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Mayor Bowser is the latest official to join the backlash against a potentially discriminatory law. By Benjamin Freed
Hey, DC government workers: No more taxpayer funded trips to Indianapolis! Photograph via Shutterstock.

Mayor Muriel Bowser is imposing a ban on official travel to Indiana over that state's newly adopted religious-freedom law, which allows businesses to cite their owners' religious beliefs in determining whether to turn away customers, a condition the law's critics say opens a wide door to discriminatory practices, especially against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

The law, which Indiana Governor Mike Pence said he will attempt to "fix" in a mealy-mouthed press conference on Tuesday, has already earned Indiana the condemnation and potential loss of business from numerous large companies, along with a growing crop of local governments elsewhere throughout the country, including Washington state, Connecticut, New York, Seattle, and San Francisco, where governors and mayors have suspended any business in Indiana by their public employees.

In her order, Bowser writes: "To ensure a consistent voice in policy and practice in the District of Columbia in favor of equal treatment for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, no officer or employee of the District of Columbia is authorized to approve any oficial travel to Indiana until such time that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is permanently enjoined, repealed, or clarified to forbid any construction that would deny public accommodations to persons based on their sexuality or gender identity."

To be sure, it is unlikely this travel ban will deliver a crippling blow to Indiana's economy. A quick search of DC government financial records shows no receipts for official visits to Indiana, although Attorney General Karl Racine is in Indianapolis today to chair a panel at a conference of the National Association of Attorneys General. While Racine's trip is currently on DC residents' dime, a spokesman for the attorney general says that his office is seeking reimbursement from the group. The spokesman also says Racine arrived in Indiana "before widespread calls for boycotts."

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The sky parade is being called a "once in a lifetime opportunity." By Harrison Smith
A Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver, one of the planes scheduled to appear in the flyover. This one's in the Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center, where some of the flyover's planes will be displayed on May 9. Image by Dane Penland, Smithsonian Institution.

On May 8, dozens of warbirds will buzz above the Capitol, marking 70 years since the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. The vintage planes, which Air & Space Magazine editor Linda Shiner calls “the greatest aircraft in history,” will assemble in 15 different formations to commemorate battles like Pearl Harbor and D-Day. The flyover will be one of the largest gatherings of vintage warplanes since the end of World War II and one of the first major Capitol flyovers in decades. “Anyone who’s not in the vicinity of Washington, DC is going to miss out on a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Peter Jakab, the Air and Space Museum’s chief curator.

The organizers of the Arsenal of Democracy: World War II Victory Capitol Flyover, joined by Shiner and veteran pilots who served in the war, gave details on the event this morning at the National Air and Space Museum. “We aren’t able to parade tanks down Independence Avenue or put ships in the Tidal Basin, but we can use to aircraft to represent how this nation came together during World War II,” said Jack Dailey, the museum’s director.

The “sky parade” is put on by a coalition that includes the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and the Commemorative Air Force, a vintage-airplane preservation group that’ll be providing about one-third of the planes. Former President George H. W. Bush and congressmen Bob Dole and John Dingell are serving as honorary co-chairs for the event. Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), co-chair of the aviation caucus and founder of an annual aviation show called the Wingnuts Flying Circus, will pilot a TBM Avenger torpedo bomber that will head a “missing man” formation to close the ceremony. The group expects between 30 and 60 planes to fly, including a B-29 Superfortress—the plane that dropped the nuclear bomb 70 years ago this August.

Here's the itinerary: After a wreath-laying ceremony at the National World War II Memorial from 10:30 to 11:45 that Friday morning, the first planes will appear over the National Mall at 12:10 PM, with formations following for the next 40 minutes. The planes will fly from Virginia airports in Manassas and Culpepper, following the Potomac before heading east over the Lincoln Memorial and National Mall, then south along the Washington Channel. National Airport will be closed to flights from 12 to 1 PM to accommodate the planes, which had to receive special approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly just 1,000 feet over Independence Avenue and “the most sensitive airspace in the world,” as organizer John Cudahy put it.

The planes will be visible throughout DC, though the flyover is designed to be seen from the Mall. Air & Space Magazine has produced “spotter cards,” available in their May issue and on their website, to help people identify the aircraft.

On May 9, the museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly will have around 20 of the planes on display and will celebrate with performances from the Air Force’s Airmen of Note jazz band. For kids, there will be “nose art” decorating—the paintings that decorated the tip of war planes back in the day. Presumably, pinups like these won’t be part of the plan.

