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October 2009 Contents: Why You Should Hate This School

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October 2009 Cover
Volume 45, Number 1

Cover Story

Why You Should Hate This School

At Fairfax’s Thomas Jefferson High School, that kid a couple of lockers down could be the next Bill Gates. But could America’s best high school be too good?

Cover photo-illustration by Design Army.


Turning Heads

Eighteen of Washington’s most stylish people show their best stuff. Interviews by Jill Hudson Neal.

Spying for Fidel

This spring, a couple from Washington’s social elite—a trusted diplomat and a former Hill aide—were arrested after allegedly spying for Cuba for 30 years. Here’s the story of their secret life.

Shows to See

Eight singers, dancers, actors, and musicians who are reaching new heights—plus more can’t-miss performances adding sizzle to the new season.

100 Most Powerful Women

Washington has more women in high places than ever. Here’s how the 100 most powerful got to the top, how they balance career and family, and their advice for young women on the way up. By Leslie Milk.

Dream Kitchens

Inside five beautiful kitchens that work—plus helpful advice from architects and a list of good kitchen designers and stores for appliances, fixtures, tile, and more. By Mary Clare Fleury, Emily Leaman, and Ann Cochran.

Capital Comment Obama’s next high-court pick . . . If our roads were named for celebrities . . . How Teddy became the city’s favorite loser . . . Memo to young lawyers: Come back next year . . . Does the Post cover the Redskins better than the White House?

Where & When Steve Martin strums his banjo at the Warner . . . Cate Blanchett is Blanche DuBois at KenCen . . . Synetic Theater reincarnates Dracula . . . International Horse Show at Verizon . . . Festivals and celebrations all over.

Inside the Locker Room Bubba Tyer was the man who kept Redskins such as Jurgensen, Riggins, and Portis healthy and happy.

The Very Best Medical Care It’s available right in our back yard at NIH’s research hospital—and it’s free.

The Way Things Were A glimpse into bygone Washington with Doc, Pinky, Loretta, and other characters.

Best of Annapolis It feels a world away, yet the water and all of the city’s attractions are less than an hour’s drive from DC.

To Your Health In your fifties, all the changes add up, and the list of medical tests you need grows longer.

Luxury Homes Caps owner and longtime McLean resident Ted Leonsis buys a $2.6-million condo.

Pets Some people don’t need daycare—they take their pets to work.