Heigl will return to television in NBC dramas. TELEVISION

Old Stars Among New Faces in NBC’s Line-Up NBC will try to build on recent ratings gains with a dozen new series featuring the return of familiar TV stars Debra Messing, Katherine Heigl, David Duchovny and Kate Walsh. In the 2014-15 schedule announced Sunday, the network said it will move “The Blacklist” to Thursdays starting in February. NBC also announced that Season 7 of “Parks and Recreation” will be its last; that “Parenthood” has been renewed for a sixth and final season; and that the shows “Community,” “Revolution” and “The Michael J. Fox Show,” among others, will be canceled. (AP/THE WASHINGTON POST)


Nintendo Sorry for Lack Of Same-Sex Scenarios Nintendo apologized Friday and pledged to be more inclusive after being criticized for not recognizing same-sex relationships in English editions of the life-simulator video game “Tomodachi Life.” The publisher said it was committed to building virtual equality into future versions. (AP) TELEVISION

Spike Lee Has Sitcom Idea Spike Lee is working with Showtime to adapt his 1986 film, “She’s Gotta Have It,” into a half-hour comedy, he said Thursday. Lee is also working on a film sequel to his 1988 movie, “School Daze.” (AP)

Comedy Central didn’t waste any time filling a void in its late-night line-up — and in the predominantly white and male late-night lineup in general — choosing “Daily Show” correspondent Larry Wilmore to take over Stephen Colbert’s time slot in 2015. As the late-night shuffle has taken place over the past few weeks, speculation had ramped up as to whether the channel would mix things up and help diversify the late-night TV spectrum. That fact was not lost on the network: “ ‘The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore’ will provide viewers with a distinct point of view and comedic take on the day’s news from a perspective largely missing in the current late night landscape,” the show description, released Friday, reads. “The series will feature a diverse panel of voices currently underrepresented in comedy and television.” The new show, created and produced by “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, will debut next January after “The Colbert Report” wraps for good this year, airing at 11:30 p.m. Colbert, of course, is headed to CBS to take over “The Late Show” from David Letterman in 2015. Wilmore, 52, is a familiar face to “Daily Show” fans — he’s been on the show since 2006 and current-




Larry Wilmore has been on “The Daily Show” since 2006, most recently as the show’s satirical “Senior Black Correspondent.”


ly serves as “Senior Black Correspondent.” A veteran comedy writer, Wilmore co-created “The PJs” (the animated show with Eddie Murphy) as well as the Emmywinning “Bernie Mac Show.” He was also a consulting producer on NBC’s “The Office.” Wilmore served as an executive producer and showrunner on the sitcom pilot “Black-ish,” which ABC

just ordered to series last week. More details for “The Minority Report” (such as co-stars and writers) will be announced later. Wilmore’s show isn’t the first Comedy Central venture to give a minority slant to satire. In fall 2008, the weekly “Chocolate News” was hosted by David Alan Grier, but it lasted just one season. EMILY YAHR (THE WASHINGTON POST/AP)

Late-Night Job to Fill For those keeping score at home: Now that Stephen Colbert is taking over for David Letterman and Larry Wilmore is taking over for Colbert, there’s only one replacement left — Craig Ferguson, above, who plans to step down from “The Late Late Show” in December after he was snubbed by CBS to replace Letterman. Plus, whatever happens with Chelsea Handler over at E! — as the lone woman in latenight TV, her name had been tossed around for Ferguson’s job. (T WP)

The box office take of “Neighbors,” the Seth Rogen and Zac Efron family-versus-fraternity comedy, which unseated “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which was second with $37 million, according to studio estimates. The Cameron Diaz comedy “The Other Woman” held onto third in its third week of release with $9.3 million. (AP)

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The best things to do this week


Find more events for your weekend in Thursday’s Weekend Pass.

‘The (Dead Mothers) Club’ (HBO) Women from a variety of social and economic backgrounds who lost their mothers at a young age share their stories in this new documentary. Rosie O’Donnell, Jane Fonda and Molly Shannon, who lost their moms early, also contribute.



