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niquely Nasty” sounds like shredded, burned,” Francis said. “We an episode straight out still are in the frontier of knowing of Anthony Bourdain’s what happened these past 60 years. playbook for “Parts Unknown,” I read 50,000 pages of material and where the travel and food writer it was a real eye opener. It’s a core consumes fermented shark and cobra of animus running from 1951, when heart, but it isn’t. This “Uniquely J. Edgar Hoover launched his sex Nasty,” which refers to the U.S. deviant program, to the present day.” government’s alleged war on gays, Francis estimates that over is by Yahoo! investigative reporter330,000 of these files were being turned-documentarian Michael stored in FBI headquarters as late as Isikoff. A former Newsweek and the 1970s. Michael Isikoff (center) answers a question during a post-screening panel NBC News reporter, Isikoff is also “I’m a history buff,” Isikoff told moderated by the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart (left). Photo by Liz Linch. the co-author (with David Corn) of the crowd. “So, on a separate track, “Hubris,” a New York Times best“Advise and Consent” was always one seller about Iraq. my favorite Washington movies. I’ve “I’ve always been interested probably seen it about six times. It’s in FBI abuses and what our this great rich tale of a confirmation government does in our name battle for a secretary of state that’s without the public knowing about sort of loosely based on Whittaker it,” Isikoff said at the film’s premiere Chambers and Alger Hiss. Charges at E Street Cinema. “That’s been come forward that the nominee used something I have spent many years to be a communist. He denies it and devoted to.” then this whole gay thing comes out Synopsis: “Uniquely Nasty” at you from left field. You have no explores a dark and little-known idea it’s coming and it blows up.” chapter in America’s recent political past, when work that he was doing: and it blew me away.” The feedback so far has been “awesome,” gays and lesbians were barred from working Isikoff says he’s been in Washington a long Isikoff says. “A lot of folks — even sophisticated for the federal government and the FBI, time but had no idea the story was based Washington journos and pols — are saying through its “sex deviates” program, secretly on Lester Hunt, a U.S. Senator (and former they had no idea about some of what we reveal collected hundreds of thousands of files on governor) of Wyoming who committed suicide in the documentary, particularly the Lester the sex lives of American citizens containing in 1954 after his son was arrested for soliciting Hunt story. previously unseen government memos by FBI sex from an undercover male police officer in The filmmakers tracked down the son, director J. Edgar Hoover and John Steele, a top Lafayette Park. Lester Hunt, Jr., now 87 years old and living lawyer for the U.S. Civil Service Commission, The film centers on Francis, once a close in Chicago, and for the first time he tells the who asserted that gays were “not suitable” for friend of George W. Bush, who served as his whole story on camera. federal employment. emissary to the gay community in the 2000 “It was a real eye-opener for me,”Isikoff “This is not an issue I had ever focused on campaign and then grew disillusioned in says.“When you listen to [former Massachusetts until earlier this year through my friend Glenn 2004 when Bush’s re-election campaign used Rep.] Barney Frank, who is openly gay, Simpson, a dogged investigative reporter who gay marriage as a wedge issue. He joined the describe how ‘Advise and Consent’ helped put me in touch with Charles Francis, our Q&A panel moderated by the Washington keep him in the closet for years, this has to hero,” Isikoff says. “I had lunch with Charles in Post’s Jonathan Capehart. “I learned that LGBT be one of the most consequential Washington February and he was laying out some of the political history is oftentimes buried, deleted, political stories that nobody knows.”

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always knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur. At the age of five, I hired my sister to be the secretary of my imaginary company in exchange for doing her chores.Years later, I learned that the key to success as a female business leader is more than a big desk or horn-rimmed glasses; it takes an entire team, “always believing” in one goal. Many of the values I hold today I learned at Boys & Girls Club of Dayton, Ohio, which became a second home for my siblings and me while our single mother worked three jobs. The dance team taught me collaboration and encouraged my passion for music. Academic programs helped me succeed in school and gave me the confidence to pursue my dreams. Caring adult mentors instilled the importance of responsibility, leadership and compassion. Based on these values I founded the Always Believing Foundation with my husband Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley – to empower youth to stand up, be heard and take action – because every child deserves a great future. Yet every day in America, 11 million kids leave school with no place to go. They risk being unsupervised, unguided and unsafe.Youth violence, childhood obesity and high school dropout rates in our country today are cause for alarm. One of the keys to change – to protecting

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the American Dream – is clear: engaging kids during the out-of-school time. Boys & Girls Clubs fill the gap between school and home for nearly 4 million youth in 4,100 communities across the country – including more than 11,500 kids in greater Washington, D.C. Boys & Girls Clubs’ proof of impact is showcased best in the personal success stories of more than 16 million Club alumni. Their power and support from our families, friends and business networks empower Clubs to serve more kids, more often. Together, we can truly redefine the opportunity equation, so that the time spent in school, plus time out of school, equals Great Futures for America’s youth. I am proud to be a part of the Alumni Club, and I encourage all former Boys & Girls Club kids to re-engage with the mission that contributed to our success. If you haven’t experienced the impact of Boys & Girls Clubs firsthand, you can witness it at the 2015 National Youth of the Year Celebration here in Washington, D.C. When I attended the event last year for the first time, I was moved by Club members’ incredible stories including their leadership achievements and ambitious plans for the future, despite overcoming significant adversity. My hope is that you’ll join the business

leaders, philanthropists, dignitaries and celebrity Club alumni at this special event to advocate for America’s most deserving, inspiring youth and to witness the embodiment of Boys & Girls Clubs’ incredible mission. There’s no greater feeling than giving back to an organization that gave so much to me, an organization that is determined to create opportunities and equal access for all of America’s children. I continue to be inspired by the youth I meet from Boys & Girls Clubs, like Maryah Sullivan, the 2014-15 National Youth of the Year. Maryah said it best: “The Club is my constant reminder of hope that I can be anything I want to be. At Boys & Girls Club, I found confidence. I found a home.” Maryah, I know exactly what you mean. Monique Idlett-Mosley is a BGCA alumna and a globally recognized entertainment pioneer. The National Youth of the Year Gala will take place September 29th at the National Building Museum. For more information please call 202.507.6673 or email spolis@bgca.org.

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A WHOLE NEW BALL GAME: make such a specific connection. The social calendar tends to be Of course, the big question for crowded in June — a last burst of decision makers at the Kennedy activity before the summer dolCenter/WNO is whether the ball drums and the collective exodus will lose its allure if ticket-holders to the Eastern Shore, Newport, don’t get the chance of waltzing Aspen, the Hamptons or Europe. in the more or less elegant halls of There are a number of embassy a big embassy. national day celebrations, a ROYAL MESSAGE: It has never couple movie festivals, a handful been entirely clear why the of receptions for special causes sailing ship Hermione, a replica and, of course, the Washington of the French frigate of the same National Opera Ball, one of the name in which the Marquis de high points of the season. Lafayette sailed to America to But at the ball, held in the join the War of Independence, Ger man Embassy residence was built over years of patient (architect O. M. Unger’s bold, effort and at great cost. To angular take on Natchez anteboost the ailing port city of La bellum mansions), talk was that Rochelle, where both ships were this year’s event would be a grand built separated by two centuries? finale — at least in its present Not so, says the project’s Amerformat. According to reliable ican originator, Public relations sources — not confirmed by the man Benedict Donnelly. Glorify WNO, but not denied either — Lafayette, a patron saint of the from 2016 the ball will no longer Revolution in the U.S.? But he’s be a movable feast staged in a difalways been disliked — and even ferent embassy or embassy residespised — by the French. For dence each year, but will have a one thing, as royalist commander fixed venue in the Kennedy of the National Guard he was Center. The pre-ball dinners on the wrong side of the French in various embassies for ticket Huberta von Voss Wittig and German Amb. Peter Wittig with Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter at the Washington National Opera Ball (Photo by Revolution, and once ordered holders will continue. The issue Tony Powell) troops to fire on a mob, killing is whether the current format is the most effective way of achieving the sions that can be related in some way to the more than 100 people. Testimony to U.S.event’s primary purpose, namely raising funds. embassy’s own interests or that will in some French relations? Hardly. Did that really need David Rubenstein, chairman of the Kennedy specific foster and deepen bi-lateral relations. the help of an old/new ship? Then along Center, announced that the ball had netted Hence German Ambassador Peter Wit- comes Segolene Royal, France’s minister of $700,000, which was respectable, but far short tig’s “We’re doing this because you’re doing the environment, to put it all in perspective. Wagner” speech at the ball making the con- Lafayette’s commitment to the American fight of some previous years. The shift comes at a time when many nection with the WNO’s plans to stage for independence, it turns out, should inspire embassies are becoming more selective about Richard Wagner’s “Ring Cycle” in its coming us to greater environmental awareness. “Lafaythe charity events they agree to host. With season, and thus hammering the event firmly ette had a revolution to save, we have a planet the exception of some causes that are sui into the context of the embassy’s cultural to save,” she said at Mount Vernon in June, generis — for example, cancer research — the diplomacy. Seasoned ball goers couldn’t recall where Hermione began its stately progress up general trend is toward hosting social occa- any ambassador at a previous ball bothering to the East Coast

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STAMPOUTABUSE: The DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP) Voices Against Violence event featured a surprise visit from Vice President Joe Biden and his son and daughter-in-law Hunter and Kathleen Biden. The hosts, Japanese Amb. Kenchiro Sasae and his wife Nobuko, graciously posed for selfies with guests. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand accepted DCVLP’s Champion of Justice Award for her work on behalf of domestic violence survivors. More than 200 benefactors helped to raise over $370,000. Rep. Gwen Moore, event co-chairwoman Tisha Hyter (who made a moving announcement that she herself was a domestic abuse survivor) and White House Advisor on Violence Against Women Carrie Beinger-Lopez were spotted throughout the evening discussing how to advance efforts to protect women. DCVLP provides legal services to domestic violence survivors, at-risk children and others with critical needs, and in 2014 it helped more than 1,600 people and provided more than 10,000 hours of free legal aid.

