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Inside the Great Ice Cream Parlor War

By Emily Codik February 25, 2015
Fistfights. Lawsuits. $1,000 sundaes. Washington's Serendipity 3 had them all. more

Eleanor Roosevelt's Worst Enemy Was Her Cousin

February 24, 2015
While FDR was fighting for the New Deal, his wife waged her own family battle. more

The Untold History of Postwar Washington’s Nightlife

January 29, 2015
Gangsters, strippers, tomcatting politicians, and a guitar-playing horse: The seedy edge of the nation’s capital was part Hee-Haw, part Congressional Record. more

How Millennials Mourn

By Emily Kaiser January 11, 2015
A twentysomething with no kids, no partner, and few adult obligations lost her mom. Then she had to figure out how to grieve like a grown-up. more

2014 Washingtonians of the Year

By Leslie Milk January 9, 2015
Nine local heroes whose good works and generous spirits make Washington a great place. more

In Search of Magic: Online Dating at Midlife

By Theana Kastens January 8, 2015
How to handle fleeting connections in the virtual world. more

What Happens to the Holocaust Museum When the Last Survivors Are Gone?

By Sarah Wildman January 8, 2015
For the past decade, meeting eyewitnesses has been the most affecting part of a visit to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. But: “We are a finite group,” one survivor says. more

The Washingtonian Guide to GOP DC

By Kate Bennett, Luke Mullins January 7, 2015
Everything you need to know about Washington's rich Republican heritage. more

Closed Doors Don’t Work for Modern Publications, Says Nat Geo Editor Susan Goldberg

By Andrew Beaujon January 5, 2015
The publication's first female editor talks retooling for a digital future. more

Here's What Every Ex-Congressman Is Doing Now

By Emma Foehringer Merchant, Hannah Schuster January 5, 2015
Since the 1994 GOP Revolution, more than 1,000 individuals have claimed a seat in Congress. What happens once they leave? We tracked as many as we could find. more

The Town Without Wi-Fi

By Michael Gaynor January 4, 2015
Green Bank, West Virginia, outlaws all kinds of modern technology. No cellphones. No wi-fi. But it's a refuge for a group of people who believe modern marvels are making them sick. more

How David Gregory Lost His Job

By Luke Mullins December 21, 2014
Last summer, Gregory was let go from his gig as host of "Meet the Press." Here's an inside look at his fall from the top—and what it says about the state of TV news. more

First Person: Art of the Birthday

By Evelyn Bence December 12, 2014
A young girl, a widow, and me at the National Gallery—and a lesson in celebrating. more

4 Early-Bird Washingtonians and Their Morning Routines

December 10, 2014
Erica Skolnik. 1. Erica Skolnik Owner of Frenchie's Artisan Pastries and Desserts 11 PM Preparing the kitchen: “We use a catering kitchen, Healthy Bites [on Georgia Avenue in Brightwood Park], that operates during the day so we have the... more

Morning Routine: NBC4's Eun Yang and Aaron Gilchrist

December 10, 2014
The news anchors share how they start their day and manage to make it to the office by 3:30 AM. more

The Catfight Over Katharine Graham’s Former Estate

By Luke Mullins December 4, 2014
Two local titans are dueling over a garage addition. Here's what it says about Georgetown. more

Can a Better Football Helmet Save Your Kid’s Brain?

By Patrick Hruby December 2, 2014
Three years ago, researchers at Virginia Tech developed a novel rating system for football helmets. Since then, NCAA squads, NFL teams, and parents across the country have demanded the top-rated equipment. Helmet makers followed suit, changing designs to meet the new standards. There’s only one problem: the scientists who say the safety data is fatally flawed. more

Montgomery County School Chief Joshua Starr’s Biggest Problem—Everyone Wants to Go to His Schools

By Kevin Carey December 1, 2014
Starr’s early focus on reforms such as limiting standardized tests has been overtaken by practical issues like school crowding. more

Activist Carol Fennelly Creates Home Behind Prison Walls

By Mary Yarrison November 21, 2014
Once famous for fighting for DC's homeless, Fennelly now unites inmate fathers with their children through her organization, Hope House. more

