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Devotees light earthen lamps on the banks of the River Sarayu as part of Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya, India, on Tuesday. The city broke a Guinness World Record by lighting 300,150 lamps.

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Two men in Germany were convicted of stealing more than 100 portable toilets. The dpa news agency reported Duesseldorf district court on Tuesday gave the men suspended sentences. Both worked for a waste disposal company from whose premises the toilets — worth nearly $79,700 in all — slowly disappeared, a loss only discovered months later. The men admitted having sold the toilets to a company in the Netherlands via a go-between. (AP)

Charges are pending against a 23-year-old woman who police say got into a police car and tried to drive away in Devils Lake, N.D. KFGO radio reported that police responded to a fight early Sunday. When one officer got out of a squad car to investigate, a woman allegedly jumped in, drove the car onto a curb and tried to back up onto the street. Investigators say the officer was able to remove the woman from the vehicle. (AP)

Police in Stamford, Conn., say a robbery was foiled by the intended victim, who took down his assailant with a move inspired by lucha libre, a form of professional wrestling popularized in Mexico. The victim told police he was walking early Saturday when a man with a knife demanded money. The victim was able to take the man down with a wrestling move he’d practiced. He then pinned his attacker until police arrived. (AP)

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A very special Election Day VIRGINIA When Maria Valles Vda De Bonilla moved to the United States from El Salvador 16 years ago — at age 90 — there was one thing she requested: to become a citizen. She wanted to be able to vote in the adopted country she loves, something she was never able to do in El Salvador — first because it wasn’t legal for women to vote, and later because the polling locations were too far away and the journey was unsafe. Tuesday afternoon, at age 106, Bonilla sat in her wheelchair in a bright sapphire dress in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Fairfax County and took her oath of citizenship. She waved a tiny American flag and smiled, her eyes moist with tears. “I am so happy, there are no words,” said Bonilla, who was surrounded by 18 family members who came to celebrate their “abuelita.” B on i l l a — who l ives i n


106-year-old woman fulfills her dream of becoming a U.S. citizen

Maria Valles Vda De Bonilla receives her certificate of citizenship Tuesday.

Gainesville with her daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren — is not registered to vote in Virginia, so after taking the oath she didn’t get to cast a ballot in the midterm elections Tuesday. But when you become a citizen at age 106, you’re an optimist. “Next time,” she said, speaking in Spanish. “God willing.” It was a coincidence that the ceremony fell on Election Day; she was part of a routine naturalization ceremony with 12 other

“She doesn’t know why God decided to have her here at almost 107. He must have a reason for her to be here. She wants to be here.” DIANA CORTEZ, who thinks the secret to her grandmother Bonilla’s longevity is her will to live

people from various countries. She’s not the oldest person to be naturalized in this country. That honor goes to a Turkish immigrant who at age 117 took the oath in Los Angeles almost 20 years ago. Bonilla came to the United States in 2002 to follow her children, who were all living here and were worried about her living on her own. She also wanted to spend time with her grandchildren, who were all born here. She has been able to enjoy that. But in recent years, her heart has started to give out. In April, she had two heart attacks on the same day and almost died. When she got home from the hospital, her granddaughter Diana Cortez filled out Bonilla’s citizenship application and asked for a medical waiver, meaning she would not have to complete the civics and language exam in order to become naturalized. The waiver was granted last week. Because of her health and age, immigration officials decided to have her ceremony quickly. “ She asked G od to give her ex t ra t i me to so t h is could happen,” Cortez said. ALLISON KLEIN (THE WASHINGTON POST)


Mayor thanks 104-year-old for voting D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser met a special Ward 5 resident to commemorate her vote Tuesday. Bowser shook hands with 104-year-old Margaret Norwood, who cast her vote at UDC Bertie Backus campus. “Ms. Norwood was alive at a time when women did not have the right to vote so please take the time to vote today!” Bowser wrote in a post on Instagram, sharing photos of the two together. The 19th Amendment giving all women the right to vote was passed in 1919 and ratified in 1920. (EXPRESS)

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Hazing case roils Damascus MONTGOMERY COUNTY The assaults of four high school football players in Maryland last week were part of a hazing ritual at Damascus High School involving a broomstick, according to the accounts of suspects and victims detailed in a police report about the allegations. The suspects, members of the junior varsity squad, attacked teammates in a locker room after turning off the lights, according to the report. They pinned down two victims during the assault, according to the six-page incident report, which has not been made public but was obtained by The Washington Post. A 14-year-old boy could be heard screaming, and then a 15-year-old boy who cried and called out, “Stop, stop, stop,” according to the report. Two other targets were forced to the ground, but managed to fight off the attacks. The alleged attacks took place after school was dismissed last Wednesday on Halloween, in a locker room at Damascus High, a football powerhouse on the northern end of suburban Montgomery County. The incident report, written by Detective Dana Williams of the Montgomery County Police Department, describes interviews with the reported victims, who said they previously had heard about broomstick attacks but


Five JV football players charged with rape in locker ‘brooming’ attack

Five junior varsity football players at Damascus High School face various rape charges over an alleged hazing attack at the school on Halloween.

were uncertain about whether the accounts were genuine. One of the alleged victims “reported that when he was in middle school, he heard about ‘brooming,’ but thought that it was a myth,” Williams wrote. The report states that when the teenager was attacked, he pleaded with teammates to stop but they told him it was a “tradition.” “He thought the football team was supposed to be a family and look out for each other,” the report states, summarizing the boy’s views, “and did not think they could do something that horrible.” Detectives said that another suspect alleged “the broom” was a practice that went back many

“Harassment, hazing, verbal and physical abuse … will not be tolerated in our schools.” MONTGOMERY SUPERINTENDENT JACK SMITH , in a video to students Monday speaking on the severity of hazing allegations at Damascus

years. Another said the broom had been kept in the locker room and that another attacker had told him they should give “the broom” to at least one freshman. A third suspect spoke of “giving him the broomstick” while

describing an assault. The Post has been unable to reach family members of the accused. Their attorneys declined to discuss the case last week. Montgomery County school officials have described the allegations at Damascus as horrendous and disturbing. They said Tuesday they have not been told of any history or established ritual with a broomstick in the school’s football program. “Once police complete their work, we’re going to look at every part of the football team and how it relates to the alleged incident and take all the appropriate steps we can take,” said Derek Turner, a school system spokesman, who did not comment on the specifics of the police report. The report, written Nov. 1, covers the actions of three 15-yearold junior varsity players who are each charged with two counts of second-degree rape and two counts of attempted seconddegree rape. After the incident report, police charged two more teenage boys: one with three counts of second-degree rape and the other with one count of attempted second degree rape. The specific allegations against that pair of boys could not be determined and it was not clear if they have attorneys. All five youths are charged in the state’s juvenile court system. Police said they have identified four victims, who are 14 and 15 years old, according to the incident report. DAN MORSE AND DONNA ST. GEORGE (THE WASHINGTON POST)


Flooding contributes to Bay pollution

Scientists have begun researching an understudied source of Chesapeake Bay pollution: tidal flooding. The Virginian-Pilot reported last week that flooding driven by ocean tides often drags trash and other waste into the nation’s largest estuary. Tidal flooding greatly affects areas around coastal Virginia. Old Dominion University professor Margaret Mulholland said she’s seen receding floodwaters pull in tipped-over garbage bins, basketballs and human waste. (AP)


Several roads to be closed Friday to make way for levee testing in downtown D.C.


Man pleads guilty to fatal hit-and-run along Mall A man who fatally struck a cyclist in a hit-and-run incident along the Mall pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of involuntary manslaughter. Phillip Peoples, 20, of Suitland, Md., was charged in October in the hit-and-run death of Thomas Hendricks Hollowell, 64, of Arlington. Hollowell was riding his bike about 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 24 near 12th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Peoples had run a red light at an intersection and then sped away after colliding with Hollowell at a “high rate of speed,” police said. Peoples is set for a sentencing hearing in January. (TWP) BOWIE, MD.

College marching band faces charge of hazing Bowie State University says its marching band has been suspended in the wake of hazing allegations against the group. The Symphony of Soul Band was suspended Friday after claims of hazing within the band surfaced. Spokeswoman Cassandra Robinson said the university became aware of serious allegations of hazing affecting the band. She said the university has suspended all band activity, pending further internal investigation. It’s unclear what type of hazing the band is alleged to have conducted. (AP) THE DISTRICT

Man who fell onto tracks sues D.C. restaurant A man who fell onto Metro train tracks in D.C. is suing a restaurant that he says served him too much alcohol. Patrick Augusma is suing Maggiano’s Little Italy for negligence, saying it’s the eatery’s fault he suffered facial fractures and head trauma when he fell last year. The $2 million lawsuit filed last week says Maggiano’s served Augusma drinks even though he “visibly appeared to be intoxicated.” Augusma’s attorney, Keith Watters, is requesting a jury trial. (AP)

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MoCo begins bus lane work TRANSPORTATION Montgomery County is creating a system that transportation officials hope will make it easier for public-transit users along traffic-choked Route 29 to get from upper Montgomery to downtown Silver Spring. Construction is underway for the county’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) line, a system that officials describe as similar to light rail, in which buses will use a mix of dedicated and general travel lanes, and make fewer stops, to get passengers to their destinations more quickly. The system, branded Flash, is scheduled to debut in 2020, offering more frequent service on new “clean diesel” buses, which officials say are more spacious, comfortable and fuel-efficient than the older buses in the county’s fleet. Each stop along the route will be equipped with realtime bus arrival displays and a preboarding payment system. The 14-mile route, to include 11 stations between downtown Silver Spring and Burtonsville,


Traffic-heavy Route 29 set to get 14 miles of rapid transit lanes

Traffic moves along Route 29 near the Shoppes of Burnt Mills, where the county is building a bus rapid transit system to cut commute times.

will be the first in a comprehensive network of as many as 10 BRT lines that the county first envisioned in 2013. The estimated cost of the project is $31.5 million, $10 million of which will be covered by a federal grant. Two other routes — 6 miles on Veirs Mill Road between the Wheaton and Rockville Metro stations and 22 miles on Rockville Pike from Clarksburg to downtown Bethesda — are under study and awaiting funding.

“We have a vision and a plan now that I know will improve transportation options along this route,” County Executive Isiah Leggett, D, said at the groundbreaking last month. The Flash system is touted as a drastic improvement in service on Route 29. Buses will be more frequent — every 7½ minutes during peak hours and every 15 minutes at other times, compared with now, when the wait between buses can be as long as 30 minutes.