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CONTINUINGTHELEGACY: Over 400 guests, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, labor union activist Terry O’Sullivan and radio host Bill Press, helped raise $550,000 for the Roosevelt Institute at the FDR Distinguished Public Service Awards honoring Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Xavier Becerra and IBEW International President Ed Hill, whose careers exemplify President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s dedication to public service. The evening also celebrated the May release of Roosevelt Institute Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz’s “Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy,” which the New York Times called “an aggressive blueprint for rewriting 35 years of policies.” The report exposes the link between the rapidly rising fortunes of America’s wealthiest citizens and increasing economic insecurity for everyone else. VIEWALLTHEPHOTOSATWWWWASHINGTONLIFECOM

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ugh Kaufman’s childhood is filled with memories of baseball diamonds, humid summer nights at the ballpark and the sense of pride that only comes from sticking by a team for which a W was so rare that it was cause for citywide celebration. One of his earliest memories is riding a trolley car to Griffith Stadium with his parents to see the Washington Senators and first baseman MickeyVernon tossing a baseball to him in the stands. “I was absolutely thrilled and it’s a day I still remember 60-plus years later,” Kaufman says. “That’s baseball for you.” An entire generation of Washingtonians was stripped of the opportunity to make these memories when the District endured a 34-year baseball drought after the Senators departed for Arlington,Texas in 1971. Gone were the familyfriendly outings to RFK where mom and dad held tightly to sticky hands itching to wolf down another hotdog; gone was a father’s chance to bond with his son who sat on the edge of his seat, legs swinging lazily as he pounded his fist into his glove sure that the next fly ball was coming his way; and gone were the days of hometown

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heroes, as hero worship had been outsourced to Fenway,Wrigley or Yankee stadium.. Some fans were so desperate to once again be participants in America’s pastime that they ventured outside the Beltway to adopt the Orioles or poured their hearts into supporting the exciting, young prospects on teams to which they had no ties. A few diehards, like Kaufman, held out hope that their beloved game would return to Washington and never courted a substitute. But more often than not, the thirst for baseball waned and the city shifted its allegiance to the men of the gridiron to become a town dominated by the Burgundy and Gold. Flash forward 44 years since the last out was recorded in the nation’s capital,. Baseball mania has returned as the Washington Nationals have spent the last decade inching their way back into our hearts. Natitude is sweeping not only the District, but the country and the Curly W is worn as a badge of honor far beyond Nats Park. In 10 years, a nanosecond in baseball time, Washington has clinched two NL East Division Championships, secured the best record in baseball in 2012 and participated in post-season

play twice — something that hadn’t occurred since 1933.They have witnessed countless walkoff home runs and cheered wildly as more and more headline-making players joined their ranks. They’ve become the name on the lips of the baseball cogniscenti and are perennially touted as World Series contenders. “We used to be a city starving for baseball, and now we’re a fan base that’s thirsty for a championship,” says Will Yoder, founder of the Nats Blog. “Starving for baseball isn’t just about having a team, but also having a community that loves it. We have that, and now I think we’re all just trying to take the next step.” The journey has been far from easy and the story is not yet complete without a coveted World Series ring. But ask any dedicated fan whom to thank for the last decade of excitement in Washington and three names will surface: Anthony Williams,Ted Lerner and Mike Rizzo — the three wise men who shepherded the return of America’s pastime to the nation’s capital.

FROM MONTREAL TO WASHINGTON The long wait for baseball to return to the

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District ended at 7:06 p.m. on April 14, 2005 as Liván Hernández hurled a called strike to the mitt of Brian Schneider in front of a sell-out crowd. But the deal that eventually ushered in the new era of baseball in Washington was one that had hung precariously in the balance for years before that evening’s win over the Diamondbacks. The bidding for the flailing Montreal Expos (a team that was bleeding some $45 million a year) began in 2002 after owner Jeffrey Loria sold it to Major League Baseball in February for $120 million. Almost immediately, neighbors Washington, D.C. and Virginia began fighting one another to bring the team to the DMV. “It was an uphill slog all the way,” former Mayor Anthony Williams told Washingtonian Magazine. He faced resistance not only from within his own government, but from forces in Virginia who wanted to see baseball in Northern Virginia, not Washington, D.C. as well as from Baltimore Orioles’ owner Peter Angelos who did not want competition just 40 miles down the road. Most believed that Washington was fighting a losing battle.It had already lost two teams before (the World Series-winning Senators who had left for Minnesota in 1961 and the second incarnation of the Senators who went to Texas in 1971) and had a reputation for government corruption and fiscal mismanagement leftover from the Marion Barry days. As in most business deals, it came down to finances as the MLB was looking to have the cost of the stadium fully fronted by the city where they sent the team, a commitment Northern Virginia was not ready for. After several near misses, numerous changes to the plan, tireless efforts from Williams and some last-minute, unexpected help from Councilmember Jack Evans, Washington got its baseball team and the MLB was guaranteed a fully-funded stadium along the Anacostia River. The 29 owners of the MLB had approved the move 28-1; Angelos was the sole holdout. “I don’t think we would have baseball if it were not for Mayor Williams,” Kaufman says. “I will always be indebted to him for that.”

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As the defending world champions, the Washington Senators raise the 1924 pennant on May 1, 1925 at Griffith Stadium (Photo courtesy Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress)

desperately needed an adopted parent willing to nurture and give it the love and attention a rebuilding franchise would need from an owner, not to mention one with the kind of money that leads to flashy free agent signings. In real estate developer (and Maryland’s wealthiest man) Ted Lerner, the MLB found a match. The District native won out over seven other bidders due to the family nature of his

We used to be a city starving for baseball, and now we’re a fan base that’s thirsty for a championship. bid, which included his son and sons-in-law in the ownership, along with former Atlanta Braves executive Stan Kasten, whom he brought in as team president. His reminiscing on the days where he could spend 25 cents to watch games at Griffith stadium didn’t hurt either. “This has been a long journey. ... While I do apologize for the time, I think history will

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prove it maybe was time well spent,”thenCommissioner Bud Selig said on May 3, 2006 of the $450 million sale. So far, Washington players, management and fans couldn’t agree more, as they all have nothing but high praise for the Lerner family and the direction they have taken the team. From bringing in Mike Rizzo as general manager, and giving him enough free rein to actually make decisions, to taking a risk and spending the $126 million it took to secure Jayson Werth for seven years, the first signing that convinced big name players Washington was a town worth playing in, the Lerner’s are proving that they are in it for the long haul. “When the Lerner family bought the team there was a commitment to running a baseball organization the right way that was extremely self-evident and palpable to fans who were paying attention,” says Scott Ableman, founder of the Let Teddy Win blog.“We knew it would take a while to turn into success on the field, which it has, but it changed things almost immediately.” But the Lerners’ purchase did not come with a blueprint for success.What they inherited from Major League Baseball were a few veteran players whose best days were behind them, several young guys looking to make it in the bigs who didn’t

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Baseball returned to Washington, D.C. after a 34-year hiatus on April 14, 2005 at RFK Stadium in front of a sell-out crowd of 45,596 (Photo courtesy Washington Nationals)

have half the talent of a Bryce Harper or Michael Taylor, and a shell of a farm system.They would have to start from the beginning and create something from nothing more than a name.

