June 22, 2013 |
Under the fierce Andalusian sun, a class of novice matadors strode into an empty bullfighting ring, arching and flourishing through moves meant to slay a beast in its tracks. Yet during their breaks, the teenagers spoke of an adversary in their path to glory even greater than a raging toro: Europe's economic crisis. In Spain, the plot of man against beast captured by Ernest Hemingway is now one of a sport struggling against the financial odds. In a time of harsh government austerity, cash-strapped municipalities across...
April 14, 2008
Joseph Michael Ontko-Mancuso, 53, who worked with the Washington Center, an internship and academics study program, and who volunteered at the Whitman-Walker Clinic, died March 28 at his home in Reston. The cause of death is pending, according to the Virginia medical examiner's office. Mr. Mancuso, who worked at the center for about two years, was born in Washington and grew up in Gaithersburg. He graduated from Gaithersburg High School and Purdue University. During his college days, he backpacked in Western Europe and down Brazil's...
October 6, 2008 |
Ken Moskow, a 48-year-old former CIA agent who worked in counterterrorism after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, died of the effects of altitude sickness Sept. 19 while climbing 19,000-foot Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, with a group of agency friends. He was within 20 yards of the summit when he died. Born in Newton, Mass., Kenneth Andrew Moskow was a Concord, Mass., resident who had lived in Georgetown at times during his CIA career. Energetic and -- in his wife's words -- "enthusiastic about everything," he...
May 23, 2012 |
Name any county in the United States, and Reid Williamson has been there. Washtenaw County, Mich.? Yes. Dinwiddie County, Va.? Naturally. Hooker County, Neb.? Of course. Matanuska-Susitna County, Alaska? Well, actually it's Matanuska-Susitna Borough — Alaska uses "borough" for some jurisdictions, "census area" for others — but, yes, Reid has been there. Reid has been to every single county in the United States. The 64-year-old from Annandale is one of 32 known...
April 18, 2008
To judge from the many movies on the theme, no date is more fabled than the last day of high school. It's been featured as recently as in last year's great raunch fest "Superbad" and goes back at least as far as George Lucas's mythic "American Graffiti" of 1981. "Remember the Daze," written and directed by Alexandria native Jess Manafort, recalls the same evening, possibly in her own life, as the story is set in 1999, when Manafort was 17. Her film has some virtues: great performances by an able if largely unknown cast, enormous...
August 27, 2008
Dave Freeman, co-author of "100 Things to Do Before You Die," a travel guide and ode to odd adventures that inspired readers and imitators, died Aug. 17 after a fall at his home in Venice, Calif. He was 47. Mr. Freeman, an advertising agency executive, co-wrote the 1999 book, subtitled "Travel Events You Just Can't Miss," with Neil Teplica. It was based on the Web site WhatsGoingOn.com, which the pair ran together from 1996 to 2001. "This life is a short journey," the book says.