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Shanahan won’t be the only one leaving, Rick Snider writes 8 ‘HIDDEN FOLK’ AGENDA
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HOLIDAY SHOP-A-THON Stores go the distance, opening around the clock to pack extra shopping into a ho-hum season 7
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Yet No One Bats an Eye When He Breaks Into Our Chimneys Police in New Hampshire say a man dressed as Santa Claus was only trying to spread some cheer last week but ended up panicking officials when he knocked on school windows and entered the building. The man left after seeing the look of alarm on a staffer’s face at Hollis Primary School and said he didn’t mean to cause a panic. (AP) WOULD YOU MARRY THIS GUY?
Man Misunderstands ‘There’s A Time and a Place’ Saying An Oklahoma man proposed to his girlfriend last week while being arrested. Justin Harrel of Elk City was at a park when an officer discovered he had outstanding warrants. As the officer placed Harrel under arrest, Harrel asked for five minutes to propose to his girlfriend, who (actually) said yes. Harrel then asked the officer to get the ring out of his pocket and give it to her. (AP) UNRELIABLE MEMORIES
And Baby Jesus Was Found Under a Christmas Tree A new survey shows that 1 in 10 young British people think “Father Christmas” was a Biblical figure and onethird of the 2,000 respondents say the Bible specifies Dec. 25 as the day Christ was born. The survey by the firm ConRes also found that about 7 percent said there was a Christmas tree mentioned in the Bible, United Press International reported Sunday. (EXPRESS)
LAST-MINUTE CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA: A white lion opens a Christmas present filled with chicken meat Monday at the zoo in La Fleche, western France.
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Health-Site Enrollees Given More Time Chicago Anticipating heavy traffic on the government’s health-care website, the Obama administration effectively extended Monday’s deadline for signing up for insurance by a day, giving Americans in 36 states more time to select a plan. The grace period — which runs
through today — was the latest in a series of pushed-back deadlines and delays that have marked the rollout of the health-care law. But federal ofﬁcials urged buyers not to procrastinate. “If you are aiming to get coverage Jan. 1, you should try to sign up today,” said Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the agency in charge of the overhaul. Bataille said the grace period was being offered to accommodate people from different time zones and to deal with any technical problems that might result from a last-
Study: Eating Nuts While Pregnant Is OK Risk of allergies isn’t raised in children whose moms snacked Health A new study gives reassurance that women who eat nuts or peanut butter during pregnancy are not raising the risk that their children will have nut allergies. Kids whose moms ate nuts most often were actually less likely to have problems consuming them, researchers found. Peanut allergies are on the rise and affect up to 2 percent of the population in the United States and other Western countries. Women were once advised to avoid nuts in pregnancy to avoid triggering allergies in their offspring, but that advice was later rescinded. The new research, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, supports that theory. It involves more than 8,000 children born to female nurses in a long-running U.S. study that periodically asked questions about diet and health habits. Doctors and tests confirmed that 140 children had allergies to peanuts or tree nuts such as walnuts, almonds or pecans. Fifty-
minute rush of applicants. The healthcare.gov website had a glitch-prone debut in October, but the government reported Monday morning on Twitter that it was running smoothly. The extra day will add incrementally to the already daunting administrative problems for insurance companies, such as inaccuracies on applications, said healthcare industry consultant Robert Laszewski. “Insurers would like to have two to three weeks to process applications. Now they’re going to
The amount who say they support President Barack Obama’s healthcare law — a 5-point drop in less than a month, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Monday. (E XPRESS)
have a week, less one more day,” he said. “When the day is done, it doesn’t help.” President Barack Obama himself signed up for health insurance
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A big caveat to the new study on nut allergies in children: Researchers had no information on fathers’ nut allergies, which could pass to a child. Allergies can be inherited, “but the maternal component seems to be more relevant” than the father’s genes, said Dr. Michael Young, a pediatrician at Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital Boston, who led the study. (AP)
eight had mothers who were allergic to nuts, and 82 did not. Looking at this second group, researchers found that children whose moms ate nuts at least ﬁve times a month were 69 percent less likely to have nut allergies than those whose moms rarely ate nuts. “Our study adds to the evidence that early exposure to allergens might be a way that you induce tolerance,” but it is not the kind of research that can prove cause and effect, said Dr. Michael Young, a pediatrician at Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital Boston, who led the study.
through the Washington marketplace over the weekend — a purely symbolic move since he will continue to get health care through the military as commander in chief. Obama said Friday t hat more than 1 million Americans had enrolled for coverage since Oct. 1. The administration’s estimates call for 3.3 million to sign up by Dec. 31, and the target is 7 million by the end of March. After that, people who fail to buy coverage can face tax penalties.
