“Did You Catch His Name?”

Across

1. Island nation near Sicily

6. Record for later, in a way

10. Smear

14. Like the gods Loki and Tyr

19. With emotions running high, as a meeting

20. Frederick’s ___ College

21. Macpherson in The Mirror Has Two Faces

22. Becoming author Michelle

23. Adam Smith’s “invisible hand”

26. Trade-show exhibits, for short

27. Trod or tiptoed

28. Prefix meaning “one thousand”

29. What a dean’s-list student probably has

31. Fury

32. Genre for Mad

34. Fervor

35. E-mails, sometimes

38. City that’s a seven-hour drive north of Copenhagen

40. The Three Gorges Dam is on it

45. Brachiopod named for a piece of furniture

48. Peter of Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!

49. Emperor after Claudius

50. Blueberry ___ (Diet Coke flavor)

51. Feel ___ on one’s shoulder

53. Gurus on mats

55. Burglarize

56. College student who probably doesn’t have a 4.0 GPA

60. Pulling your little sister’s hair, e.g.

61. One of many in the Chesapeake

62. Ann of the 1950s sitcom Private Secretary

63. The A of UAE

65. Feature of sweaters worn to certain parties

67. ___ Legend(2007 Will Smith movie)

68. “You win!”

70. Part of i.e.

71. Drug used to treat ADHD

75. It’s a long story

76. “I’ll take the whole thing”

80. Simba’s uncle

81. Simba’s wife

83. Gets there first, barely

85. Apiece

86. “To make a long story short . . .”

88. Coward of the stage

89. Periods

90. Societal troubles

92. Has the nerve (to)

94. Jogging outfit

97. Fortune teller’s skill

101. Pasta that’s Italian for “barley”

102. Docs

103. Drummer Peart

104. He had Trotsky assassinated

106. Male meower

108. Punishing headwear

112. Frequent setting for the Winter Olympics

113. McCarthy of Can You Ever Forgive Me?

117. Frozen drinks sold at Target

118. Trump aide who coined the phrase “alternative facts”

121. Play way too loud

122. List-ending phrase

123. Any minute now

124. Novelist Zora ___ Hurston

125. Makes happy

126. Alluring

127. Other, in Oaxaca

128. Yan ___ (2018 All-Star who’s the Nationals’ new catcher this season; you can also catch him in the six theme entries)

Down

1. The M in Einstein’s equation

2. Share a border with

3. Walk casually

4. Hedren of The Birds and Marnie

5. Far from benchwarmers

6. Cochran in the US Senate, 1978–2018

7. Charged particle

8. Screwdriver part

9. “Space ___” (Bowie classic)

10. Cruise’s costar in Risky Business

11. In the style of

12. Bone whose name is Latin for “elbow”

13. Wowing

14. Reply to a spouse

15. Ohio college

16. Delhi deity

17. Pollution problem in Beijing

18. Lack of hassle

24. “Gadzooks!”

25. Inventor Howe

30. Two letters after “tee”

32. Longtime director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

33. Encourage to misbehave

35. Keeps the beat, one way

36. Bean used in bars

37. Clever

39. Rimes who sings “Can’t Fight the Moonlight”

41. Keep from stealing, say

42. Section of a song

43. Old Washington-area video chain

44. They cover judges

46. More wittily phrased

47. Tennessee senator ___ Alexander

52. Removes the peel from

54. Just

57. MMX or MMXX, for example

58. Giorgio of jackets

59. Show for which Jimmy Smits won an Emmy

61. Chants

64. Get things rolling

66. Actress Fisher of Wedding Crashers

68. “That couldn’t be more true!”

69. Discontinued iPods

71. Jelly served with pâté

72. Energizer offering

73. One of the Little Rascals

74. Brand of butter

76. More skilled

77. Place to speak

78. Words before repeating yourself

79. Tries out

82. Enveloping glows

84. Attach, as a merit badge

87. Word before prepared or exhausted

91. Heartfelt

93. Like iguanas and fish

95. Ancient Mexican

96. Like some three-hour movies

98. ___ Pieces

99. Crown ___ (classic car)

100. Birth city of Sandra Day O’Connor and Beto O’Rourke

105. Fails to be

107. Oscar nominee for Exodus and Rebel Without a Cause

108. Rights-securing shout

109. Home to a medical center named for Ronald Reagan

110. “That’s cool!”