BUILDING FROM THE BOTTOM As any child who has been given a shiny new toy knows, those first few days with your new plaything are precious and all-consuming; all other toys pale in comparison to the just-outof-the-box whatnot they had begged, hoped and pleaded for.You’re not yet ready to share and God forbid, you’d fight anyone who had even the slightest negative feelings towards this new object of affection. In 2005, Washington baseball fans could be likened to these children. Finally, the drought had ended and clouds of rust-colored dust would once again be kicked up by metal-spiked cleats at RFK. They were more than ready to unwrap their long-awaited present. A crowd of 45,596 fans, the largest of any Nats home game to date, showed up that fateful April night to see the team soar to a 5-3 victory over the Diamondbacks, with eight shutout innings recorded by Liván Hernández and Vinny Castilla nearly hitting for the cycle. The inaugural season would bring 80 more Ws, 12 interleague wins, the most in the

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national league at the time, and the call-up of “the face of the franchise” Ryan Zimmerman, who would record 23 hits in 58 at bats and become the first Nat to complete the season with a batting average of at least .300 with at least 50 at bats.The 2005 attendance of 2,731,993 for the season and average of 33,728 per game is still a franchise pinnacle. “The first half of the 2005 season was magical,” Kaufman says. “We were in first place in the division which hadn’t happened in Washington since 1933. The whole experience, nothing can surpass it unless they go to a World Series.” “We had a small, rabid fan base when we first started, and as you can imagine we weren’t a very good team in the beginning,” remembers GM Mike Rizzo. “It wasn’t a bandwagon group. They loved having baseball back and were good, hardened fans that knew the game and wanted to see this team grow.” The excitement stemming from newness was fleeting. After the team ended the season in last place, nine games back from the division winning Atlanta Braves, with an 81-81 record, the fan base dwindled considerably. The 2006 season saw a loss of more than a half-million fans with another 200,000-plus departing in

2007, as the Nationals recorded two more losing seasons. With the creation of Nationals Park, attendance for the 2008 season once again boomed with 2,320,400 fans visiting the new stadium despite the team finishing last and putting up a dismal 59-102 record. Attendance hit an all-time low in 2009 with an average of 22,435 fans per game and stayed down for the next two seasons. It got so bleak that in 2009 Kasten infamously committed Washington sports treason and encouraged Philadelphia Phillies fans, the Nationals’ metaphorical enemy, to make the trip down and help fill his vacant stadium. What wasn’t apparent to these casual interlopers who flitted in and out on nights when baseball seemed like a fun idea was the re-building that was happening within every level of the organization, from their Minor League affiliates like the Potomac Nationals in Woodbridge, Va., all the way up to The Show. Long before the household names like Werth, Strasburg, Harper and Scherzer showed up, Rizzo and his team had an aggressive plan for the amateur draft and were implementing consistent player development procedures to create depth from the bottom up and ensure that when the headline-makers inevitably began showing interest in playing in Washington, they’d be ready. He embodied the “slow and steady” approach and knew that what he was looking to build wouldn’t happen overnight. In the past,Washington teams have jumped at the opportunity to snag coveted, high-priced free agents seen as a panacea (Albert Haynesworth comes to mind) and ended up failing miserably. Finally in Rizzo, and Lerner, Washington has a franchise that seeks to fully fix leaky holes in the ship rather than merely covering them with a Band-Aid. “We took the aggressive stance that we were building for longevity,” Rizzo says. “The first order of business was to hire the best and brightest scouting minds and evaluators in baseball so we could be cutting edge in all aspects of analytics. It starts at the ground level with area scouts and minor league coaches and managers. You can see through the roster that we have a lot of players that we have drafted, signed and developed ourselves or used these well-developed players to trade for the big pieces that are now on the major league roster.” After a few years of quickly promoting its top

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prospects due to sheer need at the big league level — think Bryce Harper’s one-and-a-halfyear ascension — the Nationals have rebuilt the depth of their farming system to be sustainable for years to come. Their system jumped from being ranked 23rd overall by Baseball Prospectus in 2013 to 11 this year. They are sitting on possibly the best right-handed pitching prospect in baseball currently with 20-year-old Lucas Giolito, the 16th pick of the 2012 draft, and see great potential for Reynaldo Lopez, Trea Turner and Rafael Bautista among others.

THE FACE While he was busy building through the draft and creating a farm system from scratch, Rizzo had Ryan Zimmerman as his building block. Selected in the first round as the fourth overall pick, Zimmerman was a 20-year-old junior at the University of Virginia and the Nationals’ first ever draft pick. He rapidly became the face of the franchise, a quiet, introspective man who would rather lead by example or pull younger guys aside to privately teach them how it is done in the big leagues.You won’t catch him yelling or making an example out of a teammate, and it’s a style that has earned utmost respect among his peers both in his own clubhouse and throughout major league baseball. “It’s about far more than being the first pick,” Rizzo says. “That gave him something unique, but he’s the face for so many reasonshis personality for one and his professionalism. The way he conducts himself not only between the white lines but also in the clubhouse and the community is what makes him the man here in D.C.” He’s amassed a lot of “Nationals firsts” since the 2005 draft, such as first September call-up, first home run hit by a National in Nationals Park and he holds the team records for active players in games played, at-bats, hits, doubles, home runs, runs scored and RBIs. Once declared a “human fireworks show” by ESPN, Zimmerman has developed a penchant for hitting walk-off or go-ahead homers, particularly on holidays, and secured his 10th game-ending home run of his career on May 19. He gave the town something, actually someone, to rally around during the years when the overall product on the field was still in the developmental stages.

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True to character, Zimmerman doesn’t brag or tout superior athletic abilities as the cause of his success in Washington. In his mind, he just had good timing. “From the beginning I’ve said I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time,” Zimmerman says. “In the early days we didn’t have too much to promote or get the fans excited about. I was the new, young, exciting guy and the organization just kind of thrust me into that role [the face of the franchise], without even really knowing who I was or what I’d do. I wasn’t even sure if they were doing the right thing, but I give them a lot of credit for taking that chance. I take pride in it, and love that now we have six or seven faces of the franchise.” When asked who he sees filling his shoes for the next 10 years (though as Rizzo was quick to point out, he will still be here for several more years), he looks to the stars like Harper, Rendon “or even a guy like Strasburg.” “Even if he does nothing else as a Nat, Zimmerman deserves all the money he gets for what he did in helping to create what is now the modern Nationals,” Kaufman says. “He was ‘Mr. Baseball’ for this city, and he isn’t done yet.”

IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME On May 24, 2015, Thomas Boswell, one of the country’s premier sports writers, used his Washington Post column to make a bold proclamation: that Washington, D.C., long bemoaned as a sports wasteland save for Redskins Nation, was proving to be a good sports town. Sure, that may not seem like trumpet-sounding breaking news but considering what former pundits have said concerning the nation’s capital (recall Michael Wilbon decreeing it as “terrible” less than three years ago), it is one giant leap for D.C.-kind. “Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos once said ‘there are no real baseball fans in D.C.,’” Boswell wrote.“In recent weeks, national pundits have claimed that Washington ‘is only a Redskins town’ or ‘isn’t a good sports town.’Apparently, dumb isn’t an endangered species. Get your head out of your Ashburn and look around,” Boswell added in that how-can-you-possibly-not-seewhat-I-see tone only the Bos can pull off. As he notes, Washington finds itself, for the first time, within the top 10 teams on the

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The Highlight Reel In the first decade since baseball returned to Washington, there have been many causes for celebration. But five moments from the last 10 seasons will forever be burned into our memories.

Pitcher Max Scherzer tips his hat to the crowd in celebration of his first no-hitter thrown as a National on June 20, 2015 (Photo courtesy the Washington Nationals)

5. Opening Day 2005: After a 34-year drought, America’s pastime returned to Washington, D.C. in front of a sold out crowd of 45,596 fans. 4. The First Game at Nationals Park: It took the city three years, but the Nationals finally had a place to call home with Nationals Park, the first LEEDcertified green major professional sports stadium in the U.S. 3. NL Division East Win in 2012: After putting up the best record in baseball, the Nationals clinched the division title. 2. Jayson Werth’s game 4 walkoff home run: Werth comes to the plate in the bottom of the 9th with 0 outs, no men on and the scored tied 1-1. On the 13th pitch of the at-bat, he drove a homer into deep left field to win the game 2-1. 1. Jordan Zimmermann and Max Scherzer’s no-hitters: Zimmermann’s no hitter on September 28, 2014 required a little help from Steven Souza Jr., while Scherzer’s no-no on June 20, 2015 had a different surprise ending, as what was set to be a perfect game with only one out to go was broken up when José Tábata was hit by a pitch. .

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The Nationals lexicon Have you ever attended a Nationals game and felt like those around you were speaking another language? Fear not, as we seek to translate a few Washington Nationals-specific baseball phrases- Nats speak, if you will.

Longtime fan Hugh Kaufman holds up a sign depicting one of his favorite Nationals slogans. (Photo courtesy Hugh Kaufman)

Curly W in the Books: Traditionally, a recorded win is noted as a “w in the books.” Since the Nationals logo is a curly W, fans have taken to using this phrase to put their own spin on announcing a Nationals win. Werth-quake: Jayson Werth hits a home run at just the right moment, such as his season-saving walkoff in game 4 of the 2012-playoff series against the St. Louis Cardinals. #IRWT: In Rizzo We Trust. A fan favorite hashtag used to show support for General Manager Mike Rizzo, most often when discussing personnel moves. I See Red People: F.P. Santangelo’s way of saying he sees lots of Nationals fans in the crowd when he broadcasts at away games. Tony Two Bags: A nickname for Anthony Rendon due to his penchant for hitting doubles, with 67 career doubles in his three years in the pros. #Spanning: Used to denote a good play by Denard Span.

