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Filibuster Change Put to the Test Time magazine will reveal the 2013 Person of the Year on Wednesday. The list of 44 candidates includes N.J. Gov. Chris Christie and pop star Miley Cyrus, above.

American, US Merger American Airlines and US Airways will complete their merger today. The two airlines agreed on an $11 billion deal that will create the world’s biggest airline.

Nobel Prizes The Nobel Prizes will be awarded Tuesday, the anniversary of the death of Alfred Nobel. The medicine, physics, chemistry, literature and economics awards will be handed out in Stockholm and the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.

Washington Fresh from shackling the traditional blocking ability of the Senate’s minority party, Democrats are ready to muscle through President Barack Obama’s nominees for pivotal judgeships and other top jobs. Despite last month’s Democratic power play, Senate Republicans retain the power to slow, though not derail, Obama’s appointments. Left unchanged were other rules that the out-of-power party could use to grind the chamber’s work to an excruciating crawl. That includes requiring clerks to read voluminous bills and amendments and forcing repeated procedural votes. “There are so many ways of slowing things down in the Senate,” said Robert Dove, the Senate’s former longtime parliamentarian. Today starts a two-week, yearend Senate session in which Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., hopes to finish work on a modest budget deal, a defense bill and other lingering items. It will also be the first test of how Republicans respond to the Democratic changes. Today’s meeting marks the chamber’s first since irritable lawmakers left

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President George W. Bush’s judicial nominees. How the GOP responds will become clearer when they return to the Capitol. But in a chamber whose arcane rules give any single senator the ability to throw the brakes on much of its work, partisan friction can hurt. Today, the Senate will vote to confirm Patricia Millett to become a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Republicans used the old 60-vote requirement for stopping filibusters to prevent a vote on her nomination in October, a blockade that helped prompt Democrats to force the changes. Her nomination was viewed as key by both sides. The appeals court is disproportionately powerful because it rules on White House actions and federal agency rules. Her ascension will tip the balance of that circuit’s judges to five appointed by Democratic presidents, four by Republicans. Minutes after the Senate altered the fi libuster last month, senators voted by simple majority — and along party lines — to end GOP delays against her. A roll call on final approval has been locked in, and Republicans can do nothing but vote against her. Over the next two weeks, Reid plans to push five more major nominees through the Senate. ALAN FRAM (AP)

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Startup Trying to Crack Egg’s Code Food-tech company looking for plants that can act as substitute San Francisco The startup is housed in a garagelike space in San Francisco’s techheavy South of Market neighborhood, but it isn’t like most of its neighbors that develop software, websites and apps. Its mission is to find plant replacements for eggs. Inside, research chefs bake cookies and cakes, omelets and French toast — all without eggs. Funded by prominent Silicon Valley investors and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Hampton Creek Foods seeks to disrupt a global egg industry that backers say wastes energy, pollutes the environment and causes disease outbreaks. The company, which just started selling its first product — Just Mayo mayonnaise — is part of a new generation of so-called foodtech ventures that aim to change the way we eat. “There’s nothing to indicate that this will be a trend that will end anytime soon,” said Anand Sanwal, CEO of CB Insights, a New York firm that tracks venture capital investment. “Sustainability and challenges to the food supply are pretty fundamental issues.”

Getting Closer In Hampton Creek Foods’ lab, biochemists grind up beans and peer through microscopes to study their molecular structure, looking for plants that can fulfill the culinary functions of eggs. So far, the company has analyzed some 1,500 types of plants from more than 60 countries. The research has resulted in 11 “hits,” said Josh Tetrick, the company’s CEO. “Our approach is to use plants that are much more sustainable … to create a better food system,” said the former linebacker on West Virginia University’s football team. (AP)

Venture capital firms poured nearly $350 million into food-related startups last year, compared with less than $50 million in 2008, according to the firm. The American Egg Board, which represents U.S. producers, said eggs can’t be replaced and that the industry has reduced its water use and greenhouse gas emissions. It said hens are living longer because of better health and nutrition. “Our customers have said they’re not interested in egg substitutes. They want real, natural eggs,” Mitch Kanter, executive director of the board-funded Egg Nutrition Center, said in a statement. TERENCE CHEA (AP)


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Kerry Optimistic About Israeli-Palestinian Talks Secretary of State John Kerry claimed Friday that the prospect of achieving a longelusive accord between Israelis and Palestinians is mounting, despite widespread skepticism that the talks he fostered are making headway. “It always seems impossible until it is done,” he said. (AP)

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South Africans Reflect on Mandela’s Life

Ahead of memorial, mourners gather to pray for their leader

In death, Nelson Mandela unified South Africans of all races and backgrounds Sunday on a day of prayer for the global statesman — from a vaulted cathedral with hymns and incense to a rural, hilltop church with goat-skin drums and barefoot dancing. Mandela was remembered in old bedrocks of resistance to white domination as well as former bastions of loyalty to apartheid. South Africa’s ref lection on Mandela’s astonishing life was a prelude to a massive memorial in a Johannesburg stadium Tuesday that will draw world leaders and luminaries. They will gather to mourn, but also to salute the achievements of the prisoner who became president and an emblem of humanity’s best instincts. Foreign dignitaries began arriving Sunday, and the government said more than 50 heads of state were expected — including U.S.

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A mourner walks in front of a stained-glass window of Nelson Mandela at a morning Mass in his memory Sunday at the Regina Mundi church in Soweto, Johannesburg.

Mandela’s Many Names South Africans of all races often referred to Nelson Mandela by more informal names — creating a sense of intimacy with the anti-apartheid leader.

Madiba, the name of the clan Mandela belonged to, was both a sign of respect and a term of endearment that created a sense of familiarity. Tata, which means “father” in the language of Mandela’s Xhosa tribe, was how many South Africans referred to the leader. Rolihlahla, Mandela’s birth name, colloquially means “troublemaker” in the Xhosa language, according to the Nelson Mandela Foundation. (AP)

Thai Opposition Quits Parliament Thailand’s main opposition party resigned from Parliament on Sunday to protest what it called “the illegitimacy” of an elected government with which it can no longer work. The move deepens the country’s latest political crisis one day before new street demonstrations that many fear could turn violent. Democrat Party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut said his party could not participate in the legislature anymore because the body is “no longer accepted by the people.” The minority Democrats are closely aligned with anti-govern-

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Protests planned for today in Bangkok have caused some school closures.

ment protesters who have staged the country’s biggest rallies in years. The demonstrations are aimed at ousting Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, whose gov-

ernment came to power in a landslide vote in 2011 that observers said was free and fair. Protesters have vowed a final showdown today in Bangkok and will march en masse from nine locations in the city, eventually converging on Yingluck’s office at Government House. “We will rise up,” said protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban. “We will walk on every street in the country. We will not be going home again.” Suthep called on supporters to keep the protests peaceful, but dozens of Thai and international schools in Bangkok announced they would be closed today as tensions rose over the march. TODD PITMAN (AP)

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron. The extended farewell — a bittersweet mix of grief and celebration — ends Dec. 15, when Mandela is to be buried in his rural hometown of Qunu in Eastern Cape province. The government and Mandela’s family have revealed few details about Mandela’s death. Ahmed Kathrada, who was sentenced to life in prison with Mandela in 1964, said he was informed shortly before Mandela’s death that his old friend had little time left. Family friend Bantu Holomisa said that Mandela wasn’t on life support in his final hours. He appeared to be sleeping calmly but it was obvious that he was finally succumbing, added Holomisa, who said he saw Mandela about two hours before his death. “You could see it is not Madiba anymore,” Holomisa said. The death still came as a shock to many South Africans, so accustomed to the enduring presence of the monumental fighter, even when he retired from public life years ago and became increasingly frail. (AP)

A Country Mourns

Nelson Mandela was honored in church sermons across South Africa on Sunday. Here is a look at some of the praise. (AP)

“Mandela was like moonlight in the dark night … God sent us this man to show us the depths of the human heart.” — THE RE V. SEBA STIA N J. ROSSOU W OF REGINA MUNDI CATHOLIC CHURCH IN SOWETO, JOHANNESBURG

“What helped the white people of South Africa was Mr. Mandela’s attitude. He said let’s forgive, and he forgave.” — PASTOR NIEKIE LAMPRECHT OF THE DUTCH REFORMED CHURCH, PRETORIA EAST

“He was more than just an individual soul, he was the exposition of the African spirit of generosity.” — DE A N MICH A EL W EEDER OF ST. GEORGE’S CATHEDRAL, CAPE TOWN

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Pope Prays for Poor in Rome Shopping District