Kid’s book found at scene of Oct. 11 fatal shooting near Congress Heights Metro leads police to suspect

Although buses will travel in a dedicated shoulder lane for only 40 percent of the route and in mixed traffic the remainder, commute times are expected to be cut by up to 30 percent because features such as off-board payment and all-door entry mean buses will spend less time at stops, said Joana Conklin, the county’s rapid transit system development manager. In addition, 15 intersections will be equipped with “traffic signal priority” technology that extends the green light for approaching buses, speeding up their travels. The system will benefit a majority-minority corridor that has a high concentration of immigrant, lower-income and transitdependent populations. About 120,000 people live within a half-mile of the planned BRT stations and about 366,000 trips per day originate in the corridor, 46 percent of which are in singleoccupancy vehicles, according to a county report. “We are glad the thing is being built. It is not perfect, but it’s a good start,” said Dan Wilhelm, a resident of the Colesville area who has advocated for the new bus system for a decade.


Teacher in SW named top D.C. educator D.C.’s top education officials surprised a teacher in her elementary school this week, anointing her the city’s 2019 Teacher of the Year. Kelly Harper, a third-grade teacher at Amidon-Bowen Elementary in Southwest, received a $7,500 prize Monday and will be considered for the National Teacher of the Year. Harper, a native of D.C., has been teaching seven years. Officials noted the school’s gains in the math and English portions of a national standardized test this year. (TWP)


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Democratic win ends nearly four decades of Republican control VIRGINIA Democrat Jennifer Wexton defeated Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., ending nearly four decades of Republican control of a key Northern Virginia seat. By capitalizing on President Trump’s unpopularity, Wexton, a state senator and former prosecutor, won 58 percent of the vote compared to Comstock, who won 42 percent, with about two-thirds of precincts reporting. Wexton won by portraying the congresswoman as a Trump ally who was out of touch with a welleducated, diverse electorate that

has begun to shift the district to the left. Voters determined to send a message about Trump ousted Comstock after nearly a decade representing parts of the 10th District, first as a state lawmaker and then for two terms in the U.S. House. “Vote them out!” Loudoun County retiree Michele Hoehner said, capturing the mood of energized Democrats. She voted for Wexton, Sen. Tim Kaine, D — and change, she said. “Guns are out of control. I’m tired of the meanness.” She wanted to combat Trump’s rhetoric and was inspired by the March for Our Lives on the Mall, she said. “I don’t like the way he talks


Wexton tops Comstock in Va.

Democrat Jennifer Wexton beat incumbent Rep. Barbara Comstock 58 percent to 42 percent.

about people, women and race,” Hoehner said of Trump. “He’s divided the country.” Wexton dubbed the congresswoman “Barbara Trumpstock”

and frequently shared a statistic from the website FiveThirtyEight that showed Comstock voted with Trump 98 percent of the time. In response, Comstock said 82 percent of the bills tracked by the website passed on a bipartisan basis or with support from at least a few Democrats. But Trump’s influence on the election was unmistakable. In preliminary results from a Washington Post-Schar School survey of people who voted in the 10th District, 57 percent said Trump was one of the top two factors in their vote. That is higher than 43 percent of voters in congressional battleground districts overall, according to preliminary results from the survey.

Sen. Kaine beats Trump acolyte Stewart



Voters line up in Virginia


The popular Ben Cardin cruised to a third term representing Maryland in the U.S. Senate, easily defeating a GOP challenger Tony Campbell in Tuesday’s midterm elections. Reached after polls closed and The AP called the race, Cardin said he was “very gratified and flattered” to again earn the confidence of Maryland’s voters. AP


In Md., Cardin wins re-election

CHESTERFIELD, VA. | Voters wait in line during a rainy Tuesday morning to cast their ballots at Robious Elementary School in Chesterfield County. As voters cast ballots for U.S. Senate and members of Congress in Tuesday’s elections, AP VoteCast found that 37 percent of Virginia voters said the country is on the right track, compared with 62 percent who said the country is headed in the wrong direction.

Republican Riggleman of Va. elected to U.S. House, defeating Democrat Cockburn

VIRGINIA Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine defeated a hardcore supporter of President Trump Tuesday to win re-election to the U.S. Senate. The first-term senator who was Hillary Clinton’s running mate in 2016 defeated Republican Corey Stewart, reaffirming Virginia’s status as a blue-leaning state. Several GOP-held congressional districts were still too close to call, but Kaine’s easy win is encouraging news for Democrats trying to flip at least four House seats. “We have to keep Virginia moving and put our country back on the right track. That starts now,” Kaine said on Twitter after The Associated Press called the race in his favor. Trump was a key focal point of the Senate contest. Kaine’s campaign focused on the need for an inclusive government that worked “for all.” Stewart accused Kaine of opposing the president’s agenda for political gain, even at Virginia’s expense. The victory was widely expected as Kaine enjoyed large leads in most public preelection polls. Virginia was also home to a blue wave last year, when Democrats won all three statewide contests and made gains in the state House. No Republican has won a statewide race in Virginia for almost a decade. ALAN SUDERMAN AND BEN FINLEY (AP)

Republican Wittman of Va. re-elected to the U.S. House, defeating Democrat Williams

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A presidency in the balance

Trump views the midterm elections as a referendum on the achievements of his first two years




Rep. Brian Mast, a Republican, won another term representing Florida’s 18th Congressional District, beating Lauren Baer, a Democrat. And Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart won another term representing Florida’s 25th Congressional District, beating Democratic challenger Mary Barzee Flores.

approach troubled many Republicans seeking to appeal to moderate voters in suburban House districts, but Trump prioritized base voters in the deep red states that could determine the fate of the Senate. At times he even appeared at odds with his own campaign, which in the election’s final days released a gauzy ad aimed at suburban women. Trump did not care for the soft-focus ad, which notably did not mention him, according to a person familiar with the president’s thinking who was not authorized to speak publicly. Instead he promoted a shocking, expletive-loaded video featuring a Latino man convicted of murdering two police officers, which was widely decried as racist. But while Trump’s plays to his most loyal supporters help rev up the crowds in small towns and rural areas in red states, they were viewed as a turnoff to moderates, independents and women in the suburban districts needed to keep the House in GOP hands. Still, Trump brushed off criticism that he was alienating moderates as he continued his massive rallies and overheated rhetoric. During the final stretch of the race, Trump tore across the country, holding 11 rallies over six days. On Monday, he blitzed through a trio of Midwest states he won in 2016 — Ohio, Indiana and Missouri — exhorting his supporters to help send Republicans to Capitol Hill to help safeguard his administration’s accomplishments and a booming economy. Trump pointed to his boisterous rally crowds as proof that Republicans were surging at the right time, rejecting suggestions that Democrats entered Election Day with an edge in enthusiasm. CATHERINE LUCEY AND

Early results DEMOCRATIC SENATORS KEEP SEATS: A number of Democratic


POLITICS President Trump knows he’s on the line. The president spent Election Day calling allies, tweeting endorsements and following news coverage, after concluding a six-day rally blitz in Missouri late Monday. Trump packed his closing argument with hardline immigration rhetoric and harsh attacks on Democrats as he stared down the prospect of Republican losses that could shadow his presidency. “Everything we have achieved is at stake,” he said. “Because they can take it apart just as fast as we built it.” Faced with the possibility of keeping the Senate but losing the House, aides have begun laying out the political reality to Trump, who could face an onslaught of Democratic-run investigations and paralysis of his policy agenda. In turn, Trump has already been trying out defensive arguments, noting that midterm losses are typical for the party in the White House, pointing out a high number of GOP retirements and stressing that he had kept his focus on the Senate. As polls were closing, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement reinforcing Trump’s point. She stressed his efforts to mobilize GOP voters in a ground game aimed at “defying midterm history.” The election also likely served as a referendum on Trump’s racially charged appeals and the strength of the coalition that powered him to the White House — a group he will need again in two years. Nearly 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate, while

President Trump has been trying out defensive arguments ahead of possible Democratic gains in midterms seen as a referendum on him.

senators were re-elected, including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Chris Murphy of Connecticut, Ben Cardin of Maryland, Tom Carper of Delaware, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Sherrod Brown of Ohio. Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who caucuses with the Democrats, also won re-election. MASS. GOVERNOR RE-ELECTED:

Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, won re-election over challenger Jay Gonzalez, a Democrat. TWO FLA. HOUSE SEATS STAY RED:

about 25 percent said they voted to express support for Trump. The president and first lady watched results come in last night with friends and family in the White House residence. Trump’s scorched-earth campaigning came to define the 2018 campaign. In the final days, he sought to motivate supporters

with the battle over the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh — at one point mocking a woman who claimed the judge had sexually assaulted her in high school. He also unleashed his fury on a caravan of migrants slowly making their way to the southern border. His take -no -prisoners

Women place “I Voted” stickers on Susan B. Anthony’s grave in New York

Widow of Utah mayor killed in Afghanistan says it’s “fitting” his body returns to U.S. on Election Day

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Voters wait in line outside a polling site Tuesday in Atlanta.

Long lines greet voters POLITICS Problem signs that arose during weeks of early voting carried into Election Day as some voters across the country faced hourslong lines, malfunctioning voting equipment and unexpectedly closed polling places. Some of the biggest backups were in Georgia, where the governor’s race was among the nation’s most-watched midterm contests and was generating heavy turnout. Ontaria Woods, a voter in Gwinnett County, waited more than three hours and said she saw about two dozen people who had come to vote leave because of the lines. “We’ve been trying to tell them to wait, but people have children,” Woods said. “People are getting hungry. People are tired.” The good-government group Common Cause blamed high turnout combined with too few voting machines, ballots and workers. Fulton County elections director Richard Barron acknowledged that some precincts did have lines of voters but said that was due to the length of the ballots and voting machines taken from use because of an ongoing lawsuit.


Officials see no sign that foreign actors tried to launch cyberattacks on systems

A crowd of people wait in line at a polling center Tuesday in Provo, Utah.