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Zimmerman has made Washington his home with his wife Heather and 1.5-year-old daughter MacKenzie (Photo by Tony Powell)

2015 attendance report. With an average pergame attendance of 33,057 before school has even let out for the summer, and more than a 10 percent crowd increase from this point last season, the Nationals are rapidly approaching the record attendance levels of their inaugural season; Boswell predicts an average of nearly 35,000 this year which would finally trounce the 2005 numbers. But what exactly led to this explosion of fan support, the kind usually only explained by repeated World Series Championships, or at least

Hopefully our best days are still in front of us appearances? 2012. After years of losing seasons, of rebuilding the farm system to develop young players like Harper, of signing big gets like Werth, Strasburg and Scherzer,Washington’s patience was paying off in a big way. From an 80-81 finish in 2011, the Nationals soared to the best record in baseball in 2012 with a 98-64 record, a NL Division East championship and the city’s first postseason appearance since 1933 under their belts. Not too shabby. “The 2012 season put us on the map in Major League Baseball,” Rizzo says. “It showed that the Washington Nationals need to be taken

seriously, that we were a real organization that could compete at the highest level and introduced Washington, D.C. as a baseball town.The fan base really embraced it to a stratospheric level.” Now, there is no need for Stan Kasten or anyone else to invite Phillies, Cubs or Mets fans out to the ballpark in order to fill seats. The Nationals can pack their own house with 40,000 fans who are rocking the red, wearing curly Ws, calling players by name and cheering their hearts out for their team; a team they fought tooth and nail to bring to the city. “I take pride in the fact that we started this thing from the ground floor and we always had a vision for how we wanted it run,” Rizzo says. There is a well-documented, mostly loving, relationship between Washingtonians and power, and nothing fuels power more than a sense of ownership, in being a part of something from the beginning. Just as much as the Nationals have taken a hold on this city, Washingtonians have stepped up and claimed baseball for their own. As blogger Scott Ableman warned,Washington loves a winner and if there ever comes a day when the Nats aren’t putting up winning seasons, the fans may drop off. It’s the nature of the beast. But for now, Washington’s romance with America’s pastime has been rekindled and remains in heat. And as the eternal optimist Rizzo says,“hopefully our best days are still in front of us.”

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largely from diaries Berry kept as a prisoner. The book spares no detail and at the same time shows that hope can be found in even the most horrifying of circumstances. The authors call it â&#x20AC;&#x153;a story of coping and hoping.â&#x20AC;? Buy it in hardcover, because all proceeds from book sales go to support the kidnapped girls and their families. (Penguin Random House, $28.95) THEINNAT LITTLE WASHINGTON A MAGNIFICENTOBSESSION by Patrick Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell The Washington areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite weekend retreat now has a glossy coffee table book to commemorate it. The Inn at Little Washington, arguably Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most famous restaurant-cumcountry inn, was transformed from a rural garage into a jewel-like country house thanks to the vision of chef and owner Patrick Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Inn was finally ready for its â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;close up,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153; he says, adding that it was time to

let the world know that we had evolved from a simple country restaurant into much more.â&#x20AC;? With beautiful photos illustrating an inspiring story, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a treat to flip through this gem on a languid summer day. When asked what he wants readers to take away from the book, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell says â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully it will inspire them

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to dream and to realize that with patience, hard work and sacrifice, dreams sometimes come true.” This is an unlikely story of collaboration and transformation with a bit of magic mixed in.” (Rizzoli, $50) My Organic Life: How a Pioneering Chef Helped Change the Way We Eat by Nora Pouillon, with Laura Fraser Organic meals are in vogue, these days, but how did we begin paying close attention to where our food comes from? Washington chef Nora Pouillon, who founded the first ever certified organic food restaurant in the United States in 1979, delves into the origins of the movement in this fascinating memoir. (Alfred A. Knopf, $26.95)

SUMMER EATS Crab Decks and Tiki Bars of the Chesapeake Bay by Susan Elnicki Wade and Bill Wade Craving crabs and want to stay local? Pick up the ultimate guide to authentic seafood houses and islandinspired lounges on the Chesapeake Bay, complete with classic destinations and hidden gems up and down the bay. (www. crabdecksandtikibars.com) Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham by Emily Bingham In the roaring ’20s Henrietta Bingham turned down a publishing empire and the lavish lifestyle of her prominent Southern family to live like the times, “intoxicating and intoxicated, selfish and shameless, seductive and brilliant, endearing and often terribly troubled.” Bingham’s grand-niece tells the story of an unconventional woman ahead of her time. After doctors tried to  “cure her queerness,” Bingham was outcast, leading to anxiety and addiction. Emily Bingham brings justice to

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her aunt’s memory, going beyond rumors and whispers to set the record straight. (Farar, Straus and Giroux, $28) Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht DKNY’s PR specialist teaches readers how to create a personal brand worth following in this book of social media secrets. Sharing her own (hilarious) experiences in the professional style world, Licht uses her failures and successes to give readers the opportunity to learn from them. Style expert and television personality Stacy London says “If you want the job of your dreams, read this book.” (Grand Central Publishing, $26) A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety by Jimmy Carter View the world through the eyes of former president Jimmy Carter and experience a lifetime of his passion, service, tough choices and a few regrets. Carter gives readers an intimate account of his life and presidency, including personal poems and paintings. The 39th president also provides an honest perspective on issues like racism, war and the future of the country. (Simon & Schuster, $28) The Light of the World: A Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander You likely know her as one of only four poets to read at an American presidential inauguration—Alexander composed “Praise Song for the Day” on the occasion of President Obama’s inauguration, and now the renowned poet is extending her skills to nonfiction. Deeply personal and universal in its reach, her memoir chronicling the “existential crossroads” she faced after the sudden death of her husband is surely comparable to celebrated grief memoirs such as Joan Didion’s “The Year of Magical Thinking. “(Grand Central Publishing, $26)

The Great War of Our Time: The CIA’S fight against terrorism from al qa’ida to isis by Michael Morell Find out what keeps a CIA director up at night in former deputy director Michael Morell’s tell-all on the CIA’s fight against terrorism. He details his role in Benghazi; the Bin Laden raid; and the fight against ISIS, Al-Qaeda and more. Morell also illustrates what working with the commander in chief is like behind closed doors, comparing his time with presidents Bush and Obama. (Hachette Book Group, $28) Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee Everyone’s favorite book from high school now has a sequel and odds are you’ve heard of it. Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” has been surrounded by controversy since it was announced alongside rumors that Lee herself never endorsed the publication. Her family and publisher have refuted these claims, while the reclusive author has remained pretty quiet about it. Set to debut on July 14, the sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird”was 55 years in the making. (HarperCollins, $27.99)

LITERATURE AROUND TOWN

PEN/FAULKNER FOUNDATION Regarded as one of the best c o m m u n i t y- b a s e d non-profit organizations in the area, the PEN/Faulkner Foundation exists to “promote a lifelong love of reading and a connection to writing through public events, in-school education and public promotion of exceptional literary achievement.” Local bibliophiles connect at PEN/Faulkner events to share their passion for literature with fellow bookworms. PEN/Faulkner celebrates writers with its prestigious annual awards for accomplishments in fiction writing (both the novel and short story are honored) and brings new authors to our attention with readings and other community events. Its “Founding Friends” luncheons give members the opportunity to discuss craft with prominent authors and get acquainted with other members. Get involved at www.penfaulkner.org.

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FEATURE | ANDREWCOCKBURN

HIGH-TECHASSASSINS Andrew Cockburn’s ‘Kill Chain’ explores the dark underbelly of drone warfare BY ERICA MOODY

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arper’s Magazine Washington Editor Andrew Cockburn has penned a highly acclaimed pageturner on the history of drone warfare. We talked with the esteemed author about the real story behind robotic warfare, a subject explored in depth in “Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins” (Henry Holt and Co., $28).

WHY WRITE THIS BOOK NOW? I wrote the book because there is so much misinformation about drones, what they represent and what they can do. CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE RESEARCH PROCESS? IT MUST HAVE BEEN DIFFICULT FINDING INFORMATION ON PROGRAMS AND TECHNOLOGIES THAT WERE SEEMINGLY, AT LEAST AT ONE TIME, CLASSIFIED. I’ve been reporting and writing about national security and weapons security for many years, so I know a lot of people — people who trust me. I’m also familiar with the technology, and know when we’re being “snowed” by mendacious or inflated claims. WHAT WAS YOUR APPROACH TO DIGEST MUNDANE STRATEGY-, TECHNOLOGY- AND POLICY-RELATED RESEARCH INTO A COMPELLING NARRATIVE? There are so many great, if often horrifying, stories to illustrate the points Andrew Cockburn (Photo by Tao Ruspuli) I make. For example, I tell the full story of a drone attack, using the drone crew’s target, anytime, anywhere. Abandoning the own radio chatter, to show how imprecise the technology is unlikely, given the amount of technology is, as well as the (often bloodthirsty) money involved. attitude of the people who use it. The attack killed 23 civilians, including children. DRONE WARFARE TO THE LAYMAN MAY SEEM LIKE A SAFE, PRECISE AND STRATEGIC WAY TO ENGAGE WOULD WE BE BETTER OFF WITHOUT DRONES? IS ENEMIES. HOW DOES YOUR BOOK CLARIFY THIS ABANDONING THIS TECHNOLOGY POSSIBLE? We MISCONCEPTION? I show how in actual operational would be better off without the current conditions, drones do not see very well; I show presumption that we can hit the right that “high value targeting,” i.e. assassination,