The rebel-leader-turned-president of Central African Republic acknowledged Sunday that he doesn’t have total control over former allies who are accused of killing scores of civilians. He said even “an angel from the sky” could not solve all of his country’s problems. Violence in just the past few days has killed some 400 people, prompting a U.N.-sanctioned French military intervention aimed at preventing the former French colony from descending further into sectarian bloodshed. French troops are set to try to disarm fighters today. (AP)

Pope Francis, in the heart of Rome’s fanciest shopping district, prayed Sunday that the poor are never forgotten. His appearance at the foot of the Spanish Steps follows a papal tradition of public prayer before a statue representing Mary on Dec. 8, a church holiday honoring the mother of Jesus. That date also marks the official start of Rome’s Christmas shopping season. Francis’ route from the Vatican took him down Via Condotti, which is lined with swank designer stores. He prayed aloud that people “never be left indifferent to the cries of the poor.” (AP)


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Many Christians in Syria Living in Fear Seizure of nuns fuels worry that al-Qaeda is targeting religion Damascus, Syria Syrian Christians offered prayers Sunday for a group of more than a dozen nuns and orphanage workers held by rebels for nearly a week, fueling fears in the minority community that they are being targeted by extremists among the fighters seeking to oust President Bashar Assad. The seizure of the 12 Greek Orthodox nuns is the latest attack to spark panic among Syria’s Christians over the strength of al-Qaeda-linked militants in the revolt against Assad’s government. Rebels seized the nuns last Monday from the Greek Orthodox Mar Takla convent when fighters overran Maaloula, a mainly Christian village that has changed hands several times in fierce fighting between rebels and government forces. On Friday, a video was released

of the nuns, in which they denied being kidnapped, saying fighters had taken them to a location away from combat out of safety concerns. The video only stoked the worries of Christians who gathered Sunday for a Mass at the Mariamiya Church in Damascus. “They’re coming after us,” said Odette Abu Zakham, a 65-yearold woman in the congregation. “All they do is massacre people, all they know is killing.” In his sermon at the Mass, the Greek Orthodox patriarch for Antioch and All the East, Yohanna al-Yaziji, asked “anyone with any connection, direct or indirect” to intercede to win the group’s return. He avoided describing the nuns as “kidnapped” or asking for their release — a sign of concern among church officials that any statements could inflame the situation. One activist said a Syrian Christian businessman is trying to mediate for their release in return for the release of seven Saudi fighters. LEE KEATH (AP)

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The announcement last week of yet another delay in completion of the first phase of Metro’s Silver Line has raised concerns over whether the agency building the rail line is pushing aggressively enough to get the project finished. Officials at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which is managing construction of the Silver Line, had hoped to turn over responsibility for the

first phase of the rail line this month to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which will operate the rail system. That milestone would have brought the Silver Line one step closer to carrying passengers. But that changed after a series of tests in November identified issues with the software that governs what is known as the automatic train control system. The ATC system is critical to the safe operation of Metro’s trains. It was the failure of this system to detect the presence of a train on the tracks that was blamed in part for the 2009 Red Line crash that killed nine people and injured dozens of others.

Hidden Costs While the latest delays aren’t expected to add to the overall cost of the project, they may prove costly to Metro. Each month of delay in passenger service costs Metro $2 million to $3 million in lost fare revenue, officials said. (THE WASHINGTON POST )

The latest news of yet more delays was enough to prompt Sen. Mark Warner and other Virginia leaders to ask whether officials at the airports authority are doing everything possible to make sure the project is finished on a timely basis. This most recent announcement,

Warner wrote in a letter to the airports authority’s chief executive Wednesday, “… follows an unsettling pattern of project delays.” Rep. Gerry Connolly echoed Warner’s sentiments: “Having been one of the originals in supporting and advocating and sticking with this project in its many ups and downs to have yet another delay, however brief, is a very frustrating experience,” Connolly said. As for the future of the Silver Line’s opening, project officials would not give a specific date for when the fixes on the $5.6 billion project would be completed but said they likely would take several weeks. LORI AR ATANI (THE WASHINGTON POST )

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Probe of Jury Pool Stirs Concern Questions arise over criminal background checks of black jurors Washington District prosecutors ran criminal background checks on several potential jurors in a high-profile gang case, raising serious concerns from a judge who questioned why most people they selected were African-American. The comments by D.C. Superior Court Judge Lynn Leibovitz came in the recent case of suspected gang members accused of murder, assault and conspiracy. The judge questioned how prosecutors selected those who were given extra scrutiny and ordered them to work through the night to conduct checks on the entire pool of 60 possible jurors. “The focus here is not on whether you had a right to do an investiga-

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Around the D.C. Area Most prosecutors around the D.C. area, including those in Fairfax, Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, said they do not run criminal checks on would-be jurors. Arlington prosecutors said paralegals there run checks on all potential jurors — a practice started more than a decade ago after a convicted felon was seated on a jury. The Alexandria Commonwealth’s Attorney said such checks are run only in cases where authorities think they recall the person from a prior case. (T WP)

tion of jurors, but whether it should be selective as to race,” Leibovitz, a former D.C. prosecutor, said in court. Vincent Sutherland, senior counsel with the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund, called what prosecutors did in the case “troubling.” Arthur Spitzer, legal director for the ACLU of Washington, said he was concerned that defense attorneys do not have access to all the criminal background databases used by D.C. prosecutors and that prosecutors selected a handful of

people from the group to check. “If I were the judge, I still would have wanted to know why they chose the ones they did,” he said. Prosecutors initially said they conducted the checks on seven potential jurors, all of whom were African-American, according to a transcript of the November jury selection in the case. They later said the inquiries were done on 18 people, 13 of whom are African-American. Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily Miller told the judge that some of the people were lifelong D.C. res-

idents who had failed to answer a question on a court form about whether they had prior arrests. She also said in some cases the prosecution had an “instinct or judgment” about the would-be juror. Prosecutors said none had felony convictions that would have disqualified them from serving. Defense attorneys questioned the racial makeup of the group and said it was unfair that prosecutors used databases that aren’t publicly available. Leibovitz ultimately found there was no racial bias, but cautioned prosecutors that “the question about how you select whom you check is one that arose in this case and obviously is one that you ought to be giving thought to in the office in the future.” The judge ordered prosecutors to share the background checks done on all 60 possible jurors with defense attorneys. KEITH L. ALEX ANDER (THE WASHINGTON POST )

The number of bicycles reported stolen from outside Metro stations this year as of the end of August, said Morgan Dye, a spokeswoman for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. That number is up roughly 50 percent from 2012, when 202 reports came in for the whole year, Dye said. (THE WASHINGTON POST )

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Runner’s Route Cut Short by Flying Deer Loudoun County, Va. Krystine Rivera had a bad day at work Thursday and decided to head out for a 7-mile run. And then her day, as she says, “got astronomically worse”: She was hit by an airborne deer. Rivera, 27, was jogging on a path adjoining Claiborne Parkway in Ashburn, Va., near the Dulles Greenway about 6 p.m. when an SUV struck a deer and sent the animal flying into Rivera. Rivera, who was released from the hospital Thursday evening, suffered a concussion, a cut to her scalp and a bruise to her right knee, she said. The driver of the SUV was treated at a hospital and released, according to t he Loudoun Count y Sherif f ’s Of f ice. But t he buc k d ie d at t he scene. MARY PAT FLAHERTY (THE WASHINGTON POST)

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Money Personal Finance Want to check your credit score? It might be included on your next credit-card statement. The FICO score, which is widely used by lenders to gauge your financial health, should be checked before applying for a car loan or a mortgage. But it can cost as much as $20 to do so. Now three creditcard issuers — Discover, Barclaycard US and First Bankcard — have signed up to allow some 35 mil-

lion cardholders to check their FICO scores every month at no cost. Besides those three credit-card companies, more lenders are expected to sign up. “I think it’s fantastic,” says Ted Sarenski, a certified public accountant and financial planner at Blue Ocean Strategic Capital. “People should be watching that score and asking how they could improve it.” The move is an initiative by Fair Isaac Corp., the company that developed the FICO score, to enable more

people to see their score for free and get its brand in front of consumers. It comes after websites such as credit.com, creditsesame.com and creditkarma.com have offered free credit scores for years. Those scores are derived differently from FICO’s but offer a similar three-digit score. The FICO score ranges from 300 to 850. The higher the score, the better. People with higher scores are offered lower interest rates from lenders and credit-card companies.

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3 Ways to Budget Your Holiday Cheer Don’t end the year in the red because of unplanned giving Personal Finance It’s a holiday season tradition that you don’t want to observe. Many consumers spend more than they can afford, often racking up huge credit-card balances. But there’s no need to exit the season of giving in worse financial shape than when it began. Here are some tips for managing your holiday season spending:

Draw Up a Budget Santa makes his list and checks it twice. More holiday season shoppers should be as thorough. Establish a budget that lays out how much you plan to spend on each person on your list. Then stick to it. “That way you’re not walking around the mall with a credit card with a $20,000 limit, window shopping, with no plan, no strategy and no discipline,” said John Ulzheimer of Credit Sesame, a credit management website.

