December 11, 2011 |
In one room of the community college in rural central Virginia, students were practicing the basics of woodworking. In another, they were learning how to draw blood for medical tests. In Room 131, students were learning how to analyze national security threats. "Jemaah Islamiyah, a terrorist group based in Indonesia, has been dormant for years, but recent bombings in April and May of this year indicate the resurgence of this group," student Ana Buan said, giving a PowerPoint briefing to the class.
May 1, 2013 |
Carlos Plata was struggling to dress a Barbie doll. The cyberspace operations planner couldn't get the doll's clothes on correctly. "Hurry up, Dad," his daughter Jacqueline urged. Jacqueline was having wardrobe issues of her own. The 8-year-old looked as though she was being swallowed by the adult-size Army fatigue pants she'd been given to wear for their bizarre race. "That was cool," Jacqueline said as they finished the father-daughter take on a rucksack race. It was a special day...
March 22, 2011 |
"I'm here to be intensely trained," Lee Brenner announced as he came through the door of a discreet building near Dupont Circle. The brick carriage house is usually the headquarters of the Mathematical Association of America, but for a few days in the middle of March, the left-wing organization Media Matters for America converted it into a partisan boot camp where rebel forces were trained for combat on Fox News. Over four grueling days, Harvard-honed instructors...
May 25, 2012 |
For this small group of fit folks with sunglasses, beach season begins as it always does, a week before Memorial Day in a small bathroom at the 10th Street Medical Center. One by one, a woman in a floral blouse and blue latex gloves calls them in and hands them a sterile cup. It's the first day of the Ocean City Beach Patrol's yearly Surf Rescue Academy, a week-long boot camp for newbie lifeguards. It starts, for rookies and veteran instructors alike, with a drug test. Call it their No. 1...
April 24, 2012 |
Q. My 3 1 / 2 -year-old daughter was successfully potty-trained when she went through a three-day diaper-free "boot camp" six months ago. There were very few accidents in the beginning and no accidents since then. I say that there are no "accidents," but my husband and I have had to deal with a lot of "on purposes. " Even though we know that our daughter can control her bladder easily, we've watched her deliberately empty it when she was unhappy with us for putting her in her room for a timeout.
February 27, 2012 |
In the pre-dawn darkness, the gym doors close, and the black women start to move. House versions of Whitney Houston 's "I'm Every Woman," and Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," blare from speakers as the 30 or so women, most with curves, not angles, grab their jump ropes at the L.A. Fitness club in Capitol Heights. They double-time it as fitness instructor Michelle Gibson counts them down from the front of the class. "Four more, three more, two more, one!" she yells,...