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which is their principal lethal function, is entirely counterproductive, making our enemies stronger; I show how drones, with their ability to send video of a distant battlefield to a president’s desk, give our leaders a dangerous illusion of knowledge and control; I show how much of all this is a racket to line the pockets of contractors. THE USE OF DRONES HAS SEEMED TO KEEP AMERICAN SOLDIERS SAFE BUT HAS IN TURN RESULTED IN A RISE OF CIVILIAN CASUALTIES. SOME SAY IF THIS WASN’T COMING OUT OF THE U.S. IT WOULD BE CONSIDERED TERRORISM. Attacking targets without warning and with the inevitability of harming civilians definitely qualifies as terrorism and the outside world — especially victim countries — understand that very well. IS DRONE WARFARE CHAMPIONED MORE BY THE POLICYMAKERS, MILITARY COMMANDERS OR THE CONTRACTORS THAT SUPPLY THE TECHNOLOGY? They’re all in cahoots. WHAT IS THE REACTION TO YOUR BOOK FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC, POLICYMAKERS, THE MILITARY AND LARGE GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS DEVELOPING AND MANUFACTURING THE TECHNOLOGY? Combat soldiers, marines and airmen who understand the reality of current wars have been very appreciative. I’ve had deep interest from the public, who feel they’re not getting the full story and want to know more. Contractors? Varies from embarrassment to outrage. WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF WARFARE? It should have no future at all. It will get bloodier, for civilians at least, but in ways I cannot predict.

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national treasure cropped tops, long skirts, bathing suits and sunny shades are what summer is all about

PHOTOGRAPHY: Tony Powell, www.tony-powell.com WARDROBE: Will Lawry for Capital Image, capitalimage@live.com HAIR AND MAKEUP: Carola Myers, assisted by Shirley Zuniga, for CM Artist Group, www.carolamyers.com MODEL:â&#x20AC;ŻYana Goncharenko for T H E Artist Agency Deputy Managing Editor: Laura Wainman Editorial Assistants: Sara Cooper, Selene San Felice and Diba Mohtasham Photographed on location at National Harbor with special thanks to the AC Hotel and the Peterson Companies.


ARMANI skirt ($3,845); Saks Jandel, 5510 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815, 301-652-2250; H&M bikini top ($17.95); 5335 Wisconsin Ave., NW, 855466-7467; IBEAUTIFUL MIA ELLIOTT gold bohemian statement earrings ($175) and gunmetal and silver disc bracelets ($90 each), Bloomingdaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 5300 Western Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815, 240-744-3700; KEEP COLLECTIVE gold mesh bracelet ($101) and rose gold double leather bracelet ($148), Jennifer Frias, independent associate designer for Keep Collective, 240-672-1898, www. keep-collective.com/with/jfrias.


H&M bikini top ($17.95) and skirt ($59.95), 5335 Wisconsin Ave., NW, 855-4667467; IBEAUTIFUL MIA ELLIOTT blue lapis and crystal beaded necklace ($350), www.miaelliott.co; KEEP COLLECTIVE blush leather bracelet ($72), cobalt leather bracelet ($69) and steel grey leather bracelet ($66), Jennifer Frias, independent associate designer for Keep Collective, 240-672-1898, www. keep-collective.com/with/jfrias.


CHRISTIAN SIRIANO dress ($1,245), Saks Jandel, 5510 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815, 301-6522250; KEEP COLLECTIVE mint leather bracelet ($91), silver bangle ($64) and blush leather bracelet ($72), Jennifer Frias, independent associate designer for Keep Collective, 240-672-1898, www. keep-collective.com/with/jfrias; belt, stylistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own.


CLOVER CANYON painted horizontal cut-out dress ($295), Saks Fifth Avenue, 5555 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815, 301 657-9000; IBEAUTIFUL MIA ELLIOTT gold wrap bracelet ($210), Bloomingdaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 5300 Western Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815, 240-7443700; IBEAUTIFUL MIA ELLIOTT blue chain link necklace worn as an arm band ($195) and turquoise arrow head earrings ($25), www.miaelliott.co.


J MENDEL dress ($6,500), Saks Jandel, 5510 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815, 301-652-2250; IBEAUTIFUL MIA ELLIOTT silver modern sleek earrings ($120), www.miaelliott.co; IBEAUTIFUL MIA ELLIOTT crystal knot necklace worn as a bracelet ($375), Keith Lipert Gallery, 2922 M St NW, 202-965-9736.


LIFESTYLES | TRENDREPORT ‘47 BRAND Washington Nationals adjustable cap ($25); macys.com RAG & BONE Derby tote ($395); shop.nordstrom.com

LACOSTE Classic swim shorts ($95); saksfifthavenue.com

CLUB MONACO Cotton-blend melange tshirt ($40); clubmonaco.com

HAVAIANAS Urban premium leather and rubber flip flops ($40); saksfifthavenue.com

LOCK & CO HATTERS Classic woven-straw panama hat ($390); lockhatters.co.uk

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OAKLEY Frogskins® squareframe polarised sunglasses ($160); oakley.com

VILEBREQUIN Moorea midlength printed swim shorts ($250); saksfifthavenue.com

SATURDAYS SURF NYC Rosen striped cotton-jersey vest ($45); barneys.com

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BAND OF OUTSIDERS Printed silk-crepe playsuit ($425); net-a-porter.com

DOLCE & GABBANA Printed triangle bikini ($595); net-a-porter.com

DIOR ‘So Real’ mirrored sunglasses ($505); dior.com

HEIDI KLEIN Bordeaux ruched swimsuit ($335); saksfifthavenue.com

FLAGPOLE SWIM Erica striped crepe de chine dress ($430); flagpoleswim.com TORY BURCH Logo rubber thong sandal ($50); saksfifthavenue.com

EMILIO PUCCI One-piece suit ($670); saksfifthavenue.com

LEMLEM Zare striped cotton-blend gauze tunic ($245); barneys.com

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MARYSIA Antibes scalloped bandeau bikini ($275); neimanmarcus.com

NORMA KAMALI Bill Mio ruched halterneck swimsuit ($350); saksfifthavenue.com

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SUMMER LOVIN’

Give yourself a little TLC this summer at some of our favorite places. By virginia coyne

BLOW IT OUT

Drybar enthusiasts no longer need to trek to Georgetown or Bethesda

for a perfect blowdry. The company is opening two new locations in Dupont Circle and Penn Quarter in late summer. Humidity or not, Drybar stylists can tame your tresses with one of their signature cocktailinspired styles, like the “messy and beachy” Mai Tai. www.thedrybar.com JUICE IT OUT Cleanse thyself with freshly squeezed juices from Puree Juice Bar . With three locations – in Bethesda, Adams Morgan and the Yoga District – it’s easy to pop in for a quick kale shot or a bottle of our personal favorite, the Daily Green ($9), which is chockfull of pineapple, kale, apple, lemon and ginger. Your tummy will feel new again after a night of over-indulging at the neighborhood barbeque. www.pureejuicebar.com

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SOOTHE IT OUT Reboot and refresh with the Skin Quench Hydrating Facial ($200) or go more than skin-deep with a dermal filler at the luxurious 40,000-square-foot Sanctuary Cosmetic Center in Tysons Corner. “It has always been my dream to create a beauty oasis where I can make my patients feel beautiful on the inside and out,” says Sanctuary owner and double-board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Soheila Rostami. www.sanctuarycosmeticcenter.com

WORK IT OUT Tighten those abs and work towards Michelle Obama-inspired arms at Solidcore. Yes, the first lady has been spotted here, and yes, owner and chief trainer Anne Mahlum is intense, 50-minute workouts have been rumored to make grown men cry; but seeing some well-earned muscle tone when you slip on that bikini will quickly dry the tears away. Five area locations, including Cathedral Commons. First class, $19. www.solidcore.co

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lifestyles | Who’s next

Who’s Next &pizza founder Michael Lastoria is serving up experiences and supporting neighborhooods. BY erica moody

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t’s not your typical pizza parlor. And &pizza’s owner is not your typical pizza parlor proprietor. New York transplant Michael Lastoria, 35, moved to Washington in 2011 with the concept for a community-based gourmet pizza place. “I wanted to disrupt an industry steeped in tradition. &pizza was the obvious choice,” he says. Lastoria has always loved building companies with a focus on brand, and hasn’t been afraid to take risks in the process. After college, he started the successful marketing and media company Innovation Ads, sold it in 2006 and spent the next several years helping to shape agencies and brands. Since launching the first restaurant on H Street in 2012, &pizza now counts 12 locations across the metro area, with three more set to open this year.

p h oto tak e n at & p i zz a d u p o n t c i r c l e

Did you think &pizza would be as successful as it is, and why do you think it’s been such a hit? I don’t think you can ever expect a company to be successful. You hope, and you plan for it to be, but our success is more a testament to our tribe, to our company culture, to the people who make &pizza run, and our guests who support everything &. All I did was bring an idea to life, that’s the easy part. The people of D.C., in particular H Street NE, showered us with love, spread the word and built the foundation that &pizza is today. &pizza has donated $20,000 to martha’s table and dc central kitchen, and hosted a mozzarella-making class for brainfood and a pizza-

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tion - everything from store design to music we play in the store to the people we hire - from the neighborhoods around us. We just want to do our part to help make those neighborhoods as strong as they can be and have supported over 500 local causes. &pizza now offers gluten-free crust and a selection of salads. Anything else new on the horizon? There are always new things on the horizon here. We’re constantly working to improve our experience. We’re expanding, that’s number one, both in terms of store number, and cultural impact. In terms of products, we’re always exploring fresh combinations and new things to keep our guests involved in the &pizza experience. We have a whole suite of & products being rolled out soon; &sodas, &waters, &teas, &beer, etc.