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Lake County clerk’s office. A federal judge Monday allowed gay marriage to continue in Utah, rejecting a request to put the weddings on hold as the state appeals a decision that has sent many to county offices for marriage licenses.
Take This Advice to Heart Not to dampen any spirits, but studies show that heart troubles spike this time of year. It’s not just a Western phenomenon; recent research in China found the same thing. The increase includes fatal and nonfatal heart attacks and a less serious condition dubbed “holiday heart syndrome” — an irregular heartbeat caused by too much booze. Theories for the seasonal increase include cold weather, overindulgence and stress. American Heart Association spokesman Dr. Richard Stein recommends flu shots, avoiding excessive eating and drinking, and getting enough exercise throughout the season. (AP)
A father threw his young child off the roof of a 52-story Manhattan apartment building in a murder-suicide on the first day he was allowed to be alone with the boy amid an ugly custody battle with the mother, police officials said Monday. Dmitriy Kanarikov picked up his 3-year-old son at 10 a.m. Sunday at a Manhattan police precinct — a neutral site negotiated by the parents — to spend time with him for the ﬁrst time “outside of some sort of institutional setting,” said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. Responding officers found Kanarikov, 35, of Brooklyn, and the boy on the lower rooftops of two separate nearby buildings. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, and his son, Kirill Kanarikov, was pronounced dead at a hospital. The motive behind the tragedy remained murky Monday. Kelly said there was no note found. (AP)
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Icelandic Commission Battles Elf Lobby Reykjavik, Iceland In this land of ﬁre and ice, where the fog-shrouded lava ﬁelds offer a spooky landscape in which anything might lurk, stories abound of the “hidden folk” — thousands of elves, making their homes in Iceland’s wilderness. So perhaps it was only a matter of time before 21st-century elves got political representation. Elf advocates have joined forces with environmentalists to urge the Icelandic Road and Coastal Commission and local authorities to abandon a highway project building a direct route from the Alftanes peninsula, where the president has a home, to the Reykjavik suburb of Gardabaer. They fear disturbing elf habitat and claim the area is particularly important because
The number of people in a 2007 University of Iceland survey that said it was at least possible that elves exist.
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Reindeer are featured on cards and in movies worldwide this time of year. But on Europe’s northern fringe, they are part of everyday life all year round. Here are some things you might not know about the animal.
THE WIDESPREAD BELIEF IN ELVES IN THE
PRISON MONDAY. SHE SERVED NEARLY TWO YEARS FOR “HOOLIGANISM.”
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tures through telepathy. “If you ask an Icelander about elves, they might say they don’t believe,” Jonsdottir said. “But we always have stories of them, if not from ourselves then from someone close like a family member.”
Designer of AK-47 Dies Mikhail Kalashnikov, the former Red Army sergeant behind one of the world’s most omnipresent weapons — the AK-47 and its variants and copies, used by national armies, terrorists, drug gangs, bank robbers, revolutionaries and jihadists — died Monday at a hospital in Izhevsk, Russia. He was 94. (THE WASHINGTON POST)
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COUNTRY. HE’S NOT SURE IF HE BELIEVES.
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Of course reindeer can’t fly, but they can run quickly over long distances. Jonas Vannar, a Sami reindeer herder, says they can run up to 30 miles a day. Reindeer are also uniquely adapted to survive the harsh Arctic winters, explains Mari Heikkila, director of Ranua Wildlife Park in Finland, with a thick winter coat and large hooves to walk better in the snow. Reindeer eyes change color from yellow-green in the summer to deep blue in winter to adapt to the widely varying levels of light in the high north. (AP)
“I got married in a church with a god just as invisible as the elves, so what might seem irrational is actually quite common.”
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it contains an elf church. The project has been halted until the Supreme Court of Iceland rules on a case brought by a group known as Friends of Lava, who cite both the environmental and the cultural impact — including the impact on elves — of the road project. It’s not the ﬁrst time issues about elves have affected planning decisions. They occur so often that the road and coastal administration has come up with a stock media response for elf inquiries, which states that “issues have been settled by delaying the construction project at a certain point while the elves living there have supposedly moved on.” Scandinavian folklore is full of elves, trolls and other mythological characters. Most people in Norway, Denmark and Sweden haven’t taken them seriously since the 19th century, but elves are no joke to many in Iceland, population 320,000. Ragnhildur Jonsdottir, a selfproclaimed “seer,” believes she can communicate with the crea-
THAI PROTESTERS CRASH over a fence at the Department of Special
Investigation in Bangkok on Monday. The rally was an apparent response to a DSI order freezing the assets of protest leaders — who have called for a boycott of the country’s Feb. 2 elections — and exploring criminal charges against them.