111. Davidson of Saturday Night Live

113. “You leave ___ choice”

114. Emulated Michael Phelps

115. Store event

116. They may have it

119. Calif. airport

120. Neither fish ___ fowl

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The former Secretary of the Army and National Gallery of Art budget analyst wed at Longview Gallery.

After nearly a decade of seeing one another at the gym, Eric Fanning and Ben Masri-Cohen finally managed to schedule their first official dinner date. Dinner, Eric says, “must have been good–we were a committed couple within a month.” Two years later they got engaged while on vacation in Santorini.

It took a year for the couple to plan their New Year’s Eve wedding bash–but they didn’t wait until December 31 to exchange their vows. Instead, nearly two weeks before the big New Year’s event, the couple was secretly married by Senator Cory Booker in a private ceremony. They filmed their ceremony, and when the celebration day arrived, they aired the clips as a surprise for family and friends who thought they were enjoying a pre-ceremony cocktail hour. The clips included messages from Joe Biden, actress Allison Janey, and more, and at the end of the video, the couple took the stage before the best men gave their toasts. 

Finally, curtains opened to reveal a dinner set-up where guests had expected the ceremony. The wedding was complete with a custom midnight ‘balloon drop’ and personalized setlist chock-full of the couple’s favorite songs. They skipped over some traditional wedding details like the wedding cake for the sake of a good party–“we wanted to eat dinner and get dancing,” says Ben. Instead, guests snacked on an assortment of miniature desserts paired with espresso martinis as they rang in the New Year.

Before settling into married life in their Dupont Circle home, the newlyweds honeymooned throughout Argentina and Chile.

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Photographer: Khue Bai | Venue: Longview Gallery | Event Coordinator: Nora Lee by Brandt Ricca | Florist: Amaryllis Floral & Event Design | Invitations: By Hand Invitations | Caterers: Design Cuisine | Grooms’ Attire: Ralph Lauren Made to Measure Purple Label from Madison Avenue store in New York | Music/Entertainment: Perfekt Blend Band, DJ Farrah Flosscett | Transportation: Uber, RMA | Ceremony Video Producer: Firefly Imageworks | Balloons: All About Balloons | Wedding Bands: Cartier

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Natalie is an Editorial Fellow at Washingtonian Weddings. She is a senior Media Studies student at The Catholic University of America in DC.

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Tagliatelle with Classic Ragu/Photo courtesy of Via Umbria

It’s 6:00p.m. on a Tuesday. One kid screams for macaroni. Another demands nuggets. You think you even heard a request for cottage cheese with a side of shredded cheese. But you’re desperate for something that resembles “real” food — food that doesn’t come from a box with cartoons, a takeout container, or whatever is left behind on your kids’ plates.

Hope is not lost!

Liam LaCivita, executive chef at Via Umbria, let us in on his secrets to conquering the dinnertime struggle. As a father of four, Chef LaCivita isn’t just responsible for feeding the hungry patrons congregating at one of Georgetown’s hottest cafés. With kids ranging in age from 3-15, it’s safe to say this chef’s toughest critics await him at home.

But there is one thing that makes Chef LaCivita’s life a little easier — and it isn’t his culinary experience. LaCivita’s kids share his love of beef.

“My family eats beef a lot. I eat beef a lot. I eat it three or four times a week!” Chef LaCivita said, laughing. And with those quantities, especially, “I don’t want us to be pumped full of antibiotics.”

That’s why Chef LaCivita cooks with Laura’s Lean Beef, a brand that prides itself on offering a product that is fed a vegetarian diet without the use of added hormones or antibiotics. “I like Laura’s Lean. It has a great flavor profile and it’s a healthier product.”

In other words, it tastes good and it’s good for you.

Chef LaCivita is proud to carry on a tradition he enjoyed while growing up in his Irish-Italian household. “We sit down with the kids, put a couple of movies on, and we make lasagna, or we make ragù, and freeze what we can,” he said. “It’s great because we don’t have to be glued to the stove the whole time.” Lest he forget the ultimate selling point: “Plus parents can have a glass of wine!” (Scroll down for the ragù recipe.)

These Italian staples are simple, they’re crowd-pleasers, and the entire family can get involved in the cooking process. It also means that during the winter months, the LaCivita’s freezer is stocked with the fruits of their labor.

Photo courtesy of @viaumbria Instagram feed

But now that we’ve (theoretically) sprung forward to warmer weather, it’ll soon be time to trade out these heavier comfort foods with lean favorites. According to the chef, “any lean meats are great for the spring or the summer, because they entail quicker preparation.” For something quick, easy, and on the lighter side, Chef LaCivita recommends taking Laura’s Lean top sirloin, and “just adding salt, pepper, rosemary, and a little salad – some olive oil, lemon, shaved parmesan — and you’ve got yourself a meal in only 6-8 minutes.”