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It's All the President's Men versus Thank You for Smoking. Vote now! By Benjamin Freed
All the President's Men via Warner Bros. Thank You for Smoking via Fox Searchlight.

This is it! After weeks of voting, the quest to find the Most Washington Movie Ever has arrived at its end. And even though some of us will never get over the fact that DC Cab got knocked out, the concluding matchup is pretty good. The final contest pits All the President's Men against Thank You for Smoking.

All the President's Men, in which two reporters help take down a president, sliced down its previous competition with lightsaber-like cleanliness. For a while it looked like it might face Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, but the Jimmy Stewart classic couldn't beat Jason Reitman's 2006 adaptation of a Christopher Buckley novel in which a tobacco lobbyist quits the cigarette business but doesn't quit peddling influence. Call it a triumph of modern cynicism over Recession-era hayseed optimism.

Before we go to the voting, though, a review of the two remaining contenders:

All the President's Men

What's Washington About It: After Deep Throat and the legend of a strategically placed flowerpot, the Washington Post became a genuine rival to the New York Times. As Jason Robards's Ben Bradlee character would have said: Nothing's riding on this contest except the First Amendment, freedom of the press, and maybe the future of the country. (Harrison Smith)

Thank You for Smoking

What's Washington About It: A tobacco lobbyist sleeps with a reporter, gets burned by the resulting article, and realizes the tobacco industry is bad and crooked, but not lobbying itself. You can quit smoking, but you can’t quit the hustle.

Polls close at midnight. Vote early, vote often, and, as always, vote not for the movie you think was better but for the movie that most fits what you know about Washington.

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The executive begins a new term with no bigger problem than a budget hawk in Annapolis. By Miranda S. Spivack
Baker—in his Upper Marlboro office—wants Prince George’s County to be seen as the economic engine of Maryland. Photograph by Jeff Elkins

After taking office in December 2010, Prince George’s County executive Rushern Baker III could barely sleep. He had run three times for the job and had plans to make big changes in his first 30 days. Instead, Baker found himself up late, pondering a recent rash of homicides, trouble in the public schools, and a $77-million budget gap. Business leaders, whom Baker had counted on to revive the county’s flagging fortunes, instead greeted him with stories of shakedowns by his predecessor, Jack B. Johnson, who would soon go to prison for bribery and corruption.

One election cycle later, Baker no longer leads with the county’s troubles. “For the first time, people who would not have thought about Prince George’s at least pause. Then we can make our case,” he says. The turnabout has some in Maryland mentioning the term-limited Baker as the next Democratic candidate for governor.

First he has to survive the current administration in Annapolis. Baker’s most pressing projects depend on convincing new Republican governor Larry Hogan—who ran on an agenda of lower taxes and shrunken spending—to come up with funding promised by Hogan’s predecessor, Martin O’Malley.

As Baker’s second term got under way, the county executive talked about Prince George’s future—and his own.

The news coming from the governor’s office is all about budget cuts—those Martin O’Malley made before he left and now those likely to come from the new governor. How do you handle that?

The tools are very limited at the local level. The tax burden in Prince George’s is so high right now, we’re not looking to raise taxes. If the state cuts filter down to me, I don’t have tools to raise revenues. That forces us to prioritize. We have to start investing in the future. We’ve set up the Economic Development Investment Fund to attract businesses and get a larger commercial tax base here.

The new governor has raised doubts about the Purple Line, which promised to bring people and money to the county. What do you expect will happen?

Maryland has always been divided. In Prince George’s, Montgomery, and Howard counties, the rail system is the lifeblood of economic development. The same with Baltimore. If you’re in a rural area, you want more roads. But there’s a really credible argument if you are a businessperson.

What’s that argument?

If the idea is to grow Maryland’s economy and provide jobs, you want the Purple Line. Just building it is going to create jobs, then the stops become the hubs we want to attract business. If we want cybersecurity businesses to grow up around Fort Meade, the workers have to be able to get to the airport, or downtown, or to the Pentagon. What makes our proposal to relocate the FBI building to Prince George’s stand out is that we already have transit there.

Before November’s election, Maryland promised to pay nearly a third of the cost of a new regional hospital in Largo. So far, Governor Hogan hasn’t signaled whether he intends to go forward with the state’s full $200-million share of the project. What’s the fate of the hospital?