Lady Gaga The Little Monsters got one (potential) win in the Washington Wizards’ Game 6 playoff rescheduling kerfuffle: They get to see their Mother Monster three days early. Dame Gaga has dubbed this tour “artRAVE — the ARTPOP Ball,” so only your best LED-enhanced meat dresses will do. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW; Mon., 7:30 p.m., $38-$235; 202-628-3200, (Gallery Place)


‘Riot’ (FOX) Think “Whose Line Is It Anyway” with a different slant — literally. A set tilted at a 22-degree angle is one of the trademarks of this new series, in which comedians and other celebrities take on an assortment of performing challenges. Steve Carell, left, is in the hot seat for the premiere.


Portugal. The Man Rock band Portugal. The Man teamed with the National Zoo to release “Sumatran Tigers” on 400 polycarbonate records designed to stop working over time. It’s part of an effort to save the tigers, 400 of which are left in the wild. Today, the band plays a free, stripped-down show at the Zoo. (Pre-registration is not required.)



‘Nashville’ (ABC) With Will Lexington’s album climbing the charts, Rayna goes to work with Teddy on planning a free concert at LP Field to publicize her Highway 65 debut. Gunnar, Zoey and Avery rock out at a charity benefit. Avery’s attempt to serenade Juliette with a song he wrote doesn’t go as planned in the season finale.

Smithsonian National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW; Mon., 6:30 p.m., free. 202-633-4800, (Woodley Park)


Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW; Mon., 7 p.m., $15; 202-408-3100, (Gallery Place)


Roz Chast As a cartoonist for The New Yorker since 1978, Roz Chast, left, knows how to make humor out of tough truths. That’s what’s so

Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW; Tue., 7 p.m., free; 202-364-1919, (Van Ness)


his dreams while they were broken up. A love triangle ensues.

This British play tells the story of John, who reunites with his long-term boyfriend, but thinks he may have found the woman of

Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW; Wed. through Jun. 22, various times, $20$75; 202-332-3300, (Dupont Circle)


‘Rosemary’s Baby’ (NBC) Guy is on cloud nine now that his book is finished and his career is taking off, but Rosemary’s (Zoe Saldana, below) health is declining as her pregnancy progresses. Roman and Margaux grow more interested in Guy and Rosemary, and more people are suffering bizarre deaths in the miniseries’ conclusion. (TRIBUNE MEDIA)


Glenn Greenwald In part, we have Glenn Greenwald to thank for knowing Edward Snowden’s name. The former Guardian journalist won a Pulitzer for his reporting on the National Security Agency’s global surveillance project. His book, “No Place to Hide,” recounts his first meetings with Snowden. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW; Wed., 7 p.m., $17; 202-4083100, (Gallery Place)


‘Godzilla’ FRIDAY | “Godzilla” could just be the latest in the “giant thing threatens to destroy the whole city” family, but this one will have Bryan Cranston yelling in his Heisenberg voice. Cranston stars as a physicist bent on figuring out what caused the accident in a nuclear facility that killed his wife 15 years earlier. He might have his answer when a certain green scaly monster comes to visit.


Katty Kay and Claire Shipman wrote The Atlantic’s May cover story, “The Confidence Gap,” a phenomenon they say is at the heart of women continuing to earn less than men. They’ll discuss the subject and new book “The Confidence Code,” today.


great about her memoir, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” in which she details through colorful panels the story of her parents’ aging. Politics and


Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

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out if I didn’t talk to her,” Chris says. FIRST DATE: Lotus Lounge, on 14th Street NW. HOW HE PROPOSED: He invited her over to study for their finals (his at UDC, hers at GWU). She turned to put her books down, and when she turned back, he was on one knee with the ring. MOST HATED CLOTHING ITEM: Her granny panties, his hole-ridden polo shirt from middle school. PET NAMES: “He calls me Annie Boo, or Bae to annoy me.” “She calls me Big Poppa or Young Chris.” WEDDING JITTERS: “Losing the marriage license, or someone dropping the cake,” Anne says. “Dropping the ring,” Chris says, “or my voice going out when I say ‘I do.’ ”