If steak is still too adventurous for your pint-sized food critics, try cutting up a small piece of meat you’ve cooked for yourself and combine it with pasta and marinara. “As a parent, always have something they love but introduce something new alongside it,” said Chef LaCivita, revealing yet another one of his tricks to getting kids to try new foods.

For many parents, mealtime deception involves hiding vegetables in kid-approved recipes, “Save time and buy pre-chopped vegetables,” Chef LaCivita advises. If your knife skills leave a lot to be desired, who cares? There is absolutely no shame in taking a shortcut.

One area it’s best not to cut corners is meal planning; it makes for a smoother week all around. But for those days when the dinner hour is unexpectedly whittled down to minutes, make sure you’ve kept your kitchen stocked with a few staples so you can resort to a back-up plan.

In his home kitchen, Chef LaCivita always has “pasta (freshly frozen pasta takes maybe three minutes to cook), olive oil, butter, some type of high-quality cheese, and any type of vegetable just hanging around.” Defrost some of the ground beef ragù that you stored in the freezer earlier this year, and you have a well-balanced meal that can be ready in less than 10 minutes.

Once children are in the picture, it doesn’t matter whether you’re the executive chef of Via Umbria or the private cook to picky offspring, dinner will undoubtedly present new challenges. Heed these four tips and tricks to reclaim dinnertime for yourself and for the rest of your family:

  1. Involve your kids in meal prep.
  2. Cook with high-quality ingredients.
  3. Plan whenever possible.
  4. Invoke high-stakes deception when the occasion —or child — merits it. (We won’t tell.)

And remember: even if you’re a foodie, dinner doesn’t have to consist of a twelve-course gourmet meal to be good. It simply has to taste good.

Photo courtesy of @viaumbria Instagram feed

To get started, look for Laura’s Lean Beef at your local retailers, and check out the recipes below to bring some of Chef Liam LaCivita’s magic into your family’s kitchen.

Classic RAGÙ

3 T extra virgin olive oil

1 small onion,

chopped fine

1 carrot, chopped

1 stalk of celery, chopped

1 clove of garlic

1 hot pepper

small branch rosemary

2 ea whole clove

.5  lb ground pork

1.5 lb Laura’s Lean 92% Ground Beef

1 glass red wine

1 can Italian San Marzano whole tomatoes-pureed

  1. In a pot, heat a few Tbs of olive oil. Add ground meat, salt and cook until lightly browned, stirring to break up the meat.
  2. Add onion, carrot, celery, garlic and hot pepper. Cook over medium heat for a few minutes.
  3. Add red wine and reduce the liquid. Add Tomatoes, clove and rosemary branch.
  4. Cook slowly for about 45 minutes.

Serve with your favorite pasta, by boiling pasta in salted water. Then toss the pasta in the sauce and continue to cook till fully coated.  Add about 1 cup’s worth of Parmigiano while tossing the pasta and plate immediately.

Classic Meatballs (Polpettine)

5lbs. Laura’s Lean 92% Ground Beef

8 oz diced pancetta

3 cups ground Pecorino cheese

4 eggs

2 egg whites

2 cups chopped Italian parsley

1 cup chopped basil

2 T chopped mint

2 T chopped oregano

1.5 cups red wine

2 T ground fennel seed

1 T crushed red pepper flakes

2 T chopped garlic

Salt and pepper to taste

Portion into 2 oz balls

Again, these are great to make ahead of time and freeze in individual freezer bags.

You can also, lay meatballs on a sheet tray with a rack and roast in a 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes.  Cook till about 155 F internal temp.  Finish in tomato sauce, and serve with fresh pasta or over grilled bread or in a hoagie roll.

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Good morning, and happy first official day of spring. The National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off today with events running through April 14. Break out the cherry blossom flower crowns for Petalpalooza at the Wharf or run in the cherry blossom race (if you’re anything like me, you’ll be relieved to know there is an option to walk the course). This year’s peak bloom is predicted to take place between April 3-6. Want to see the trees but hate those pesky crowds? Visit the Tidal Basin—I’m talking sunrise or right before, early—and take in the vista at dawn. At most you’ll bump into a few joggers and runners. I’m partial to taking a water taxi either from the Wharf or Georgetown waterfront area toward Northern Virginia—avoid crowds and catch the view from afar.

