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November 2005 Contents – Great Places to Work

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Editor's Note Celebrating our 40th anniversary with a gathering of interesting people, writers, photographers, and old friends.

Capital Comment Will Democrats do a Gingrich? . . . Nightline's Ted Koppel and Tom Bettag look back . . . New dress codes for nights on the town . . . Who is–and isn't–on richest-locals list . . . Press Club's pricey nude . . . Battle of the luxe hotels.

Where & When Masterpieces at the Museum of African Art . . . Andy Warhol at the Corcoran . . . Much Ado at the Folger . . . NSO celebrates its 75th . . . Great dance at the KenCen . . . Films of Louis Malle . . . Oyster feasts in DC and across the Bay.

Brave New World? Important cures could come from biotechnology and stem-cell research. A doctor and ethicist talks about the potential benefits–and risks. Interview by Ken Adelman.

Building a Better City Five business leaders who forged links to create a strong economic base for Washington. By Leslie Milk.

Books That Changed Washington Four decades–and then some–of reading that has influenced presidents, policy-makers, and the rest of us who live here. By Howard Means.

How I Saved My Life Surviving breast cancer has been more than luck. By taking matters into my own hands, I've been given a second chance . . . and now a third. As told to Cindy Rich.

Great Places to Work Here's who offers the best pay and benefits, flexible schedules, interesting work, and chances to grow. Good news–they're hiring. By Sherri Dalphonse, Wayne F. Nelson, Ellen S. Mclellan, and Cindy Rich.

Finding the Best Hospital Where would you go if you were having a heart attack, a baby, or a serious illness? Here's a look at the changing medical scene and a guide to making smart decisions–plus, how doctors rate area hospitals. By John Pekkanen.

Healing Art With a dash of the spiritual and a hint of humor, Renée Stout creates mixed-media works that tell stories of luck and love and the search for comfort in a chaotic world. By Susan Baer.

True Believers Some Redskins tailgaters take the pregame ritual as seriously as the game itself. Here are some who stand out in the crowd. By Chris Wilson, photographs by Matthew Girard.

When Nightlife Goes X-Rated DC's red-light district is gone, and the strip-club scene is pretty tame. But the sex industry is going strong. Using the Internet, it has gone underground, and police warn of coming turf wars. By C.J. Vogel.

Laid to Rest No one ever put flowers on his great-grandfather's grave. Then the government–the damn Yankees he had fought against–made it possible to do so. By Ernest B. Furguson.

Benefits Jazz, chocolate, and other good times for good causes. By Maggie Wimsatt.

Great Finds Affordable gems . . . Elegant and edgy in one boutique . . . Cool new spa . . . Handcrafted dinnerware.

Choosing the Right School Here's advice from experts on the best private schools for different kinds of kids. By Kerry A. White.

Turkey Day, Five Ways Thanksgiving has become a struggle, the need to balance tradition with new and different tastes. What's a cook to do? Five chefs to the rescue. By Todd Kliman and Ann Limpert.

Eating Wheaton Spit-roasted chickens, hearty noodle soups, subs of every variety. Here's a delicious journey through a rich cultural stew. By Cynthia Hacinli.

Best Bites Latin/Asian fusion at DC's Zengo . . . Franco Nuschese takes on Clarendon . . . Discovering El Trucko in Gaithersburg . . . Mel Krupin tastes local pastrami . . . Battle of the online grocers . . . Marcel's boudin blanc.

Crossword Look both ways. By Matt Gaffney.

A Home for All Seasons Some retirement communities provide everything as you age–meals, activities, linens, plus assisted living and nursing care when the time comes. By Elizabeth Razzi.

Luxury Homes Redskins wide receiver buys for $1.3 million. Journalist Alan Murray sells Kent home to writer Elizabeth Drew for $2.65 million. Senator Ted Stevens buys for $1.4 million in DC.

You've Got Friends I've never met the people I know through online message boards, but the way we help one another through hard times couldn't be more real. By Monica Bhide.