Anne, 28, is an analyst with the Coast Guard. Chris, 27, works for the FDIC. They live in Hyattsville, Md. THE MAIN EVENT: The big day is Saturday, with 200 guests attending their formal celebration in Pentagon City. Chris’ father, pastor at Trinity AME Zion Church in Northwest D.C., will officiate. HOW THEY MET: On the dance floor at Club Love. FIRST IMPRESSIONS: “He seemed very confident, yet down to earth,” Anne says. “She had this glow about her. I just knew I would be missing

Brad, 31, is an IT project manager for the GSA. Katie (nee Landi) is a sales director with Mary Kay. They, and daughter Kennedy Layne, live in Woodbridge, Va. THEIR WEDDING: They married Sept. 27, 2008, in Stafford, Va. WEDDING MEMORY: He was late. A

PET PEEVES: “Katie is all about going out and making memories, but sometimes I just want to watch TV.” “Brad can’t seem to move the dishes from the sink to the dishwasher.” SAGE ADVICE: “The longer we are together, the easier it is for me to take Brad for granted. I have to remind myself of the little things he does. Just because they are habits doesn’t make them less important or valuable.”

groomsman was driving — speeding. They got pulled over, both in their tuxes. “My groomsman told the cop that I was getting married in exactly seven minutes and really needed to go. The officer responded, ‘Bad way to start a marriage’ and wrote us a ticket.” POST-WEDDING ADVENTURES: A train trip from St. Petersburg to Moscow, complete with techno music blaring at each station, all through the night.

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Christina, 30, and David, 29, are both law students at Catholic University. They live in Brookland. THE MAIN EVENT: On Saturday — one week before they graduate — they’ll tie the knot in Richmond. HOW THEY MET: She was moving to D.C. for school and looking for a roommate. She met him with her dad, who had agreed that the code word “Pops” meant David was giving off a creepy vibe. She didn’t need to use it. FIRST IMPRESSIONS: “Cute, funny, nice smile, tall, at ease with my father, not a serial killer.” FIRST DATE: Dinner and a haunted farm. HOW HE PROPOSED: In Key West, Fla., on the beach, at sunset. STUPIDEST FIGHT: Over where to put apostrophes. “Timing and correct punctuation are pet peeves of mine, and Christina pushes the envelope with both,” David says.

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comments on the explosion of demand for Michael Sam jerseys. Sam, who was selected in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams, made history by becoming the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL. Less than three hours after being drafted, Sam’s jersey was already up for sale — even though he has yet to receive a number or placement.

“But the height restrictions that make these views possible also make it one of the most expensive places to live in America—and D.C. just blew a great chance to reduce those exorbitant housing costs.” — DANNY VINIK AT NEWREPUBLIC.COM thinks D.C.

missed a golden opportunity to raise height limits. The District has restrictions on buildings that date back to the Height of Buildings Act of 1899. Congress recently had the chance to amend the law but chose not to. As Vinik points out, “increasing the supply of housing would bring down these rents significantly.”

“Admist the already-overwhelming deluge of cat-focused Internets, an online video streaming service called Pluto.TV has composed a 24/7 365 channel. … What a time to be alive.” — ZACH SOKOL AT THECREATORSPROJECT.VICE.COM

sums up the general attitude toward Pluto.TV’s latest channel, Cats 24/7. The Internet couldn’t be more obsessed with all things feline, and this YouTube channel is honing in on that. Cats 24/7 provides a constant stream of cat videos, which are broken up into playlists, or “shows.” Will you be tuning in? Let us know @WaPoExpress.

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“I don’t know what type of voodoo these kids are using, but it’s making me want to travel back in time to my high school days to try out a celebrity promposal.” — EMMA GODDARD AT BUSTLE.COM doesn’t

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You may need a reminder today in order to keep squarely in mind the value of a certain endeavor. By day’s end, all will be clear again. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You may need time away from someone or something before you are ready to apply yourself fully once again. Everyone needs a break now and then! CANCER (June 21-July 22) You may not hear the news from the source, but eventually it will get to you, and you’ll have to act quickly in response. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Things are likely to happen in just the right order during the first part of the day. Then, for some reason, things may take a bizarre turn. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You’re eager to pursue a goal that doesn’t appeal to anyone else. That simply means that there’s more of it for you to enjoy!