While voting went on without a hitch in many communities, voters from New York to Arizona faced long lines and malfunctioning equipment. By Tuesday afternoon, the nonpartisan Election Protection hotline had received about 17,500 calls from voters reporting problems at their polling places. Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which helps run the hotline, said that number was well ahead of the last midterm election in 2014, when it had received about 10,400 calls by the same time. Tuesday’s election marked the first nationwide voting since

Russia targeted state election systems in the 2016 presidential race. Federal, state and local officials have been working to make the nation’s myriad election systems more secure, and those efforts appeared to pay off. There were no signs throughout the day that Russia or any other foreign actor had tried to launch cyberattacks against voting systems in any state, federal authorities said. There was also no indication that any systems have been compromised that would prevent voting, change vote counts or disrupt the ability to tally votes, U.S. officials said. That was little comfort to voters who found themselves

82-year-old from Grand Prairie, Texas, voted for first time Thursday, died Monday

waiting in long lines or dealing with malfunctioning voting equipment. Across New York City, reports of broken ballot scanners surfaced at several polling places. Many voters nevertheless stuck it out. “People are grumpy and frustrated but positive in a weird way, making jokes and talking to one another. I think it’s because we all are in the ‘no one will stop our vote today’ mood,” said Nikki Euell, an advertising producer who waited more than two hours to vote in Brooklyn. The local breakdowns are a symptom of a larger problem with the nation’s voting infrastructure, said Lawrence Norden, a voting technology expert with the Brennan Center. More than 40 states use computerized voting machines that are more than a decade old or are no longer manufactured. “It’s further evidence … that it’s long past time to modernize our voting infrastructure,” Norden said. “Voters have a right to be frustrated by long lines. And they have a right to expect voting machines that work and have a paper backup.” CLAIRE GALOFARO (AP)



‘I was revolted’: GOP ads show Jews with cash POLITICS Scott Kendall, the chief of staff to Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, I, said the week after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting was not easy for him. A Jewish Republican, Kendall had just spoken to his 7-year-old son about why it was important to continue to go to synagogue, so the “bad guys” wouldn’t win. And then he saw the mailer from a local Republican group attacking Jewish state Senate candidate Jesse Kiehl with an image of a man stuffing a stack of hundred-dollar bills into his suit. “I was revolted,” Kendall recalled, saying he believed the ad was blatantly anti-Semitic. “It is tough for me to process through that and not see an ill intent.” The ad was not alone. Similar ads showing Jewish Democrats with stacks of cash ran in North Carolina, Washington, California, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. In the wake of the synagogue shooting, concerns about antiSemitism and questions about whether it is being fanned by the flames of conspiracy theories and political fearmongering have come to the fore. “What’s stunning is that these are old images that are very similar to those from other eras and other places,” said Pamela Nadell, a history professor at American University and the director of its Jewish studies program. “But I will say I have not seen images like this in 21st-century America before.” ELI ROSENBERG (TWP)

GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp of Georgia recasts ballot after voter card said ‘invalid’

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Trump, health care are key With turnout unusually high, president was tops on voters’ minds


POLITICS Early Tuesday evening, anecdotal reports from around the country indicated that turnout was far above the levels from other recent midterms — and, in some cases, turnout was even approaching the levels from the 2016 presidential election. But it remained unclear which party would benefit. Earlier on Tuesday, new polling showed that voters cited President Trump and health care as two of the most important factors as they chose their candidates in the midterm election, according to preliminary results from a Washington Post-Schar School survey of battleground districts. About 4 in 10 of those surveyed said one of those topics — Trump or health care — was among the two most important issues in their vote. The economy and immigration were close behind, with roughly one-third saying each was one of the top two issues in their vote. Just over one-fifth said taxes was one of the top issues, followed by Supreme Court appointments. Fewer than 1 in 10 voters said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — who could become the speaker if Democrats win control of the House — was one of the biggest factors in their vote. Roughly 8 in 10 voters rated the economy positively, after months of job and wage growth,


Fox says it addressed Hannity’s rally speech Fox News said Tuesday that it has addressed the “unfortunate distraction” of Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro speaking at President Trump’s campaign rally in Missouri on Monday night, and that it doesn’t condone such behavior. The network did not say what, if any, discipline the two network personalities would face. Hannity tweeted Tuesday that Trump invited him on stage and it was “NOT planned.” (AP) TECHNOLOGY

Only 2 in 10 voters surveyed Tuesday in exit polls said they felt patriotic during this year’s elections.

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but even so, a small majority said they thought the country was headed in the wrong direction. About 4 in 10 respondents said they felt anger about this year’s election, while 2 in 10 said they felt patriotic. The poll was conducted Monday and Tuesday among voters across 69 competitive congressional districts and released Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday’s midterms served as a referendum on the chaotic and divisive first two years of Trump’s presidency. As the first national election since Trump’s presidential upset in 2016, it gave Democrats an opportunity to capitalize on his low, 40 percent approval rating, and frustration with one-party

Facebook said it blocked 115 accounts for suspected “coordinated inauthentic behavior” linked to foreign groups attempting to interfere in Tuesday’s U.S. midterm elections. The social media company shut down 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram accounts and is investigating them in more detail, it said in a blog post late Monday. Facebook acted after being tipped off Sunday by U.S. law enforcement officials. (AP)

Early voting Early-voting tallies suggested record-breaking interest in the election, the most expensive midterm in U.S. history. With more than 38 million votes counted as early or absentee before Tuesday morning, 35 states reported earlyvote totals that surpassed those in 2014. But it was impossible to tell from the numbers which party had the edge. (TWP)

leadership in Washington under the GOP. Trump had no public events scheduled for Tuesday and spent part of the morning on Twitter promoting GOP candidates and criticizing Democrats. He

campaigned on Monday in Ohio, Indiana and Missouri, states he won in 2016 and where Republicans are hoping to flip Democratic Senate seats. Democrats were upbeat about their chance of winning the House after campaigns that emphasized kitchen-table issues and sought to harness opposition to Trump among suburban women and college graduates. The party had entered Tuesday’s contests with a historical advantage, since the president’s party typically loses more than a dozen seats in his first midterm elections. Republicans were cautiously optimistic about keeping their majority in the Senate. ELISE VIEBECK, DAVID A. FAHRENTHOLD AND SCOTT CLEMENT (THE WASHINGTON POST)


Guam elects its first female governor

Former Democratic lawmaker and current Bank of Guam President Lou Leon Guerrero has been elected the first female governor of the U.S. territory. “We are extremely grateful for the opportunity given to us to make a positive change for all our people,” Leon Guerrero said, according to Pacific Daily News. Leon Guerrero will be the ninth elected governor of Guam and will be limited to two four-year terms. (THE WASHINGTON POST) Obama tweets Election Day is time “to change the course of this country for the better”


Reporter fired after voice mail to candidate Brenda Battel, a staff writer for the Huron Daily Tribune in rural Michigan, was fired after leaving an inappropriate voice mail for Republican Senate candidate John James. Battel called James’ campaign Monday asking for an interview, and she forgot to hang up afterward. The voice mail recorded Battel cursing and saying it “would suck” if James was elected. The Daily Tribune fired Battel later Monday. (AP)

Vice President Pence op-ed says election is a choice between “results or resistance”

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nation+world Company to split HQ2 across two cities, likely in Queens, Arlington BUSINESS After a yearlong search for a second home, Amazon, in a surprise move, is now reportedly looking to build offices in two cities instead of one. Virginia officials and some state lawmakers were recently briefed by the head of the state’s economic development office that Amazon was considering splitting up its second headquarters, according to a person familiar with the matter. Officials in Virginia believe there’s a strong likelihood Amazon will pick Crystal City in

Arlington as one of its sites, but the company has not said anything definitive, according to the person. One of the other areas the online retail giant is considering is New York’s Long Island City, according to a source familiar with the talks. Across the East River from midtown Manhattan, Long Island City is a longtime industrial and transportation hub on the western tip of Queens that has become a fast-growing neighborhood of riverfront high-rises and redeveloped warehouses, with a burgeoning tech scene. Amazon declined to comment. Its founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, owns Express. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo met two weeks ago with Amazon


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Under CEO Jeff Bezos, Amazon is believed to be considering Virginia and New York for its new offices.

officials in his New York City offices, according to the source. On Tuesday, Cuomo told reporters that Amazon is looking at Long


Pipe bomb suspect Sayoc denied bail The man accused of sending pipe bombs to prominent critics of Sayoc President Trump was ordered held without bail after his first court appearance in New York on Tuesday. Cesar Sayoc faces nearly 50 years in prison if convicted on five federal charges. Sayoc is scheduled to return to federal court on Monday for a preliminary hearing. (AP)

Island City, but didn’t say if it was a finalist. The Wall Street Journal reported that Dallas is also a contender. The Dallas Regional Chamber declined to comment. Long Island City and Crystal City would meet Amazon’s requirements: Both are near metro areas with more than a million people and have nearby international airports, access to mass transit and room for expansion. But selecting those areas would bring more jobs to places that already have plenty. Jed Kolko, chief economist at Indeed, said choosing New York and the D.C. area would be another example of “rich places getting richer.” JOSEPH PISANI, DAVID KLEPPER


Deputy minister resigns amid political crisis Deputy Minister of Labor and Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara resigned Tuesday from Sri Lanka’s government. The country has been engulfed in turmoil since President Maithripala Sirisena dismissed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last month and replaced him with ex-strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa. Both Wickremesinghe and Rajapaksa say they command a majority in Parliament. They are expected to face a floor test when the 225-member house meets on Nov. 14. (AP)


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Spacecraft flies close to the sun


Just two and a half months after liftoff, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe made its first close approach to the sun. Parker flew within 15 million miles of the sun’s surface Monday night. Its speed topped 213,000 mph relative to the sun, as it penetrated the outer solar atmosphere. No spacecraft has ever gotten so close. Data from Parker could unlock some of the sun’s mysteries. (AP)

Turkey: More evidence of journalist’s killing

MEXICO CITY | Migrants from Central America rest in Mexico City’s Jesus Martinez stadium on Tuesday after an arduous trek that has taken them through three countries in three weeks. Mexico City Mayor Jose Ramon Amieva said 4,500 migrants making their way toward the U.S. border have arrived at the stadium since Sunday, and city officials are bracing to care for as many as 5,500 at the site today.