The Mod Couple: Washington Post reporter Ben Terris wrote about the marriage of Beto O’Rourke and Amy O’Rourke, a union he refers to as “at once the most modern and most traditional of any 2020 candidate.” Revelations include: Amy cried when Beto first mentioned running for Congress and tells him to stop doing push-ups before bed. Despite her hesitance to be thrust into the political spotlight, Amy has appeared in her husband’s Facebook Live streams and played a large role at fundraisers, and she stays with the kids while he is campaigning. Beto recently apologized for making a joke about his wife taking care of the children “sometimes with my help.”

The Odd Couple: The profile is reminiscent of another Terris piece about the marriage of Kellyanne Conway and George Conway. On Monday night, George, a frequent Trump critic, tweeted excerpts from the DSM-5 to suggest the President has narcissistic and antisocial personality disorders. Surprise! The President responded by calling his advisor’s husband “a total loser”; his campaign manager, Brad Parscale said Trump barely knew him. George then gave an interview to the Washington Post outlining his many interactions with Trump over the years. This morning, Trump called George a “husband from hell.” (Can an employer openly mock an employee’s spouse? Is that behavior in accordance with West Wing Human Resources guidelines?)

Jack doesn’t quite hit the road: The DC Council unanimously voted to reprimand Jack Evans, the Ward 2 councilmember currently under federal investigation. In addition to the formal rebuke, the council scheduled an April vote to strip Evans of some of his responsibilities as chairman of the finance and revenue committee. According to WAMU’s Martin Austermuhle, Evans spoke at the Tuesday meeting, saying “this is a very difficult time for this Council and for myself. I have brought embarrassment to this Council, to myself and my family. That’s the most painful part of all of this.” Do you think he’ll apply that same contrition to his parking habits?

My name is Brittany Shepherd, and I’m breaking up with sleep and dating coffee now. Email me at bshepherd@washingtonian.com and follow me on Twitter. Daniella Byck (dbyck@washingtonian.com) contributed to reporting today. Please subscribe to this newsletter.

What’s on my mind: A Texas farmer (or was it aliens?!) created a two-acre “Beto 2020” crop-circle because we live in the weirdest timeline.

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Our pick for things to do around town:

FESTIVAL The National Cherry Blossom Festival runs through April 14; peak bloom is expected to be April 3-6, but there are plenty of other events throughout the festival’s four-week run. This weekend, the festivities kick off with the Pink Tie Party, which celebrates DC’s culinary scene at the Ronald Reagan Building. Other events include the Blossom Kite Festival (3/30) at the National Mall, the Blossom Bash at the Anthem, headlined by Meghan Trainor (4/5), and Petalpalooza at the Wharf (4/6), which features musical acts and fireworks. The festival wraps up with a parade on April 13 led by Grand Marshal Anthony Anderson (of ABC’s black-ish) with floats and giant balloons Plus, don’t miss the Anacostia River Festival (4/14), celebrating the 100th anniversary of Anacostia Park with boating and hands-on art projects. If all these events require too much advanced planning, check out over 100 free dance and music performances at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area and ANA Stage. Through April 15. Pink Tie Party (3/22): $225, 7 PM. Blossom Kite Festival (3/30): Free, 10 AM. Petalpalooza (4/6): Free, 12 PM. Blossom Bash (4/5): $55-95, 7:30 PM. Parade (4/13): $20-$27, 10 AM. Anacostia River Festival (4/14): Free, 1 PM.

Good reads:

Shen Yun has a history that is a little more complicated than the dance troupe’s omnipresent advertisements divulge, Jia Tolentino reports. (The New Yorker)

Seamus Hughes makes the case that PACER is a “judicially approved scam.” (Politico)

Big events from Washingtonian:

Do you really love the drip coffee from Swings? Adore the sweets at District Doughnut? Our annual readers poll is now live–take it and let us know your favorite things in Washington. You could win two tickets to our fabulous Best of Washington party in June.

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Brittany Shepherd covers the societal and cultural scene in political Washington. Before joining Washingtonian as a staff writer in 2018, Brittany was a White House Correspondent for Independent Journal Review. While she has lived in DC for a number of years now, she still yearns for the fresh Long Island bagels of home. Find her on Twitter, often prattling on about Frasier.

