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September 2010 Contents: Can This Man Save the Redskins?

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September 2010 Cover
Volume 45, Number 12

Cover Story

Great Expectations

Donovan McNabb comes here after winning in Philadelphia. He brings a powerful family history and a leadership style President Obama could learn from. Can he make the Redskins winners? Don’t bet against him.

Photograph by Simon Bruty


Best & Worst of Congress

Who’s the smartest member of Congress? The hottest? Top aides on Capitol Hill tell all.


Five-year-old Kamron Wells was shopping with his grandfather in a Fairfax supermarket. He wandered outside. And then he was gone. By Cindy Rich.

Payback Time?

Four years ago, Martin O’Malley tossed Bob Ehrlich out of the Maryland governor’s mansion. Now Ehrlich wants to return the favor. By Susan Baer

My Landlord Was a Russian Spy

The author was surprised to find out he’d been renting his apartment from a Russian agent. But what he learned next revealed more than even the FBI may know. By Michael Gaynor

Starry Night

We followed this year’s best-dressed Washingtonians for a night on the town. Fall fashion has rarely looked so glamorous. Edited by Jill Hudson Neal

Capital Comment

Pros and cons: Fenty vs. Gray . . . In search of charismatic megafauna . . . Clerking for the Supremes . . . Crime scenes for sale . . . Good Washington reads . . . Chris Core’s lessons from Larry King.
Profile Homegrown singer Mary Chapin Carpenter on passing the hat in the old days, surviving a crisis, what she thinks of American Idol, and more.
lone shark He’s not old enough to play in a casino, but alone in his parents’ basement he’s won millions playing Texas Hold ’Em.i think i hear you Seth asked the author to help him write about being deaf, but their experiences couldn’t have been more different. Would they find common ground?Real Life The spine whisperer.benefits Good times for good causes in September.

Where & When

Cirque du Soleil at National Harbor . . . Masterworks at the Phillips . . . Renée Fleming, Lang Lang, and the NSO . . . All’s Well at the Lansburgh . . . Merle Haggard at the Birchmere . . . Festivals of all kinds.


dining out Kimchee quesadillas? It works at DaMoim, a restaurant in Annandale’s Koreatown that gets fusion right. Plus—a talented chef reemerges in Silver Spring, and terrific Neapolitan pizza comes to Falls Church. best bites Real hot dogs, Windy City style . . . Cork’s oil-cured tomatoes . . . “Either/or” with Tamesha Warren . . . Maple-bacon latte? . . . Ginger ale with snap . . . Silver Diner goes locavore . . . Where to get fresh sweet it is Taste sweet wines from Virginia against France’s great Sauternes? And pair them with all kinds of foods? Be ready to be surprised. 


travel Two nice destinations for autumn: Munich and Burlington. great hair Why so many hairstylists come here from Turkey, where to get the best blowouts, Michelle Obama’s head for style, breaking up with your stylist, and 23 salons to try.Reader deals Salons cut their prices.


best of bethesda Downtown Bethesda has grown into one of the region’s liveliest areas. Here are our picks for the best places to eat, shop, and have fun. Luxury Homes Six baths, $2.5 million. Plus—six other homes sell for $1 million or more.

Pets How do you care for a pet’s teeth? In somewhat the same way you care for your own.

First Person Taking his dog to spend time with seniors has done more than cheer up the people who meet her.