Yemeni rebels say they halted Saudi-led Arab coalition at key battlefield around port city of Hodeida

Turkey has “certain evidence” in relation to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi that it has not released to the public, and it will do so once its investigation concludes, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday. Some of the evidence has been shared with Saudi authorities and other countries, Cavusoglu said, according to the Anadolu news agency. He said it is the responsibility of Saudi authorities to find out what happened to Khashoggi’s body. (THE WASHINGTON POST)

4 found dead in collapsed buildings in Marseille, France, as search goes on

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Investigators say a plot to attack President Emmanuel Macron was still being formed when it was foiled.

targeted several times over the decades. In 2002, a far-right sympathizer tried to attack President Jacques Chirac on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris during Bastille Day celebrations. Macron was in the northeastern French city of Verdun on Tuesday as part of centenary commemorations for the end of World War I. The alleged plot was uncovered days before President Trump and dozens of other world leaders are due in France for weekend observances marking the signing 100 years ago of the Nov. 11 armistice that ended World War I. THOMAS ADAMSON (AP)


China to top France

China is set to overtake France as the world’s No. 1 tourist destination by 2030 as a growing middle class in Asia spends more on travel, according to market research group Euromonitor International. Loosened visa restrictions have eased travel in the Asia-Pacific region, with 80 percent of China’s arrivals originating there. (AP) XX2643-03 3x5

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Over the past 57 years, federal employees, postal workers, members of the military services and others have been supporting local, national and international charities through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). As Director of the Peace Corps, I was honored to accept the role as National CFC Chair when asked by OPM Director Jeff Pon. The Peace Corps and the CFC have much in common. President Kennedy launched both programs in the same year. At the Peace Corps, we seek people who are inspired by impact that is hands-on, grassroots-driven, and lasting. The CFC “corps” also seeks people who are inspired by making an impact in the lives of people and the charities that support them. Since its founding in 1961, civilian employee and military personnel pledges totaling more than $8.3 billion have helped those in need around the corner, across the nation, and throughout the world. Whether using electronic pledging or traditional paper forms, the “people-to-people” mission remains the same: to promote and support philanthropy through an employee-focused, cost-efficient, and effective program. All federal employees have the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.


1. GIVING PORTAL Contributors can pledge online via the centralized giving portal.

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We ask you to Show Some Love by making a financial pledge, or volunteer time, to one or more of the many worthy charities in the campaign. Together, we will help wounded warriors, provide medical care, feed the hungry, house the homeless, protect animals and the environment, and make a difference in countless other ways. All contributions, no matter how great or small, can have a huge impact, and in many cases, change someone’s life. The CFC harnesses our collective power to impact the lives of millions of people while honoring our individual gifts to the causes we personally care about the most. In addition to making a pledge, we are encouraged to share our volunteer experiences, and to encourage our fellow co-workers, friends, and family to do the same. We can inspire others to support causes that matter to them. Take a moment to choose your cause and join us as we Show Some Love through the CFC. Together, we can make a significant difference for those in need by continuing this longstanding tradition of compassion through the campaign. Sincerely, The Honorable Jody K. Olsen, Ph., D. Director, Peace Corps 2018 CFC Honorary Chairperson

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Charitable Causes That Need Your Support


he Combined Federal Campaign, or CFC, is now in full swing. Running from September through January, this workplace giving campaign is one of the largest and most successful in the world, having raised more than $8.3 billion in its 57-year history. Later this month, Giving Tuesday will take place on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, November 27. This day celebrates charitable giving nationwide and reminds others to give back during a time when Black Friday and Cyber Monday take the spotlight. Help make this the largest online donation day of the campaign by making a gift to a charity (or more than one!) of your choice. No matter which cause you care about – like

education, disaster relief, cancer research or environmental protection – there are charities across causes that are part of the CFC that you can support. The campaign makes it easy for federal employees to make a one-time donation or set up a recurring payroll deduction through the online por tal (see how at to thousands of thoroughly vetted charities. If there isn’t a specific charity or cause that you already support, consider discovering a new one through the Cause of the Week Calendar. The next four weeks are listed here, and we included some CFC-vetted charities that you may not have heard of to help you get started.

Cause of the Week, November 4-11: VETERANS

Cause of the Week, November 12-18: EDUCATION

Check-6 Foundation Inc. provides aid, assistance, and inspiration and hope to U.S. military veterans who are in need and to children who have serious medical conditions. The non-profit also runs the Pilot for a Day program for the terminally ill children they serve. Learn more at or donate to CFC #32760.

Rosemount Center is based in Washington, DC’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood and helps children and families in a dual-language setting (English and Spanish) with early childhood education and support programs. Learn more at or donate to CFC #46388.

Project Mend-A-House, Inc. recruits volunteers like plumbers, electricians and carpenters to assist veterans, seniors, people with disabilities and others in need with home repairs to improve safety, accessibility, and everyday life. Learn more at or donate to CFC #57417.

Main Street Child Development Center, Inc. provides support programs to parents and families, as well as an early childhood education program to at-risk children to prepare them for kindergarten – regardless of income. Learn more at or donate to CFC #31872.

United States Veterans Initiative helps veterans in need to have a successful transition by providing them with housing, counseling, and employment services. It also offers supportive services to veteran families. Learn more at or donate to CFC #88909.

For Love of Children provides free, outside-of-the-classroom educational programs to children from low-income families in Washington, DC, and West Virginia to help them succeed from 1st grade onward. Learn more at or donate to CFC #72093.

Cause of the Week, November 19-25: HUNGER AND CLEAN WATER

Cause of the Week, November 26 - December 2: GLOBAL HEALTH

Loudoun Hunger Relief is an emergency food pantry providing families in need with fresh groceries in Loudoun County, Virginia. It also offers a long-term care service for those who are in desperate need of assistance. Learn more at or donate to CFC #67367.

The SUDC Foundation is a global organization that promotes awareness of sudden unexplained death in childhood (SUDC), advocates for research, and supports those who have been affected by this leading cause of childhood death. Learn more at or donate to CFC #63353.

Nourish Now Foundation Inc. works to end both food waste and hunger by collecting donations of surplus food from partners like grocers, caterers, and restaurants throughout the Washington, DC area. They then provide families in need with the donated food. Learn more at or donate to CFC #59217.

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, as well as funding research and providing support and educational resources to those affected by these diseases. Learn more at or donate to CFC #36149.

Potomac Conservancy is celebrating its 25th anniversary while leading the charge to improve the Potomac River’s water quality through land protection, clean water advocacy and community conservation. Learn more at or donate to CFC #44786.

The National Psoriasis Foundation supports research to cure psoriatic disease while helping to improve the lives of those affected by it through education, support, and financial assistance. Learn more at or donate to CFC #51545.

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hen Brayden and Deklin were born they weighed 2 ½ pounds – combined. In fact, the doctors weighed them in grams on day two: Brayden at just 400 grams and Deklin only a little bit heavier. “It’s hard to believe,” said Army SSgt. Frank Wooten, the boys’ father. “Brayden’s legs were smaller than my little finger. Their eyes were not even open yet.” The twins were born January 26, 2011, and for the next 4 ½ months, Frank and Canndice, the boys’ mother, lived on a daily, and sometimes hourly, emotional roller coaster, never knowing if their boys would survive and then – if they did – would they ever be able to play baseball, read a book or dance? During the ordeal, the Lackland Air Force Base Fisher House was their home and their refuge, allowing them to be just steps from their babies. Lackland is one of 65 Fisher Houses located near Department of Defense or Veterans Affairs hospitals. For 25 years, Fisher House has been a “home away from home” for our Nation’s wounded, ill or injured service members, Veterans and their families.

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“I truly believe it was the miracle of modern medicine that kept my boys alive and the love we felt from our family at Fisher House that gave us strength to go on,” said Canndice through fresh tears. “You just can’t imagine how indebted I am to Fisher House, for giving Frank and me a home at one of the most difficult times in our lives.” Today, Brayden and Deklin are thriving, active, vibrant little boys. Determination, the miracle of modern medicine, and the love of their Fisher House family, have all coalesced to help create a happy, delightful American military family. Help Fisher House continue supporting military and Veterans’ families for another 25 years. Nationally recognized as a premier non-profit with a four-star Charity Navigator rating and an A+ from the Charity Watch, you can learn more at This CFC season, reach out and say thank you to those who protect us and keep our country free. Donate by giving through CFC #11453. • By Kerri Childress CFC# 11453


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For more than 25 years, Fisher House Foundation has provided a home away from home for families of patients receiving care at major military and VA medical centers. These homes provide free lodging to military and veterans’ families so they can be close to their loved ones during a military crisis. Thanks to your generosity, Fisher House Foundation is able to build and support the operation of 78 homes. On any given night, more than 1,000 families, like the Wootens pictured above, could be staying at a Fisher House. With your help, we will continue to meet the needs of our military and veteran communities today and for generations to come. To learn more, please visit or call (888) 294-8560. Fisher House Foundation | CFC Code: 11453

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6 Local Veteran-Focused Charities to Support


his week’s Cause of the Week is focused on our nation’s military veterans. The CFC’s charity list includes a number of thoroughly vetted organizations that support veterans and provide services that range from emotional support and skill building to job placement and transitional housing. These charities ensure that donations go far, with the smallest possible percentage of each donation going to overhead. For example, a $300 contribution can provide a life-changing opportunity for a veteran to attend a career opportunity day to help aid a smooth transition from military service into the private sector. We found six local charities whose mission it is to support veterans who live in the Washington metropolitan area. Consider supporting them during veteran’s cause week, on Giving Tuesday (November 27) or, better yet, throughout the CFC.

Pets for Vets Washington DC Metro Area Chapter

Hero Dogs This organization raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with U.S. military veterans and first responders with disabilities. Recipients are required to live within 50 miles of zip code 20833 for at least one year following placement. Learn more at or donate to CFC #20303.

Serve Our Willing Warriors This charity operates a retreat program for U.S. military veterans in the Bull Run Mountains of Northern Virginia. The non-medical activities and services that they offer are designed to reinforce positive emotions to improve the emotional and spiritual well-being of participants. Learn more at or donate to CFC #90228.

U.S. military veterans who are seeking a companion pet can be matched with a former shelter animal at this local chapter serving DC, Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Falls Church. Most matched pets are dogs, but the program has also placed cats and even a rabbit with veterans. Learn more at or donate to CFC #35362.

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This charity provides housing and supportive services to U.S. military veterans who are experiencing homelessness around the DC area. Operation Renewed Hope Foundation also provides transportation aid, which allows veterans to search for employment or remain employed. Learn more at or donate to CFC #26459.