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A proposal to open a halal butchery facility in Alexandria hit a snag Saturday after some local business owners and dog owners objected. DC Poultry Market wants to open a facility that would sell fresh, humanely killed chickens on Colvin Street in a mostly industrial area of Alexandria between Duke Street and railroad tracks. There are no residential properties in the immediate area, but pet businesses abound: Pinnacle Pet Spa & More, Frolick Dogs, Dogtopia, and the Wholistic Hound Academy.

Therein lay a problem. Though city staff and Alexandria’s planning commission recommended approving DC Poultry Market’s application, dog  lovers showed up to the Alexandria City Council’s March 16 meeting to object on olfactory grounds (“My dog can smell when there’s a cookie down the block,” one resident said) and on proximity to poultricide (“Knowing that my dogs may be walked by a business that holds chickens in a windowless room before their throats are slit while fully conscious does not make me feel that my dogs are in a safe environment,” another said).

One nearby business owner said he was worried about already limited parking on the street, while Sandy Modell, who owns Wholistic Hound Academy, expressed concern that adding chicken slaughter to her neighborhood could cost her customers and impede future development: “We’re not Del Ray. We’re not Old Town. What is your vision for this area? Is it dilapidated warehouses for the next 30 years? If you approve this business, it will be.”

Facebook is usually a good way to take the temperature of Alexandria residents. In the Facebook group My Dog Digs Del Ray (full disclosure: I am a member of this group, as well as a resident of that neighborhood, which in fact hosts a nice butcher shop) commenters urged one another to contact the council to object and argued points like the fact that dogs often coexist with chickens on farms. Some indicated revulsion about a DC Poultry Market service that allows customers to choose their chicken and then wait while it’s killed, as well as how the business will fit in with the character of the neighborhood. At Saturday’s council meeting, many people argued that the process could have been better and there’s not enough parking as it is—familiar ground for local-politics watchers.

Complicating these arguments is the fact that this particular part of Alexandria is somewhat less quaint than Old Town: Should DC Poultry Market open, it will sit across from Alexandria’s Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Recycling Center and about 1,760 feet from a city street and sewer facility. Dogs at neighboring businesses also must already endure the tempting aromas of cooked meat from the nearby Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company, Smoking Kow, and Philadelphia Cheesesteak Factory, which despite its name and location is not a factory in the traditional sense.

Abdul Mused of DC Poultry Market told the council his company operates similar facilities in other urban areas, including New York City. It plans to truck in the chickens every day from its farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and will store waste indoors in sealed containers that will be trucked away to be recycled at least every other day. Councilmembers had notably few questions about a business whose consideration ate more than an hour of their Saturdays, and in the end decided that since two councilmembers were absent on matrimonial matters (Councilmember John Taylor Chapman was getting married; Councilmember Canek Aguirre was attending a wedding) it would be best to table the issue and vote without additional public hearing on the matter at the next legislative meeting, which is scheduled for April 9.

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The beet-glazed duck at Reverie. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Family-style roast chickens have been all over Washington menus in recent years. Lately, though, whole ducks have become the centerpiece of the moment. At Adams Morgan’s Spoken English, the bird is sliced and served with duck-fat flour tortillas and a tableful of condiments. At Reverie in Georgetown, it’s glazed in beet juice and black licorice. And at Poca Madre in Penn Quarter, a duck is slow-roasted with pineapple soda, marinated in chilies, and plated for build-your-own tacos.

It makes sense the roast-chicken trend would evolve. “Roast chicken is usually just that, with butter and herbs—and it’s either perfect or it’s not,” says Reverie chef Johnny Spero. “With duck, the canvas is a little more like a blank slate. You can put your own spin on it.”

At the Shaw restaurant Hazel, chef Robert Curtis adds Middle Eastern flair to his coffee-and-cardamom-brined Rohan bird. But if he had to guess why so many chefs are entranced by duck right now, he’d point to the roasted duck with lavender and honey at New York City’s Eleven Madison Park—one of the country’s most revered restaurants—as a standard-bearer.

Peking Gourmet Inn in Falls Church is perhaps an even bigger inspiration to local chefs. While large-format platters have come into vogue, Peking duck is one of the original shareable feasts, and it’s appreciated by chefs because of the craft involved. The red color of Reverie’s beet-glazed duck replicates the sheen of a Beijing-style bird, and Spoken English offers hoisin sauce and slivers of cucumber on its duck platter.

Peking Gourmet Inn is an off-hours hangout for many chefs—Poca Madre’s Victor Albisu has been going since age five. At Albisu’s own restaurant, he says, duck is increasingly appealing to diners who don’t want red meat but are looking for something a little luxurious. Plus it’s ripe for reinvention.