Thousands of Foreigners Trapped in South Sudan British, Canadian and Kenyan citizens are among 3,000 foreigners trapped in the South Sudan city of Bor experiencing bouts of heavy machine-gun fire, one of the most violent areas of a weeklong conflict that has likely killed more than 1,000 people, a top U.N. official said Monday. (AP)
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Widespread belief in mythical creatures is affecting road project
Mikhail Kalashnikov designed the AK-47 rifle for the Soviet Army in 1947. SAO PAULO
Floods, Mudslides Kill 20 Civil defense officials said Monday that floods and mudslides caused by heavy downpours have killed at least 20 people and forced more than 40,000 to leave their homes in southeastern Brazil. (AP)
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It’s Holiday Getaway Time Just how bad do you think I-95 will be today going south? I want to be able to get to Richmond by 1 p.m., so I figure I better leave before 9 a.m. Leaving before 9 a.m. is the smart thing to do. If we’re going to have heavy traffic anywhere for the Christmas getaway, it’s almost certainly going to be on I-95 in Northern Virginia. The thing that really helps is that many people already have gotten
where they are going. This isn’t like the Tuesday or Wednesday before Thanksgiving, when many drivers are forced to wait till almost the last minute before leaving. Still, many working stiffs won’t be able to get away till Christmas Eve and the bad timing won’t stop them.
I drove to New York on Saturday and came home Sunday night. I had expected
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heavier traffic. Wasn’t this supposed to be the weekend people head out for their holiday trips? During the December holiday getaway, several million people leave the D.C. region, but they don’t all leave at once. That’s always true, but this year, more so, because the Christmas and New Year’s holidays fall smack in the middle of the weeks. Most years, the holidays create three-day or four-day weekends, and we get a bit more traffic at the start and finish. This year, some people are away for two
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The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library was landmarked in 2007 but has suffered from years of neglect. WASHINGTON
3 Teams in Running for MLK Library Renovation The D.C. Public Library has announced a shortlist of three architecture firms to design a renovation and possible addition to the downtown Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Each team will develop two proposals: one for a mixed-used solution that would add floors to the library to accommodate other elements, possibly office or residential space, the other for renovating the building as a stand-alone library. (THE WASHINGTON POST)
Former retail mecca’s decline hints at an end to a golden era North Bethesda At White Flint Mall, the holiday hustle is notably low-key. As for the bustle: It’s practically nonexistent. This former upscale retail mecca — born in the golden age of the American shopping mall and opened with such fanfare in 1977 that even Elizabeth Taylor showed up — is dead. Well, almost dead. The lights are deﬁnitely on at Lord & Taylor, the center’s last standing anchor. But with the section that once housed Bloomingdale’s demolished, more than threequarters of its shops shuttered and
most of the remaining ones planning to close or move come 2014, it’s pretty clear: This is White Flint Mall’s last Christmas. Lerner Enterprises, which owns the mall with Tower Cos., has not announced a timeline for closing or demolishing White Flint. But they have been clear, however, about their ultimate plans for the site, which will be transformed into a walkable, open-air town center with a mix of retail, ofﬁce and residential properties — much the way that Springﬁeld Mall in Northern Virginia is being reworked. Lord & Taylor slowed the progress this summer by ﬁling a lawsuit against the mall, alleging that the plans violate the terms of the department store’s 1975 lease. Scott Morrison, the attorney
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representing White Flint in the matter, said that a judge ruled Friday that the redevelopment can continue, although the case will still go to trial. Morrison said the mall’s demolition will probably begin within the next year, although Nkosi Year-
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Standardized testing is facing new opposition from parents in Montgomery County: Why, they ask, must students take outdated exams that no longer reflect classroom teaching? Many are urging that the Maryland School Assessments scheduled for March be canceled. In recent weeks, objections to the tests have come from several quarters. A teacher launched a petition. PTA leaders wrote letters. Two Maryland lawmakers are drafting bills. The issue is expected to gain more attention in January, when the General Assembly session begins. The standardized exams are given to students in grades three
A man was kidnapped at gunpoint and forced to ride five stops on Metrorail before being robbed and released, Metro officials said. The victim was taken by train about 9:45 p.m. Friday from the Naylor Road station in Maryland to the Waterfront station in D.C., officials said. The victim and kidnapper apparently left the station and went to two nearby businesses, where the victim was forced to withdraw money from ATMs. (TWP) WASHINGTON
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The National Park Service has awarded grants totaling $950,000 to help protect Civil War battlefields in five states. Among them are Peebles’ Farm, First Rappahannock Station and Second Rappahannock Station in Virginia and South Mountain in Maryland. The grants are from the park service’s American Battlefield Protection Program. (AP)
wood, a planner for Montgomery County, Md., said that demolition is “at least two years away.” Even if razing isn’t imminent, one need only enter White Flint — to stroll past store after store permanently gated — to see the end is near. Clearly, shopping malls haven’t gone extinct. Such complexes as Westﬁeld Montgomery, Tysons Corner Center and Fair Oaks are humming along just ﬁne. But many malls have been forced to shut down or reinvent themselves because of economic dips, consumer movement toward big-box megastores and our increasing reliance on online retail. Mall culture might have dominated the ’70s, ’80s and early ’90s, but it long ago lost its cachet.
