April 30, 2012 |
Not so long ago, Reginald "Polo" Burwell would bound to the stage nightly as the leader of TCB, the band that pioneered go-go's bounce beat groove. He had created a sound that strayed from the conga-based percussive that had been a staple of the music that got its start in the District. And it was divisive. The band's percussionist played with rototoms or drums with no shell. The higher-pitched percussive attack was a stark contrast to the traditional deep-toned polyrhythmic thump older listeners knew.
January 27, 2012 |
A Montgomery County judge, his voice rising in anger at times, sentenced Brittany Norwood to life in prison without the chance of parole Friday for the savage killing of co-worker Jayna Murray in a Bethesda yoga store last year. In the climax to a sensational murder case that rocked Bethesda's tony downtown retail district, Circuit Court Judge Robert Greenberg locked eyes on the diminutive, 29-year-old defendant seated before him in a black pantsuit. "Cold-blooded . . .
April 14, 2013 |
A research ship cruised through the Coral Sea, east of Australia, bearing down on Sandy Island. The digital scientific databases used by the researchers showed the island to be 15 miles long, north to south, and about three miles wide. Manhattan-sized. But when the ship reached the place where the island should have been, the researchers saw only open ocean. The water was nearly a mile deep. Sandy Island simply wasn't there. Or, it turned out, anywhere. How could an island supposedly discovered in 1876, and appearing on many maps ever since, vanish?
February 23, 2009
If you're a kid, chances are you either crack your knuckles or know someone who cracks theirs. You might have been told (by annoyed parents, perhaps?) that you'll develop arthritis if you keep up such knuckleheaded behavior. First, you need to know a bit about your knuckles, the common name for the joints in your fingers. A joint is a place where two bones come together to allow movement. The bones that make up a joint are held together by tough, flexible tissue called ligaments.
September 20, 2013 |
Breezing into a sunlit conference room near London's Hyde Park Corner, Loic Fery exudes the confidence of a soccer club owner who's enjoyed success on the pitch and with the team's account ledgers. FC Lorient, the French soccer club Fery and his family rescued from the brink of bankruptcy in 2009, has under his ownership had some of the best seasons in its 87-year history; for four years, it has been the only profitable team in Ligue 1, France's top league. In addition, Fery, co-founder of London-based hedge fund Chenavari Investment Managers, has established a formidable reputation as an investor.
December 13, 2012 |
Christa Pitts, understandably, is a little taken aback when I confess that I've dreamed of killing her. You can probably already tell this is not the kind of column suitable for little eyes, eyes that widen in wonder and delight at the sight of that demanding, loathsome little Elf. Avert those eyes, please. Things are going to get ugly. You may have heard rumblings about the Elf. This is a creature whose celebrity ascent has been meteoric. Within seven years of his birth, the Elf has scored his own Web site, Twitter account, $16 million in sales for 2011 , an annual growth rate of 149 percent and a movie deal.
November 9, 2011 |
1. Hoover was a gay cross-dresser. Despite rampant speculation — that Hoover was gay, a cross-dresser or had no sex life — the truth about his sex life is nearly impossible to pin down. Hoover was married to his job and zealously protective of his public image. He lived in an era when being outed as gay would cost anyone his career and reputation, and he was not one to risk such consequences. The story that Hoover, a lifelong bachelor, participated in cross-dressing, all-male sex parties in New York hotel rooms, as reported by British writer Anthony Summers in a 1993 biography, has been widely debunked by historians.
October 2, 2013 |
It's hard to discipline children. You can't hit them. Timeouts are not effective. Now, a study out of the University of Pittsburgh says yelling at teens and tweens — particularly when it involves cursing or insults — can be just as harmful as hitting. So what can you do? Remember that the word "discipline" originally meant to teach, so look for opportunities to coach your child, not just punish him for a misstep. "Discipline implies setting limits and boundaries," said Vicki Hoefle, mother of six in Middlebury, Vt., and author of " Duct Tape Parenting . " "But the way we do it is, ‘I'm going to punish you when you do something I don't like.' It's a completely wasted moment.
December 10, 2012 |
She was a real-life heroine of the CIA hunt for Osama bin Laden , a headstrong young operative whose work tracking the al-Qaeda leader serves as the dramatic core of a Hollywood film set to premiere next week. Her CIA career has followed a more problematic script, however, since bin Laden was killed . The operative, who remains undercover, was passed over for a promotion that many in the CIA thought would be impossible to withhold from someone who played such a key role in one of the most successful operations in agency history.
March 13, 2013 |
She spends "like half the day" on her phone, 14-year-old Abigale Wolfe said with a laugh when asked about her cellphone use. Abigale, a local student who was visiting the Mall with her parents recently, isn't the only one. Today's teens spend more than 7 1 / 2 hours a day consuming media — watching TV, listening to music, surfing the Web, social networking, and playing video games, according to a 2010 study of 8- to 18-year-olds conducted...
September 22, 2013 |
President Obama, addressing yet another memorial gathering after a deadly mass shooting, said Sunday evening that he senses "a creeping resignation" in the United States that homicidal lunacy like the Washington Navy Yard massacre "is somehow the new normal. " But he said "it ought to be a shock to us all" and should spur Americans to demand "a common sense" balance between gun rights and gun control. "We cannot accept this," Obama said of the Sept. 16 attack that killed a dozen people at the Navy Yard.