Friday’s Solution

Friday’s Solution

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Don’t get caught up in a fight over something that has no real value. You know what’s important, and you know how to stay true to it. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) What you see isn’t what you get today. You’ll want to keep looking before you have to settle on anything considered subpar. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Given what you’ve done in the past, today’s efforts shouldn’t really take too much out of you, though one obstacle may require careful thought.

Need more Sudoku? Find another puzzle in the Comics section of The Post every Sunday and in the Style section Monday through Saturday.

FOUR RACK TOTAL Make a 2-7-letter word from the letters in each row. Add points of each word using scoring directions at right. Seven-letter words get a 50-point bonus. Blank tiles used as any letter have no point value. Scrabble is a trademark of Hasbro in the U.S. and Canada.



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Today: Mostly sunny, warm and humid today. Patchy clouds tonight.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You may find one aspect of a project rather daunting, but if you get the opinions of those you trust, you can develop a plan. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Others may say that you’re obsessed, but the fact is that you are simply pursuing a personal goal that is within reach. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) You may find yourself on the road much longer than expected. Be sure to plan for some time for eating and relaxing! ARIES (March 21-April 19) You can control more of your day than expected, but not all of it. It’s time to negotiate with another who thinks he or she is in charge.



91 67 Tomorrow: Some sun tomorrow. A thunderstorm or two early tomorrow night.


Looking Ahead




74 64 73 55 74 55 Sun and Moon Sunrise today: 5:59 a.m. Sunset today: 8:11 p.m. Moonrise today: 6:08 p.m. Moonset today: 4:36 a.m.

Almanac Normal high: 74 Record high: 94 Normal low: 55 Record low: 33


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Post Hunt is coming! On June 1

The Washington Post Magazine will kick off another insanely popular Post Hunt. The Post Hunt is a huge mutant brainteaser — a kind of urban safari, where you’ll be hunting for the answers to wacky puzzles woven into the landscape of downtown Washington. If it’s anything like past years, we’ll all be in for a wild ride — or at least, a weird afternoon!


Sunday, June 1, 2014, Noon-4 p.m. • Rain or Shine


Main Stage: Freedom Plaza, Pennsylvania Avenue, NW between 13th & 14th Streets Puzzles will take place throughout downtown D.C.


Metro Stations: Metro Center & Federal Triangle

WHAT TO BRING June 1 issue of The Washington Post Magazine* found in your Sunday Washington Post, comfortable shoes, a cellphone with texting capabilities and a sense of humor.

Join us June 1!

lookout puzzles Crossword ACROSS 1 Theater section 5 Messy one 9 “Time is money,” e.g. 14 One who raised Cain 15 South American nation 16 More urgent 17 Rural road sign? 20 Prefix with “type” 21 Big-eared equine 22 Charlie Brown cry 23 Haunted-house resident 26 Tiny pond plant 28 Faux chocolate 30 Kind of show or band 34 Sphere 37 Washingtons in the wallet 39 Without accompanists 40 Where ballots are cast 44 Small ornamental cases 45 Tailor’s junction 46 Tightrope-walker’s safeguard 47 With conviction 49 Use a dragnet 52 Tourney rank 54 Gather and bind grain 57 Give off, as light 60 Private eye, slangily 62 Sir, in Africa 64 Refugee’s request 68 Like some Disney musicals 69 Certain gem 70 Continental dollar 71 Vampire killer 72 Tranquility exercise 73 Foul smell


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The body of Charles Lindbergh Jr., the kidnapped son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, is found in a wooded area near Hopewell, N.J.


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The Soviet Union lifts the Berlin Blockade, which the Western powers had succeeded in circumventing with their Berlin Airlift.


Security guards overpower a Spanish priest armed with a bayonet who attacked Pope John Paul II.