through eight for math and reading; science is tested in ﬁfth and eighth grades. Results are used as a marker of accountability for schools. But, increasingly, critics contend the tests lack purpose — and take away instruction time — because they do not reﬂect the Common Core standards now being taught. But state and federal ofﬁcials say exams tied to the Common Core will be rolled out for all students next school year and in the meantime standardized tests are required by law and remain useful. Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery was unequivocal about the idea of pursuing a federal waiver from the test mandate. “Absolutely not,” she said. DONNA ST. GEORGE (THE WASHINGTON POST)
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Holiday Shopping All-Nighter Stores extend hours in a last gasp to save a lackluster season
The holiday shopping season was six days shorter than last year. Stores such as Kmart, above, tried to make up for lost time by staying open overnight this weekend.
the week that ended Sunday compared with the same week last year, according to ShopperTrak, which tracks data at 40,000 locations. That follows a decline of 2.9 percent and 0.8 percent during the first and second weeks of the month, respectively. “It’s been a mediocre December,” said Bill Martin, co-founder of ShopperTrak.
have climbed so far this holiday season as Walmart, Macy’s and other retailers improved their websites and prices to better compete with Amazon.com. Meanwhile, holiday sales at physical stores so far are up 2 percent over last year. That’s below the 2.4 percent forecast for the two-month period, but ShopperTrak says the number could reach that. (AP)
potentially skeptical customers before Christmas, offering 10 percent off all in-store purchases. But one of the most dramatic moves this year has come from Kohl’s, which is keeping nearly all of its 1,158 stores open for 108 hours starting Friday and ending at 6 tonight.
Macy’s and Kmart have taken similar measures, opening some stores for more than 100 hours straight from Friday through Christmas Eve. And Toys R Us is staying open for 87 hours in a row starting Saturday and ending as late as 9 tonight. At 4:38 a.m. Sunday, Karen
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Byrne was looking for wrapping paper at a Kohl’s in Maryland’s Aspen Hill area. The 48-year-old said she hadn’t planned to shop that early. But she was up and the store was open, so she thought, why not? Analysts say it is too soon to tell whether the Kohl’s strategy will pay off. Even if the company racks up sales in the middle of the night, the cost of keeping stores staffed and lights on could cut into proﬁts. Hank and Kay Grifﬁth jumped at the chance to knock out their Christmas shopping early Sunday. They left their Olney, Md., home at 2:30 a.m., stopped at a Toys R Us — where Kay said they were the only shoppers — and then spent three hours at Kohl’s. By the time the Grifﬁths left about 8 a.m. with a dozen gifts in tow, Hank said he had seen only two, maybe three, other shoppers. “We accomplished everything we needed to,” Hank said. “And we were back home in time for breakfast.” (THE WASHINGTON POST/AP)
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At 3 a.m. Sunday, Christmas carols played through the loud speaker at the Kohl’s in Silver Spring. “Duck Dynasty” doormats had been marked down 80 percent, and candles were discounted 50 percent. About a dozen employees stocked handbags and children’s clothing. But there were no shoppers. In a holiday season marked by large-scale discounts, seemingly never-ending Black Friday deals and free overnight shipping, Kohl’s took its efforts to an extreme, keeping stores open around the clock Friday through Christmas Eve. The retailer, facing sagging proﬁts, is one of hundreds of companies frantically attempting to draw in lastminute customers and head off a lackluster holiday season. Shoppers, though, don’t seem all that interested. “It’s not busy today,” said Andrew Cheruiyot, a security guard at the Silver Spring store, where employees outnumbered shoppers. “Maybe people are tired.” Analysts say it has been a tough year for retailers, which rely on holiday spending for up to 40 percent of their annual sales. Plus, this holiday shopping season — the period between Black Friday and Christmas — is six days shorter than a year ago, which isn’t helping, either. Retailers went to new lengths to remedy the shopping slump. Amazon.com offered Black Friday deals for a week. Walmart kicked off a new round of sales Dec. 13. Even Target, which has seen a relatively strong year, ramped up its deals before being hit by a credit-card breach that affected up to 40 million shoppers. Now the retail giant is going further to draw in
