October 28, 2011 |
The coming months are a dietary minefield for the health-conscious, beginning tomorrow night with those leftover Kit-Kats after the trick-or-treaters have all sugar-crashed and drifted off to dreamland. Many people resign themselves to the holiday season bloat, with oversized sweaters and the promise of salads and spin classes starting Jan. 1. But there are a number of reasons to get a jump-start on those resolutions. For starters, the gym is a much more pleasant place when it isn't overrun with newbies.
January 1, 2012
It happens every new year. Too many slices of fruitcake are devoured, buttoning the pants gets a little harder and working out starts looking a whole lot better. Shedding a few pounds is one of the most popular New Year's resolutions. Any gym can attest to the influx of snowbirds after the holidays. You know the folks, the ones who take over the elliptical machines in the dead of winter, but fly away in the spring. The Washington area, however, does have a healthy population of fitness buffs.
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 . . .
March 20, 2013 |
On the same day President Obama was preparing for his first trip to Israel , the finances of Cyprus called into question the future of the euro , and we marked the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War , the world was riveted by — of all things — yoga pants. Make that sheer yoga pants. The news that Lululemon , the maker of pricey yoga gear, was recalling 17 percent of its pants inventory due to fabric that was too revealing spread widely on the Internet. It helped, of course, that the story was tailor-made for puns . "Yoga-Pants Supplier Says Lululemon Stretches the Truth," quipped one WSJ headline . "The company's profits are going downward, dog," poked a Los Angeles Times columnist . Or at least its sales may: The Canadian company lowered expectations Tuesday as a result of the recall, projecting a 5 to 8 percent comparable same-store sales increase, rather than the 11 percent previously expected.
November 4, 2011 |
The brutal murder of Jayna Murray inside a Lululemon Athletica store in downtown Bethesda will be remembered for many things: The 331 wounds inflicted. The bizarre lies her co-worker first told police. The single hour it took a jury to reach a guilty verdict against that co-worker . But perhaps as much as anything else, the murder will be remembered for the reaction — or apparent non-reaction — of two Apple Store employees next door, who heard cries for help and did nothing.
November 2, 2011 |
Brittany Norwood's journey from supposed victim to brutal killer ended Wednesday when a jury convicted her of first-degree murder in the slaying of a co-worker at an upscale Bethesda yoga-clothing store. It took Montgomery County Circuit Court jurors less than an hour to reach the guilty verdict in one of the Washington region's most sensational murder cases , which became known for both its savagery and surprises. The decision culminated a six-day trial during which prosecutors detailed the gruesome March attack against Jayna Murray, 30. The woman endured at least 331 stabbing, cutting, beating and choking wounds before she succumbed in a back hallway of the Lululemon Athletica store . Murray's father, David Murray, sobbed as the verdict was read, his arm around his wife, Phyllis, who also cried.
October 27, 2011 |
Just hours after she was found bound and bloody, Brittany Norwood spoke to a detective from a hospital bed. "Can you tell me how my friend is doing?" she asked in a soft, caring voice. The detective, Deana Mackie, said she didn't know. It was so early in the case, Mackie said, that she'd come directly to the hospital while other detectives were inside the Lululemon Athletica store in downtown Bethesda, trying to figure out what had happened the night before. "I know that you've been through a lot," Mackie said.
March 21, 2013 |
The abject horror of the see-through yoga pants recall crescendoed to new, tragic heights when customers attempted to return their PG-13 garments. "I went into my local store to return my Astro pants," one customer wrote on Tuesday on Lululemon's public Facebook page. "I was asked to bend over in order to determine sheerness. The sales associate then perused my butt in the dim lighting of the change room and deemed them ‘not sheer.' " No. No! Nooo. Such downward-facing drama.
March 13, 2011 |
She was on her way to earning an MBA from Johns Hopkins's Carey Business School. She'd spent years in international marketing. For her 30th birthday, she went bungee jumping. But Jayna Murray's life ended in the most brutal of ways Friday night, when she was slain after two masked men entered the Bethesda yoga clothing store where she worked. "If you know Jayna, she's a fighter. She would not go down without fighting," her college roommate, Ivy Huang, said Sunday. Huang spoke of Murray outside the Lululemon Athletica store in the Bethesda Row area, where she went to honor her friend.
November 1, 2011 |
Six days into the coverup, Brittany Norwood's story fell apart. It happened inside a dank interview room at Montgomery County police headquarters. For days, veteran detective Jim Drewry had been deeply suspicious of Norwood's account. But he listened to her latest lie: The two masked men who had slipped into a Bethesda yoga store and killed her co-worker actually took a break from their assault to ask her to move the co-worker's car by herself and walk back to the store. "Did they say why they wanted you to move the car?"