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Rare ‘Newscaster Rescue’ Merit Badge Finally Earned A Boy Scout troop rescued Ann Curry last month after she fell and broke her ankle on a hike, The New York Post reported, citing a blog post on The Scouts splinted Curry’s ankle, used sticks and a tarp to make a stretcher, and carried her to safety. They didn’t know Curry was famous until later. (EXPRESS)


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Wax Jon Hamm Sure to Break Wax Justin Bieber’s Record for ‘Most Groped’ What’s the first thing Jon Hamm did when he saw his wax figure unveiled Friday at New York’s Madame Tussauds? Took a selfie, of course. “That’s a no-brainer. I’m probably not done doing that either,” he said. The wax figure is decked out in a debonairlooking gray suit. Hamm said he posed for the figure last year. It took months to craft the figure. (AP)


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Quiz Answers FROM PAGE 12 1 D. Monica Lewinsky did not say in a Vanity Fair article that the Clintons paid her off. Instead, she wrote: “The buzz in some circles has been that the Clintons must have paid me off; why else would I have refrained from speaking out? I can assure you that nothing could be further from the truth.” 2 B. Mina Karini and friend Timothy Logan Melham were arrested last month after they took trash bins that had the city’s “Take Me!” stickers affixed to them. Karini said she read

A surprise bridal shower for Kim Kardashian, set to take place at the Beverly Hills Hotel, was canceled, E! News reported. Kardashian’s sisters and mother called off the event because the hotel’s owner, the Sultan of Brunei, implemented new laws that punish adultery, abortion and same-sex relationships with flogging and stoning. (E XPRESS)

the cute notes as an invitation that the tubs were up for grabs and planned to convert the bins into flower planters. 3 C. Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder now has an MVP award to go along with his four scoring titles.

Elin Nordegren, ex-wife of Tiger Woods, graduated Sunday from Rollins College in Florida with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. “It was right after I had taken Communication and the Media that I was unexpectedly thrust into the media limelight. I probably should have taken more notes in that class,” she said, according to the Orlando Sentinel. (AP/EXPRESS)


He’s a Good Prisoner, But a Terrible Parolee Chris Brown was ordered to remain in a Los Angeles jail Friday after he admitted he violated his probation by getting into an altercation outside a hotel in Washington, D.C., last year. The judge sentenced the singer to serve an additional 131 days in jail, although he’s likely to get out much sooner. The judge sentenced Brown to serve a year in county jail but gave him credit for nearly eight months. The credits include time that the singer has spent in rehab and jail, as well as credits for good behavior while behind bars. (AP)

state’s 2nd Congressional District. Aiken received 369 more votes than Crisco, but the results won’t be final until provisional and absentee ballots are counted.

4 A. An outbreak of polio — once thought to be on the verge of extinction — in 10 countries prompted the World Health Organization to call for a coordinated international response.

6 B. A shortage of limes, and the resulting spike in prices, has put the squeeze on bar owners and restaurateurs nationwide. Many customers feared that the shortage could lead to higher bar tabs on Cinco de Mayo.

5 C. North Carolina voters turned out Tuesday for the primacy race between Keith Crisco and Clay Aiken for the

7 A. IRS employee Mathew Goldstein took a wrong turn into the secure perimeter for the presidential

compound on Tuesday afternoon, which led to the lockdown of the White House for more than an hour. (The White House would go on lockdown again Thursday, when two individuals threw objects on opposite sides of the White House.) 8 B. The St. Louis Rams selected Michael Sam in the seventh round with pick No. 249 on Saturday. Sam played college football at the University of Missouri and came out as openly gay in media interviews earlier this year. 9

C. In a video released Monday, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said:


Forces of Evil Thwarted in Attempt to Mar Perfection Hugh Jackman has had another cancerous growth removed. The 45-yearold actor attended the premiere of his latest film, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” on Saturday night with a bandage over his nose. He told The Associated Press he had a basal-cell carcinoma removed two nights earlier. (AP)

“I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah.” Boko Haram’s April 14 abduction of 276 high schoolaged girls has led to an international outcry. 10 A. Prince told Essence he will no longer use profanity. “Did you ever hear Muhammad Ali curse? Would you curse in front of your kids? To your mother? … We shouldn’t curse at them. We need to treat all of them, and all people, like royalty.”

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