This May Be the Most Extreme Lost Dog Search Ever

By Marisa M. Kashino November 7, 2014
A Rottweiler named Havoc ran away one year ago. A $35,000 DC-style campaign, a car chase, and a whole lot of haters later, his owner is still looking for him. more

Washingtonian's Business Hall of Fame Class of 2014

By Leslie Milk November 6, 2014
The Washington Business Hall of Fame honors four leaders whose smarts, vision, and determination have made their enterprises and their community stronger. more

The Unintended Consequences of Catholic University’s Sex Experiment

By Britt Peterson November 4, 2014
Three years ago, Catholic University of America reinstituted single-sex residential living for undergraduates. We check in on the outcome. more

Bear on Highway

By Sue Eisenfeld October 31, 2014
Or was it? The fact that I saw it this way said a lot about who I’d become. more

How the 9:30 Club's Seth Hurwitz Built a Live-Music Empire

By Benjamin Freed October 28, 2014
The owner of the legendary club discusses booking in the digital age, fighting off Live Nation/Ticketmaster, and music in DC. more

What Made Me: APCO's Margery Kraus

By Carol Ross Joynt October 7, 2014
The founder of the political PR giant on overcoming—and capitalizing on—being a woman in a man’s world. more

From the Archives: The Real Ben Bradlee

By Iris Krasnow October 6, 2014
At 81, Ben Bradlee looks back on his marriages and his kids, going to a shrink, and why he loves life. more

The Best & Worst of Congress 2014

October 5, 2014
We asked staffers what they really think of their Hill bosses. Here are the results of our 15th biennial survey. more

Jim Vance Interview: Washington's Favorite Newscaster on the Iffy State of TV, the Booming State of DC, and Whether You Can Do Too Much Weather Coverage

By Mark Segraves September 25, 2014
After 45 years on TV, Washington's favorite newscaster speaks candidly on life in DC and the business of news. more

Muriel Bowser Is No Adrian Fenty

By Harry Jaffe September 24, 2014
The biggest fans of the candidate for DC mayor think she’s the second coming of her patron. She’s not. And that might be a good thing. more

From the Archives: Everything To Live For

By Jennifer Mendelsohn September 15, 2014
Sean Bryant was smart, charming, and fun to be around—a shining star at the University of Virginia. Then one night he killed himself. more

Unhappy Medium: The Challenges With Archiving Digital Video

By Vicky Gan September 10, 2014
As Hollywood goes digital, the Library of Congress and other local repositories are scrambling to find byte-based alternatives. more

What Made Me: CIA Deputy Director Avril Haines

By Rebecca Nelson September 10, 2014
She shares how owning a bookstore helped prepare her for public service. more

Herd Historian: Restocking Mount Vernon’s Barnyard With Rare Breeds

By Cara Parks September 9, 2014
Livestock manager Lisa Pregent is bringing back animals even George Washington might recognize. more

The World’s Top Breast-Reconstruction Artist Runs a Tattoo Parlor in Maryland

By Michelle Cottle September 8, 2014
Meet Vinnie Myers, known as the “Michelangelo of Nipple Tattoos.” more

Dads Want to Have It All, Too

By Brooke Lea Foster September 2, 2014
Working guys all over Washington want to lean out and see more of their kids. more

Gentrification on the Waterfront

August 20, 2014
Southwest DC is undergoing a massive redevelopment. Will that change the vibe on its houseboats? A look inside, right as the cranes rise. more

The Beltway Turns 50: Stuff You Didn’t Know About Washington’s Infamous Road

By Michael Gaynor August 14, 2014
On the 50th anniversary of its opening, here are some surprising facts and figures about the road Washingtonians love to hate. more

The Making and Unmaking of Tony and Heather Podesta’s Power Marriage

By Luke Mullins August 11, 2014
The superlobbyists brought glamour and exceptional pride to Washington’s influence industry. Then they landed in divorce court, trying to outlobby each other for control of their powerful brand and all its assets. more

