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April 2008 Contents – Top Doctors

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April 2008 Cover
Volume 43, Number 7

Cover Story

Top Doctors

We asked physicians to name the doctors they would send a family member to. Here are the results: 1,700 of the area’s best doctors in 36 specialties.


A Different Way of Seeing

A photographer uses high-tech tools to create striking views of the city—including a special foldout panorama. Photographs by Sam Kittner

Local Eco-Heroes

Thirty people who are helping the environment—cleaning up the air and the Chesapeake Bay, saving everything from oysters to rainforests. By Brooke Lea Foster. 

Confessions of a Single Mom

Women often ask the author whether they should become single mothers. Now that her baby is a teenager, she has an answer. By Susan Kellam

Four Minutes of Fame

Crissy Perham’s trip through Olympic waters left her with three medals, some heartache, and life lessons for the kids she trains. By Drew Lindsay

Capital Comment

Political winners and losers . . . College presidents and money . . . Forecasting a McCain Cabinet . . . No more waffles for Wilbon?
Profile James van Sweden’s relaxed gardens revolutionized landscape design. Now the creator of 100 local gardens looks back. 

Real Life After his son’s murder, John Walsh devoted his life to catching bad guys. His new museum explores crime and punishment. crime & punishment The high-powered lawyer and former national-security adviser went to the National Archives to check on the Clinton efforts against terrorism. Then the archives staff noticed something wrong.Looking back Novelist George Pelecanos and Virginia Ali of Ben’s Chili Bowl remember the 1968 riots. benefits Good times for good causes.

Where & When

New Newseum opens . . . Color Field paintings at American Art . . . History Boys at Studio . . . Chris Rock at DAR . . . Judy Collins at the Birchmere.


dining out The Source in the Newseum is a dazzling blend of LA and DC. Plus—2941 imports a New York talent, Locanda enlivens the Hill, and a restaurant veteran takes a crack at crab cakes. By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, and Ann consciousness The right stemware can elevate a $10 bottle of wine; the wrong one can undermine the pleasure of a $100 bites Lebanese luxe in Arlington . . . Dining out during Passover . . . DC’s best crab cake . . . Patrick O’Connell’s Five-P Pasta.


good art The area’s contemporary-art galleries, many with bold spring shows, feature some of the brightest work on today’s art scene. style Accessories that can add polish to any outfit.favorite spaces Michael Gerson now has time to play.seniors People seeking different things all find what they want in “active adult” retirement communities.


townhouse twist A couple turns a faux Colonial into a modern jewel.books See the homes of well-known book writers, from novelist Daniel Silva to erotica bestseller Zane.Luxury Homes Wizard Andray Blatche, Diane Rehm, and Tracey Neale make deals.

Pets Readers pick Washington’s cutest dog and cat.

First Person In our neighborhood, it’s easy to forget how close we live to a military base. But sometimes on a quiet night, there’s a reminder.