JAE C. HONG (AP)
D.C. Late-Night Deals National stores aren’t the only ones getting in on the holiday shopping madness. The Mansion on O Street is holding a “Procrastinators Sale” today with progressively deeper discounts as the day progresses. The sale on furniture, books, clothing, jewelry and knickknacks runs from 10 a.m. to 12:01 a.m. Admission is free. 2020 O Street NW; omansion.com/ christmas_sale. (E XPRESS)
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Romo May Miss Game Vs. Philly NFL Dallas coach Jason Garrett says Tony Romo hasn’t been ruled out for a winner-take-all finale against Philadelphia after injuring his back against Washington. Garrett said Monday that Romo will get treatment and be evaluated daily. He said the Cowboys were looking to add a third quarterback behind backup Kyle Orton. Romo injured his back in Sunday’s 24-23 win over Washington, which set up the Cowboys’ third straight regular-season ﬁnale with the NFC East title on the line. Romo, 33, lost the previous two against the New York Giants and the Redskins, and another one in 2008 against the Eagles. Romo had back surgery in April and missed all the offseason workouts. Orton hasn’t started a game since 2011. SCHUYLER DIXON (AP)
TV Lineup COLLEGE FOOTBALL (8 P.M., ESPN) Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks was second in the country in catches (120) and receiving yards (1,670). He’ll lead the Beavers against Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl.
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Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo injured his back in Sunday’s win.
Coach Mike Shanahan and the Washington Redskins have lost seven straight games, including Sunday’s 24-23 defeat to the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field.
An Unavoidable Exodus Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan didn’t take a final glance around FedEx Field as he neared the tunnel after Sunday’s loss. It seems there’s no looking back now. A coach who just suffered his second straight one-point loss would normally be slumped at the postgame podium By Rick — too exhausted Snider and frustrated to say more than a few words. But Shanahan looked relaxed. It’s as if he has made peace with what’s coming as he enters the season finale against the New York Giants with a 24-39 record in Washington. Shanahan wasn’t the only person exiting FedEx Field for the ﬁnal time Sunday. Probably half the players and the entire coaching staff won’t be back. It’s time to rebuild once again. With a loss to the Giants, the
Redskins (3-12) would match the 1994 team for the most losses in franchise history. Washington has a young quarterback, running back, tight end and left tackle, plus a receiver who just broke the team’s single-season record for most catches. That’s not a bad offensive core. But the defense has seven free agent starters, with linebacker Brian Orakpo and cornerback DeAngelo Hall the only ones worth keeping. And no matter how much players talk of staying, money always wins. Players will also head to winning organizations rather than stay with this dysfunctional one. All special teams players are gone, too. Why keep any? Dallas set up a touchdown off a 62-yard
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punt return against the league’s worst unit. The only person off special teams that should return is kicker Kai Forbath. It’s hard to ﬂip a roster by 50 percent, but the Redskins’ problems lie far deeper than their coach, whose Pro Football Hall of Fame candidacy has been shredded in his four years with Washington. Forget rumors of Shanahan heading to Houston or elsewhere. When the coaching carousel stops, Shanahan will be retired. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will be lucky to ﬁnd
Probably half the players and the entire coaching staﬀ won’t be back. It’s time to rebuild once again.