I think the hospital is safe. It’s important for the hospital to go forward, for health reasons, and to jump-start downtown Largo. And the deal we put on the table is pretty much the same deal the last Republican governor offered the county.

This is where having a governor who grew up in Prince George’s will matter. His father had to deal with the hospital situation when he was county executive.

Baker (above center) tours Central High School in Capitol Heights in 2013 with Prince George’s schools chief Kevin Maxwell (left). Photograph by Michael J. Yourishin

One of your mentors, former county executive Wayne Curry, made building the middle class a priority. One key to that is the public schools. How is your campaign to attract middle-class students going?

Look at the number of first-generation Americans who are doing well in our school system. Some of our brightest students’ parents are originally from Africa, South America, India. The diversity shows there are great opportunities. And there are real opportunities for the county to connect in emerging economies like India and China.

We also have one of the fastest-growing Hispanic populations—I’m very pleased that for the first time we have two Latinas on our school board. We know we have a majority of the Nigerians in the Washington area. We’re looking at things, like housing availability, that we have to have in order to keep a robust middle class, and those who are moving into the middle class. It has been a hallmark of Prince George’s that we are not too high and we are not too low. We have balance in terms of economics and demographics.

Speaking of housing expenses, Anacostia—one of the areas of the District closest to Prince George’s—is gentrifying quickly. How are you handling those who are being pushed out?

We’re looking at what the District is doing to revitalize, and we’re making sure we match them from College Park all the way down to the Red Line and the new development around Catholic University. What you’re seeing in the District is an opportunity for us to reenergize our nodes in Prince George’s. We’re putting a lot of energy into spurring development into New Carrollton, Mount Rainier, and Suitland. I think that is going to be a hot area. And we’re spending money and resources to turn around areas such as Glassmanor, Oxon Hill.

It will be interesting to see how regional cooperation will work. All of us have to understand we are in this together. If people are priced out of the city, the same thing could happen in Montgomery and Prince George’s. People easily could be priced out of Mount Rainier in the next few years.

So you have a lot of big questions to settle in the next four years. What was the biggest accomplishment of your first term?

The biggest thing we did was ethics reform. Had we not put the bill in, the legislature would have put something in and we’d have a fight over what reform looks like. You don’t want someone else doing it for you. You want to admit to the world, “We know we have issues.”

A lot of people would say your biggest accomplishment was the drop in crime. How did that happen?

We sat down once a week for six months with Sheriff Melvin High and State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, the police—all these folks. Police chief Mark Magaw had the summer crime initiative. It was a long-term strategy, and it was persistent. The police are going beyond policing, working with social services and the health department.

Is there anything new about the way you’re going to go about the next four years?

We asked all our directors and deputy directors to start thinking about programs that are sustainable so the next administration doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel. Stuff around health, connecting social services and family services, doing innovative things about aging in place. I asked everyone to work from 2020 backward, so that once we walk out the door in 2018, there’s demonstrative evidence of what we were thinking.

What does your political future hold, seeing as you’re term-limited?

This will surprise you—I’m focused on making Prince George’s the best it can be. I think the county is the economic engine in the Washington region. I am so blessed to have a job I wanted really bad.

If opportunities open up, they open up. If I can help contribute to making the state better, then I will probably run for something else. If there is someone more talented, I will do as I did in the last campaign and support those I believe in.

Most of the new candidates you supported in the most recent county election lost their races, including your son. What does that say about your remaining political clout?

I made a commitment to support candidates I thought would make a difference—regardless of whether they could win or not. The majority of them will be in public policy in the future. I wanted to help them meet the public. That’s what happened to me. It gave me a chance to get out there and make my mark.

What have you learned in your first four years in office?

Change is hard. In the words of JFK, it’s a lot different making campaign speeches than making policies. You’re so eager, so sure you have answers and that people will accept what you say as gospel. When they don’t, you’re shocked. And you find out that some ideas you had weren’t the best way to govern.

For me personally, the biggest thing was the amount of stress. I gained a tremendous amount of weight.

How much?

Thirty pounds. My doctor was concerned, my blood pressure was up, I couldn’t sleep. It was [former Prince George’s county executives] Wayne Curry and Parris Glendening who said, ‘Take a day, and don’t let them take that from you.” I started running with the police cadets. It took me six months to get down to a healthy size.

Training with police cadets in 2012. Photograph by Prince George’s County Police Television Studio

Now you’re training for the Boston Marathon.

