May 4, 2011 |
As Washington buzzes about yet another restart for Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, I have been reading a book that summarizes the past 44 years of botched peacemaking, blown opportunities and, sometimes, sheer folly. The book is a posthumous memoir by Jack O'Connell, a former CIA operative who was for many years King Hussein's "case officer" in Jordan. Yes, you read that right: When O'Connell was station chief in Amman from 1963 to 1971, he dropped off monthly envelopes of cash at the palace as part of a long-running CIA covert action...
March 23, 2011 |
On the Internet, the old saying goes, nobody knows you're a dog — which, when it comes to finding love, can be good or bad. On Valentine's Day , I wrote about the interesting ways various couples met — the blind dates, the chance encounters, the silly serendipity. As I was pulling it together, I wondered: Now that so many people meet online, will such stories be told in the future? Will fathers say to their children, "I met Mommy when we shared an umbrella in a downpour in Paris"?
December 4, 2012 |
Angered by what she thought was shoddy work on her home, Fairfax resident Jane Perez did what has become the go-to form of retail vengeance in the Internet age: She logged on to Yelp and posted scathing reviews of the D.C. firm that did the job. Perez ticked off a list of accusations, including damage to her home, an invoice for work the contractor did not perform and jewelry that disappeared. She closed one post by fuming, "Bottom line do not put yourself through this nightmare of a contractor.
October 30, 2012 |
C'mon, admit it: You wish you were one of Ina Garten's friends. They mix cosmopolitans and bring her treats, appearing on her Emmy award-winning cooking show and in the pages of her cookbooks. And they sure eat well. No matter. She's practically offering the keys to her kingdom in her eighth book, " Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust " (Clarkson Potter, 2012; $35; about 100 recipes). In addition to the standard Cocktails and Starters and chapters, Garten devotes one to lunchtime...
August 26, 2012 |
In a last-ditch effort to save the business his mother created 35 years ago, Nick Kassman tried to borrow against the equity in his home. The bank rejected his requests. Maybe it was for the best, Kassman now says. At least he still has a house. Later this year, Kassman will shut the doors to Chevy Chase Bridal, the last remnant of his mother's clothing boutique that has been a staple of Washington fashion since 1977. Like many small-business owners, he said he found it difficult to stay afloat...
July 13, 2012 |
A D.C. Superior Court judge on Friday officially exonerated Kirk L. Odom , wrongfully imprisoned for more than 22 years in the rape and robbery of a woman in her Capitol Hill apartment in 1981. "Mr. Odom has been the victim of a grave miscarriage of justice. He is actually innocent of the crimes for which he was convicted," Judge Herbert B. Dixon wrote in a three-page order that vacated Odom's convictions on the basis of new DNA testing that proved he was not the...