a similar job in the league, and it’s too late for a head coaching college job. The playcalling was shaky, but an even shakier relationship with the marquee quarterback is much more harmful. Kyle Shanahan is now damaged goods. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett will ﬁnd work. Once again, his defense grew better over the season. However, Haslett never gained the right 3-4 personnel, rarely possessed anything of a secondary and was forced to use duct tape by the carton. The Redskins can’t replace everyone in one offseason, but they must gain a new offensive line and keep Orakpo and Hall. Washington must ﬁnd a special teams coach who threatens players’ livelihoods if they leave their lanes. Monday, bloody Monday can’t come fast enough. Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter @Snide_Remarks
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Fields of The Lord Justin Kavanaugh, a sports performance coach, remembers the first time he walked into the church recommended by a friend. As he explored the hulking building amid the strip malls of Chantilly, Va., he was awfully confused. He saw the trio of turf ﬁelds, the weight room, the group exercise studio and the massive basketball court. “I was looking for stained-glass windows,” Kavanaugh says. Fancy panes might not last long at the nZone, an 83,000-squarefoot athletic training facility offering ﬁtness classes, youth programs and leagues, which is also home to New Life Christian Church. The only sign that there’s anything religious about the place are a few banners on the walls. “Fairfax County is not the Bible Belt. This is an area where churches haven’t necessarily been perceived as good things,” says Brett Andrews, the pastor who founded New Life two decades ago. So when his congregation ﬁnally secured the funds to buy a building, he was determined not to put up a typical church. Dropping $10 million on a place that would sit empty most of the week didn’t make sense, Andrews says. And when New Life solicited advice on what folks in the area could use, the same response kept coming up: “We need more stuff
to get kids off the street.” Two years ago, the congregation opened the nZone in a former Anheuser-Busch distribution plant. To Andrews, it’s a chance “to show the love of God in a practical way.” And although nZone staff members take pains not to proselytize, there is a religious fervor to how they approach their mission. Anyone who walks in should get more than a workout, says Creed Branson, who’s both New Life’s executive minister and president of the nZone, which is operated as a nonproﬁt. “We want them to experience God,” he says. Ever yone i nvolve d, f rom Andrews on down, has a stock answer for how exactly they can pull that off: “By providing the best customer service in Northern Virginia.” That seems to translate into beaming smiles, frequent handshakes and bargain prices. Whatever the nZone is doing is working for retired Redskins star Darrell Green, who regularly plays basketball there with a group of guys. “They let me score a point every once in a while,” the 53-year-old Hall of Famer jokes. Green belongs to a church about a mile away, but he feels just as welcome when he enters the nZone. “The environment is so safe, healthy and encouraging — I wish we had one in every neighborhood and community,” Green says. It was this vibe that f irst brought Morris Zamora, 49, through the doors. The Chantilly resident coaches children’s soccer,
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ished, the church supplies are swiftly stacked up and rolled away, and the nZone is back in business. By the following day, it’s tough to imagine the place as anything other than an athletic facility. On the turf, some teenage boys are stretching in a corner while younger girls have a soccer lesson. Adults are sweating through a set of pushups in the group exercise studio. Other folks are running on treadmills, taking martial arts classes, practicing their dribbling skills and working with Kavanaugh, who
Brendan Robinson, 10, practices basketball on the courts where services are held.
The three turf fields at the nZone are regularly used by athletes of all ages.
and the nZone offered a place for his team to host a party at the end of the season. After having a positive experience and hearing raves from relatives about the gym, Zamora decided to give religious services a try, too. His family has been coming for a little more than a year. “The kids love it. We have to drag them out of here,” he said on a recent Sunday, pointing to the turf ﬁeld where youngsters have an abbreviated service and then can run around. Zamora and hundreds of other older churchgoers instead walk to the basketball courts, which are transformed every weekend with giant carpet squares and comfy chairs. When Service No. 3 is ﬁn-
The nZone (14550 Lee Road, Chantilly, Va.; 703-266-0118, thenzone.com) offers fitness memberships ($25 a month) in addition to a wide array of training programs and leagues for athletes of all ages (prices vary). It’s also possible to pay to rent fields, courts or rooms.
runs some of his Sport and Speed Institute courses at the facility. The church affiliation is part of the appeal for several visitors, including Alvin Martin, 48, who regularly makes the trek from Stafford, Va., with his 10-year-old son, also named Alvin. They ended up here after an Internet search for indoor athletic facilities, and they didn’t have a clue about the New Life connection until they explored the place. But he likes the effect it has. “I don’t see a lot of negativity. No one is yelling and cursing,” Martin says. Centreville, Va., resident Brenda McEwen, 60, has been a ﬁtness member since February. It’s a lowpressure environment compared to other gyms she’s attended. “A t some plac e s, you ge t stuff shoved down your throat,” she says. “If you’re here, you can just work on your temple.” VICK Y HALLET T (E XPRESS)
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How much of a deal-breaker do you think it is when one person in a couple (I won’t say which) is someone who would always rather stay in with a movie or a quiet night and the other would always prefer going out to clubs and parties? The relationship is strong in other ways, but weekends are always a battle. POL AR OPPOSITES
Please, No More Spoilers! My sister spoils my children by buying them expensive things that we don’t even want them to have for every holiday, random visits, etc. I’ve told her I don’t want her trying to buy their love. She says this is what good aunts do and nothing is going to stop her. FRUSTR ATED SISTER If she thinks that buying stuff — especially stuff that kids’ parents don’t want them to have — is the way to be a good aunt, her mind needs opening. The gift of time together will create far more memories than Colored Plastic Item No. 17. Maybe her behavior comes from an insecurity (“I have no other qualities they’d be interested in”), laziness (“Kids love stuff, right? Let me just click ‘Place order!’ ”) or even
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a sense of one-upmanship (“Their Mom won’t get them this — let me show them I’m way cooler”). Try to meet her where she is, being sensitive to these underlying vulnerabilities and motivations. If a more heartfelt talk doesn’t get through, then you ﬁnd ways to cope. Maybe you can intercept and store the toys in a closet for a later date or frisk her as she walks through the door (only semi-kidding).