I wanted to run the Army Ten-Miler before I was 55. I had promised my dad I would. When I couldn’t get in, a police officer gave up her spot. Then a guy I know said, “How would you like to run Boston?” For my 56th birthday, I received an invitation. I thought it was a joke, quite frankly. But I am doing it.

This article appears in our April 2015 issue of Washingtonian.

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Imagine: The Purple Line exists and WMATA can connect to Georgetown. By Will Grunewald
Rendering courtesy Arthur Cotton Moore.

This is one of the first excerpts from our package of articles about what Washington will look like over the next few decades. For the full package, see our April 2015 issue—on newsstands now, or purchase the digital edition optimized for your tablet hereand come back to the website for more stories over the next few weeks.

Underground Mall

A panacea for parking shortages, bus traffic, fossil-fuel burning, and flooding tucked beneath the Mall? That’s what a proposed parking garage—buried under the grassy expanse between the National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian “Castle”—purports to be. The multilevel space could accommodate 900 cars and 200 buses, in addition to a central visitor center and public restrooms. A 34-million-gallon overflow reservoir would prevent a repeat of the flooding that swamped Federal Triangle in 2006. And, rain or shine, more than 1,000 geothermal walls beneath the garage would harvest energy to heat and cool nearby museums and government buildings. It might sound too good to be true, but acclaimed Washington architect Arthur Cotton Moore is spearheading the initiative, lending significant credibility to it.

Up in the Air

Rendering courtesy Georgetown BID.

It might seem far-fetched that gondolas—typically for ferrying powder hounds up ski slopes, not yuppies across the Potomac—could solve Georgetown’s public-transit deficit, but apparently not to the folks at the Georgetown Business Improvement District. Their proposal calls for a dangling, four-minute cable-car connection to and from Rosslyn. Costs have yet to be projected.

The New WMATA Map

Map illustration by Todd Detwiler.

Four big plans to extend Metrorail.

Orange Line Extension
The Orange Line is overdue to expand service to neglected hubs like Fairfax, Centreville, and Manassas. But stretching the route could worsen its infamous “Orange crush” overcrowding, and with Metro’s attention elsewhere, the project has no set timeline.

Silver Line
If all goes as planned, by 2050 this line will have been running to Dulles for 32 years and will serve stops as far out as Ashburn.

Purple Line
With a $2.4-billion price, the light-rail line running through Montgomery and Prince George’s counties faces a skeptical governor in Larry Hogan, but momentum, public opinion, and a projected 70,000 daily riders could make it a reality as early as 2020.

Georgetown Tunnel and Inner Loop
WMATA wants to dig a tunnel under the Potomac, serving stops at Georgetown University and the neighborhood’s shopping district. It would connect to a new inner loop running through ten stations around the heart of DC, in spots including the West End, Thomas Circle, and Potomac Park. At an estimated $26 billion, it’s not cheap, but a line designed to circulate riders around the city, rather than take them in and out of it, would be a game-changer.

Project Runway

Photograph by Flickr user Wayan Vota.

In 1962, Dulles’s first year of operation, 53,000 passengers traveled through the airport. Though passenger numbers have recently declined there while Reagan National has gained popularity, there are still 20 million who pass through Dulles every year—and unlike Reagan, Dulles is in the unique position of being able to add another 10,500 feet of tarmac. Demographers say the lag there won’t last forever and that as our population grows, it’s only a matter of time before Dulles adds a fifth runway.

Need for High Speed

Rendering courtesy Amtrak.

Amtrak’s $7-billion proposal to overhaul Union Station includes six tracks for high-speed rail that could shuttle passengers to New York in about an hour and a half—much faster than the nearly three-hour trip on Acela but not nearly as fast as the pitch from the Northeast Maglev. That company is pushing a maglev (magnetic levitation) train—which floats above a magnetic track—that would cut a DC-to-Baltimore commute to 15 minutes and a DC-to-New York journey to an hour. The biggest hurdle is cost: In 2007, a proposed maglev line between just Camden Yards, BWI, and Union Station was estimated at $5.1 billion. High-speed rail is inevitable for Washington—just how high-speed is still unknown.


Photograph by Flickr user Beyond DC.

The only way to drive across the Potomac between Montgomery County and Fairfax and Loudoun counties is via the often bumper-to-bumper American Legion Bridge. A new span across the river, with a highway extension, would alleviate congestion. Maryland governor Larry Hogan has a professed affinity for road-building, but odds are split it happens by 2050.

