October 4, 2011 |
Emancipation was in the air, and Elizabeth Keckley knew it. A former slave herself, she had become dressmaker and confidante to first lady Mary Todd Lincoln, and she was well settled in Washington society by the time the Civil War began. But the plight of other African Americans in the city pained her. "They came with a great hope in their hearts, and with all their worldly goods on their backs," wrote Keckley, who bought her and her son's freedom, in her memoir, " Behind the Scenes . " But "the...
February 4, 2013 |
When it comes to traffic congestion around Washington, even the good news is bad, and it goes downhill from there. The city that so hungers to be No. 1 at something — usually on a gridiron or diamond-shaped field — has again risen to the top as the most congested metropolitan area in the United States, a place where the average driver burns 67 hours and 32 gallons of gas each year sitting in traffic. The No. 1 ranking is the good news. The bad news is that it's going to get worse.
October 9, 2013 |
What can we say about Terry Lenzner, a curious hybrid of Harvard-trained lawyer and dirt-digging Washington private eye? That he braved the Klan as a federal attorney investigating the murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi during "Freedom Summer. " That he paid janitors to obtain trash containing Microsoft secrets and supplied them to a tech-billionaire rival of Bill Gates. That as the Senate Watergate Committee's deputy counsel, he served a subpoena on Richard Nixon,...
September 4, 2013 |
Before you join the cynics and naysayers who airily dismiss the notion that Washington should bid to host the 2024 Olympics , hear the counsel of a man intimately familiar with both our city and Olympics success. Andrew Altman headed the District's Office of Planning from 1999 to 2005 under Mayor Tony Williams, where he won praise for pushing redevelopment of the Anacostia waterfront. More recently, Altman headed a British public corporation that planned the...
October 13, 2008
Just when I thought the next disparaging campaign reference to "Washington" would send me over the edge, The Post gave us Leonard Downie Jr.'s paean to "Our Town" [Outlook, Oct. 5], complemented by Anne Applebaum's "Palin's Imaginary Washington" [op-ed, Oct. 7]. They were long overdue. As a Washington-born daughter of two civil servants (an economist and an attorney) with a career in U.S. government foreign affairs, I have to wonder: Why would any of the committed employees with whom we worked want to continue to serve in the candidates'...
July 27, 2013
James J. McGillan lawyer James J. McGillan, a Washington area lawyer who specialized in medical and transatlantic telecommunications, died June 8 at a nursing home in Carthage, N.C. He was 71. The cause was respiratory arrest following complications resulting from strokes, said his daughter Jennifer McGillan. From 1994 to 2005, Mr. McGillan was secretary and general counsel of McLean-based Med-Tel International, which he co-founded. The company specialized in international medicine through telecommunications, transmitting magnetic...