Here’s the funny thing about dealbreakers: If someone thinks something is a deal-breaker, then bam, it is. Like magic! So my idea of a deal-breaker doesn’t matter at all in your relationship. You’ve got to analyze these “battles” — and see how intractable and signiﬁcant they are. Would one or both of you be bothered by spending one night a week apart? What are the ways in which you DO connect, and are those strong enough to power you through the times when your social lives might feel a bit disconnected? Where is the middle ground between loud clubs and Netﬂixing in sweatpants? What might happen down the road, if kids or other commitments make the homebody life more necessary? Keep talking, keep trying, keep compromising — it’s the only way to get your answer.
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Send your questions to Dr. Andrea Bonior at baggage@read express.com. Andrea is a local clinical psychologist and author of the book “The Friendship Fix” (friendshipfix.com).
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Ben Stiller plays a daydreamer gone wild in the affective ‘Walter Mitty’ reboot
1966 animated feature about a grinch who sets out to spoil Christmas for the citizens of Whoville is followed at 8:30 p.m. by the 2000 Jim Carrey live-action adaptation.
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‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ (NBC) Facing financial ruin, George Bailey is pulled from suicidal despair by an angel who shows him what a terrible place the world would be if he’d never lived.
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‘A Christmas Story’ (TBS) The 1983 holiday classic airs nonstop for the next 24 hours, as a little boy yearns to find a Red Ryder BB gun under the Christmas tree.
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‘Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale’ (NBC) Another chance to see the singer’s musical special, loosely based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” in which she learns some lessons about the meaning of the holiday. (TRIBUNE MEDIA)
Marketed as Ben Stiller’s bend toward drama, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” ﬁnds the actor, who also directed the feature, exuding super-human strength while jumping between buildings and battling his nemesis as they surf asphalt. The lampoon-like scenarios seem far too fanciful when attempting to take Stiller seriously. But these are just the narratives the title character weaves in his mind. In reality, Walter Mitty, played by a poised and sincere Stiller, is an insecure photo editor with an affinity for daydreaming. Adapted from James Thurber’s short story of the same name, the outlandish scenes in “Mitty” bring the most memorable element of the original tale — reality bending — to the forefront. Thurber’s sarcastic narrative found Walter Mitty at odds with his bickering wife and escaping his humdrum life by daydreaming he was a war hero, surgeon and sharpshooter. The ﬁrst rendering of “Mitty,” which maintained Thurber’s comedic tone, was realized on ﬁlm in 1947. It starred Danny Kaye, who this time battled with an overbearing mother. Written by Steven Conrad, the contemporary rendition, in which Jim Carrey was originally sup-
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In “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” Ben Stiller plays the title character, an insecure photo editor with an affinity for daydreaming.
posed to star, sees the real world altered with such wild inﬂection that it’s hard to digest. Visual techniques like interspersing the text of the opening credits into Walter’s surroundings, prove to be the most innovative and clever effect of the picture. Luckily, the CGImarred moments ﬂood only the ﬁrst 30 minutes of the ﬁlm, allowing for a loaded, inspiring experience familiar to other serious Conrad works like “The Pursuit of Happyness.” In the new “Mitty,” Stiller’s Walter works at Life magazine, which is transitioning from print to digital. A brilliantly vexing Adam Scott plays Ted Hendricks, the ringleader of a band of executives who’ve come
‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ (PG) OPENS WEDNESDAY Director: Ben Stiller Stars: Stiller, Kristen Wiig In a Nutshell: Loosely based on James Thurber’s 1939 story about a man who can’t stop daydreaming.