Founded by two veterans, the Center for American Military Music Opportunities (CAMMO) was created to use music as therapy for active-duty service members, veterans, and their families. CAMMO also supports and provides professional training for veterans who are interested in pursuing a career in the music industry. Learn more at or donate to CFC #47710.

This organization supports the veterans at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, DC, and in Gulfport, Mississippi. Donations help provide goods and services to these veterans and improve the quality of their lives through development, restoration and preservation of facilities and infrastructure that are centuries old. Learn more at or donate to CFC #73370. • Story by Tara Shubbuck


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Antiques Roadshow, and Nature. WETA provides an important service to children and educators in the community, creating initiatives that aid families, teachers, and childcare providers in utilizing public television to support and encourage reading skills. Additionally, WETA creates public service websites such as the award-winning;; and, which addresses traumatic brain injury for people of all ages, including members of the military. Workplace contributions also support WETA’s acclaimed local and national television productions. A top producer of public affairs, history, and arts and cultural programming, WETA creates some of the finest, most-watched programming in television, including the award-winning PBS NewsHour, Washington Week, and much more. This work also includes production partnerships with filmmaker Ken Burns and historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr., with recent broadcasts The Vietnam War and Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, respectively. As a non-profit, WETA relies on members of the community to support the company’s mission of service. It is the collective support of members,

For more than 50 years, WETA Television and Classical WETA 90.9 FM have been the Greater Washington community’s source for highquality, educational public media. Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) and workplace giving contributions from individual community members have provided vital support to help make WETA’s public service possible. An independent, not-for-profit public broadcaster and producer, WETA’s mission is to share programs of intellectual integrity and cultural merit that pique the audience’s curiosity and interest in the world around them, providing opportunities for lifelong learning for all who seek enrichment, inspiration, and information. On the radio dial, Classical WETA 90.9 FM is the exclusive home of classical music in Greater Washington. Contributions help fund the inspiring offerings on-air, including radio productions produced by WETA with the area’s leading cultural institutions. CFC and workplace giving contributions also support the broadcast of WETA Television’s four TV channels — WETA TV 26, WETA HD, WETA UK, and WETA Kids. Viewers enjoy popular programs such as Masterpiece, Curious George, Doc Martin, Frontline,



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donors, listeners, viewers, parents, teachers, and many others that sustains WETA’s important work. Your gift to WETA is a gift to the people of your community. Through your support, you are helping others in Greater Washington and beyond, empowering audiences to share the joy of learning, to stay informed as citizens, to benefit from a deeper understanding of the nation’s history, and to experience the nourishment of the arts and sublime music. Your CFC contributions will help WETA continue to provide a unique service to the national capital region, create content of true consequence and bring important ideas to life on behalf of the public. • WETA CFC #99581


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Connecting Veterans with Resources in Northern Virginia It can be a cumbersome and frustrating process for veterans and their families to navigate which resources are available to them after their military service ends. When Dr. Angela H. McConnell, MAJ USA/USAF (RET), founded the Northern Virginia Veterans Association (NOVA Vets) three years ago, she did so with the aim to fill the gaps she recognized in the existing system. “At that time there was no one place our veterans and families could go to receive all possible information and resources they may be eligible for,” McConnell says. “There was a large gap in need around providing a comprehensive approach to helping veterans with multiple and diverse needs.” Now, NOVA Vets prides itself on the relationships it has with vetted partners that work to guide veterans and their families through myriad resources that are available to them – such as those in healthcare,

education, finance, family and caregiver support, and more. Over the last two years, the organization found that it could be most valuable to veterans who are elderly, those with a low income, and those who have health challenges. These are populations that struggle most on a daily basis and need assistance finding and acquiring services that could help them lead more comfortable lives.

NOVA Vets is a young charity, but the staff is making great strides to widen its reach. “Regarding a milestone for 2018, we were very happy to have our first financial review completed along with our IRS Long Form 990,” McConnell says. “These will allow us to rise to that next level of operations where we can bring in revenue and have some paid staff so we can better meet this growing need in Virginia.” Looking toward 2019 and beyond, NOVA Vets has plans for a large outreach and awareness campaign to local veterans in Virginia. It’s one that McConnell is looking forward to: “We understand one of the number one reasons veterans do not receive the resources and services they have earned is because they do not know they exist. We aim to change that.” • Story by Tara Shubbuck CFC #53781




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CFC Supporter Story: Donating as a Retiree


hen asked why she first got involved with CFC more than 30 years ago, Mollie King readily admits that she hoped to gain brownie points from management. She explains that as a new employee, she wanted to stand out: “I like to help, but volunteering for special projects is one way to get their attention. But once I found out how the system works, and how I could just give a few dollars out of my paycheck every pay period, I thought this was perfect – because basically I’m a little lazy,” she says laughing. King was a donor throughout her career and also held various positions for the campaign. Now, as a retiree from the U.S. Agency for Global Media, King still actively donates through CFC. We talked to her to learn more about why she supports multiple causes and why payroll deduction is an ideal solution for donors, especially those who want an easy method for supporting charitable work.

Why donate through CFC instead of directly to charities? I give through CFC because it’s easier and I can painlessly give more to the causes that are important to me. Especially now that I’m retired, I need to budget carefully. CFC lets me space the giving all through the year, instead of making a big payment all at once – and when it’s time to do my income taxes, I have the whole list,

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already compiled, that makes filling out the forms that much easier, too. What would you say are the benefits of payroll deduction? It can be hard to save $100 and then send it to a charity that’s really important to you. But $5 a pay period? Most of us won’t really feel $5 out of our paycheck if we don’t see it in our bank account – but that $5 times 26 pay periods a year adds up $130! How should others determine a cause or charity to support? I would say, think about what’s impacted your life, and what moves you. Is it the death of a loved one from cancer, or the grief on the faces of people who’ve been flooded out of their homes, or the pain in the eyes of a homeless veteran who hasn’t been able to shake addiction? Giving is something I have never regretted – you know that you are doing good by giving to charity, and who doesn’t want to feel they are doing good in the world? • Story by Tara Shubbuck PHOTO COURTESY OF CFC

Which causes do you support and why? I give to several different types of charities through CFC. First – to help veterans, because they made many sacrifices to help defend our country and democratic ideals, but a lot of them still struggle with physical and emotional scars. My husband and father both retired from the Air Force, and many of my family members have served in the military during both war and peacetime, so it’s important to me. But there are other causes I also help through CFC. I give to support research for cancer (my brother died of lung cancer), Alzheimer’s (which claimed my mother and uncle), and heart disease, which runs in my family as well. And I give to environmental and conservation efforts, because it’s important to look to the future and try to preserve a healthy world for our children and their children.


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Using Scuba to Help Veterans Heal


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conducted by Johns Hopkins University found that “veterans with spinal cord injuries who underwent a four-day scuba-diving certification saw significant improvement in muscle movement, increased sensitivity to light touch and pinprick on the legs, and large reductions in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms.” The New York Times reported on the benefits of scuba


The famous explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau once said: “From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free.” These words have tremendous meaning to us at Patriots for Disabled Divers (PFDD) and are the basis for our nonprofit charter to bring the joy of scuba to those with disabilities. Few realize that Jacques Cousteau was himself disabled and he changed his path from being a ‘Navy Flier’ to ‘Scuba Diver’ after a near-fatal car accident left him crippled. The weightlessness and the wonder of that underwater realm changed him, and ultimately allowed him to succeed in a way that made him a household name. PFDD is dedicated to sharing the healing effects of water with others, as this has been found to positively impact both physical and cognitive challenges. Further,

the personal achievement and social interaction of scuba diving increases selfefficacy and further leads to environmental conservation. While PFDD providers have personally witnessed the positive effects of scuba on our injured veterans, there is also supporting scientific research. In 2011, a study

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diving for veterans suffering from PTSD: “Traditional medical approaches generally rely on drugs and controlled re-experiencing of trauma, called exposure therapy. But this combination has proved so unpopular that many veterans quit before finishing or avoid it altogether.” On the other side of the coin, one

Iraq War veteran who survived being shot in the head told The Times, “There are no bad memories in the water. Everything just wants to live. It made me want to live again.” Underwater, divers experience weightlessness, and for those suffering from severe injuries, this can make a huge difference - reducing swelling, taking pressure off joints, and reducing back and neck pain. Our divers tell us that being underwater helps them filter everything out and just breathe. The social aspect of scuba for people with mental and physical disabilities is also transformational. Patriots for Disabled Divers was conceived in 2009 by Jeff and Merial Currer when they opened the doors of their PADI Dive Shop, Patriot Scuba. Inspired by their personal experience as a military family and by the success achieved by some of their more physically challenged customers, PFDD was born in 2013. PFDD has 14 handpicked affiliates across the country and has funded training for more than 700+ veterans and family members.• Story by Patriots For Disabled Divers CFC #81353

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jobs that require specialized training or certifications. No one was more acutely aware of this than Marine Corp veterans Dan Caporale and Tim Kirk, and Paul Magness, an Army veteran. The three men had faced similar job-hunting hurdles upon leaving the service. In 2012, they created Hire Our Heroes. “The three of us saw that there was a gaping hole in the veteran transition process, once veterans

Founder and Chairman Dan Caporale on FOX news to promote National Hire a Veteran Day.

left the service, that needed to be addressed,” Caporale says. “Our goal [for Hire Our Heroes] is to position veterans for success through training and education. If we can get a veteran trained, possibly certified, they would be better positioned for success by earning a higher wage and ultimately allow them to support themselves and their family.” Hire Our Heroes helps veterans understand how their military experience translates into civilian job opportunities, and build out a new career path from there. To do that, the organization provides veterans’ services that include career coaching and mentorship, job search assistance, resume writing, interview preparation, specialized training, and more. In its six years, Hire Our Heroes has certainly seen success through its efforts. Joshua, a Marine Corps veteran, told Caporale and his colleagues about his experience with the program: “Less than two weeks ago, I was dealing with depression and trying to figure out how I can provide a better life for my family. Today, I am confident that I will be able to give my three daughters a life they truly deserve. Not only that, I also have a burning desire to one day be in a position where I can give back and provide opportunities for veterans in a way that you guys are able to. This program has already changed my life in ways I couldn’t have even imagined.” Looking into the future, the organization is aiming to double two key components: the number of free training programs – from 10 to 20 – and the veterans they assist –from 100,000 to 200,000. They are aiming high, but Caporale and his team are focused and dedicated. “We have a list of targets and welcome any company that has a formalized training program and would be open to offering it to our

Gary Sinise and Dan Caporale pose for a photo at a Hire Our Heroes veteran event.

veterans through Hire Our Heroes,” Caporale says. With an expanded training program and larger capacity to work with more veterans, Hire Our Heroes will continue to make a bigger impact in the community. “The idea when we started,” Caporale remembers, “was if we could help one more veteran today than we did yesterday, we are already moving the needle.” • Story by Tara Shubbuck CFC #89373



he transition back to civilian life can be a difficult one for veterans. With a different skill set than civilians who have never served in the military, veterans are often left unsure of what their next move should be career-wise. When it comes to employment, it can be difficult for veterans to navigate the job market, especially those hoping to join corporate America or apply for higher-paying


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Founder and Chairman Dan Caporale gets ready for a hiring event to promote free training and services for veterans and veteran spouses.