“At the end of the day, there are only so many proteins, so many animals in the world,” Albisu says. “Eventually, you’re going to have to rediscover things.”

This article appears in the March 2019 issue of Washingtonian.

Jessica Sidman

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Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.

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Downsizing can be a chance to hone a totally new personal aesthetic. Just look at these super-chic condos in two of Washington’s most popular locales for retirees.

In a nod to the Watergate’s 1960s heyday, the homeowners added subtly groovy touches such as geometric tile in the master bathroom and on the kitchen backsplash. Photograph by Stacy Zarin Goldberg.In a nod to the Watergate’s 1960s heyday, the homeowners added subtly groovy touches such as geometric tile in the master bathroom and on the kitchen backsplash. Photograph by Stacy Zarin Goldberg.

At the Watergate

The Watergate scandal made the landmark complex famous in the ’70s. Today it’s famous for being home to more than its share of people in their seventies. No wonder: While Richard Nixon’s third-rate burglars are long gone, there’s an on-site food market, a post office, a library, an upscale hotel, and other age-in-place amenities. So it was an obvious choice for one Washington couple when they decided to prepare for retirement by moving out of their 2,400-square-foot Capitol Hill rowhouse.

The sixtysomething pair chose a two-level condo with city views. “We wanted to scale down financially so only one of us needed to work, plus we longed to get out of the snow removal and upkeep that come with a house,” says the husband. (The couples in this article requested anonymity for privacy.)

Coretec vinyl flooring—which looks like black walnut—can stand up to wear from their two West Highland terriers. Photograph by Stacy Zarin Goldberg.Coretec vinyl flooring—which looks like black walnut—can stand up to wear from their two West Highland terriers. Photograph by Stacy Zarin Goldberg.

They enlisted project developer Mary Englert of Case Design and Remodeling to transform the condo—which a politician had been using as an office—from Nixon-era dated to calm and subtly groovy. Touches such as oversize chainlink wallpaper in the powder room and mosaic tiles in the kitchen backsplash nod to the building’s 1960s origins. Walls came down to open the kitchen and turn the living and dining rooms into a single space. Englert then dropped the ceiling in the living area and added a gas fireplace, the better for the couple to host parties with neighbors or relax with their two West Highland terriers. Timeworn wall-to-wall carpet on the first floor was ripped out, replaced by Coretec Black Walnut flooring. “It’s vinyl tile with cork backing that doesn’t feel plasticky,” says Englert. “Plus it stands up to scratches from dog paws.”

The original midcentury staircase, with its ornate metal balustrades, stayed; the risers were stained to match the new vinyl floors. Upstairs, Englert focused on convenience and practicality via a den/TV room with sleek built-in wooden cabinets and a laundry room off the master bedroom. “After carrying laundry up and down three sets of stairs in the old house,” the wife says, “it’s such a pleasure.”

Photograph by Stacy Zarin Goldberg.Photograph by Stacy Zarin Goldberg.

At Somerset House

A lot of empty-nesters want to ditch yard work but not their green space—one reason Chevy Chase’s Somerset House is so popular with them. Retirees can take in the condo development’s lush, tree-filled surroundings while someone else handles the upkeep, plus walk to the Friendship Heights Metro and enjoy amenities such as outdoor and indoor pools.

The homeowners’ architect designed the built-in breakfast table, which can double as a workspace. The renovated master bathroom includes plenty of natural stone and a large walk-in shower that will be able to accommodate the couple as they age in place. Photographs by Angie Seckinger.The homeowners’ architect designed the built-in breakfast table, which can double as a workspace. The renovated master bathroom includes plenty of natural stone and a large walk-in shower that will be able to accommodate the couple as they age in place. Photographs by Angie Seckinger.

When their sons moved out of their three-story Colonial and the time came to downsize, one Chevy Chase DC couple landed on a two-bedroom unit with nice views but odd angles and boxed-in rooms that made the place feel dark and dysfunctional. Working with architect Jane Treacy of Treacy & Eagleburger and interior designer Annie Elliott of Bossy Color, the pair set out to turn it into a multi-functional home and a showplace for their art collection.

Treacy took down walls, creating a great room with an open kitchen, dining room, and a tucked-to-the-side den. “We rearranged things to free up the kitchen area and get to all those views, even adding an interior window over the sink,” says Treacy. “Now they can see the trees while they’re prepping dinner.”