Set Limits Together More than half of married couples said they have paid with cash to cover up large purchases, and

more than 1 in 10 married individuals has taken out a credit card in their own name to hide spending from their spouse, according to a survey released last month by McGraw-Hill Federal Credit Union. That’s potentially bad news for those couples’ finances, if not their marriage. The trend is a symptom of the pressure many couples feel to impress their significant others, said Shawn Gilfedder, president and CEO of McGraw-Hill. He recommends using online applications such as mint.com or financeworks.com, which enable couples to share their financial information at a glance.

Avoid the Credit Trap In a survey by the National Retail Federation last month, nearly 44 percent of consumers said they planned to use a debit card or check card most often when buying holiday gifts. But nearly 29 percent said they would rely on credit cards. Unless you plan to pay your holiday charges in full by the due date, avoid using credit. You’ll pay more in the long run, and carrying higher balances for several months could lower your credit score, making it more expensive to refinance your home, buy a car or qualify for other loans. ALE X VEIGA (AP)


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From Bad to Worse

“Must. Buy. Bread. And TP.” — COMMENTER DC_

A winter storm pushes up the East Coast, bringing snow, freezing rain

MIKE AT POPVILLE.COM AFTER SEEING A PHOTO OF SNOW STICKING TO THE GROUND SUNDAY IN D.C.

“This DC #snow is like the #Redskins it’s going from bad to worse.”

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Snow turned to ice Sunday afternoon in D.C., where Reggie Farmer spread de-icing material in front of the Convention Center.

The Local Effect The District: All three local airports reported numerous delays and cancellations Sunday. An hourlong line for taxis was reported at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Maryland: Drivers were warned to stay home Sunday after heavierthan-expected snow, which fell at a rate of an inch an hour in some areas. Baltimore canceled the mayor’s annual Christmas parade Sunday.

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A day of dreadful weather gave way to treacherous conditions after nightfall Sunday, and the sleet and freezing rain that caked streets and sidewalks portended a messy start to the work week. Faced with the prospect of sending school buses out on icy streets, Loudoun County was the first to announce its schools would be closed today, followed by Fairfax County, the region’s largest school system. With days of warning and roadways virtually empty Sunday afternoon and evening, highway crews were prepared to cope with the storm that brought several inches of snow in some parts of the region and then turned to a mix of sleet and rain. Metro officials said early Sunday evening that they do not believe the weather will have any impact on today’s rail service but bus riders should allow extra time particularly if road conditions are tricky. Though power outages were minimal for hours after the precipitation started, electric company officials feared they might mount as ice put a heavy burden on their power lines. The powerful storm dumped a mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet on the mid-Atlantic region before heading northeast Sunday. It forced the cancellation of thousands of flights across the U.S. and slowed traffic on roads, leading to a number of accidents, including a fatal crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Morgantown, W.Va., that led to a series of fender-benders involving 50 cars. Traffic on sections of Interstate 95 in and around Philadelphia was at a standstill most of Sunday afternoon because of accidents and slippery conditions. Cars along the length of

Areas to the west and north of the District got much more snow. Winchester, Va., about 75 miles west of D.C., had several inches by Sunday afternoon, perfect for sledding.

the interstate from the Delaware to the New Jersey state lines moved at a crawl most of the afternoon. The snow fell so heavily in Philadelphia that yard markers at Lincoln Financial Field — where the Eagles beat the Detroit Lions — were com-

pletely obscured. It was almost as bad in Pittsburgh, where the snow intensified after opening kickoff. Workers in both stadiums used hand-held snow blowers, to little effect. Fans of the Washington Redskins sat through a half of snow and sleet

Virginia: Freezing rain and sleet coated tree limbs and power lines throughout most of the state Sunday, with the worst from Richmond to western parts of the state. A major ice storm overnight was expected to cause power outages along the Interstate 81 corridor. (AP/E XPRESS)

before most headed for the FedEx field exits at half-time after a dismal performance by the home team. The forecast called for the wintry mix to continue through Sunday, turning to rain early today. (THE WASHINGTON POST/AP)

“Only in DC does half an inch of snow constitute a weather emergency. I’ll never get over that.” — @MPOINDC

“Bus back to new york from DC cancelled due to snow. #stranded” — @PUNKBFL

“Just like the postal service: neither snow, sleet nor freezing rain stopped me from running in Rock Creek Parkway, DC!” — @STORY TELLERKP

Closings The storm prompted some government buildings and community centers to cut their hours Sunday, and at least two Virginia school divisions canceled today’s classes. For the latest closings, go to washingtonpost .com. (T WP)


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Sports Game Stats

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CHIEFS REDSKINS RUSHING YARDS

193 65 PASSING YARDS

154 192 TURNOVERS

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Getting Walked Over The first quarter was so lopsided that nearly all the footprints in the snow were on one side of the 50. That discrepancy was quickly corrected when the teams changed sides, just part of the visual record of the Kansas City Chiefs’ thorough embarrassment of the Washington Redskins. The Chiefs (10-3) scored on their first four possessions, sacked Robert Griffin III five times and Kirk Cousins once, and returned both a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown in Sunday’s 45-10 rout. The Redskins lost their fifth straight game, and coach Mike Shanahan appears increasingly likely to be gone after a third losing season in four years. (AP) Worst Beginning

PENALTY YARDS

The Chiefs kicked a field goal. The Redskins punted. The Chiefs scored a touchdown. Robert Griffin III threw an interception. The Chiefs scored a touchdown. The Redskins punted. The Chiefs scored a touchdown. The Redskins punted. The Chiefs returned it for a touchdown. I could go on. But my fingers are tired.

30 27 The Stars

Best Backup Quarterback Kirk Cousins totally dominated former Redskin Chase Daniel as they dueled their way through the fourth quarter. Cousins was 7-for-16 for 59 yards. Daniel was 1-for-3 for 17 yards. Domination.

Dexter McCluster CHIEFS WR

On seven punt returns, McCluster had 177 yards and a touchdown. In the first half alone, the dynamic playmaker had returns of 60, 24 and 74 yards.

Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe dives past Redskins free safety David Amerson for a touchdown Sunday.

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Worst Look

Sunday’s Best & Worst

Jamaal Charles CHIEFS RB

The Chiefs’ big-play running back had 151 yards on 19 carries, averaging 7.9 yards per rush. He also had two first-half touchdowns, one on a 5-yard pass and one on a 2-yard run. (EXPRESS)

What a play by Logan Paulsen near the end of the first half, tipping an overthrown pass with one hand, then grabbing the ball with his other, getting both feet in bounds and holding on despite crashing into the column thing that holds up the goalposts. Amazing play. That made it 31-7, Chiefs.

Worst Response The Chiefs returned the ensuing kickoff 4,000 yards for a touchdown. That was their 14th special teams touchdown of the day. It was also the 96th specialteams touchdown the Redskins have allowed this season. That made it 38-7

(not hyperbole, actually), and people started throwing snowballs.

Best Milestone Alfred Morris went over 1,000 yards. He’s the first Redskins running back to do that in back-to-back seasons since Clinton Portis in 2007-08. Yay?

Worst Note This was the second time the Redskins trailed 31-0 during the first half under the Mike Shanahan regime, which should be ending, oh, about four words ago in this sentence. If you’re still reading this sentence, and there hasn’t been a coaching change, I’d be surprised.

Worst Ownage ROB CARR (GETTY IMAGES)

Best Catch

Best Reflection “This team is an embarrassment right now, to the organization, to the league,” Comcast SportsNet’s Chick Hernandez said after the game.

There were lots of mentions of fans throwing snowballs. I don’t really blame fans when they’re paying to watch their team get smushed like a baby’s banana. But it makes it a whole lot harder for us down here to make fun of the Philly fans in the future. Because “they throw snowballs” was a key talking point.

Chiefs returner Dexter McCluster returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.

The Redskins and Chiefs have played nine times. The Chiefs have won eight. Also, I get “worst everything” for using the word “ownage.” DAN STEINBERG (THE WASHINGTON POST)

For more of Dan Steinberg’s best and worst from Sunday’s game, visit washingtonpost.com/sports.


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Angela Avant President and chief executive of the National Association of Black Accountants, a professional membership organization that represents the interests of African-Americans and other minorities in accounting, auditing, finance, consulting, government and information technology. WHEN ANGELA AVANT CHOSE accounting as a major in college, she knew the profession could pose a challenge because there were relatively few African-Americans in the field. But she never looked back. After graduation, she landed a role at a large public accounting firm and in five years became

“Companies have to understand the importance … and value of diversity in an organization.”

a manager. After moving to Corning and becoming a global director there, she was recruited to be D.C.’s inspector general at 34. After, she rose to partner at KPMG and led its diversity initiative. Now, as head of the National Association of Black Accountants, she looks to increase the representation of minorities in the accounting field.

ties well represented in the field?

