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July 2012 Contents: Best Of Washington

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June 2012 Cover
Volume 47, Number 10

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Best of Washington

More than 130 great places to go, people to know, and things to do—including the area’s top food trucks and farmers markets, cool pools and picnic spots, crab decks and rooftop bars, pretty pedicures and chic boutiques

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Olympic Moments

Where does life take you after you’ve experienced Olympic glory? Eleven past Olympians look back—and ahead. By Mary Yarrison

The Passion of John Wojnowski

Haunted by his past, he has stood outside the Vatican Embassy almost every day for 14 years. His lonely vigil has made him a hero to victims of sexual abuse. But will he ever find peace? By Ariel Sabar

The Water We Drink

Washington’s tap water, most of which comes from the Potomac River, meets federal water-quality standards. But new pollutants have emerged that are not removed by current water-purification technology. Could these be linked to alarming increases in obesity, diabetes, autism, and more? By John Pekkanen

Fatal Mistake

At 15, Erik Postell fired a gun into a crowded school parking lot and killed Devin Fowlkes, a nice kid he barely knew. Nine years later, he’s still trying to make sense of what happened and to fulfill a promise he made to Devin’s mother. By Cindy Rich

Capital Comment

Forecasting a Romney Cabinet . . . The untold story: why the Watergate burglars got caught . . . How to act like a Brit . . . Can Larry Kramer make good journalism pay at USA Today?
Anatomy How to relocate a sandbar shark.
Behind the Scenes Carrying the flag at formal functions and ceremonies of state.
Party Pictures & Benefits Hats on for the Mall . . . Honoring great ladies . . . Bandolero opening.

Where & When

Seal with Macy Gray, Buddy Guy with John Mayall at Wolf Trap . . . Carlos Santana and the Allman Brothers at Merriweather . . . Coldplay at Verizon . . . Shawn Colvin at the Birchmere . . . Addams Family at the KenCen . . . Crafts at the Renwick . . . Folklife and Fringe festivals . . . Big-name tennis.


Profile Persuading people to use less energy.

Washington Read Comfort in the Kennedys.

What I’ve Learned Barney speaks frankly.

Looking Back Building Metro in the summer of ’74, rival construction crews played dirtball.

What Made Me Living The Grapes of Wrath.


Summer Beauty The latest on no-sweat makeup and sunscreens that really work.

Reader deals Seven great weekend getaways.


A Chinese gem in Rockville . . . Great Mexican plates in Vienna . . . DC’s Sixth Engine could use a tune-up . . . Dining on a shoestring at Mama Chuy . . . First look at Bistro Bohem.


Best of Shepherdstown Many of the pre-Revolutionary buildings in West Virginia’s oldest town house fun shops, restaurants, and more.

Real Estate Love the beach? Here’s what houses along the Atlantic coast cost now.

Luxury Homes Billionaire Mitchell Rales expands his compound; the Carlyle Group’s Daniel D’Aniello buys for almost $2 million.

Pets If family-law attorney Monica Chernin isn’t in her office, you can find her selling pet supplies just a few blocks away.

First Person She had never tried whisky till her brother-in-law died, but sharing a bottle with others helped keep the memories flowing.