Photograph by Angie Seckinger.Photograph by Angie Seckinger.

The gut renovation also produced serene bathrooms, especially the master, where a jumbo walk-in shower with a river-rock floor supplanted an oversize tub and cramped shower. “It’s the largest shower we have ever had, and it will work as we age,” says the wife.

Elliott took the pair’s paintings and drawings as cues for deftly blending colorful pieces—grass-green chairs, a dark-orange patterned rug—with earthy neutrals such as their wood-and-resin tables and, in the foyer, the ochre grass-cloth wallpaper. Though the couple had preferred heavier, traditional furniture in their former place, that wasn’t what they wanted for this condo. So Elliott found zippier, modern pieces such as a purple sleeper sofa for the den; Treacy added a built-in break-fast table that also works as a desk. This means rooms do double duty, a major requirement for many downsizing clients.

Says Elliott: “When you have less space, it’s important for everything to be useful and interesting.”

Photograph by Angie Seckinger.

This article appears in the March 2019 issue of Washingtonian.

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“I suspect it will be thrown out in a hurry.”

Nunes in 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

US Representative Devin Nunes filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Twitter, Republican strategist Liz Mair, and two parody Twitter accounts—@DevinNunesMom (now inactive) and @DevinCow—for defamation. While many laughed the congressman off the internet, others, like the Washington Post‘s Aaron Blake, worry the suit could have a troubling impact on political discourse. We asked Georgetown Law professor Anupam Chander if the Congressman actually has a case.

Is Nunes’ suit against Twitter serious?

Only to the extent that it kind of shows that some politicians can’t take either a joke. I think it reveals more about the plaintiff than it does about the actions the plaintiff is complaining about.

Can people really sure a platform like Twitter over accounts like the ones Nunes is targeting?

No, people cannot sue Twitter because it hosts a parody account that makes fun of a congressman. Twitter is protected by the Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. It’s not liable for the fact that someone is going to use Twitter’s service to say something rude about the other side. That is par for the course for Twitter use.

Even without Section 230 I don’t think that there would be any lawsuit that would fly against Twitter. Twitter is not actively developing or stoking negative feelings about Congressman Nunes; it’s simply allowing people to say things, sometimes in a funny way.

Is Twitter different in legal terms than the New York Times or a publication?

Twitter is not held to the editorial standards of the New York Times. The New York Times is held responsible for the stuff that it publishes…but in this case they would not be liable for running an ad with Devin Nunes’ cow or mom poking fun at him. They have the First Amendment, and Twitter has both the First Amendment and Section 230, to be specific.

Clarence Thomas mused about New York Times v. Sullivan being wrongly decided. That’s the precedent that makes it hard for public figures to claim libel. Is that standard in danger?

I don’t think so. This is free-speech court. I haven’t followed Justice Thomas’s view on the subject but this [Supreme] Court has been more zealous about protecting free speech than any Court in history.

Nunes claimed that the tweets criticizing him are an “orchestrated effort,” that people are “targeting” him. If this were true, could he have a case?

If he could prove that Twitter was actively helping draft these tweets, then yes, he would have a claim. Section 230 doesn’t protect you if you wrote the stuff. It protects you if other people wrote it.

What kind of precedent could this set?

I suspect it will be thrown out in a hurry, and will further demonstrate that politicians can’t simply go after internet platforms whenever they’re displeased when someone uses the platform to criticize them.

Even if Twitter were actually “shadow-banning” conservatives, is that illegal?

That would be legal. There’s nothing that says that a platform has to be an open forum for everyone to speak. It bans a lot of things already, some of which is on the basis of politics, so I think that that would not change. And it doesn’t shadow-ban conservatives! But if that were true it would still be immune.

What kind of evidence would someone look for in demonstrating actual malice or reckless disregard on the part of a Twitter account?

One could imagine a scenario where a person is actually engaged in impersonation rather than parody, where the person is pretending to be someone other than who he or she actually is. And there are a number of cases on the internet where people pretend to be someone else, and those people aren’t protected because they’re essentially carrying out a form of identity fraud. But that’s not happening here, as far as I can tell.

How would you go about defending a case like this if you are Twitter?

You cite cases like Hustler Magazine, Inc. v Falwell, which was a case where Jerry Falwell sued Hustler for publishing parodies of him and the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hustler. And you cite Section 230, which offers a broad immunity for these kinds of claims.  You can also test the factually incorrect claim that Twitter developed this content, and you state clearly that Twitter did not write, edit, or ask Devin Nunes’ mom, the owner of that account, to write this material.