There’s a lot of recruitment, but there’s not the level of recruitment and advancement that should be there. When you look at the number of African-Americans who serve on public company boards, it’s a speckle compared to the thousands. … Retention and advancement is still a continuing challenge.

What lessons did you draw from your time as inspector general of the District?

I was in that role for 18 months. I began to understand the politics of working in a government-appointed position. … You have to develop relationships. If you don’t have them, you will not succeed. … You don’t work in a vacuum. You work in teams.

don’t have time to have a deep relationship with everyone. What are your thoughts about diversity in the accounting field these days?

What have you learned are the keys to developing professional relationships?

We still have a lot of work to do. We’re supposed to have more representation. That’s why it was important for me to stay in the fight and do a good job.

You’re not going to have the same relationship with everyone you meet. … You just

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Online college courses have come a long way and are starting to win over skeptics Technology Joseph Rawls is a proud Hoya, even though he has to cheer on his basketball team from 900 miles away. The 37-year-old is an online graduate student in Georgetown’s family nurse practitioner program, but he lives in Florida. Instead of hopping on Metro to get to class, Rawls uses his computer and webcam. The single dad and

full-time nurse is among a growing cohort of students opting to pursue degrees through the flexibility of remote learning. When he logs on, Rawls sees a screen littered with video feeds from his fellow students from around the country, in a manner reminiscent of the opening credits of “The Brady Bunch.” The experience is so real that Rawls, who expects to graduate in January, says that “when you give a presentation, your hands still sweat.” Technology is ushering in a new era for the online classroom. What a decade ago was a solitary experience based primarily on email

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Connected Classroom “Online classrooms always put more independence and autonomy on you.” — PATRICIA EDELM A NN, A GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY GRADUATE WHO EMBRACED ONLINE COURSES AND THE CHALLENGES (AND PERKS) OF REMOTE LEARNING

exchanges between the student and teacher is now a dynamic learning environment that allows students to interact much like they would in person. They can speak to one another during class through the course software, catch up in the virtual hallways of Facebook and Twitter, and organize small study groups in chat rooms. Universities around the Beltway are responding to the rising popularity of online classes by expanding their online offerings and seeing record enrollment in programs such as the one Rawls is in — which just enrolled its 1,000th student Continued on page E4


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since launching two years ago. “We have seen a dramatic growth in the number of students enrolled online,” says Jeanne Matthews, chairwoman of Georgetown’s nursing department, who says her students tend to be working professionals. “Students have a lot more flexibility when they don’t have to travel to campus.” George Mason University offers 25 online degree programs and certificates and is adding at least three more next year, including a

new concentration in the online education master’s program and a graduate certificate in geospatial intelligence. The university is focusing on growth in subjects that pertain to Washington’s economy, such as homeland security and social entrepreneurship, says J. Goodlett McDaniel, GMU’s associate provost of online learning. “We’re trying to not just create an online program for the sake of creating an online program,” McDaniel says. Washington-area universities are also experimenting with the emerging technology of MOOCs

— or massive open online courses — to expand their brand and reach globally. MOOC platforms such as Coursera and Udamy allow anyone, anywhere, to log on and enroll in an upcoming class, often for free. Teachers from prestigious universities and companies are seizing the opportunity to expand their audience and teach on an unprecedented scale. The experience isn’t as personal as a traditional university course — a MOOC classroom may have tens of thousands of students enrolled in it — but students gain access to knowledge that has traditionally been available to few students

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at high costs. Most nearby universities are dabbling with MOOCs at the undergraduate level. Georgetown launched a class on globalization in October. The University of Maryland also offered its first MOOC this year and is partnering with Vanderbilt University to teach a pair of programming classes through Coursera. George Mason University offers several MOOCs on economics and entrepreneurship. None of those classes offer credit toward a degree. Some universities have started offering credit for MOOCs, but most are still sorting out the logistics of how to make that possible. The Parthenon Group, a global consultancy, recently surveyed 41 universities that offer MOOCs and found that nearly half planned to offer them for course credit within five years. Theodore Moran, a School of Foreign Service professor who teaches Georgetown’s globalization MOOC to some 20,000 students, says he can imagine course credit being offered through a hybrid of online and in-person learning. For example, Moran says a professor in Kazakhstan asked for per-

The Parthenon Group recently surveyed 41 universities that offer massive open online courses and found that nearly half planned to offer them for course credit within five years.

Mainstream Learning Ahead Last school year, the term MOOC (massive open online courses) skyrocketed into popularity as an important new experiment in higher education. This may be the school year that the MOOC goes mainstream. Dominic Basulto, a writer for The Washington Post’s Innovations blog, explains why: This marks the first year it will be possible to receive a “super-cheap” master’s degree via MOOCs. As Google and others jump on the MOOC bandwagon, it could change the way we think about college. You may one day graduate with a degree from the University of Google. A partnership was unveiled in September among Google, Harvard and MIT, an effort to expand the edX educational initiative and create a broad platform for free online courses. The goal, it appears, is to think about education the same way we think about software. If it’s possible to create open-source software, the same goes for an open-source education. You no longer have to attend Harvard to get a Harvard education. Google is supporting MOOC .org, which goes live in 2014, free online courses from universities, businesses and nonproft providers. That means you could conceivably mix-andmatch courses from the world’s best universities or add in courses from businesses or nonprofits.

mission to use Moran’s video lectures in a live credit-based course. Moran backs adapting online classes that way, saying: “You can extend real teaching rather than substitute real teaching.” Facilitating conversation on such a mass scale requires some adjustments. Tests are often multiple choice or graded by the students themselves and then turned in for credit. “Office hours” take


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the form of a video recording that Moran posts each week, answering the most popular questions from students based on an online poll. “Let’s not overstate it. This is not a personal course,” he says. Still, online learning has come a long way, and it is starting to win over skeptics. Debra R. Sprague, associate professor of instructional technology at GMU, teaches online courses in the Master’s in Education program with a typical classroom size of 25 to 28 students. She remembers teaching online classes before those features existed and being turned off by technology’s limitations. “The tools just weren’t there to do the level of interaction you wanted to do,” she says. Sprague says technology has advanced so much that she now believes online courses promote interaction more than in-person ones do. She requires students to

keep detailed blogs, saying it allows her to get to know them more personally, particularly those who are shy in the classroom. Sprague uses that knowledge to tailor the course. “I can better differentiate students’ needs online. I create different assignments based on their comfort with technology,” she says. Sprague still values in-person meetings with her students. Since they come on campus to take other classes, she offers office hours and asks students who are having difficulty in a course to visit her the old-fashioned way. “If I’m sitting down with them face-to-face in an office, they tend to open up more,” she says. Patricia Edelmann, 41, from Oaktown, Va., took Sprague’s class. She graduated in August and went on to become a third-grade teacher at the Potomac School in McLean, Va. Edelmann, a 16-year veteran of corporate finance, enrolled at GMU

full time to shift careers. While completing prerequisites, she opted to take online courses so that her days would be free for substitute teaching. She decided she liked the format. “Online classrooms always put more independence and autonomy on you,” she says. “You don’t have that teacher right there, accessible and live.” Online discussions aren’t a perfect substitute for the real thing, Edelmann says. Students can’t read one another’s body language, and audio lags can be distracting. “If it gets really quiet, you wonder, ‘Is anyone really listening?’ ” she says. Her experience in online courses helped Edelmann add technology to her own lesson plans. “We saw the student side of it,” she says. She is among the next generation of teachers rapidly embracing technology, helping ensure that the virtual classroom is here to stay. AMBREEN ALI (FOR E XPRESS)

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about their clients. That piqued her interest in working in PR, and Schmitz eventually asked a publicist acquaintance to help her switch gears, career-wise. She started at the very bottom, as a junior publicist and executive assistant at the PR firm Rubenstein Associates in 2005. “The money wasn’t great, but the experience was priceless,” Schmitz says. She worked with high-profile local, regional and national clients in a variety of fields (including real estate, consumer brands and hospitality), and it didn’t take long before she realized she wanted to specialize in hospitality, working with restaurants, entertainment venues and luxury lifestyle brands, among other clients. It was a niche she could trace back to her childhood: “I had live-in nannies from around the world. They exposed me to a diverse range of foods,” she says. “When I started working for some of these huge chefs, I realized hospitality was just home for me. Food is culture, it’s history, it’s memories.” In 2010, Schmitz moved back to the Washington area and, not long afterward, she went into business for herself. “When you’re starting a company, reputation is everything,” she says. “You don’t just have to meet expectations, you have to exceed them.”

