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4 — DC Scenes 5 — Up and Coming 6-7 — Downtown Observer

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8 —Opinion 10 —Ask the Realtor 12 -13 — Real Estate Downtown Sales DT Featured Property

Contributors Jack Evans Margaret Loewith Bill Starrels Jordan Wright Kathy Corrigall John Blee Donna Evers Veena Trehan Jody Kurash

Linda Roth Conte Mary Bird Stacey Murphy Robert Devaney Renee Garfinkel Dave Nyczepir Rebekah Richards Robert Devaney Katherine Tallmadge

14-15 — Museum/Performance 16-17 — Cover Story Secret Valor 18 — Town Topics Vet Lee Morgan Aims to Heal War Wounds

Photographers Yvonne Taylor Neshan Naltchayan Malek Naz Freidouni

Tom Wolff Jeff Malet Robert Devaney

19 — In Country 22-23 — Food & Wine Wright on Food Cocktail of the Week

Advertising Charlie Louis Justin Shine Elle Fergusson

Graphic Design Alyssa Loope Jen Merino Counsel Juan Chardiet, Attorney

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29-31 — Social Scene Sugar Plum Bazaar Junior League of Washington Flax Trust Georgetown Senior Center’s Last Day Kitty Kelley & The Women’s Forum of Washington, DC Lab School Gala

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The 2010 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree – a 67-foot Engelmann Spruce from Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest – arrived at the West Front of the Capitol at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 29. The tree will be lit by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi during a ceremony beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 7, on the West Front Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.



Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) abruptly walks out of his ethics trial after the House Ethics Committee refused to delay the proceedings. Rangel argued in his opening statement that he did not have enough time to find new legal representation. Rangel faces charges relating to13 counts of fundraising and financial conduct that allegedly violated House rules. The trial took place in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on November 15, 2010.

New members of Congress select their new offices by lottery. Lowest number picks first. Terri Sewell (D-AL) picks number 5 out of 85.

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1. Marist freshman quarterback Chuckie Looney is chased by Georgetown junior Jayah Kaisamba. The Georgetown University football team (4-7) defeated the Marist Red Foxes (3-8) 14-7 on Saturday November 20 in Georgeotwn in the final game of the season. 2. JaVale McGee goes high for the ball while teammate Andray Blatche of the Washington Wizards takes a hand to the face from Marreese Speights of the Philadelphia 76ers under the basket during overtime. The Wizards

came back from a 15 point fourth-quarter deficit and defeated the 76ers in an overtime thriller at the Verizon Center in Washington DC on November 23, 2010. 3. Newly elected freshman members of the upcoming 112th Congress pose for a class photo on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on November 19, 2010 in Washington, DC. They have just completed a week of orientation prior to taking office in January.

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On November 19, the Metropolitan Police Department announced that Assistant Chief Diane Groomes had been placed on administrative leave. The move was the result of accusations that Groomes compromised an officer training test. WTOP reported that Groomes aided commanders who failed to complete written exam in the time allotted. The Post followed up with At-Large Councilmember Phil Mendelson, who revealed she provided test answers to top officers whose open-book exams were overdue. In her 20 years on the force, Groomes has developed quite a rapport with the community. Under her leadership, and that of Chief Cathy L. Lanier, D.C. has witnessed a decline in crime. Unfortunately, her lack of professionalism in this instance may give Mayor-elect Vince Gray reason to replace Lanier. Department internal affairs is currently investigating the full extent of the scandal, but in the meantime, councilmembers’ phones have been ringing incessantly with D.C. residents calling to express their continued support of Groomes. For her part, Groomes issued a formal apology Friday, but that may not be enough to save her from further disciplinary action.


Late Monday, November 22, a fire was reported near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. A propane tank, used for heating inside the park service informational booth, ignited. While the fire

was contained without injury, the 10-by-20 foot structure suffered heavy damage. HazMat was on site to assist, but the cause was deemed accidental. DC Fire suspects the fire was most likely due to a leak in the propane heater. The kiosk, itself, stood for nearly 20 years. Souvenirs were sold there, and, more importantly, Vietnam veterans manned it in order to talk to visitors and answer their questions about those still considered MIA. Rolling Thunder, the POW/MIA awareness group, plans to rebuild the structure as it was. The kiosk was the last of four that once served the public on site. According to the Washington Post, the cost to replace lost inventory, propane and gas heating, and electric generators could add up to around $10,000. In the past, booth sales went towards dinners for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans receiving treatment at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital. Additionally, Rolling Thunder has lobbied Congress to continue the search for those MIA.