President Richard Nixon Resigned 40 Years Ago Today

By Vicky Gan August 8, 2014
Here’s a look at what else was in the news that day. more

From the Archives: James Brady’s Long Journey Back

By Mollie Dickenson August 5, 2014
“I don’t think he’s going to make it,” Dr. Arthur Kobrine said when he saw Jim Brady in the emergency room. But with the help of his wife Sarah, Dr. Kobrine, and many others, Jim Brady now can find a lot to smile about. more

What Made Me: Alice Rivlin

By Harry Jaffe August 5, 2014
The former White House budget director on discovering how to shape opinion. more

From the Archives: The Saving of President Ronald Reagan

By John Pekkanen August 5, 2014
A minute-by-minute, inside-the-hospital account of what happened to President Reagan after he was shot: the critical decisions that saved his life, the human drama, the heroes, the entire untold story. more

The Spies Next Door

By Matt Mendelsohn August 4, 2014
Great espionage stories are hiding in neighborhoods all over Washington. My mission: to track down the story of the Glomar Explorer, the most ambitious operation in CIA history. more

Alaska: Where the Tea Party Trail Runs Cold

By Matt White July 31, 2014
Proudly isolated Alaska should be textbook Tea Party territory. Then why has the state’s US Senate fight come down to a Democrat and a DC insider? more

Tree Whisperers: Meet the DC Employees Who Watch Over Our Trees

By Lisa Schamess July 28, 2014
Protecting the forest that lines DC’s streets is a daily battle for the city’s unheralded arborists. more

What Made Me: Mariann Edgar Budde

By Paul O'Donnell July 3, 2014
The Episcopal bishop of Washington on finding her own path and growing into the job she was called to do. more

Is the E-Cigarette Bubble About to Burst?

By Jaime Joyce July 1, 2014
Now that e-cigarettes have become a hot start-up market, is Washington about to send the industry up in smoke? more

War-Torn: CBS Reporter Cami McCormick’s Latest Story About Combat and Its Aftermath is Her Own

By Alex Horton June 30, 2014
When she returned to war zones after losing her leg as an embedded journalist, “I wasn’t such an outsider anymore.” more

From the Archives: And Then She Said …

By Diana McLellan June 26, 2014
The last interview piece from former Washingtonian writer Diana McLellan, who died Wednesday, was with one of our favorite gossips: herself. And does she dish. more

Decoding the Cold War

By Guy Gugliotta June 17, 2014
An American University professor puts legendary spy fiction on the couch. more

Need for Speed

By Christopher Shea June 9, 2014
The night I raced away from DC’s hellish traffic. more

Star Turn: Conservative Superlawyer Ted Olson on Marriage Equality

By Sophie Gilbert June 5, 2014
How he came to adopt the liberal cause of our time. more

Ted Olson: Making the Conservative Case

By Paulina Kosturos June 5, 2014
After heading President Reagan’s Office of Legal Counsel, Ted Olson continued as the right’s standard bearer in hard-fought political battles of the ’80s and ’90s, graduating to solicitor general under George W. Bush. Here, a selection of his cases. more

How Did a 7-Year-Old Boy Catch His Father’s PTSD?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy June 4, 2014
Logan Pearce never saw the Humvee his dad blew up in, and yet he managed to absorb the mental trauma of the blast. more

Can Andrew Sullivan Re-Conquer Washington?

By Sophie Gilbert May 28, 2014
After 18 miserable months in New York, the pioneering blogger is back in DC with plans to transform journalism all over again. more

What Made Me: Andrea Mitchell

By Rebecca Nelson May 28, 2014
The veteran NBC journalist on cracking the glass ceiling and recognizing the human cost of the stories she covers. more

First Person: Rehabilitating Wounded Soldiers at Walter Reed

By Adele Levine May 15, 2014
Cosmo lost his legs to an explosion in Afghanistan. It was my job to get him walking on artificial limbs. But what if he didn’t want to? more

What Made Me: Lucy Bowen McCauley

By Sherri Dalphonse May 14, 2014
The founder of Arlington’s Bowen McCauley Dance on taking risks and seeing the possibilities in disabilities. more