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UnidosUS Wants You to Achieve the American Dream Through a unique combination of work in policy and advocacy, programs that increase knowledge and skill, and a strong network of community-based Affiliate nonprofits, we encourage Latinos to define the American Dream on their own terms, and go for it with everything they’ve got.

the same: To build a stronger country by creating opportunities for Latinos. For 50 years, UnidosUS has helped Latinos achieve their American Dream. Through a unique combination of work in policy and advocacy, programs that increase knowledge and skills, and a strong network of community-based Affiliate nonprofits, we encourage Latinos to define the American Dream on their own terms, and go for it with everything they’ve got. Our work encompasses issues that touch every aspect of our lives, including protecting civil rights, expanding economic opportunity, demanding equal access to a quality education, improving access to health care for everyone, promoting nondiscriminatory immigration policies, amplifying the voices of youth, and ensuring that all eligible voters can cast their ballots with confidence. While our focus may be on Latino families, these

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hen we changed our name from NCLR (the National Council of La Raza) to UnidosUS, it was a recommitment to the communities we serve. UnidosUS is a call to action for all Americans, to come together and unite in advancing the American Dream. Today, more people than ever believe that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to achieve their American Dream, and Latinos represent the country’s greatest potential. Six in ten Latinos are millennials or younger. Latinos account for one in three people joining the workforce. Every year, one million young Latinos become eligible to vote. But compared to other Americans, one-third of the 45 million poor Americans is Latinos. More than 18% of Latinos have no health coverage. Latinos earn 21% less than their white peers. Imagine if we could remove those barriers. Imagine a world where college dreams are realized, not dashed. Where owning a home is the rule, not the exception. Where health insurance is attainable, not taken away. Where career paths are chosen, not settled for. Where we are all treated with dignity, not disdain. Where we all live freely, not in fear. Our name may have changed, but our mission is

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opportunities are and can be accessible by all. As our President and CEO Janet Murguía said when we revealed our new name, “In unity there is strength, and in strength there is power.” In our 50-year history, it’s more important now than ever to show the world that the Latino community and its allies stand together, united, unidos. • Story by Unidos CFC #11505

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Regaining Independence With Man’s Best Friend

common misconception is that service dogs only play a role in the lives of people who have visible disabilities. There are many types of service dogs that range from guide dogs to medical alert dogs. The exact role that a service dog plays in a person’s life will vary by need, but the goal is still the same: to help enhance the quality of someone’s life through the emotional and physical benefits that these specially trained dogs provide. At Fidos for Freedom in Laurel, Maryland, trainers take care to match those who are in need with a dog that they feel would make the best partner. “The trainers watched the way that Tank and I worked together during training, how he responded to me, saw that his gait matched mine whether I was walking or in my power chair,” Cara L. Gregg says of her now-9-year-old English Labrador retriever. “They decided that he and I worked well as a team.” Gregg’s multiple sclerosis (MS) was holding her back from living the way she had before her MS symptoms began, and she knew a service dog could help her regain her independence. “I wasn’t hesitant about getting a service dog,” she says. “There were times that I needed help and struggled if there was not someone around to help me. I knew that a service dog could do many of those things for me.” Activities like going to the mall to shop for clothes or making an unplanned stop at the grocery store are things that people who do not have a disability may not think twice about. When you want a new outfit or need ingredients for dinner, you simply

leave home and go to the store. For Gregg, those activities weren’t so easy before Tank came into her life. “I, like many others who have mobility, balance, or other limitations, first had to think if there is anyone to ask to accompany me at the last minute,” she says. “Why? Because when I drop things, which I do all the time, it can be dangerous to lean over to pick up the item.” Life changed for Gregg after she was matched with Tank seven years ago. “After I got Tank, the world was open to me

again,” she says. “Tank has made me much more independent. I’m able to go out without the worry that I’ll need help when no one is around.” For veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), psychiatric service dogs can play a large role in helping the veteran feel safe and regain independence. Those who have PTSD are hyper vigilant when it comes to their safety. A properly trained service dog can do things like enter a room first, turn on lights with a floor pedal, and place themselves

New service dog puppy, Flynn, is named for Nathan Flynn, a fallen Howard County firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty.



Brian McCrady with his service dog Chauncey at a local deli. Chauncey is focused on Brian.

between the handler and other people to create more personal space. These dogs can even help interrupt a flashback episode. Sergeant Brian McCrady, who is medically retired from the U.S. Army, was hesitant at first about getting a service dog, but then warmed up to the idea. “I was injured in Iraq, but my physical injuries are mostly invisible, as well as my PTSD,” he says. “I knew getting a dog was going to make me more visible and I wouldn’t be able to hide my disabilities anymore. I had tried lots of other things to help and when I saw the impact a dog made in another veteran’s life that I was friends with I knew I had to look into it. I hoped that getting a service dog would allow me to re-engage with my family, community, and the world. I didn’t want to be locked inside my house any longer.” After visiting a few local programs, McCrady ultimately chose to apply for a service dog at Fidos for Freedom. “They felt so welcoming and accommodating,” he says of the staff and volunteers at Fidos for Freedom. “They knew that it was very stressful for me to be out in public because of my PTSD, but encouraged me in all the right ways. There was a spirit of caring inside the building, and they felt like a big family.”

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Service dog Tank fetching items for Cara Gregg in a grocery store.

McCrady was matched with Chauncey “Bigboy” McCrady, an English Labrador retriever that is now 5 years old. Chauncey truly changed McCrady’s life. “I’m back to being myself,” he says. “Chauncey and Fidos helped me get my confidence back,

they helped me grow. I can do so many things that were not possible before getting my dog, Chauncey. My wife is so grateful and so am I to this wonderful organization.” • Story by Tara Shubbuck CFC #41908


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orses have long been used in helping people recover from traumatic experiences. In fact, the American Hippotherapy Association notes that ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, recognized as the father of modern medicine, references in his writing the therapeutic value of horseback riding. At Lift Me Up! in Great Falls, Virginia, the staff and volunteers are focused on using therapeutic horseback riding to help people of all ages and abilities gain (or regain) confidence, strength, and self-esteem through their programs. Each year, approximately 200 students participate in a program at Lift Me Up!, and in total take about 3,000 lessons. Volunteers contribute a large amount of support to the organization, totaling around 10,000 hours each year, which Lift Me Up! calls “the ‘manpower’ behind the ‘horsepower.’” The organization has a special program dedicated to military personnel and veterans called Back in the Saddle (BITS). “It was a goal of mine and our board of directors to make this happen,” Georgia Bay, executive director of Lift Me Up! and a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) advanced instructor and mentor, says of the BITS program. “One of our board members several years back was retired military, and he believed passionately that riding would benefit injured military people.” BITS was uniquely created to address whichever specific issue that a wounded or traumatized current or former military member experienced. This can include those who have traumatic brain injuries, physical injuries, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The therapy relies on the equine-human relationship and how the two connect with each other to ultimately help the person work through the issues he or she is facing. Bay remembers an experience she had with a military rider from the BITS program who asked her how horses respond to stress or threats. “I explained that horses, being beasts of prey, have a ‘run away first, figure out what it is later’ approach to things,” she says. “But as they build up trust with us, they can look to us for reassurance that it is safe and they don’t need to run away.” The rider told Bay that what she just described was his PTSD. “Maybe that is why I get along so well with the horses,” he told Bay. “We are kind of


Using Horses to Help Veterans Recover From Trauma

Each year, approximately 200 students participate in a program at Lift Me Up!, and in total take about 3,000 lessons. Volunteers contribute a large amount of support to the organization, totaling around 10,000 hours each year, which Lift Me Up! calls “the ‘manpower’ behind the ‘horsepower.’” the same.” After their conversation, Bay remembers that the rider then appeared to have a closer bond to his horse. “I think he felt that empathy and, with it, built a better relationship with his equine,” she says. Bay often sees successes unfold at Lift Me Up!, and the outcomes are bittersweet for the team there. “When our military riders improve and feel better, we find that many of them find jobs, move to new homes and we have to say goodbye to them,” she says. “We are happy to see them enjoying success, but we are sorry to see them go. We do get fond of the riders.” • Story by Tara Shubbuck CFC #70459

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rank* is a regular fixture each Wednesday at the Catholic Charities St. Maria’s Meals program on G Street. He has been living on the streets for some time. Like many veterans downtown, he prefers to stay on the streets rather than in a shelter. With the help of his cane, he is often seen greeting passersby and, in most cases, announcing that he is a veteran. At the age of 17, Frank convinced his mother to let him join his older brother enlisting in the army. Taking his mother’s words to watch out for his brother to heart, Frank served multiple tours during the Vietnam War. After being shot for the third time, Frank was sent home for good. Like many, Frank got by doing a little of this or a little of that. After his military service ended, he moved around quite a bit, and never really found his way. He remains scarred from the many brothers who never made it back from the war. If asked about the Vietnam War Memorial, tears begin to well,

and you know it is a place that holds special meaning for him. He is a regular visitor to the memorial, and loves speaking with other veterans. Each Wednesday evening, you can find Frank, now in his 60s, outside Catholic Charities at 924 G Street. It is here he knows he can get a warm, nutritious meal. A social worker is on-hand to provide him clean clothes, necessary toiletries, and talk with him about his health and connect him with available resources. A bad leg prevents Frank from waiting in line, but he refuses to have someone deliver his food to him. Instead others will hold a place for him near the front of the line, and as soon as the volunteers begin serving the food Frank takes his place in line. He is one of many who returns to the line for seconds. The warm meal is a blessing for those who come to St. Maria’s Meals each week, but for so many, like Frank, the fellowship, sense of community, and comradery

are the real draw. He has forged valued relationships with Catholic Charities staff, volunteers, and fellow diners. He looks forward to seeing them each week, and they him. He is always ready to share his story, and knows he will find a listening ear and a kind heart at St. Maria’s Meals. Through his military service, Frank has given so much of himself for our country. He is frequently heard telling those around him “I love you” and “God bless.” His story is just one of thousands we hear each year as we work to serve those in our community who are most in need. Please help us continue this important work by designating Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington for your United Way (#8054) or CFC giving (#83997). To learn more about all of the programs and services offered by Catholic Charities, please visit *Name has been changed for privacy. • Story by Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington CFC #83997