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Google data suggest he might have left the public’s consciousness.

Less than two months after Virginia Governor Ralph Northam found himself at the center of the nation’s media attention—and what appeared to be the end of his career—data from Google suggest he has largely left the public’s consciousness.

The governor was pressured to resign in early February after a photo surfaced of someone wearing blackface on his yearbook page. Northam initially apologized, then denied he was the subject of the picture. Soon, Virginia Democrats, including both senators, were calling for capitulation. Northam refused to step down. “I’m not going anywhere,” he told Gayle King on Face the Nation on February 11.

Instead, Northam planned a “reconciliation” tour to win back the support of constituents and keep office, starting with a scheduled visit to historically black Virginia Union University. The university swiftly declined, ending the tour before it had a chance to begin. By the time the launch was snubbed, less than three weeks after the controversy began, interest in the Northam story already began to wain in the public sphere, according to Google Trends, a tool that measures interest in topics via search queries.

Northam seems to have effectively outlasted the public’s ability to stay angry with him, perhaps benefitting from the fact that people don’t think about Virginia governors very often. The best way to survive controversy is apparently to turn off your phone for a month.

Northam’s experience is no anomaly. Just look at other Virginia public officials who found themselves in hot water at precisely the same time.

Justin Fairfax, the lieutenant governor accused of sexual assault, and Mark R. Herring, the attorney general who announced that he’d also worn blackface, both also saw spikes in interest coinciding with their controversies before the public found something else to distract itself with.

What’s trending in Virginia now, you ask? In the last 30 days, popular topics include Luke Perry, Momo, and Felicity Huffman.  Neither Northam, Fairfax, nor Herring are in the Top 25.

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HAGERSTOWN, MD (March 19, 2019) – Affordable family fun returns to historic Municipal Stadium this season as the Hagerstown Suns, Class-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, present a season full of promotions, deals and giveaways during their 70 home games against South Atlantic League competition.

Opening Night is set for Thursday, April 11 at 6:05 p.m. when the Suns host the Asheville Tourists. The first 500 fans will receive a 2019 Suns magnet schedule and Thirsty Thursday returns each and every Thursday this season with 12-ounce beers starting at just $2.

Fireworks Nights are back, and the Suns have scheduled three for the season, promising to be bigger, brighter and better than ever. Fans can enjoy a post-game spectacular in the skies above Municipal Stadium, included in the price of their game ticket, on June 14, July 3 and August 23.

Fans of all ages will love Sunday Family Fundays. Face painting, autograph sessions and more highlight our Sunday afternoon games. Suns Kids Club members are invited down to the field to play pre-game catch and all kids are invited to run the bases after the game.

Early in the 2019 home schedule, the Suns will host two Education Days for local school kids, featuring 10:35 a.m. game start times Wednesday, April 17 and Monday, May 20.

The Suns are excited to announce a wide variety of theme nights this season. The month of May brings our first ever Night Out in partnership with Hagerstown Hopes, Comic Con and Star Wars Night Friday, May 31, featuring characters representing the entire Star Wars franchise to meet and greet fans and be available for pictures.

June is filled with events from Harry Potter night to Ghostbusters/80’s night and Halfway to Christmas June 29, which includes a special Christmas Ornament giveaway.

July events include our Pre-July 4 event July 3, Margaritaville night and a Summer Halloween party. July 20, the Suns will host the first of three Bobblehead Giveaways with the first 1,000 fans receiving a Mike Mussina Hall of Fame inspired bobblehead. Other bobblehead giveaways includ 2018 National League Rookie of the Year Runner-Up Juan Soto and the Hagerstown/Washington County CVB’s annual Mystery Bobblehead.

Other theme nights in 2019 will include Wrestling Night, Super Hero Day, Summer Camp Day, BCACV Pink Night, Autism Awareness Night, Friday Night Lights, Summer Camp Day, Four Nora Roberts Reading Challenge games, Purple Night, Associated Builders & Contractors night and much more. Returning for most Wednesday games this year will be Bark in the Park. Sponsored by Pet Valu May 22, June 10, July 31 and August 21. Be sure not to leave those furry, four-legged friends at home.

To see the Suns full promotional schedule, visit www.hagerstownsuns.com. Single game, season tickets and 10-game plans are now available for the 2019 season with discounts for seniors. To purchase tickets or to learn more about Suns ticket plans, call 301-791-6266.  

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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