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For years, Ron Peppe spent much of his time poring over contracts that his company, Canam Steel, won to build steel infrastructure in highways, stadiums and hotels, such as the underground steel foundation it just completed for the new Marriott Marquis in downtown Washington. These days, Peppe, the head of legal and human resources at Canam, whose U.S. headquarters are in Point of Rocks, Md., still reads plenty of contracts. But

he is also spending much more time reading the ongoing deluge of rules and regulations coming out of federal agencies that are meant to help guide employers as they adjust their companies’ health benefits under President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act. Peppe is also spending more time on the road, flying to the cities where the company’s plants are located. There, he meets with workers to discuss changes to their health-care plans under the new law — and explain why their premiums will be going up 16 percent next year. “We don’t want people panicking,” he said. “They had expectations that somehow their costs were going to go down because

of Obamacare. I was there to explain that no, for companies that provide health care, our costs have gone up. Because [Canam] offers coverage, they don’t get a subsidy, and it’ll likely cost more to get government insurance.” The extra costs are necessary, Peppe said, because his company competes with manufacturers and the federal government to hire workers. A competitive benefits package makes a big difference. “There’s this concept in our company that you’re part of the family, that they do want to take care of you,” Peppe said. “We don’t have unlimited deep pockets. It’s a tough time for the construction industry, but to the extent


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you’re done,” Peppe said. Companies are being left with little choice but to wing it, effectively playing a game for which many of the rules have yet to be written. Every week, the Internal Revenue Service, the Labor Department and the Department of Health and Human Services — the federal agencies responsible for issuing the bulk of the ACA-related regulations — are putting out new rules for what companies should and shouldn’t be doing when implementing the new health-care law.

“There’s a lot of talk among lawyers and HR people. … Everyone is playing this game of seeing how others are doing it.” — RON PEPPE , THE HEAD OF LEGAL AND HUMAN RESOURCES AT CANAM STEEL, ON HOW EMPLOYERS — INCLUDING HIS COMPANY — ARE TRACKING THE DEVELOPMENT OF INSURANCE MARKETPLACES RUN BY PRIVATE COMPANIES AND ADAPTING HEALTH COVERAGE ACCORDINGLY

All of these changes are happening at a time when Peppe, like many of his counterparts, is facing pressure to cut costs. And like many in-house lawyers, Peppe is closely tracking the development of private marketplaces run by insurance companies. A number of large employers, including Walgreens, Sears Holdings and Darden Restaurants, have already started moving in that direction, giving their employees a set amount of money to shop for coverage on the private exchanges.

“There’s a lot of talk among lawyers and HR people about moving to a model like that,” Peppe said. “We looked at that, but the private exchanges weren’t developed enough. … Everyone is playing this game of seeing how others are doing it.” Private exchanges are appealing because they potentially may offer employees more options than the two or three plans a company might offer, said Sarah Bassler Millar, a health-care lawyer who leads the employee benefits group Continued on page E10

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employees to the private exchanges — the burden of health-care costs will shift onto employees through higher premiums, deductibles, outof-packet maximums and co-pays, Bassler Millar said. Over time, many more companies may start dropping health care altogether, sending their workers to the public exchanges. “That will develop in waves,” she said. “The initial movement is going to be in retail and hospitality, where they have a large number of lower-paid hourly workers they don’t consider full-time, but might be considered full-time for purposes of [ACA].” “This is a seismic change,” Bassler Millar said. “Six months from now … you’ll see employers making different types of choices for 2015.” C AT H E R I N E H O (CAPITAL BUSINESS)


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The Pro Bono Generation

Employers encourage millennials to step up in their fields while also giving back

Advisory Board Co. chief executive Robert W. Musslewhite issued a lofty philanthropic challenge to his staff at the beginning of 2013: He wanted 100 percent of them to participate in community service, and he wanted their efforts to result in a $1 million benefit to nonprofit groups. As the Advisory Board closes in on meeting that goal, with about 98 percent of staffers volunteering so far this year, the research and consulting firm says it has received a reward beyond the feel-good vibe of giving back. The company found that its sharpened focus on pro bono work has become an effective tool for attracting and retaining millennial-age workers and for training them to do more advanced work. “Millennials, more than any other generation, want to make a difference, feel like they have something to do, and want really substantive opportunity,” said Graham McLaughlin, senior director of community impact. “And if they are given that, they will engage hard.” Although pro bono work was once largely the province of law firms, more and more companies in other sectors are moving to engage w it h nonprofit groups through such projects, said Michael Stroik, manager of research and analytics at the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy. “We feel like it’s this group of young individuals that is driving the growth of a lot of engagement programs, and pro bono is no different,” Stroik said. I n 2 0 0 8 , t he C om m it t e e Encouraging Corporate Philan-

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Advisory Board’s Logan Pickell, left, participates in a pro bono working session with staff from Community of Hope, one of the group’s nonprofit partners in Washington.

thropy found that 32 percent of f irms were offering pro bono opportunities. By 2012, that number had risen to 50 percent.

Incentives for Helping At Advisory Board, 55 percent of the workforce is 30 or younger. With such a large share of its workforce from the millennial generation, McLaughlin said the firm is constantly trying to address a key challenge: “How do we ensure that we don’t lose them in a year because some firm has a foosball table and gives out Diet Dr Peppers in the conference room?” A commitment to pro bono

work, the company decided, was one way to achieve that. To make it easier for employees to participate in such projects, Advisory Board offers each staffer 10 hours per month of paid time off to participate in service work.

And the company encourages junior staff members to use pro bono projects as an occasion to learn new skills that might prove to supervisors that they are ready for a promotion. Senior analysts Ann Forman,

“Millennials, more than any other generation, want to make a difference, feel like they have something to do, and want really substantive opportunity … And if they are given that, they will engage hard.” — GR A H A M McL AUGHLIN , SENIOR DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY IMPACT AT ADVISORY BOARD, WHICH IS ENCOURAGING ITS WORKERS TO DO PRO BONO WORK

25, and Natalie McGarry, 26, said a recent pro bono project provided a powerful opportunity for them to beef up their résumés and to shine in front of their superiors. The duo worked together on a pro bono project for MedStar Health to study the impact of hospital community benefit programs. What began as a six- to seven-page research paper mushroomed into an 85-slide presentation that the pair delivered before a group of 20 hospital leaders at an event at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City. “Presenting in front of a group of members for two hours is a Continued on page E12


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little above our pay grade,” McGarry said. “That was the first time I stood up in front of a room and represented the Advisory Board.” In fact, McGarr y said she would often be working the registration table at similar events. But this time around, attendees at the event’s networking breakfast were seeking her out for con-

versations. Forman said they received guidance and support on the project from their supervisors, but ultimately it vested them with a great deal of responsibility. “We were the senior-most research and insights people in the room, so they turned to us as experts,” Forman said. “So that really forced us to step up and be the experts.” Forman said the experience

helped her view Advisory Board as a place where she is encouraged to advance up the career ladder quickly. “It has 100 percent renewed my commitment to this company,” Forman said. Advisory Board has found pro bono work to be linked to high productivity across a variety of demographics. McLaughlin said the company has conducted studies that adjust for age, tenure, gender and other factors, and

it has found that staff members who engage in pro bono work are 40 percent more likely to be promoted.

Workplace Darwinism McLaughlin said Advisory Board aims to be highly deliberate about which organizations it chooses for pro bono projects. One key factor he considers when examining proposals from nonprofit groups is whether the Advisory

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The Bond Is Broken Sources: ShanahanSnyder relationship may be beyond repair Redskins Members of the Washington Redskins’ front office are skeptical that the relationship between Coach Mike Shanahan and owner Dan Snyder can be repaired to allow Shanahan to remain with the team after this season, several people familiar with the situation said Sunday. According to those people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the topic’s sensitivity, some in Redskins management were angered by a report that Shanahan considered quitting after last season because of Snyder’s close relationship with Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. Some Redskins officials, those sources said, questioned the timing and motivation behind those sentiments becoming public and

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added that a parting of the ways between the team and Shanahan appears increasingly likely. Shanahan addressed the speculation Sunday after the Redskins’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, saying, “it’s not the right time and place to talk about something that happened a year ago.” “I’ll get a chance to talk to Dan at the end of the season,” he said. “I’ll give some viewpoints from me, and I’m sure he’ll give me his thoughts.” Multiple sources said members of the team’s management wonder whether Shanahan hopes to leave to be a candidate for the Houston

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Joe Flacco threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to rookie Marlon Brown with 4 seconds left, capping a flurry of scores on an icy field and giving the Baltimore Ravens (7-6) a victory over the Minnesota Vikings (3-9-1). Following a first half played in a driving snowstorm, the teams combined for five touchdowns in the final 125 seconds. Brown’s catch concluded a five-play, 80-yard drive that took 41 seconds.

