Guest List: Today's Newsmakers

The Washingtonians in headlines today we’d like to have dinner with tonight

By: Alyssa Rosenberg

• Jim Abdo. The developer just broke ground on his third condo building in Rosslyn as part of a new wave of development in the once business-heavy neighborhood. Abdo says Rosslyn’s becoming more pedestrian-friendly, and that there’s more demand than he expected for homes there. And with the new multiple-use art space Artisphere thriving in Rosslyn, across the river could become the new U Street.

• Charlie Davies. After a horrific car crash on the George Washington Parkway that cost him his spot on the U.S.’s World Cup team and set back his career with a French team, Davies is returning to Washington to play for D.C. United—and looking for redemption. He’ll have to earn his spot on United and see if he can again become the internationally competitive striker he once was.

• Anya Douglas. Inspired by a couple dancing to Rafael Saadiq in the aisles, the store manager of the Wegman’s in Prince George’s County has turned the supermarket into a hot spot for singles. Now Wegman’s has jazz concerts and an active pickup scene, and Georgetown’s Social Safeway has competition. What’s next? Hipster speed dating at Whole Foods?

• Francesca Hogi. Last night the Washington lawyer became the first contestant voted off the current season of Survivor.

• Josh Burnheimer. The assistant director of Virgina Tech’s alumni association is pushing an unusual initiative—getting Hokies to inter their ashes in a new repository on campus that will be open to alumni, staff, and students. At $5,000 a pop, it’s not a cheap way to spend eternity. But then, maybe Tech has figured out a secret to long-lasting school spirit that the rest of Washington’s universities could benefit from.

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