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CFC Supporter Story: The Impact of Youth Centers


hen Colonel Colin R. Huckins recalls his childhood, he describes himself as a “military brat.” As his family moved around, the time Huckins spent at the local bases’ youth centers did more than fill his days – they impacted his development and really stick out to him as shaping the person he is today. “For me, it was a place to meet friends when moving to a new area, learn confidence and social skills, and just how to have fun and relieve stress, which I think many may lose sight of when we become adults,” he says. “I can tie so many of my strengths to things I learned there and many weaknesses to opportunities I didn’t take advantage of.” Now as an officer for the U.S. Air Forces Central Command, Huckins says that because he can’t be as involved in these programs as he’d like to be, he donates to help support them and the children who spend time there. “Contributing financially ensures the great people who are involved have the resources needed,” he says. We dig a little deeper in this Q&A to discover more about why Huckins chose this cause to support.

Tell us which causes you support and why. I grew up at the base youth center and played youth center-sponsored team sports. I understand how important it was in helping me grow and develop, and I want to make sure these opportunities remain available whether it’s a military child or any other community. For Leukemia research, my aunt has Leukemia, currently in remission. Learning the devastating effects of not only the disease, but also the treatment, motivates me to donate to this cause and hope for improved treatments and prevention. What keeps you motivated to continue your support? Continually seeing the positive impacts youth programs have on families. Educational programs, sports, academic competition, and mentorship outside the family core are all presented as growth opportunities that can be critical to youth development.

Supporting programs where families may not be able to afford them otherwise is also important and provides vision for possibilities kids may not see otherwise. There is also a huge benefit to the family adults as it draws them into a social circle with a common interest and a larger community of family committed to their kids. How did you first get involved with CFC? Being in the military, it’s always been part of my annual ritual. The campaign is a reminder to take a few minutes, sit down and look at all the charities available. I find organizations that speak to me and love the chance to help make positive impacts to the causes I support. What advice do you have for those who don’t know which cause to support? Find something that speaks to you from either a personal experience level or a cause you are passionate about. The personal connection for me makes it easy to share some of my blessings, as I know anonymous folks did in my past, and I reaped the benefit. • Story by Tara Shubbuck


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No guts, no glory! “No guts, no glory,” were the inspiring words that Korean and Vietnam War leader Major General Frederick C. Blesse used to give as instruction on how to win airto-air combat. But these four words have gone down in America’s history to signify a fundamental truth – that in any struggle there can be no triumph without courage and commitment. Major General Blesse’s words apply just as powerfully in another era and another battle: the war against lupus. No research = no cure is the rallying cry of the Lupus Research Alliance. Without the investment in the most promising science, there can be no new treatments and no cure for lupus! For those who have never faced the formidable enemy millions fight worldwide, lupus is a chronic, debilitating disease that attacks instead of protects the body’s own tissues and organs: the heart, lungs, kidney, and the brain. Its most common symptoms include severe fatigue, swollen and painful joints, fevers, mouth sores, unusual hair loss, and sensitivity to the sun. Lupus discriminates – of the 16,000 Americans who are diagnosed each year, 90 percent are women, and people of color are two to three times more likely to develop the disease. Since women make up one fifth of America’s military and almost half the federal work force, lupus is of critical concern for our armed forces. Better ways to diagnose and treat lupus are desperately needed. Often misdiagnosed, lupus can take years to detect. There is no cure, and the few available medications often have severe side effects. Only one treatment has ever been developed specifically for lupus! But there is good reason to hope – the hope that begins here with the power of science. Leading a force of top scientists, the Lupus Research Alliance is driving

Lupus discriminates – of the 16,000 Americans who are diagnosed each year, 90 percent are women, and people of color are two to three times more likely to develop the disease.

discovery to better detect and treat lupus. Our troops are on the ground, raising research dollars at Walk With Us to Cure Lupus events throughout the country. And our advocates are on the Hill convincing Congress to advance vital medical research. Please use the CFC campaign to show your support for people living with this prototypical autoimmune disease. Your contribution to CFC #37283 will help fund the research needed to push progress further. Because the Board of Directors funds all administrative and fundraising costs, 100 percent of all public donations goes directly to support lupus research programs. Let’s turn the war against lupus around. With guts there is glory. With research there is better treatment. And with your help, there will be a cure. Visit to learn more about our fight and our victories. • Story by Lupus Research Alliance CFC #37283



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collected in the fall and dispersed to nonproƓts in the spring “We can count on that income in advance, so we know how to adjust our budgets accordingly,” she said America’s Charities also bundles funds from multiple workplace giving campaigns so that nonproƓts can avoid the administrative headache of processing thousands of different donations Additionally, they give the nonproƓts they work with support during the complicated application and Ɠling processes; each state and locality has different requirements for receiving donations, said Starr, “and we’re e[perts in what those >requirements@ are, so we’re able to get our members into those campaigns successfully”

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The Nats’ Mike Rizzo is at the GM meetings this week in Carlsbad, Calif., to lay the groundwork for deals at next month’s winter meetings. Here are some areas of concern.

Despite leading the NFC East with a 5-3 record — the best eight-game mark of coach Jay Gruden’s five-year tenure — the Redskins landed at midseason with a thud. After a 38-14 thumping by Atlanta on Sunday at FedEx Field and a devastating injury report Monday, Washington could be destined for a second-half slide similar to two past squads that started hot but missed the playoffs: the 1996 team that was 7-1 under Norv Turner and the 2008 team that began 6-2 under Jim Zorn. Here are five areas to watch in what figures to be a wild second half of the season.


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Wilmer Difo and Howie Kendrick could split time, or the club could seek a free agent such as DJ LeMahieu (late of the Rockies) or Jed Lowrie (Athletics).

Alex seems to lack Kirk’s comeback skill

The rushing attack runs hot and cold

The pass rush hasn’t been overwhelming

The Alabama Wall is holding up nicely

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Eight games is enough to see that last season’s success in Kansas City was an aberration for Alex Smith, above. He’s simply the latest overpaid, recycled quarterback finishing his career in Washington. Smith is just a guy throwing to other guys in an offense that now has lost seven prominent players to injuries. The one great thing about predecessor Kirk Cousins was that a late comeback was always possible. Smith offers no such sense of urgency. Given the crumbling line, he better start getting rid of the ball faster, too. More sets with double tight ends also would help.

In victories, Adrian Peterson, above, looks like the star he was. In losses, he looks ready for retirement. In Washington’s three losses, he has run for 20, 6 and 17 yards, respectively, averaging 1.8 yards per carry. Meanwhile, he has gained at least 96 yards in each win. The low totals aren’t all Peterson’s fault, given that the offense must pass more when it’s trailing, but they show that when the run game stalls, the Redskins lose. That third-down back Chris Thompson has missed four games and guards Brandon Scherff and Shawn Lauvao suffered season-ending injuries doesn’t bode well.

If not for defensive end Matt Ioannidis, the pass rush from the outside would be disappointing. He might be the Redskins’ best overall defender with a team-high 6½ sacks and solid run stopping. Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, above, needed 4½ sacks in the last three games to start meeting expectations after just one in the first five games. End Jonathan Allen has four sacks. And linebacker Preston Smith has none after eight last year. The spotty pressure has let good passers pick apart the secondary. More interior pressure would create outside rush lanes for linebackers — and they must take advantage.

Nicknames usually don’t work. Remember Capital Punishment from a few years ago? Of course not. But the Alabama Wall — led by Crimson Tide firstrounders Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne, above, alongside a guy from Temple (Matt Ioannidis) — is holding up. The Redskins have largely plugged a big hole in their D, preventing opponents from using long inside runs to set up long outside passes. Payne needs to penetrate a bit more and be more aware of the play around him, but he’s met expectations after eight games. Allen also needs further seasoning, but could be the next Charles Mann.

Overall, special teams have played well. No more backbreaking opposing returns. Kicker Dustin Hopkins, above, and punter Tress Way have been excellent. But the return game has shown little. Greg Stroman has 11 fair catches and five punt returns for an average of 5.6 yards. He’s averaged 18.3 on kick returns. Danny Johnson is averaging 21 yards on four kick returns, which is OK, but nothing sexy. Maybe the Redskins should keep looking. And with the offense struggling, it wouldn’t hurt to try a trick play. Way could have run for a first down several times against Atlanta.

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2 Catcher Washington had the worsthitting catchers in the majors, so they’ll resume their dogged pursuit of the Marlins’ J.T. Realmuto. Ex-Nat Wilson Ramos is a free agent.

1 Starting pitchers Free agents include Patrick Corbin, a lefty who was 11-7 for Arizona; lefty Dallas Keuchel, a longtime stalwart for Houston; and Boston playoff hero Nathan Eovaldi.

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Alex Ovechkin is congratulated Monday after scoring in a win over the Oilers that ended a two-game losing streak.