LeSean McCoy rushed for a franchisebest 217 yards, including touchdowns of 57 and 40 yards, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame two TD returns by Jeremy Ross to beat the Detroit Lions. The Eagles, looking to go worstto-first in the NFC East, won their fifth straight game and temporarily took sole possession of first place. Dallas (7-5) plays at Chicago tonight. The Lions (7-6) have a half-game lead over the Bears in the NFC North.

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37 27 Geno Smith threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score as the New York Jets set a season high for points and stopped a three-game skid in a victory over the Oakland Raiders. The Jets (6-7) prevented the first four-game losing streak under coach Rex Ryan. The Raiders (4-9) have lost three straight overall and 13 consecutive in the Eastern time zone.

Ravens receiver Marlon Brown caught the game-winning touchdown with 4 seconds left against the Vikings on Sunday.

Top Dogs

Other Games Broncos 51, Titans 28

Cardinals 30, Rams 10 Chargers 37, Giants 14

49ers 19, Seahawks 17

34 28 Charles Clay caught two touchdowns, including a 12-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill with 2:53 remaining, and the Miami Dolphins beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. Miami blew a 10-point thirdquarter lead but rallied to win for the third time in its past four games. Ben Roethlisberger passed for 297 yards and three scores but the Steelers (5-8) lost their second straight game.

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LeSean McCoy

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Matt Flynn threw for 258 yards and the Packers’ struggling defense forced a key fourth-quarter turnover in a win over the Atlanta Falcons to snap a five-game winless slide. Flynn found Andrew Quarless for a 2-yard go-ahead touchdown pass with about 12 minutes left for the Packers (6-61). Matt Bryant missed a 52-yard field goal with 6:42 left for Atlanta (3-10).

The Eagles running back entered the weekend second in the NFL in rushing, 120 yards behind the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson. But on Sunday, McCoy ran for 217 yards on 29 carries, while Peterson had just 13 yards before he left with an injury.

The Browns wide receiver wasn’t able to become the first player in NFL history to record three straight 200-yard receiving games, but he did have 151 yards receiving and was Cleveland’s leading rusher with 34 yards on one carry.

The Bengals quarterback was 24for-35 for 275 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions vs. the Colts. His 120.5 passer rating on Sunday was his highest since Week 8, and he had his first no-interception game since Week 7.

Andy Dalton threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, and the Cincinnati Bengals remained perfect at home and in control of the AFC North with a victory over the Indianapolis Colts. The Bengals (9-4) improved to 6-0 at Paul Brown Stadium. The Colts (8-5) had another slow start, falling behind 21-0 before Andrew Luck threw four touchdowns to keep them close.

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Passes thrown by the Eagles’ Nick Foles this season before he threw his first interception Sunday.

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“We just felt footing was so bad.” — EAGLES COACH CHIP KELLY, on the snowy conditions in the Eagles-Lions game in Philadelphia on Sunday. It was so poor neither team tried a field goal, and there were 2-point conversion attempts after seven of the eight TDs.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings suffered an ankle injury on a snowy afternoon and on a wet field. RICH SCHULTZ (GETTY IMAGES)

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Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots was carted off after a big hit to his right leg on a tackle.

Thomas DeCoud, S, Falcons left Sunday’s game with a head injury suffered after trying to make a tackle.

27 6 Rookie Mike Glennon rebounded from one of his worst performances of the season to throw two touchdown passes and lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a victory over the struggling Buffalo Bills. The Bucs (4-9) intercepted EJ Manuel four times en route to their fourth win in five games following an 0-8 start. The Bills (4-9) have lost five of six.

27 26 Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes in the final 61 seconds, helping the New England Patriots rally for a victory over the Cleveland Browns. After cutting the deficit to 26-21, the Patriots (10-3) recovered an onside kick and scored again on a 1-yard touchdown pass. The Browns (4-9) then moved the ball to the Patriots 40, but Billy Cundiff missed a 58-yard field goal. (AP)


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Nationals’ Needs: Bench, Bullpen RAQUEL DILLON (AP)

After getting Fister, Washington is done with major moves

An Olympic medal won by Jesse Owens in the 1936 Berlin Games was auctioned.

The temptation for change must have existed for Mike R izzo. After the Washington Nationals sputtered through last season, the thought of an overhaul surely crossed the mind of the team’s president of baseball operations. If so, he never showed it with action. But rather than aiming for major transactions to rebound from an 86-w in season t hat began with World Series aspirations, the Nationals have identified their shortcomings and chosen to improve at the margins. As baseball’s winter meetings are set to begin today in Orlando, it seems clear the bulk of Washington’s roster, including all eight regular position players, will return intact. The Nationals’ biggest splash of the winter, a trade for starting pitcher Doug Fister, is behind them. They do not plan on pursuing any

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Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has made deals to acquire starting pitcher Doug Fister and outfielder Nate McLouth.

big-ticket free agents who would cost them a draft pick in compensation. They want to tweak their bullpen and improve their bench, a task they started Friday by agreeing to a two-year, $10.75 million deal with outfielder Nate McLouth. Rizzo sees a team that, with a few small but significant tweaks, could again be a top contender in 2014. The Nationals filled their larg-

est bench need with McLouth. Their next move is acquiring a lefthanded reliever. Last season, the Nationals entered the season with only Zach Duke as a lefty reliever, which Rizzo has acknowledged was a mistake. They still have Xavier Cedeno and could break in prospect Sammy Solis out of the bullpen, but the Nationals would prefer to give first-year Manager Matt Williams

more firepower late in games. “We think that’s one of the things we have to address,” Rizzo said. “We have in-house options there. I think we’re better suited going into spring training with our left-handed bullpen than we did last year. But it’s something that we’re looking into the free agent market or the trade market and trying to upgrade.” ADAM KILGORE (THE WASHINGTON POST )

Fisher: ‘We’re Not Champs Yet’

RONALDO ON THE DRAW

Not Losing Sleep Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t watch Friday’s World Cup draw, when his native Portugal was placed alongside Germany, Ghana and the United States in Group G, because he was “sleeping,” he said in a news conference Sunday. When he did awake to see his country’s positioning, he felt confident about their chances. (AP)

The last steps to the BCS championship game summed up their seasons. For No. 1 Florida State, it was a breeze. For Auburn, it took the unexpected. The Seminoles will play the Tigers for the BCS title on Jan. 6 in Pasadena, Calif., after Auburn capped its remarkable turnaround season with a wild victory over Missouri in the SEC title game and No. 2 Ohio State was upset by Michigan State on Saturday night. “We going to the SHIP? #Pasadena Bound,” Auburn running back Tre Mason posted on Twitter. For Florida State, it was business as usual against No. 20 Duke.

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College Football

Coach Jimbo Fisher has led Florida State to a 13-0 record this season.

Jameis Winston passed for 330 yards and accounted for four touchdowns, and the Seminoles’ defense smothered the Blue Devils 45-7 in the ACC championship.

Florida State (13-0) has won each of its games by at least 14 points. “We’re not champs yet,” coach Jimbo Fisher yelled to his team after it crushed Duke. Winston said: “We’re trying to do something so much bigger than this.” Florida State will play for the national title for the first time since the 2000 season, and Winston will likely have to stop in New York to pick up the Heisman Trophy before heading to Southern California. The Seminoles will be looking for their first BCS title since 1999, and they’ll be trying to break the SEC’s seven-year national championship streak before the BCS is replaced by a four-team playoff next year. R ALPH D. RUSSO (AP)

Owens’ Gold Medal Sells For $1.47M Olympics An Olympic gold medal won by Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Games has sold for a record $1.47 million in an online auction. SCP Auctions said an anonymous bidder paid $1,466,574, the highest price for a piece of Olympic memorabilia. The online auction ended Sunday. “We just hope that it’s purchased by an institution where the public could have access to it, a museum or something like that,” Owens’ daughter, Marlene Owens Rankin of Chicago, told The Associated Press before the sale. Owens won gold in the 100and 200-meters, 400 relay and long jump at the games attended by Adolph Hitler, who used the Olympics to showcase his ideas of Aryan supremacy. (AP)

TV Lineup NBA (7 P.M., CSN) The Wizards (9-10) look to get back to .500 after Friday’s loss to the lowly Bucks. Washington hosts the Denver Nuggets (12-8) at Verizon Center. NFL (8:40 P.M., ESPN) The Cowboys (7-5) and Bears (6-6) still have playoff hopes, but both teams’ defenses have really struggled. Dallas ranks 31st against the pass, while Chicago has the worst rush defense in the NFL.