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making party with dc autism parents. Tell us about &pizza’s philanthropic efforts and why it’s important for you to be involved in these causes. For us, community is everything. We’ve always felt that community is what makes people who they are. Shapes them. Strengthens them. Informs who they become and what they take with them into the world. So it was an obvious decision for us when building &pizza that we had to be involved in strengthening the neighborhoods we serve. And that’s what our &charity arm is all about. Our brand draws its inspira-

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How does your pizza stand out from traditional favorites like New York style, Jersey thin-crust, or Chicago deep dish? Our pizza is unique in terms of its flavor combinations. Our ingredients are fresh, oftentimes local. And then of course there’s the shape and fact that our guests get to design their own pie and it’s ready in four minutes. Why should people come to &pizza and what do you suggest for the first timer? To have a little bit of fun. &pizza is all about experience. That means every time you visit us you find something a little different. The first timer should start with a signature pie and slowly work into a craft your own. And make sure to wheeze the juice… the craft soda is special.

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WASHINGTON S O C I A L  D I A R Y YouthOrchestraoftheAmericasGalaďš?Overthemoonďš?TudorPlaceGardenPartyandmore!

Redskins quarterback Kirk cousins with wife Julie Cousins at Pierre Garconâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;All White Clothingâ&#x20AC;? charity event for the Boys and Girls Club (Photo by Tony Powell)

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FYIDC The Insider’s Guide to Washington BY erica moody

CAPITAL FRINGE FEST

INNOVATIVE ARTISTS

KASTLES CHARITY CLASSIC

TENNIS CHAMPIONS Washington’s tennis team is back with its fourth annual Charity Classic featuring an allstar lineup scheduled to compete for gold to benefit a good cause. Grand Slam champion Leander Paes, American star Sam Querrey, Top 25 doubles player Anastasia Rodionova and Coach Murphy Jensen, who won the 1993 French Open doubles title, are among those competing. July 22, 7 p.m., General admission tickets on sale through Ticketmaster. Purchase premium seats by calling 202-4-TENNIS (483-6647). Kastles Stadium at the Smith Center, washingtonkastles.com.

ALEXANDRIA LIVE MUSIC WEEK

VIRGINIA ROCKS Join in Alexandria’s burgeoning music scene at the first-ever Alexandria Live Music Week. Experience ten days of tunes at more than 30 restaurants and venues, including the renowned Birchmere music hall, Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub and Old Town Farmers Market. Don’t miss the kick-off weekend that coincides with the city’s birthday celebration when Alexandria Symphony Orchestra perform as fireworks light up the Potomac River. Kevin Bacon fans, rejoice — The Bacon Brothers will be playing three shows during the week. July 10-19, www.LiveMusicWeek.com, Admission varies by venue, #LiveMusicWeek.

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BUILD A BEACH

ARCHITECTURAL OCEAN Get to the beach without leaving Washington this summer! As part of its “Summer Block Party” programming, 10,000 square feet of the National Building Museum will be transformed into an “ocean” of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls. A snack concession inside the beach will be operated through a partnership with Union Kitchen.The installation relied on crowd-funding for much of its cost, and donors who donated through Indiegogo get special perks that include getting their names on beach balls and season passes. Opens July 4. www.nbm.org. Admission is first come, first served. 401 F Street NW, 202.272.2448..

BASTILLE DAY

french fÊte It’s a national holiday in France, so where else would you want to be but the French Embassy on Bastille Day? With the theme “Lafayette returns to America” the Comite Tricolor’s celebration will celebrate “the spirit of freedom the United States and France have shared, and owed to one another, for the last two centuries.” Along with cuisine from some of the area’s best French restaurants, there will be unique entertainment including dancers in period costumes reenacting the 18th century Lafayette Ball. July 10 at the Embassy of France. Costumes or cocktail attire. Tickets range from $90 for early birds to $300 for a benefactor couple, and are partly tax-deductible.Visit bastille-day.org. for more information. 

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p h oto co u rt e sy cap i tal f r i n g e , p h oto co u rt e sy n at i o na l bu i l d i n g m u s eu m , p h oto co u rt e sy wa s h i n gton k a st l e s , p h oto co u rt e sy a l e x a n d r i a l i v e m u s i c w e e k , b a st i l l e day i m ag e by d e s i g n e r o l i v i e r d u p e y r o n i n s p i r e d by g i l be rt d u m ot i e r pa i n t i n g .

Celebrate ten years of groundbreaking performances connecting artists and audiences in the District at the Capital Fringe Festival. The festival takes place over 22 days and encourages “conversation, art and community.” There’s something for everyone — theater, dance, music and visual art — and no curatorial barriers to block the artists. Even the venues steer towards the unconventional so don’t be surprised to catch a performance in a dive bar or vacant storefront. July 9 to August 2. Admission prices vary.Visit www.capitalfringe.org for details or stop by Fringe Fest headquarters at 1358 Florida Ave NE.


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TAPAS WITH A SIDE OF SALSA: The Spanish Catholic Center’s lively bash featured delectable tapas (branzini tacos, manchego crostini and vegetable paella) followed by dancing to burn it all off. Ricardo Loaiza, founder of the After School Dance Fund, led salsa lessons for the 200 guests, including NBC’s Luke Russert and Live Action president Lila Rose. Organizers say the event is focused less on fundraising than getting young professionals to connect with and understand Catholic Charities’ and the center’s work, which supports immigrants by providing dental and medical care, job training and ESL services.

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Chefs and Gardens The Venezuelan Embassy’s chef takes top honors for his ceviche; Tudor Place honors Ellen Charles BY DONNA SHOR

Her father-in-law, Robert Peter, was the first mayor of Georgetown, then part of Montgomery County. He was one of the wealthiest men in the county. The Peter family papers begin with the records of his numerous land transactions. The highlights of the collection include one of the few portraits George Washington sat for as well as a letter he wrote Martha Washington on June 18, 1775, as he took command of the Continental Army — one of only two of his letters to her that have survived. ALIFEWELL-LIVED

Ellen Charles arrives at Tudor Place the old fashioned way. (Photo by James R. Brantley)

LIGHTNINGSTRIKESTWICE Lightning struck Manuel Rodriguez twice

recently — but in a good way! The embassy of Venezuela’s chef swept the field at the Seventh Annual Embassy Chef Challenge, taking top honors for his ceviche in both the Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice awards. The event’s 300 patrons roamed the atrium of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, comparing culinary offerings from around the world. Among the ten judges were foodies Bonnie Benwick, deputy food editor of the Washington Post; cookbook author Monica Bhide; Warren Brown, founder of CakeLove Bakery; chef Ris Lacoste, owner/chef of Ris Restaurant and Sina Molavi, executive chef of Occasions Caterers. Proceeds benefited Cultural Tourism DC, a nonprofit group that helps individuals learn about Washington’s arts, culture and heritage. TUDORPLACEGRANDEUR

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South Lawn glowed, while the Federal-style mansion was thrown into sharp relief. The evening honored Ellen MacNeille Charles, an ardent longtime supporter of Tudor Place. A board president emerita, she has involved herself deeply in the welfare of this historic Georgetown museum and grounds — five and half acres that constitute one of the few remaining urban estates from the Federal era that appears the same today as it did in the 18th century. The chairwoman of the benefit for the historic property was Elizabeth Powell. Monies raised will support Tudor Place and its educational programs on American history and architecture. A federal-style mansion in Georgetown, it houses the personal papers and objects of the Peter family from the mid-18th century to the early 1980s. The first members of the Peter family to own Tudor Place were Thomas Peter and his wife, Martha Custis Peter, a granddaughter of Martha Washington. She used her inheritance from George Washington, her stepgrandfather, to purchase the estate.

