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April 2009 Contents: Great Homes

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April 2009 Cover
Volume 44, Number 7

Cover Story

Inside 10 Great Homes

From a funky DC townhouse to a charming manor in the Virginia countryside, here’s a 24-page look at beautiful homes.

Photograph of Raul and Jean-Marie Fernandez by Cade Martin.


Best Local Web Sites and Blogs

Whether you’re eating, sightseeing, shopping, or doing research, Washington’s rich online world can help make life better, easier, and more fun. By Garrett M. Graff, Catherine Andrews, Alejandro Salinas, and Emily Leaman.

Big Bear and Sarge

Edward Bennett Williams and Sargent Shriver had done well. One day in an airplane, they had a warning for their sons. By Tony Williams.

“We are their victory”

Their mothers and fathers were Holocaust survivors. Now these Washingtonians realize how much the wartime experiences of their parents shaped their childhoods and the way they live today. By Leslie Milk.

Daddy’s Game

Mike Wilbon talks about turning 50, becoming a father, recovering from a heart attack, the President, the Skins, Tony, and more. Interview by Harry Jaffe.

Trouble in the ER

Emergency medicine is better here than in many places, but you still can wait hours in a local ER. And the problems ERs face are getting dangerously worse. Plus—where top doctors would go for emergency care. By John Pekkanen.

Capital Comment Obama’s biggest Democratic headaches . . . Barnett snags the Palins . . . Moneybags in the Cabinet . . . Did the Post break the Chandra Levy case?

Where & When Ragtime at the KenCen . . . Rock ‘N’ Roll at Studio . . . Bernadette Peters at Strathmore . . . Smithsonian Craft Show . . . Cherry blossoms all over.

Smart, Oui! Fun, Non! A Frenchman’s view of Washington, a city he finds intellectually stimulating but needing more fun.

“Don’t Call me Granny” In her forties, she had only a vague idea of what being a grandmother meant—except that she was way too young.

Heavy Hitters Frank Howard once hit 48 home runs for the Washington Senators. Can Adam Dunn do it for the Nationals? We asked them both.

Best of Old Town Alexandria’s colonial streets are lined with fun boutiques, creative restaurants, cozy cafes, and lots more.

Wish Lists Budget tight? Here are spring fashions worth the splurge.

Dining Out Bourbon Steak, the new Georgetown restaurant from celebrity chef Michael Mina, revels in excess. Plus—a Thai surprise in Gaithersburg and a Philly-style Italian deli.