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1507 Ray Road Hyattsville, MD 20782

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Finians Court Apts 7740 Finns Lane Lanham MD 1Bedrooms $850 Close to New Carrolton Metro Parquet Floors, CAC, Renovated Kitchens Call Ashley 202-315-1118 www.novodev.com Lanham— $550, Shared 1 bedrm, 1 BA, Good Luck Rd, all utilities, free cable. Call 240-476-2224

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908 Marcy Ave. • Oxon Hill, MD 20745

301.593.0485

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Highrise or garden style apts Dishwashers Gas cooking & heat Convenient to 3 Metro Lines Pet friendly (some restrictions)

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SOUTH POINTE APARTMENT HOMES 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments $885-$1110 ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED

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Petworth- 2 blocks from Metro, large rooms in very clean and quiet house. All utils included, $650 + 1 month dep and $50 app fee. Call 301-202-3749 SEAT PLEASANT, MD - Large room, pvt, close to Metro & shopping. Must see. Starting at $170+ per week. Call 301-674-9278 TEMPLE HILLS Furn BR Nr bus/metro, $650+ $250 sec dep utils included. F Pref. N/S, Avail now 301-312-9646 VIENNA - Shr hse, Furn/Unfurn No smkg. Sunny, Clean, Quiet room, 10 min walk to metro. Fios int & cbl. $490 + utils. 703-338-4840

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Clinton—Room for rent, $550.00 + 150 dep. quiet hse nsmk. utilities incl. near S MD Hosp. no publ trans. call 202-997-4154

District Heights- Room in Pvt home. Nr Bus/Metro/Shopping. Quiet area. $610 301-568-3386 GAITHERSBURG, MD- 1 MBR, 2 walk-in closets, jacuzzi, stand up glass shower. $1,000/mo. Call 240-421-8698 NE/Ft Totten Metro- Prof. Female N/S. Unfurn BR. 3BR, 2.5BA shr SFH. -$935. W/D, Cbl, WiFi, maid svc. CAC/Heat, all inc utils 202-494-3692

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Good Girl, Bad Word Selena Gomez shocks an audience full of kids with some cursing 31

8 P.M.

‘Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town’ (ABC) A lanky mailman, above, with the voice of Fred Astaire explains Santa’s origins in this 1970 animated special, which sidesteps the St. Nicholas part. In this version, the future jolly old elf is a foundling adopted by the Kringles, a family of toymakers. He feels called to give toys away to needy kids.

8 P.M.

‘How I Met Your Mother’ (CBS) Robin and Barney make a startling

discovery about a family matter as they head to Long Island for their wedding. Marshall’s trip back east changes course, thanks to something he sees online. Lily confronts Ted about his feelings for Robin.

9 P.M.

‘The Great Christmas Light Fight’ (ABC) In each episode of this holiday decorating competition, airing over three Mondays, four families have 21 days to give their homes an extreme transformation in hopes of winning big money (to pay the electric bill?).

9 P.M.

‘The Sing-Off’ (NBC) Nick Lachey returns to host as a cappella groups from around the country vie for $100,000 and a recording contract. Singers Jewel and Ben Folds are on the judges panel in this shortened season. (TRIBUNE MEDIA)

‘West Wing’ favorite Allison Janney flexes her comedic chops on the CBS sitcom ‘Mom’

on hold, says Janney, who is single. A multi-camera comedy like “Mom” offers a different experience, with shorter rehearsal days followed by a Friday taping. But it’s laughs that Janney really is after. With “Mom,” Janney sees a rare combination of humor with “serious moments of love or disappointment or fear,” not just what she calls the “joke-joke-joke-joke” barrage typical of many TV comedies.

Television Allison Janney’s voice is warm on radio and TV voiceover spots for a health-care provider, possibly the most melodic soft sell ever. Then there’s her real craft. Consider, for instance, her sharp, takeno-prisoners delivery as C.J. Cregg on “The West Wing.” Or enjoy the sly purr she employs as Bonnie, a wayward but good-hearted parent and grandparent on the new CBS sitcom “Mom” (Mondays, 9:30 p.m.). Anna Faris co-stars as her similarly imperfect daughter. “I feel like actors like to be challenged and play all different types of roles,” Janney says. Janney’s talent has taken her to Broadway, where she earned Tony nominations for “9 to 5” and “A View From the Bridge,” and in movies including “American Beauty” and “The Way Way Back.” And she earned four Emmys for her portrayal of the White House press secretary on “The West Wing.” Janney says she treasures her time on the 1999-2006 series created by Aaron Sorkin (“The Social Network,” HBO’s “The Newsroom”), even though the job was demanding. “It was fascinating to be part of that, and all the people in Washington who wanted to be part of it, because it’s the first time they were made to look good and exciting,” she said. The shooting schedule, however, required a commitment that meant missing “a lot of family things” and putting relationships

“I feel like actors like to be challenged and play all different types of roles.”

From ‘C.J.’ To ‘Mom’

LARRY BUSACCA (GETTY IMAGES)

TV TONIGHT

She admits to nervousness at the show, some of which stems from working for a TV comedy master, writer-producer Chuck Lorre (“The Big Bang Theory,” “Two and a Half Men.”) “It’s scary to do a run-through for Chuck. I don’t want to mess it up or miss a laugh,” she said. But Lorre, it seems, is putty in her hands. “Allison is a writer’s dream come true. She can do anything,” Lorre wrote in an email. “Physical comedy, sweet poignant moments, heartbreaking scenes, classic straight man, you name it.” Janney knows viewers sometimes balk when an actor identified with one character, like C.J., tries on another. But the 54-yearold says she’s having a blast as Bonnie, and CBS ordered a full season of “Mom” based on initial ratings. “It’s nice to be my age and be sexually active and aggressive — in the parts I play,” she says, laughing. LYNN ELBER (AP)

Ladies’ Might: Female directors dominated at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and it looks as if ladies will continue to have a strong presence in films slated there in 2014. Comedy actresses such as Kristen Wiig, left, Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, Aubrey Plaza, Amy Sedaris and Jenny Slate all appear in features screening at Robert Redford’s independent-cinema fair next month in Park City, Utah. Sundance will announce its official lineup today. (AP)


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WEDNESDAY

The best things to do this week

NPR’s All Crafts Considered

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

This year the public radio giant is inviting the public to its All Crafts Considered event, which is usually reserved for staffers. Stop in the new NPR lobby to procure a variety of handmade, local products, or pick up an NPR tote bag. NPR, 1111 N. Capitol St. NE; Wed., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., free; npr.org. (NoMa-Gallaudet)

THURSDAY

Steve Winwood A key member of ’60s rock bands The Spencer Davis Group, Blind Faith and Traffic, Steve Winwood began a solo career in the late ’70s and found pop success with the catchy “Higher Love.” Fillmore, 8656

TODAY

Matisyahu

TODAY

Jessica Alexander Bored with her job in the corporate world, Jessica Alexander headed to Rwanda to help in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide. Today, she’ll discuss her aid work and her memoir, “Chasing Chaos.” Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW; today, 7 p.m., $8 or $16 with book; 202-408-3100, sixthandi.org. (Gallery Place)

TUESDAY

R. Kelly’s ‘Black Panties’ One can forget that R. Kelly wrote the squeaky-clean 1996 hit “I Believe I Can Fly.” The years since have brought horrible charges, “Trapped in the Closet” and other curveballs. Yet he endures. A deluxe bundle of his 13th album, “Black Panties,” out Tuesday, comes with free black lace panties. Thanks?

THE PAJAMA MEN

OPENS TUESDAY

‘The Pajama Men: Just the Two of Each of Us’ Improv comedy duo The Pajama Men — Mark Chavez, left, and Shenoah Allen, right — return to the Woolly Mammoth Theatre with their latest show, “Just the Two of Each of Us.” We’d tell you what the fast-paced comedy is about, but that would only be confusing. (If you must know, it involves a woman searching for her missing arm and a procrastinating king out to save the world from a killer beast.) Woolly Mammoth Theatre,

THURSDAY

‘The Short Game’ Netflix launches a batch of exclusive docs with this film, available for streaming Thursday, about eight golfers younger than 7 (such as Alexa Pano, above) competing in the Junior World Golf Championships. Heartwarming and inspirational, the movie will also make you feel inadequate about your athletic ability.

