December 13, 2008
As the Washington Capitals warmed up for their game last night, the largest applause at Verizon Center was for Web site producer-turned-backup goaltender Brett Leonhardt. With José Theodore ruled out because of a hip flexor injury and prospect Simeon Varlamov from the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears unable to reach Washington by game time, the Capitals were without a backup for starter Brent Johnson. So Washington received permission from the NHL to sign the 6-foot-7 Leonhardt, 26, to an amateur tryout contract that would allow him to sit on the bench.
November 7, 2008 |
For more than three decades Eugene Allen worked in the White House, a black man unknown to the headlines. During some of those years, harsh segregation laws lay upon the land. He trekked home every night, his wife, Helene, keeping him out of her kitchen. At the White House, he worked closer to the dirty dishes than to the large desk in the Oval Office. Helene didn't care; she just beamed with pride. President Truman called him Gene. President Ford liked to talk golf with him. He saw eight presidential administrations come and go, often working six days a week.
April 20, 2012 |
Part of the appeal of Rodrigo y Gabriela, the duo who furiously combine flamenco and metal shredding on acoustic guitars, is that all their fury is created by just two people. So fans may be understandably taken aback when the two walk onstage for their current tour with six other musicians. Even as Rodrigo y Gabriela play some of their best-known songs Wednesday at the Warner Theatre, they will come with different rhythms and even different soloists. "Some of the fans are surprised," Rodrigo Sanchez says from Los Angeles, the day after a lively performance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
September 3, 2012
Over-the-counter decongestant nasal sprays provide fast relief by shrinking the swollen blood vessels in your nasal passages, helping you breathe more easily. Most contain one of two main active ingredients: oxymetazoline (found in Afrin, Dristan, Vicks Sinex and similar generics), which can relieve congestion for up to 12 hours, and phenylephrine (found in Neo- Synephrine and its generics), which lasts up to four hours. While bringing almost immediate relief (and an occasional but brief burning sensation in your nasal passage)
March 28, 2013 |
The U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will cost taxpayers $4 trillion to $6 trillion, taking into account the medical care of wounded veterans and expensive repairs to a force depleted by more than a decade of fighting, according to a new study by a Harvard researcher. Washington increased military benefits in late 2001 as the nation went to war, seeking to quickly bolster its talent pool and expand its ranks. Those decisions and the protracted nation-building efforts launched in both countries will generate expenses for years to come, Linda J. Bilmes, a public policy professor, wrote in the report that was released Thursday.
October 9, 2013 |
For those who like to plan their Black Friday shopping early, the first trickle of news is here: Maryland's Arundel Mills will open for business at midnight Thanksgiving this year. The mall opened at the same time last November, a year that many retailers started creeping into Thanksgiving dinner time by throwing their doors open as early as 8 p.m. Potomac Mills, its sister outlet, will also open at midnight. Most retailers at Tysons Corner Center will also open at midnight Nov. 28, although some may open earlier, Bob Maurer, senior marketing manager for the mall, said in an e-mail.
January 14, 2013 |
Anthropologist Franz Boas didn't mean to spark a century-long argument. Traveling through the icy wastes of Baffin Island in northern Canada during the 1880s, Boas simply wanted to study the life of the local Inuit people, joining their sleigh rides, trading caribou skins and learning their folklore. As he wrote proudly to his fiancee, "I am now truly like an Eskimo. . . . I scarcely eat any European foodstuffs any longer but am living entirely on seal meat. " He was particularly intrigued by their language, noting the elaborate terms used to describe the frozen landscape: "aqilokoq" for "softly falling snow" and "piegnartoq" for "the snow [that is]
April 9, 2013 |
The day I paid nearly $11 for a four-ounce box of "artisan" crackers, I had to wonder: Couldn't I just make these myself? Flour, olive oil, sea salt. Those were the only ingredients listed on the box. Make my own crackers? It seemed like the answer had to be yes. The idea struck me as brilliant, for several reasons. It would save money. It would require no special equipment. It would let me customize snacks to my taste. And a bag of rustic-looking crackers, tied with a pretty ribbon, would make a charming hostess gift, for the next time I had a hostess.
September 13, 2013 |
The Chinese food deliveryman lights up when he sees Skip Bayless answer the door. "I thought it was you," he says with a smile, handing over dinner. Bayless is a regular customer. At his core, he's a man of routine, and at the beginning of each week, he orders five days' worth of chicken and broccoli (no sauce), his nightly dinners. Every weekend he stops by the same Manhattan deli and buys five sandwiches to bring back to his weekday home in Connecticut, his daily lunch. He's a health nut who exercises twice a day. Every Sunday morning is church, every Friday is date night and every evening in between is the same: chicken and broccoli — and sports . On this night, the games have already started.
October 1, 2013 |
Members of the Montgomery and Prince George's county councils introduced bills Tuesday to raise the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour, an unusual display of regional collaboration that may soon include D.C. lawmakers. Maryland requires applicable employers to pay $7.25 an hour, the current federal minimum wage. That amounts to about $15,000 a year for a full-time employee. Sponsors of both bills said the wage is unjustly low, especially in a region where living costs are so high. "I think it's time we ensure that an honest day's work gets an honest day's pay," said Montgomery council member Marc Elrich (D-At Large)
August 26, 2013 |
Western Sky Financial, a prominent online lender that offers short-term loans at triple-digit interest rates, said it will stop funding loans on Sept. 3 amid mounting legal battles with authorities in several states, including Maryland. The decision arrives as state and federal regulators are clamping down on payday lending, a burgeoning industry that operates under a patchwork of laws. These loans carry high interest rates and balloon payments that can trap Americans in a cycle of debt, critics say. Industry groups say payday lenders are being persecuted and argue that they serve a need that is not being met by traditional banks.
September 20, 2013 |
Jay Mathews is The Washington Post's education columnist. His books include "Work Hard. Be Nice.: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America. " One of the more intriguing moments in Amanda Ripley's fine book is the introduction of a Minnesota teenager named Eric to the South Korean public school system. That country has some of the highest average test scores in the world. Eric assumed that every high school class would be flying high, all eyes on the teacher, no nonsense.
June 8, 2013 |
Linda Davidson The Washington Post Mark and Jackie Barden hug their 11-year-old daughter, Natalie, before she goes to school in Newtown, Conn., in May. T hey had promised to try everything, so Mark Barden went down into the basement to begin another project in memory of Daniel. The families of Sandy Hook Elementary were collaborating on a Mother's Day card, which would be produced by a marketing firm and mailed to hundreds of politicians across the country. "A difference-maker," the organizers had called it. Maybe if Mark could find the most arresting photo of his 7-year-old son, people would be compelled to act. It hardly mattered that what Mark and his wife, Jackie, really wanted was to ignore Mother's Day altogether, to stay in their pajamas with their two surviving children, turn off their phones and reward themselves for making it through another day with a glass of Irish whiskey neat.
September 4, 2013 |
If you interview for a job at Google, don't expect the person making the hiring decision to be your prospective boss. When it comes to evaluating job candidates, "what we've found is you're much more objective if you understand the space but do not necessarily have a stake in that person actually joining," said Sunil Chandra, Google's vice president for staffing and operations. And that's why Google, the Silicon Valley giant known for its attractive workplace benefits and whimsical office culture , uses panels of varied employees — not potential direct supervisors or peers — to handle its worker selection process.