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He'll join its enterprise unit. By Andrew Beaujon

Mother Jones senior editor Nick Baumann will join the Huffington Post as senior enterprise editor, HuffPost DC bureau boss Ryan Grim tells staffers in a memo. His work will complement the longform initiative Rachel Morris and Greg Veis are working on; they came to HuffPost from the New Republic after its management canned former editor Franklin Foer.

Grim's memo:

Some exciting news: Nick Baumann will be joining us in May as our senior enterprise editor. As Rachel and Greg continue building out our longform unit, creating this position enhances our ability to produce stories that are not simply quick, breaking news items and aren't massive takeouts, either. The pieces that fall in the middle of those two poles can end up being the most impactful things we do, changing the way people think about an issue in real time, drawing on and adding to news we've been breaking in an incremental fashion along the way. Once upon a time, these types of stories, at their best, would run on the front page of the newspaper, when such things existed. The printed product may be obsolete, but the front page itself was a good mechanism to force editors and reporters to think about how a story will be relevant 24 hours or more from now. These stories aren't determined by an arbitrary word length, but by their approach to the piece. Nobody is better for this task than Nick, as many of you who've had the pleasure of working with him in the past know already.

Nick, as is the model here at HuffPost, is a reporter at heart and in his eight years writing for Mother Jones has produced some of the magazine's finest journalism. He is also a longtime contributor to The Economist (or so he claims; he can't produce a single bylined piece to back that up) and has published everywhere across the spectrum.

But, of course, most importantly, if you don't already follow him, he's @NickBaumann.

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Grab a fistful of molly and head to the zoo. By Benjamin Freed
Photograph courtesy Smithsonian National Zoo.

Spring is probably the best time of year to visit the National Zoo. The weather is pleasant, the crowds are full, and more of the Smithsonian's menagerie comes into public view after the long winter. The newest additions, for instance, Andean bear cubs Mayni and Muniri, are a playful pair who should delight visitors for years to come.

But don't bother telling local musician Anders Carlson, who records electronic and dance tracks under the name Moonlight Mask, about Mayni and Muniri. Carlson, as reported by WAMU Bandwidth, has a new album containing a song inspired by that other young ursine at the National Zoo. That's right: Bao Bao, the 18-month-old giant panda, is the inspiration for Carlson's song "Bao Bao's Birthday." Listen:

Carlson tells Bandwidth the song is actually about "longing for a phone call from his girlfriend abroad." The track is heavy on leisurely paced synths and drum machines, but it's a solid composition that makes one curious why the Takoma Park resident rarely performs in public. (He plays tonight at Joe’s Record Paradise in Silver Spring, but that's it for upcoming shows.) Then again, the National Zoo's pandas themselves are even bigger divas who refuse to go outside 95 percent of the time. As of this writing, it's 64 degrees and clear in Washington, but instead of enjoying the springtime sun, Bao Bao and her ilk are flopped down inside the panda house. Perhaps there are kindred spirits in people who listen to Moonlight Mask, or any other EDM artist, in private after running and hiding from the weather.

Moonlight Mask's self-titled debut album is streaming on Bandcamp now, and is scheduled for physical release on May 1.

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The remaining movies look a lot like lists of top political films, which is kind of the opposite of what this was all about. By Benjamin Freed
Bracket and logo by Brooke Hatfield.

Suppose that in her administration of the Great Burger Battle, my colleague Anna Spiegel had added McDonald's and Burger King to the mix of regionally beloved hamburger shops. Most McDonald's and Burger King locations around here are locally owned franchises, but they're not exactly local favorites. Still, there's power in ubiquity: many more people have tasted a Big Mac than a Ray's Hell Burger. If Spiegel matched up Michael Landrum's Arlington restaurant with the Golden Arches, would Ronald win in a landslide by sheer force of presence?

In the Most Washington Movie Ever bracket, All the President's Men and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington continue to obliterate anything thrown in their paths. Any hope of a DC Cab-Die Hard 2 final died long ago, and now, as we come to the last four movies remaining, a final squaring off between the Woodward-and-Bernstein adaptation and Frank Capra's anti-infrastructure hooey seems inevitable. These movies might feature highly on any list of great political films, but this project—and this feels like the 15th or 16th reminder—has been a test of these movies' "Washington-ness." But perhaps Washingtonian readers really do think "Washington movie" means a celebration of a clueless rube hell-bent on replacing a critical dam-building project that would create thousands of jobs with a campsite for privileged suburban kids to use a few days a year. That's where this thing seems headed right now.