A long procession of cars from several states wove their way through Maryland hills for a service to pay tribute to a most remarkable woman. As modest as she was talented, Azar Vakil Gilani Mafi was many-faceted. She published several books including a first-ever Persian translation of Hammurabi’s laws, as well as collections of Persian poetry. Her two final books, soon to be published, are “The History of Ancient Indigenous Iranians” and “The Book of World Religions.” The following Sunday was a more formal memorial service at the McLean RitzCarlton. Two of her poems were read by her grandchildren. A brief video unfolded Azar’s life story, detailing her many accomplishments from young girl to a mother of six children and grandmother to eight more. Her extraordinary immediate family includes six doctors, three others with master’s degrees, three doctoral students, a civil engineer and an associate editor of Architectural Digest. An international ensemble made up of a Russian violinist, an Armenian pianist and an American harpist played Azar’s favorite music. Especially touching was “Gole Goldoon,” a Persian song performed by her grandchildren.

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ach morning, just after the dogs, horses and cows are fed, folks in Middleburg change into their workout clothing. They head to the gym at home, or the exercise room at the Middleburg Tennis Club, or join Bridget Wilson for her Native Barre class, a popular and always packed session of intensive training at the Community Center. There are many other options around town: spinning, interval training, Pilates and weightlifting (though daily barn chores provide the same muscle-building benefit for some). And now, a new Sunrise Yoga at Salamander Farm (Photo courtesy Salamander Resort) approach has been added with yoga on horseback at the Salamander Resort What once was a personal endeavor growing & Spa. While the classical form of yoga dates vegetables without artificial fertilizers is now back 5,000-plus years, the related discipline a popular local booth at the Saturday morning on horseback combines the ancient body- Farmer’s Market. (Insider’s tip: the market is bending regimen with the art of horsemanship. often great for celeb spotting: BBC journalist The objective is to strengthen and empower Katty Kay is a regular and Sheila Johnson mind and body. has also visited.) The classes ($250 for 30 minutes) are After sharing her bounty with friends, held at sunrise at the Salamander Equestrian Fleischmann’s agriculture has taken off. Friends Center. Riders move gently from one pose to would come for dinner and comment, “Oh, another in a smooth continuous flow. They this is so good, could I please have some?” focus on core, intensity and stamina. The “Of course I said yes,” Fleishmann says, horses are kind and gentle. adding that more and more people wanted “Being out with nature, the beauty of the some. “I decided we’d go into the business of countryside, the peacefulness and stillness of raising good, organic food and grass-fed beef the morning, brings a higher awareness along and lamb and all the other things we do.” with the beauty of these horses that watch and Other products include homemade listen to us as we practice,” instructor Carolyn honey, poultry, eggs and dairy products. The Connell says. come-and-get-it part might be the most fun. Meanwhile, not far away at her 420-acre Friends and neighbors send orders by email “Over The Grass Farm” in The Plains, Dielle (overthegrassfarm.net). The lettuce, spinach, Fleischmann, a great-granddaughter of yeast kale and other goodies are bagged and tagged and margarine magnate Charles Fleischmann, in a commercial refrigerator in a cabin on the has added new meaning to farm-to-table. property. Payment is on the honor system.

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PRIME PROPERTY: When the late Alice du Pont Mills settled in Middleburg in 1949, she purchased “The Redmond Farm” and “Burnt Mill” (which now belongs to her son, Jimmy Mills), “Hickory House Farm” (now owned by her daughter Mimi Abel-Smith) and “Hickory Tree” and put them all together — over 400 acres. The family sold 381 acres to Jim Treptow for $9,968,303 in 2007, and now 325 acres of “Hickory Tree” are on the market for $11,250,000. Listed by John Coles of Thomas and Talbot, the property includes “Confederate Hall,” the elegant entertaining venue that was relocated here from Jamestown in 1972.Visitors for the many weddings, debutante parties and celebrations also witness dramatic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and stunning sunsets. The manor house has five bedrooms, with five other tenant houses, a groom’s dorm and six barns for over 100 horses. Two ponds and five equipment sheds are included as well as a ¾-mile training track. After all, the Mills family bred many champion racehorses including Devil’s Bag (syndicated for $36 million in 1983), Hagley and Gone West.

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anging flat on the ceiling of Dick and Jane Stoker’s contemporary Potomac kitchen is a sculpture of a large nose poking out of the sky. It’s a painted cast aluminum piece by conceptual artist John Baldessari, who’s credited with the line “I will not make boring art.” The Stokers have created a game around the nose. If anyone guesses the title, they win $100.To date, only one houseguest, a 9-year-old boy playing on the floor beneath it, has determined the work’s true name and snagged the prize. We won’t ruin the game for future visitors, but the correct answer is not “Heaven Scent,” which was the guess given by their interior designer, Barbara Hawthorn. Lower to the ground, the glass-doored kitchen cabinets hold very little real food –“I’m always on a diet,” jokes Jane Stoker – but do contain a rare, complete “cake” set of Pop artist Claes Oldenburg’s “Wedding Souvenir,” the realistic wedding cake slices he created out of Plaster of Paris and spray paint to be given away as favors at the 1966 nuptials of the curator of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In the adjacent dining room, a life-size and startlingly realistic figure of a security guard by sculptor Duane Hanson, known for his likenesses of working class Americans, stands watch in the corner by the window. The guard has forced dinner guests to do double takes and has fooled deliverymen who couldn’t understand why a man looking right at them would not answer the door. On the wall across from Hanson’s sculpture hangs Frank Stella’s “Scramble: Descending Green Values/Descending Spectrum,” a work Jane Stoker says is one of her favorite pieces,

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PREVIOUS PAGE (clockwise from top left): An Alexander Calder mobile sways above the great room. The television underneath sits on a low white cabinet custom designed by interior decorator Barbara Hawthorn. A floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace anchors the main living area. The yellow swivel chairs are from B&B Italia. The aubergine sofa on the right is another of Hawthorn’s custom piece s. The chess set in the game room is an early Man Ray. A life-like Duane Hanson sculpture of a security guard stands sentinel in the dining room while Keith Haring, Claude Lalanne and George Rickey sculptures grace the garden. THIS PAGE (clockwise from top left): A limited-edition polished stainless steel rocking chair by Ron Arad is one of the Stokers’ newest acquisitions. Frank Stella’s “Descending Green” hangs in the dining room. John Baldesarri’s ceiling sculpture of nose in the clouds hangs in the ktichen.

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OPENING PAGE: Dick and Jane Stoker sit outside their painted garage in a plastic replica of a classic Eames lounge chair and a purple Venetian mask chair, respectively.

even if its acquisition was not long pondered. “He [Stella] was coming to Florida and asked if he could nap at our home,” she remembers.“I didn’t have a Frank Stella, so I was at my phony best and I went out and bought a Frank Stella before he came to take a nap at our house.” How does one find a Frank Stella so quickly? “We knew an art dealer,” she explains. Dick Stoker, who made his fortune selling mutual funds for Franklin Templeton Investments, and Jane Stoker, who charmingly claims to make her living beating her husband at backgammon, began collecting art in 1986. That means they know many art dealers and artists, and that their primarily post-war collection, although whimsical, is a serious one filled with the work of not only the aforementioned painters and sculptors, but with pieces by the likes of Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, Fernando Botero, Joan Mitchell and Alexander Calder. The Stokers don’t take any of it for granted. “It’s a new picture every time it moves. It’s a new filling of space,” Dick Stoker says of the red Calder mobile dangling high above the house’s great room. The couple spend much of their time in the great room, where designer Barbara Hawthorn helped arrange their collection and furnished the space with a mix of custom furniture she’s designed – including a low simple white cabinet for the TV that won’t obstruct the art and a delicate lucite and glass table by the door to place their keys. You will also see a Roche Bobois sofa upholstered in Missoni fabric (a Stoker favorite) with a vibrant striped Missoni rug in front and yellow swivel chairs by B&B Italia so people can easily turn and have conversations in the space. Their newest piece-de-resistance, a polished stainless steel rocking chair – a limited edition of only six by Israeli-born artist Ron Arad – was purchased this year at Art Basel/Miami. “It’s very comfortable; beautiful but comfortable,” Hawthorn says of the house. “It’s not a ‘don’t-touch’ home. It’s a home to really feel comfortable and have fun in. That’s what makes it very different.”

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PHILLIPS PARK $4,195,000

Inspired by the estates of Brittany, France, this exceptional 8,100 sq. ft. residence was designed by Barnes Vanze Architects and newly built by Mauck Zantzinger & Associates. Showcases luxurious finishes, spa baths, open kitchen and family room, high ceilings, and formal public rooms.

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HARBOUR SQUARE $1,050,000

Two-story, floor-to-ceiling windows frame unbeatable views of the city, Potomac River, marina and monuments. This smashing property boasts 2BR, 2.5BA, den, stainless steel and granite kitchen. Spacious 600 sq. ft. rooftop terrace with breathtaking city and water views. Indoor pool, fitness center, and 24 hr security and front desk.

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BETHESDA, MD From $1.8M The Estate Condominium Residences at Quarry Springs offer ease-of-living with 2,200-4,500 sq ft 1-level floor plans, sprawling wrap terraces, designer finishes. Fitness center, pool, steam, sauna, library, concierge, valet parking and 24-hour security gate.

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8th floor corner unit with incredible views, 3 exposures and a full wall of south-facing windows. Open floor plan with 2,700 sq. ft., 3BR, 2.5BA, abundant closet and storage space, hardwood floors, high-end finishes, wet bar. Boutique 29-unit building in the heart of downtown; a theatergoer’s paradise.