Feeling the Pull

By Nancy Scola May 12, 2014
How the new generation of Internet companies is straining the collegial world of high-tech lobbying. more

Baseball’s Best Lobbyist

By Patrick Hruby May 12, 2014
Meet Scott Boras, the superagent who scored the Nats their top talent—at top dollar. more

DC Seeing Its Own Shadow Campaign

By Mark Schmitt May 8, 2014
The pall of scandal that hung over the DC primary is an opportunity to rethink how we finance political activity. more

“It’s the Host, Not the Slot”

By Paul O'Donnell May 7, 2014
In radio and TV, “the show must go on” is easier said than done. more

The Voice

By Alicia C. Shepard May 7, 2014
Diane Rehm, the popular 77-year-old radio host, has no intention of stepping down anytime soon. But doesn’t every leader need a succession plan? more

For Creigh Deeds, All Politics Is Personal

By Luke Mullins May 5, 2014
After 23 years in power, Creigh Deeds faced the most painful political fight of his career. It turned out to be the easiest to win. more

Tug of War

By Carol Ross Joynt April 30, 2014
How a small army of VIPs killed the Eisenhower Memorial. more

Under Their Wing

By Christopher Lane, Mary Yarrison April 23, 2014
In the 1940s, the world’s population of whooping cranes totaled about 20. To combat the birds’ rapid decline, a group of government organizations launched a program at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel to breed and raise the birds—called “whoopers”—then lead their first migration, introducing them to life in the wild. more

First Person: Treasury of Grace

By Ellen Perlman April 8, 2014
When I was unemployed, surprising acts of generosity, sometimes from strangers, helped keep me afloat—and made me more giving in turn. more

What Made Me: University of Maryland President Wallace Loh

By Harry Jaffe April 3, 2014
On starting over, finding academia, and helping others shine. more

Water Wheel

By Christina Ianzito April 3, 2014
An environmental lawyer is working to protect what comes out of our taps from a changing planet. more

“Even when she was drinking, nothing changed.”

By Patrick Hruby April 2, 2014
In so many ways, Julie Kroll was a typical Washington mom. Until she wasn’t. more

Bill Dean Would Like to Explain Himself

By Joseph Guinto April 1, 2014
The mega-millionaire excels at more than just throwing the buzziest bashes in Washington. more

Up, and Away

By Michael Graff March 27, 2014
Notes on Fearless Freddie and the magnificent life at 12,000 feet. more

How Baby Boomers Are Changing Retirement Living

By Will Grunewald March 13, 2014
The senior-housing industry is undergoing a dramatic transformation. more

We Are Georgetown: John Thompson Jr. Reflects on Coaching the Hoyas to an NCAA Title

By Shane Mettlen March 12, 2014
Thirty years after the team’s big win, the former coach talks about the historic accomplishment. more

What Made Me: NPR News Editor Madhulika Sikka

By Paul O'Donnell March 10, 2014
The author of “A Breast Cancer Alphabet” on finding her career and talking straight about the disease. more

Higher Power: Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s New Vatican Job

By Michael Sean Winters March 5, 2014
Wuerl’s position gives him a chance to reshape the American church in his own image. more

The Suit Who Spooked the EPA

By Michael Gaynor March 4, 2014
John Beale was the model public servant. He was also untouchable. more

Will 2014 Be the Year DC Elects a White Mayor?

By Harry Jaffe February 26, 2014
Race has an outsize role in this year’s mayoral election in a city where African-Americans have controlled local politics for four decades. more

DC City Council Members From 1975 to 2013

February 24, 2014
For the last 40 years, African-Americans have controlled the DC government. Now that’s changing. Corruption investigations recently sank several black leaders. Young whites are moving into the District in droves. The result: a stark shift in the racial balance of power at city hall. more

What Made Me: Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker

By Paul O'Donnell February 6, 2014
Once an outsider in the family hotel empire, she talks about her rise and her turn to public life. more

Paul Levy, the Web Bully’s Worst Enemy

By Luke Mullins February 3, 2014
When companies try to push their online critics around, Levy pushes back. more