Capitals remain calm during an uneven start Team faces Penguins and Blue Jackets next after encouraging win CAPITALS The Capitals have started slowly this season. After Monday’s 4-2 home win against the Oilers, they are 6-4-3, with sloppy play and uneven goaltending in all of the losses. But what last year’s Stanley Cup-winning season taught them is that early adversity can be overcome; they began last season 6-6-1. That’s why, even as the Capitals have yet to win two in a row this season, they’ve remained cool and confident. “We would love to be playing better and doing better, but when we turn this thing around, is anyone going to care about this time in March or April?” defenseman Matt Niskanen said. “The main

thing is we need to keep working and get better.” Monday night’s game against Edmonton was encouraging as the Capitals limited a talented top-six forward corps to one power-play goal. Washington has three games left in this homestand, and the next two are big tests: The Capitals face Pittsburgh tonight and Columbus on Friday night. Both are Metropolitan Division foes they ousted this past postseason. Braden Holtby is expected to be back in net for both games. In his first 10 games he is 4-3-2 with a 3.62 goals-against average and an .888 save percentage. Just like his teammates, he has had moments of brilliance and also some costly blunders. Holtby’s play took a dive in February last season, but the Capitals had an experienced

understudy in Philipp Grubauer to spell Holtby as he got his game on track for the postseason. There’s less margin for error this season with Pheonix Copley as the backup; he has played in just six NHL games in his career. Last year provided a lesson for Holtby’s struggles, too. They came in large part because Washington was bleeding high-danger scoring chances, and then he thrived in the playoffs when the team defense improved. Better defense would help Holtby this season, too. While the Capitals have had stretches when they rediscovered the tight-checking style they mastered in the postseason, they’ve also had moments of the leaky play that made them one of the league’s worst defensive teams for the majority of last season. ISABELLE KHURSHUDYAN (THE WASHINGTON POST)

NL Cy Young finalists: Max Scherzer (Nats), Jacob deGrom (NY), Aaron Nola (Phi)

Jerry Jones has taken stock of his 3-5 Cowboys and determined that no immediate changes are needed. But Troy Aikman, the team’s Hall of Fame former quarterback, sees the same errors repeated year after year and thus offered some tough love: “There has to be a complete overhaul of the entire organization,” he said Tuesday. The one constant since the team’s last Super Bowl run has been the leadership of Jones as de facto general manager. “You can’t just replace head coaches,” Aikman told 1310 The Ticket in Dallas. He said the way the Cowboys evaluate talent — a big part of Jones’ world — must be reviewed. Aikman spoke out after the Cowboys fell 28-14 at home Monday night to the Titans. He called it “a terrible loss.” (TWP)


Video in Uber catches Senators dissing coach Several Ottawa Senators players apologized Monday night for mocking assistant coach Martin Raymond, above, in a video recorded without their knowledge during a recent Uber ride. Seven Senators were riding in an Uber in Phoenix when they began panning the team’s penalty kill and Raymond’s coaching of the unit. The Uber was equipped with a Vantrue dashboard camera that recorded the Oct. 29 conversation, which was later published online. The original video was removed, but it has been copied and reposted. (THE WASHINGTON POST)



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Hawks fire Quenneville, promote 33-year-old The Blackhawks on Tuesday fired coach Joel Quenneville, ending a run of 10-plus seasons that included three Stanley Cup championships. The Blackhawks (6-6-3) were swept in the first round of the postseason in 2017 and missed the playoffs last season. General manager Stan Bowman promoted Jeremy Colliton, coach of the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Rockford, Ill., to replace Quenneville. Colliton, 33, is the NHL’s youngest head coach. Quenneville, 60, was the longest-tenured head coach in the NHL. (AP)

NL rookie of the year finalists: Juan Soto (Nats), Ronald Acuna Jr. (Atl), Walker Buehler (LA)

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USOC aims to cut ties with group plagued by Nassar abuse scandal OLYMPICS The U.S. Olympic Committee has begun proceedings to decertify USA Gymnastics, signaling an intention to revoke the organization’s association with Olympic sports. The move by the USOC — a rarely invoked bureaucratic procedure long regarded as a “nuclear option” among Olympic sports insiders — comes in response to USA Gymnastics’

continued struggles to move past the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal and regain the trust of America’s top gymnasts. USOC chief executive Sarah Hirshland announced the news in an open letter to the American gymnastics community Monday. “You deserve better. … We believe the challenges facing the organization are simply more than it is capable of overcoming in its current form. … And that’s not fair to gymnasts around the country,” wrote Hirshland, whose predecessor, Scott Blackmun, resigned this year under rising

OKC’s Westbrook (sprained ankle) out tonight vs. Cavaliers


USA Gymnastics might lose Olympic role

USOC chief executive Sarah Hirshland announced her group’s plans in an open letter Monday.

Larry Nassar’s past association with USA Gymnastics may ultimately doom the organization.

criticism for his perceived inaction during the Nassar scandal. Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics oversees a network

of thousands of affiliated member clubs across the nation and trains and selects Team USA gymnasts for international competitions,

Larry Drew reaches deal with Cavs to coach this season

including the Olympics. Decertification could create a huge void; no other organization is standing by to take on USA Gymnastics’ role. Nassar, a former longtime team physician for USA Gymnastics women, has been accused by more than 265 girls and women of sexual abuse, often under the guise of medical treatment, sometimes with coaches or parents in the room. He is serving an effective life sentence after pleading guilty to abusing nine girls and women in Michigan. (THE WASHINGTON POST/AP)

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Firing on all cylinders After five years apart, the Pistol Annies still make the supergroup concept look easy MUSIC In an industry saddled with brocountry cliches, the Pistol Annies are an escape and a throwback. The group can go big, busting out a kind of bravado that borders on camp, or deliver perfect harmonies over simple ballads plucked on acoustic guitars. There have been other allfemale supergroups. But the Annies — Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe — probably have more in common with the Dixie Chicks. They’re a group instead of a celebrity one-off, and they’ve packed their three albums — 2011’s “Hell on Heels,” 2013’s “Annie Up” and the new “Interstate Gospel,” released this past Friday — with originals that are

unflinchingly honest. Why do the Pistol Annies work? All three have solo careers. And despite the fact that the band is a huge critical and commercial success — their first two records were Top 10 on the Billboard 200 — their main formula is to have no formula. “We don’t ever talk about the technical stuff,” Presley says. “Like, ‘Maybe we should do uptempo or maybe it should have this fade.’ We just write songs.” “We don’t even know when our next record will be, or if it will be or how it’s going to sound or what it’s going to sound like,” says Lambert. “We try not to think of any of the business stuff, nothing of that. We just let the songs come.

Supergroup therapy “Masterpiece,” the first song the Pistol Annies wrote for “Interstate Gospel,” is a torchy ballad detailing a breakup that is, as Miranda Lambert sings, “up there on the wall for all to see” — presumably her split with Blake Shelton. “We’re proud of the words in that song,” bandmate Ashley Monroe says. “We made sure that every line mattered.” G.E

And then, once we have a big pile of songs, then we say, ‘Okay, this is what we have here,’ ” says Monroe. The Annies formed in 2011 when Lambert and Monroe, both prodigies signed to record deals as teenagers, went on a camping

trip. By that point, Lambert was four albums into a booming solo career, Monroe was struggling to find her way and Presley was a writer with a young boy. This time around, their longtime producer, Frank Liddell, admits he had doubts when he got the call to start work on another album. Then he realized all three of the singers had plenty more to say. “With this record, it wasn’t as tongue-in-cheek. It’s funny. It’s got the humor of the Pistol Annies. But they’re all older,” he says. “They’re whatever, five years down the road, and I feel like there’s a little bit less of their alter egos in this and a little bit more of themselves.”

It’s no surprise that longtime Democratic Party fundraiser Barbra Streisand doesn’t think much of President Trump. The surprise is that she chose to devote much of “Walls,” her album released Friday, to lamenting his policies. Opener “What’s on My Mind” speaks of her dashed hopes in the current era. The next track, “Don’t Lie to Me,” begins with, “Why can’t you just tell me the truth?” Streisand’s vocal range and control are still extraordinary, but the lyrics often fall flat. While the Trump era will surely produce a strong musical response, Streisand here fails to break new ground. GREGORY KATZ (AP)



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‘Mid90s,’ ‘Skate Kitchen’ and ‘Minding the Gap’ deconstruct masculinity FILM The quest for acceptance in “Mid90s,” Jonah Hill’s directorial debut, deals largely with masculinity. The movie follows 13-year-old Stevie (Sunny Suljic) as he tries to fit in with a group of skateboarding teenagers who spew misogynistic remarks.

“Mid90s,” which came out last month, joined August’s “Skate Kitchen” and “Minding the Gap” to form a trio of recent films that challenge gender norms against the backdrop of skateboarding. A feminist current flows through “Skate Kitchen,” which focuses on Camille (Rachelle Vinberg), an 18-year-old who sneaks out of her Long Island home to skate at a Lower East Side park. “It’s very intimidating,” writerdirector Crystal Moselle says.

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1962: Richard M. Nixon, having lost California’s gubernatorial race, holds what he called his “last press conference,” telling reporters, “You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore.”

1991: Basketball star Magic Johnson announces that he had tested positive for HIV, and was retiring. (Despite his HIV status, he has been able to sustain himself with medication.)

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Zayn’s plan to have a guys night out backfires


Zayn Malik revealed in the December issue of British Vogue that he doesn’t consider himself friends with his former One Direction bandmates. “I have always been a bit like that, though — always a bit of an island,” he said. “I ain’t spoke to any of them for a long time, to be honest with you. That’s just the way it is.” (EXPRESS)

Idris knew his British accent would secure his Sexiest Man Alive win.




Discovery courts Gen Z for ‘Man vs. Wild’ reboot Lil Xan discussed his drug abuse with TMZ on Monday. The rapper said that he’s curbed his drug use recently after the death of Mac Miller but admitted that he was not “completely clean yet.” Lil Xan also noted that he has secluded himself in a forest until his tribute album to Miller, “Be Safe,” is released in December. (EXPRESS)

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Kate Beckinsale is dating Jack Whitehall, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail. The 45-yearold actress and 30-year-old British comedian and actor were photographed Saturday kissing at a karaoke bar in Los Angeles. Beckinsale was previously married to director Len Wiseman for 11 years before the couple divorced in 2016.




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People magazine has named Idris Elba, 46, as 2018’s Sexiest Man Alive, and the British actor says the honor has given him a boost of self-confidence. Elba, who starred in “The Wire” and “Luther,” was surprised after being crowned this year’s winner, the magazine said. “I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?’ ” he told People. “Looked in the mirror, I checked myself out. I was like, ‘Yeah, you are kind of sexy today.’ But to be honest, it was just a nice feeling.” Elba’s selection was revealed Monday on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” (AP)

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Matthew McConaughey told The Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast last month that he auditioned for the role of “Titanic’s” Jack Dawson. “I wanted that,” he said, noting that it went well. “I auditioned with Kate Winslet.“ He added that he “walked away from there pretty confident that I had it. I didn’t get it. I never got offered that.” The role went to Leonardo DiCaprio.



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