All the President's Men trampled Lincoln to win the "Presidents, Fake and Fictionalized" quadrant, while Mr. Smith stampeded out of the "Blind Ambition" region with a rout of Broadcast News. The "Secrets and Lies" quadrant ended with a pair of military thrillers when A Few Good Men beat No Way Out. There is at least one interesting pick remaining, though: Thank You for Smoking made it out of the "Death and Destruction" category by finally putting an end to Breach's Cinderella run.

In the semifinals of the Most Washington Movie Ever, it's All the President's Men versus A Few Good Men on one side, and Thank You for Smoking against Mr. Smith Goes to Washington on the other. Even though you've already failed your city by not advancing DC Cab to the final four, try to remember that you're voting on these films' Washington-ness, and not their political savvy. Polls close at 9 PM tonight, and the final match will be revealed Tuesday morning.

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There's a bright future for bellhops! By Luke Mullins
Illustrations by Todd Detwiler

This is one of the first excerpts from our package of articles about what Washington will look like over the next few decades. For the full package, see our April 2015 issue—on newsstands now, or purchase the digital edition optimized for your tablet hereand come back to the website for more stories over the next few weeks.

Which local industries will create the most jobs over the next three decades? We posed that question to Stephen Fuller, a George Mason University professor who specializes in the Washington economy. Here are his predictions for the next 30 years.

1. Professional and business services

Even if some government work dries up, private-sector clients will keep lawyers, lobbyists, and consultants plenty busy.

  • 707,000 jobs in 2014
  • 1.5 million jobs by 2044

2. Construction

Home construction, Fuller says, will jump sharply before returning to a long-term trend of moderate but steady growth.

  • 147,000 jobs in 2014
  • 264,000 jobs by 2044

3. Education/health

The needs of our growing population will create additional jobs for local health and education workers.

  • 398,000 jobs in 2014
  • 472,000 jobs by 2044

4. Leisure/hospitality

The region’s emergence as a global commerce center will give the hospitality industry a whole new set of business-traveler customers.

  • 298,000 jobs in 2014
  • 384,000 jobs by 2044

This article appears in our April 2015 issue of Washingtonian.

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Looking for a furry friend? One of these cuties—all available at Washington-area rescues—might be your match.

Cadbury, a two-year-old, 52-pound American Staffordshire Terrier-mix, loves playing with tennis balls. She likes to pick them up, then throw and chase them. She’s not all about play-time, though. Cadbury has a very strong sense of family and friendship. Although she can be a little shy at first, she loves to cuddle and show affection. Cadbury is very smart, too, and already knows the commands for “sit,” “down,” “wait,” and “watch me.” You can meet her at the Washington Humane Society's New York Avenue Shelter where she's lived since February 9.

Cherry Blossom, a three-year-old, tortoise-shell-colored female, has is charming as well as pretty. She’s also quite the conversationalist, speaking in short chirp-like meows. She loves playing with toys, including feather wands and stuffed mice, and would make an excellent feline companion. Stop by the Washington Animal Rescue League and inquire about Cherry Blossom.

Tali, a gorgeous, long-hair Siamese-mix, is as sweet as she is beautiful, and is the quintessential lap cat, who just wants to be with you. Having been declawed at some point, Tali cannot go to a home with dogs, but she might be able to live with another calm, mature cat. At eight years old, she qualifies as a “Boomers’ Buddy,” which means her adoption fee will be waived for adopters 50 years or older. So stop by the Washington Animal Rescue League and get to know her.

Caleb is a 50-pound Australian shepherd mix, approximately one-to-two years old. He lives in a foster home with other dogs, including K-9 Lifesavers dogs Tigger and Vinny. He is very sweet and gets along well with other dogs and older kids. He loves to be with his person. He is medium energy and not a barker. He is super smart and loves mental and physical activities. He would excel in a training class and loves to go for walks. Though he's very loving, he is shy in new environments and like most dogs will need to adjust to his new home and routine. Meet him through K-9 Lifesavers.
Rhett is a two-year-old Australian shepherd/hound-mix that weighs 65 pounds. Though he is initially shy, he enjoys any attention you throw his way. He's low-to-medium energy, loves some good, hard playtime, and then will kick back and relax. Rhett would do best in a home with another dog and a yard. Please don't let his size fool you, he seems to love everyone he meets. Meet him through K-9 Lifesavers.

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