to supervise the completion of the last issue and ﬁre a large chunk of the magazine’s staff. In this take, it’s Ted who acts as the villain. He takes to bullying Walter, who must pin down the negative image for the ﬁnal issue’s cover. Walter consistently spaces
out, especially when he’s fantasizing about his co-worker, Cheryl (played sweetly by Kristen Wiig). Unable to locate the image, which was shot by a long-standing Life magazine photographer, Sean O’Connell (Sean Penn), Walter heads to Greenland where he hopes to ﬁnd Sean and his coveted shot. Once there, Walter jumps out of a helicopter only to be nearly eaten by a shark when landing in the ocean. It’s such a heart-pounding experience that even Walter wonders if what he just endured was real. But, alas, Walter’s ﬁnally having actual adventures, as his capacity for taking risks increases. JESSICA HERNDON (AP)
Also opening Christmas Day Leonardo DiCaprio, left, stars as a stock swindler in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’ iiThe late South African leader’s life is the subject of ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.’ iiKeanu Reeves stars in the martial-arts adventure ‘47 Ronin.’ iiA man falls in love with his Siri-like operating system in ‘Her.’ ii‘Grudge Match’ is a comedy about two aging boxing rivals. (E XPRESS)
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“I think they should work on a bill, not trying to be funny on twitter.” — @DFRIEDMAN33 ON TWITTER reacts
to Sen. Rand Paul’s “airing of grievances,” a tradition of Festivus (the holiday made up on “Seinfeld” by George Costanza’s father). The Kentucky Republican, above, tweeted: “One more Festivus grievance about bipartisanship. @CoryBooker doesn’t RT me enough.” Democratic N.J. Sen. Cory Booker responded: “U, me & ‘feats of strength:’ Senate ﬂoor, name the time.”
“Here’s a secret: D.C.’s what you make of it. If you want to be a callous climber, you can do so, just as you can do so in Dallas or Los Angeles or Atlanta or wherever else Real Housewives are grown.”
“Truck — check. Dirt road — check. Sugar shaker in paintedon jeans — check.”
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music critic Grady Smith tried to compile a list of the Top 10 Best Country Albums of 2013, he realized that all the chart-topping songs’ lyrics were carbon copies of one another. To encourage more creativity, Smith made a video in hopes that the genre’s fans “will stop settling for this derivative junk.” He added: “Here’s to better music in 2014.”
on Sam Youngman’s essay for Politico Magazine called “Take This Town and Shove It,” in which Youngman — a former Reuters reporter — tells political reporters to leave Washington because “it’s messing you up more than you know.” The often narcissistic take prompted multiple journalists to pen their own thoughts on working in D.C.
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“Have you ever shared something on social media that you have later regretted?” — WRITER SUNNYCHANEL ASKS A VALID QUESTION ON BABBLE.COM
days after PR executive Justine Sacco tweeted: “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” before boarding a plane. While Sacco was in the air, her words set the Internet on ﬁre and inspired the hashtag #HasJustineLandedYet. Sacco, who was born in South Africa, later apologized in a statement about the tweet that cost her her job.
“Or, it’s a good way to thin down that out of control Christmas shopping list.” — COMMENTER GRANITESENTRY AT IDEAS.TIME.COM adds another good
explanation as to why, according to writer Marina Adshade, many couples break up in the two weeks before the Christmas holidays. Reasons include more forced social outings, which prompt conﬂicts, and a view of gift-giving as an unwelcome chore rather than a search for the perfect present.
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GEMINI (May 21-June 20) If you have more days like today, the unusual may well become the usual, and the unexpected the expected. Be ready for anything. CANCER (June 21-July 22) It’s a good day for sneaking up on someone who least expects it. In the end, the surprise will prove more than pleasurable. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You will want to take a break from your usual routine to tend to some unusual developments on the home front.
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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You are harboring certain feelings that are just aching to come out. Today you may have the perfect opportunity to open up.
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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Selfindulgence may not be punished in the usual way, so feel free to enjoy yourself more than usual — but don’t take it too far.
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Kate Winslet and husband Ned Rocknroll have named their new baby boy Bear Winslet, People magazine reported. Bear was born Dec. 7 at a National Health Service hospital near the couple’s home in West Sussex, England. Rocknroll, formerly known as Abel Smith, works on his uncle Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space tourism project. Bear is Winslet’s third child. (EXPRESS)
Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, below right, says that “Duck Dynasty” is important to state tourism — and he could help connect the Robertson family with new producers if they cannot reach agreement with the A&E network. A&E suspended Phil Robertson, below left, last week for comments he made to GQ magazine about gays. (AP)
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On Sunday, Nick Jonas shot a music video with his girlfriend, Olivia Culpo, E! News reported. The two were filmed strolling on the Coney Island boardwalk in New York. When Culpo, 2012’s Miss Universe, handed over her crown this year, she said, “To the very special person who puts a smile on my face every day, I can’t wait to start this new chapter with you.” (EXPRESS)
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Anna Paquin’s only scene in the upcoming movie “X-Men: Days of Future Past” landed on the cutting-room floor, Entertainment Weekly reported. Paquin won’t be reprising her role as Rogue in the seventh installment of the franchise because her scene “became extraneous” as the film evolved, said director Bryan Singer. “It’s very disappointing, but she’s very professional and she knows that stuff happens,” he explained. (E XPRESS)
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