Dusty Hernandez-Harrison: In a Ring of His Own

By Harry Jaffe January 29, 2014
Hernandez-Harrison boxes for his family and his city. Now he’s learning to fight for himself. more

The Spectacular Unraveling of Washington’s Favorite Shrink

By Ariel Sabar January 28, 2014
Heiresses, politicians, and the FBI used to have Alen Salerian on speed dial. Not anymore. more

This Is Danny Pearl’s Final Story

By Asra Q. Nomani January 23, 2014
Asra Nomani spent a decade chasing her friend’s killer, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Then she went to see him at Guantánamo Bay. more

“Project Runway’s” Tim Gunn Misses Washington’s Old Department Stores—But Not Working There

By Tim Gunn January 17, 2014
He grew up with Woodies, Garfinckel’s, and Hecht’s—all now gone. He even had a disastrous stint working at one of them. more

Hunting Season Around Washington

By Michael Gaynor January 16, 2014
Whether fox hunting in period attire with a pack of hounds or donning camouflage to shoot duck, lots of people around Washington rise with the sun for the challenge of the hunt, to enjoy the beauty of nature, and to pass along centuries-old traditions. more

What Made Made: Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

By Harry Jaffe January 9, 2014
DC’s representative on talking versus giving a speech, finding happiness in small things, and Newt’s big surprise. more

Our Own Kind

By Judy Oppenheimer January 8, 2014
Growing up Jewish in Arlington of the 1950s meant being singled out as different—by classmates, teachers, even the neighborhood we lived in. more

The Chef Who Brought Down Bob McDonnell Tells All

By Luke Mullins January 7, 2014
How to make tuna fish not taste like tuna fish—and other tales of serving Virginia’s disgraced first family. more

Professor Probes Psychedelic Drugs for a Cure to Nicotine Addiction

By Jennifer Mendelsohn January 7, 2014
Despite science’s checkered history of experimenting with mind-bending drugs, Johnson insists his field of interest is “pretty nerdy stuff.” more

Looking Ahead to 2016, Hillary Clinton’s State Problem

By James Rosen December 23, 2013
After four years as Obama’s chief diplomat, does the leading Democratic candidate have a record she can run on? more

Then and Now: Presidents’ Homes Before the White House

By Emilia Ferrara December 13, 2013
A peek at where our Presidents lived as Cabinet Secretaries, senators, high-court justices, and more—and how the homes look today. more

The Wrong One

By Luke Mullins December 13, 2013
Hera McLeod thought a singer named Joaquin Rams would be the perfect family man. He wasn’t. more

First Person: The Second Half

By Thomas S. Kim December 12, 2013
For the son of immigrants, football was both equalizer and outlet. Then it ended, and I didn’t realize how much I’d miss it. Now, through my son, I’m back on the field in a new way. more

Talk Nerdy to Me: My Year in Mensa

By Sophie Gilbert December 5, 2013
I’ve always struggled with feeling like an outsider. By joining Mensa, could I find a place where I fit in? more

Washington’s Real-Life Horrible Bosses

By Sherri Dalphonse December 4, 2013
Think your manager has issues? These tales of truly bad supervisors may make yours look like a saint. more

What Made Me: Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj

By Anna Spiegel December 4, 2013
Twenty-five years after opening the Bombay Club, DC’s king of Indian food tells how his first venture led to an empire. more

Our Time: Success Stories of Washingtonians of Latino and Hispanic Descent

By Luisita Lopez Torregrosa December 4, 2013
These high achievers from often modest, hard-working backgrounds are wielding influence in business, lobbying, politics, and more. For them, the struggle is no longer so much about getting their voices heard as it is about paving the way for the next generation—many of whom may not identify themselves as Latino or Hispanic at all. more

Punk Politico: Revolution Messaging’s Scott Goodstein

By Nancy Scola December 3, 2013
The digital-marketing firm’s CEO is out to prove that all digital politics is personal, too. more

Shutdown Postmortem: Who, Me? Nonessential?

By Hannah Seligson November 25, 2013
From the Hill to the Beltway, the shutdown created an uncomfortable new divide for federal staffers. more