The Lauren is a one-of-a-kind luxury residential condo. Floor plans ranging from 1,444 sq. ft. to more than 6,000 sq. ft. Features direct access elevators, nine and ten-foot ceilings, private roof top terraces (select units), Home Automation System with iPad control, vented fireplaces, and private wine storage.

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GEORGETOWN $1,275,000

BLOOMINGDALE $1,100,000 Victorian 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home tastefully restored with all amenities, luxurious rear deck, 2-car garage. 1BR lower level rental, walking to two metros, Big Bear, Red Hen and other venues, minutes to the Capitol and new Union Market.

H STREET CORRIDOR $795,000

Fantastic semi-detached Federal on a cobblestone street. Light filled rooms with high ceilings, 2 fireplaces and beautifully refinished wood floors. Renovated kitchen has granite counters, a Viking range, Fisher Paykel dishwashers and Sub Zero refrigerator.

RUSSELL FIRESTONE III +1 202 271 1701

This rare offering includes 2 adjoining units in Georgetown’s Dumbarton Court conveniently situated a half block from Dumbarton Oaks. The light-filled two bedroom, two bath home showcases original heart of pine floors, 9-foot ceilings throughout, custom plantation shutters, and spacious public rooms.

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The Residences at 1110 is a collection of 6 brandnew condos, each including 3BR, 2.5BA, beautiful hardwood floors spanning over 1,800 sq. ft. Chefstyle kitchens, outdoor space, oversized windows, high ceilings, open floor plan, 2 levels. Blocks from Union Market and soon-to-be Whole Foods. ROB AND BRENT GROUP +1 202 263 9200

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Propertiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bobbie Brewster was the listing agent. Alan and Leslie Berson bought the unit and are moving to the District from Avenel. They were represented by Michelle Galler of TTR Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Bob Pincus and his wife Roxanne Little sold  CALIFORNIASTREETNW for $4.5 million to an undisclosed buyer. Pincus, is vice-chairman of EagleBank and chairman of Blackstreet Capital Management. The 9,000square-foot Georgian residence, built in 1916, features embassy-size rooms, heated floors and parking for 10 cars. It was once home to the late CBS news executive William â&#x20AC;&#x153;Billâ&#x20AC;? Leonard and his wife Cappy (the mother of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fox News Sundayâ&#x20AC;? host Chris Wallace). Long & Fosterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marc Fleisher was the listing agent; Jordan Rich of Long & Foster was the buyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agent.

MARYLAND Jon Siegel of Jon Mark Homes sold   CUSTER ROAD in Bethesda to Edan and Anne Orgad for $1,950,000.The five-bedroom Mediterranean-style house, built in 2011, boasts a wall of windows in its great room, a posh library, exercise room, media room, gourmet kitchen and a beautiful back porch with full height gas fireplace. The property sits on a 15,000-square-foot lot overlooking

Thomas Steindler sold David Foley a six-bedroom McLean mansion at   MACKALL AVENUE for $3.1 million. The gracious residence was build in 2006 and features more than 9,000 square feet of living space. Soaring ceilings, an elevator, mahogany paneled library, wine cellar and two laundry rooms are among its many amenities. Washington Fine Properties Jennifer Thornett was the listing agent for the transaction; Long & Foster Real Estateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Diane Lewis represented the buyer

neighborhood from Griffin Head Renovation and Design for $2,478,000. TTR Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Elizabeth Sheehy represented both the buyer and seller. The six-bedroom, seven bathroom house also features a family room with a VIRGINIA dramatic soaring ceiling, two stone fireplaces Robert F. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keefe bought    TH and floor-to-ceiling windows framing soothing STREET NORTH in Arlingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Woodmont views of the tree-covered backyard. Greenwich Park. Long & Fosterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jeanne Kayne was the listing agent while the buyers agent was Barbara Zuckerman of TTR Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Real Estate

PROPERTYLINES PALISADES PERFECTION: Beasleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ross Vann listed an expansive five-level, six-bedroom house at  MACARTHUR BOULEVARD NW for $1,895,000. The Lahiou Family is selling the posh residence that was built in 2003 and features a large gourmet kitchen, media room with full bar, a beautiful rear stone patio and a spectacular wine room. RECORD-BREAKING CONDO OFFERED: According the TTR Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realtyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s listing agents Christopher Ritzert and Christie-Anne Weiss, the largest condominium in the Washington metropolitan area has been listed at $13,950,000. Richard Carroll, founder of Digital System Resources, and his wife Suzanne, are selling PENTHOUSEA in The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown. The duplex features over 6,100 square feet of interior living area and more than 3,000 square

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feet of terraces. If the property sells for the asking price, it will set a record for the most expensive apartment ever sold in Washington. The penthouse offers a master suite with two dressing areas and private baths as well as three bedrooms and three en suite bathrooms in a separate wing. A private-access elevator, inhome fitness center and four designated valet parking spaces are among the unique features.

boasts neighbors that include the ambassador of Saudi Arabia and AOL founders Steve Case and Jim Kimsey. The five-bedroom residence occupies one acre and boasts eight fireplaces, a home gym, sauna and staff apartment.

SELLING ME SOFTLY: The former home of singer Roberta Flack is on the market in Alexandria for $899,000. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Killing Me Softlyâ&#x20AC;? starâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hollin Hills four-bedroom was POLITICAL HISTORY HOUSE:  CHAIN built in 1951 by noted mid-century modern BRIDGE ROAD The Georgian-style estate architect Charles Goodman and was also once of the late Secretary of State and General home to â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron.  Alexander Haig and his wife Patricia is for sale MARTHASROAD is listed by Keller Williams for $6,495,000. The property sold in 2013 for Aaron Podolsky and features a pool, koi pond $5,175,000 to an undisclosed IT corporation and the bragging rights to saying you lived in a executive who relocated from California. Mr. Haig 1970s Grammy winnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former home. was secretary of state under President Ronald Reagan and died in 2010. The one-acre property Send real estate news to Stacey Grazier Pfarr on McLeanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gold Coast was built in 1989 and at editorial@washingtonlife.com.

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She was the first female sports writer at The Miami Herald in 1981, the first woman to cover the Redskins for the Washington Post in 1985 and one of the first women fighting for equal access to male locker rooms. Brennan grew up in an era where girls were not expected to play sports, or even like them, and she certainly wasn’t seeing any women talking about sports on television. But Brennan credits her father, whom she calls her “personal Title IX” for encouraging her to pursue her passions, regardless of her gender. Now, she can be seen on ABC News, CNN, PBS NewsHour, read in USA Today or heard on NPR sharing her insights on today’s greatest sporting moments. >> YOU HAVE OPENED A LOT OF DOORS FOR WOMEN IN SPORTS MEDIA. WHAT ISSUES ARE STILL FACING THEm TODAY? Women still make up just 10-12 percent of sports departments nationwide, which is nowhere near enough. There are hundreds of young women who want to go into sports journalism, with many more coming right behind them, but there aren’t enough openings for them. Sports media organizations need to come into the 20th century before too much more of the 21st goes by. WHY HAVE you CHOSEN NOT TO USE THE NAME OF WASHINGTON’S NFL TEAM ANYMORE IN YOUR PRINT AND BROADCAST WORK? I loved my three years on the beat for the Washington Post from 1985-87. I said and wrote the team’s name thousands of times back then. About two years ago, it dawned on me how offensive the name is. Try to explain it to a child. I did. You can’t. It’s just wrong, so I decided to not say it anymore. It’s as simple as that.

WHO ARE THE YOUNG WASHINGTON ATHLETES WHO MIGHT BE THE NEXT “IT” MAN OR WOMAN IN SPORTS? Two words: Katie Ledecky. The Bethesda swimmer, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, will be a star of the 2016 Rio Olympics. If things go really well, she could be the star of the Games for the United States. WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU’ve EVER received? My father used to tell us, “This ain’t no dress rehearsal,” meaning that this is our one chance at life, so we should really give it everything we have, all the time, and enjoy it all. I use the line in every speech I give, especially with students. It’s perfect.

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1. Connecticut Avenue from Dupont Circle to Chevy Chase Circle It’s so beautiful and interesting, and includes so much history. It’s where I’ve always lived in Washington. 2. The Swedish Embassy (House of Sweden) by the river in Georgetown: I’m half Swedish and hosted a big party there a few years ago. The views from the roof are terrific. 3. The Newseum It’s always fun to speak at one of the events there, or just look around. 4. RFK Stadium Ted Williams managed there. Frank Howard hit home runs there. Joe Theismann broke his leg there. I covered one of the three. 5. Chad’s (the former Chadwick’s) in Friendship Heights: You walk in and see the same people you saw in the ’80s. That is a good thing. 6. Reagan National Airport An airport? Really? Yes. I travel a lot and just love how relatively small it is and how easy it is to come and go. I still get a kick out of looking out the plane window at the monuments and the city. 7. Politics and Prose It’s in my neighborhood, which is a delight, and the book signings I’ve been fortunate to do there remain some of my favorites.

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