641 D St. NW; Tue. through Jan. 5; $20-$77.50; 202-393-3939, woollymammoth.net. (Gallery Place)

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Season’s Greenings Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the U.S. Botanic Garden has turned its conservatory into a tropical paradise for the holidays (yay for climate control), with a poinsettia showcase and a giant, brightly lit Douglas fir (complete with D.C. memorial and monument ornaments). On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the exhibit will be open at night for concerts; this week you can catch klezmer music from Lox & Vodka and jazz from Project Natale. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW; Tue. & Thu., 6-8 p.m., free; 202-225-8333, usbg.gov. (Federal Center/Capitol South)

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Club, 815 V St. NW; today, 7 p.m., $35; 202-265-0930, 930.com. (U Street)

Colesville Road, Silver Spring; Thu., 8 p.m., $55; 301-960-9999, fillmore silverspring.com. (Silver Spring)

WEDNESDAY

Lupe Fiasco The Chicago-born “conscious rapper” is not afraid to speak out against misogyny, violence and politicians, including President Barack Obama. His fifth record, “Tetsuo & Youth,” is due next year. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW;

OPENS FRIDAY

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’

Wed., 7 p.m., $40; 202-265-0930, 930.com. (U Street) KEVIN WINTER (GETTY IMAGES)

Hanukkah is over, but Jewish reggae singer Matisyahu’s Festival of Light tour rolls on. This year, he’s hawking an iPad app, “Matisyahu’s ‘Happy Hanukkah’ Jam-Along,” which lets kids play along to his “Happy Hanukkah” song using a digital keyboard and “strum pad.” 9:30

Peter Jackson’s epic retelling of a short-ish book continues! How will he fill the second installment? By having Benedict Cumberbatch (voice of Smaug, he of desolation) talk a lot and milking the giant spider scenes for loads of screen time. Compiled by Express staff. Send tips for next week to ts@wpost.com.


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fusion ceremony. Kristen wore a blue sari for the reception and Amit performed a Hindu ritual called “sindoor dana,” which is when the groom applies a red powder to the part of the bride’s hair. WEDDING SURPRISES: The DJ snuck “Ice Ice Baby” onto the playlist. “That definitely wasn’t on the pre-approved song list,” Kristen says. ONE FOR THE SCRAPBOOK: “When we were doing the cake cutting, Amit decided to show off his knifewielding skills and dropped the cake knife. Our photographer put together an awesome GIF of this.” “Definitely my dad dancing,” Amit says. “The man has some moves,” Kristen says.

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Craig, 45, is president of a communications firm. Targee, 42, is a business analyst with Verizon. They, and kids Chloe and Noelle, 3, live in Laurel, Md. THEIR WEDDING: They wed June 28, 2008, in Salisbury, Md. About 170 guests attended the formal celebration, and the couple spent

their honeymoon in Hawaii. WEDDING DO-OVERS: “We’d start on time. We were 30 minutes late,” Targee says. FAVORITE MEMENTO: Targee saved their vase from their sand ceremony, filled with pink and peach sand. PET PEEVES: Targee: “He refuses to put the toilet paper in its holder. Instead he sets it on top of the sink.” Craig: “Overdramatic sneezing.” PERFECT DATE: “A great dinner,

terward we’d retire to a five-star hotel, with the kids staying at the in-laws,” Craig says. KEEPING THE SPARK: “We make sure to kiss and hug each other every day,” Craig says. ROMANCE ADVICE: Take an interest in something your spouse is really passionate about, Targee says. And if you must disagree, “fight fair and respectfully,” Craig says.

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THE MAIN EVENT: They wed June 8 on a rooftop in Miami Beach, Fla. HOW THEY MET: At a Fourth of July party in Rosslyn. FIRST DATE: Walking Amit’s dogs on the National Mall. WEDDING 411: An interfaith minister and theology professor officiated the cocktail-chic wedding with 60 guests. CELEBRATING HERITAGE: They designed their own Christian/Hindu

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Kristen, 27, works at a PR agency. Amit, 31, works for a defense contractor. They live in Rosslyn, Va.

followed by a movie, play or concert under the stars on a warm summer night,” Targee says. “Af-

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Marc Brooks, Brooke Wright Brooke, 31, is a JAG officer in the U.S. Air Force. Marc, 29, is a robotics engineer. They live in Silver Spring. THE MAIN EVENT: They’re getting hitched June 15, 2014, at Fort Myer. HOW THEY MET: At a friend’s house, celebrating Brooke’s commissioning into the JAG corps. FIRST IMPRESSIONS: “Every time she turned away I was mouthing the words, ‘I love her’ to my friends.” FIRST DATE: Dinner at Bollywood Bistro in Fairfax, a movie and, the next day, a trip to Baltimore and cliff jumping. HOW HE PROPOSED: At her family reunion. MOST STUPID FIGHT: Over the interpretation of a Bible verse (Acts 10:13). MOST HATED CLOTHING ITEM: His “raggedy” tees. “My shirts aren’t raggedy, they’re vintage,” Marc says. THEIR SONG: “Fool for You” by CeeLo Green. “Whenever it comes on the radio,” Brooke says, “we both sing it quite dramatically.”


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“On the bright side, it appears she will disappear after releasing 7 songs. Only 5 more to go.” — COMMENTER TORANDOSLACKS AT GAWKER.COM predicts the future

music career of Rebecca Black, who shot to Internet stardom in 2011 with the inadvertently hilarious pop ditty “Friday.” This weekend, she came back with a new release — “Saturday.”

“The earliest sunset really comes in the first week in December, and the latest sunrise occurs in early January. Yet December 21 really is the shortest day of the year.” — PATRICK DI JUSTO AT THEATLANTIC .COM discusses the “astronomical

hijinks” of the winter solstice. The reason why Dec. 21 is the shortest day of the year yet does not coincide with the latest sunrise or earliest sunset is because Earth, which is tilted 23.5 degrees, does not orbit in a perfect circle.

“Bad news for the seashell sellers and pepper picklers among us; you’ve officially been de-throned.” — ASHLEY FEINBERG AT SPLOID.GIZMODO.COM comments

on a new tongue-twister developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Can you say “Pad kid poured curd pulled cold” four times fast?

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predictions about who would win Sunday’s NFL matchups (including a Redskins win over the Chiefs). The mayor of Toronto, who has touted his love of American football in the past, went on D.C.’s 106.7 The Fan radio station Thursday to talk football with The Sports Junkies.

a California burger chain is unveiling a special Sriracha burger today. The burger, which starts with a Sriracha-laced patty made of 50 percent beef and 50 percent bacon (seriously), features Sriracha-spiked coleslaw, mushrooms sauteed in Sriracha, Sriracha-glazed bacon strips and Sriracha mayonnaise. Godspeed.

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) The “what” and the “why” are very clear to you right now, but you may have to do some digging to find out exactly “where” and “when.” CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You’re ready to assume a position of greater authority even though you may not feel as confident as you had hoped you would. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You’re waiting for someone else to take the lead, but he or she is actually waiting for you to do the same. Try working together! PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) A healthy pace need not become hasty. Focus on doing things within your own comfort zone, but don’t let yourself hang back, either! ARIES (March 21-April 19) You will want to tackle a personal challenge that has been unapproachable in the recent past. Today’s the day to score a victory.

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You’ll be surprised to learn that the things you were hoping to see put in place already are — which means now it’s all up to you. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) An intriguing invitation comes to you. You may find it difficult to say no, even though you may be inconvenienced in some way.

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She’s Afraid of Looking In the Mirror and Seeing Joan Rivers Someday Heidi Klum told “Access Hollywood” that she’s never had any plastic surgery or other cosmetic procedures because she’s “been too scared,” and she prefers to handle forehead lines with bangs, not Botox. “I would have a hard time looking in the mirror and seeing something that I’m not used to seeing,” she said. (EXPRESS)

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Miley Cyrus has broken free of her Disney reputation. Selena Gomez has not.

Asperger’s Diagnosis Eased Susan Boyle’s Mind

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“Dear diary, Wills may be the future king, but at least I’m still ‘the hot one.’ ”

Singer Susan Boyle says she has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome — a form of autism — and feels relief at finally having the right label for her condition. A year ago, Boyle saw a specialist who told her she had Asperger’s and an above-average IQ. Boyle, 52, had learning difficulties as a child, which she was told were the result of brain damage from oxygen deprivation at birth. (AP)

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Organizers of an Antarctic charity race involving Prince Harry are suspending its competitive element because of harsh conditions but plan to continue the journey to the South Pole. Harry, 29, is a member of one of three teams, who will now travel and camp together. (AP)

She Cursed! No Singer Has Ever Done That! Selena Gomez had a minor meltdown onstage at the 2013 Jingle Ball in Los Angeles on Friday. When she had sound issues that revealed she had been lip-syncing, she cursed — into a live mic, Perez Hilton reported. The crowd was mostly children, US Weekly noted. Gomez did one more song and walked off, not finishing her set. (E XPRESS)

Evangeline Lilly was disappointed with a Women’s Health cover featuring her in short shorts and labeled “Best Butt Ever!,” she told Conan O’Brien. “It’s … not Maxim,” she said, as quoted by People. She also told a Canadian show, “I don’t know too many women who would approach a women’s magazine and say, ‘The image I’m hoping for is a rearend shot with my butt hanging out.’ ” (E XPRESS)

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