Those hoping to get their Marion Barry-sponsored turkey, on November 23, were forced to wait an extra day. Many D.C. residents turned up for Barry’s turkey giveaway, at Union Temple Baptist Church in Anacostia, only to leave empty-handed. The Ward 8 representative expressed his disappointment with Giant Foods for failing to deliver the turkeys early that morning. The reason for the holdup—Barry hadn’t paid Giant for the delivery. In a press release, Barry blamed Giant, citing “corporate inflexibility,” despite the fact he had

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not paid in full. While Barry accused Giant of depriving people of a Thanksgiving meal, after he paid the check for $26,000, Giant proved more than willing to deliver the 2,000 turkeys the next day. In a response to Barry’s statements, Giant underscored its commitment to the community and efforts to alleviate hunger in southeast D.C. On the day in question, Barry had raised $17,000 of the promised $26,000 and only sent Giant $2,000. As a result, 250 turkeys were sent out that Tuesday, but they were intended for community institutions rather than walk-ins. The remainder was delivered at 9 a.m. the following morning, after Barry came up with the pledged amount.


The azalea collection at the United States National Arboretum, in northeast D.C., is about to get smaller. The display, stretching across a hill playfully dubbed Mount Hamilton, cannot be maintained due to lack of funds. Loss of grant money is forcing the National Arboretum to remove just shy of 20% of their azalea population. This means 10,000 azaleas will be disposed of, with 40,000 remaining. The removal process will involve the bushes being chopped down and coated with herbicides—a sad fate for plants that attract approximately 100,000 people between April and May. While the USNA assures that the azaleas being destroyed will not affect the efforts of the Agricultural Research Service, which uses the azaleas to breed new hybrids, some remain dissatisfied.

A small campaign has arisen, dedicated to preserving the entire azalea collection. Though the USNA has already agreed to reevaluate its decision, if it cannot find a way to make up the loss of its $110,000 annual trust, which expires in 2012, it will be forced to go through with its original plan. USNA leadership continues to assert that through strategic removal, visitors won’t even know what they’ve missed.


From December 7 to the 12, Cirque Dreams is putting on a holiday performance far more thrilling than your average rendition of the “Nutcracker”. The extraordinary acrobatic show features 30 artists dressed as gingerbread men, toy soldiers, snowmen, and ice fairies. Expect somersaults, hula-hoops, and breathtaking feats for older audiences. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. on the weekend, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Ticket prices range from $31 to $82.


Bill Simmons, a.k.a. The Sports Guy, will be in town December 8. Last year, his book, “The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy,” debuted at the top of The New York Times nonfiction bestseller list. Now that his work is in paperback form, Simmons is headed to D.C. for a book signing. The signing will take place at the Borders on 18th and L Streets. The event starts at 6:20 pm. With his book considered by many to be the authoritative guide to the NBA, this is must for diehard fans of the sport and Simmons’ compelling sports writing.

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Kent.Beautifully crafted colonial on a quiet cul de sac: transverse hall. lg liv rm and din rm, library w/ frpl, country kitchen w/ granite counters & island; deck; 4 Brs 5.5 Bas; 2-car garage. $1,995,000

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Chevy Chase. Beautiful frame Georgian colonial with luxurious appointments, 8000 sf living space, 5 Brs, 5.5 Bas, library, chef’s kitchen/ fam rm opening to lg deck and back yard; 2-car garage. $1,689,000

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Elegant Enclave

Georgetown/ Hillandale. Spacious 3 Br, 3.5 Bath w/ elevator to all 4 flrs; 2-story LR w/frpl, dramatic MBR, kitchen w/ bkfst rm, lovely patio; comm. tennis & pool. $1,350,000

Grand Dame

Chevy Chase. Grand 1920’s colonial on large crnr lot: high ceilings, large rooms, LR w/frpl, DR, study, eat-in kitchen, side porch, 5 Brs, 3.5 Bas; garage and OSP. $949,000

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Wonderful Woodley

The Woodley. Sleek & sunlit 1 Br, 1 Ba apt in vintage bldg has high ceilings, super kitchen w/ granite. $379,000

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From the Heart

Ch Ch , DC/ Friendship Hts. Smartly updated TH on quiet street walking distance to Metro, shops restaurants: LR w/ frpl, DR, chef’s kitchen, fam rm, 4 Brs, 3.5 Bas incl. sep in-law suite; parking. $829,000

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ThreeStory Treat

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Sleek & Sassy

Capitol Hill. Chic renovation of 2 vintage buildings: 4 super apartments with 1 Br + den, 1 Ba; French drs, hardwood flrs, sparkling kitchen and baths. $179,000-$209,000

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