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October 2013 Contents: Top Hospitals

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October 2013 Volume 49, Number 1

Cover Story

Top Hospitals

Our guide to finding good care—including exciting medical breakthroughs, tips on shortening your wait in the ER, an inside look at a cutthroat battle among top area hospitals, and more.

On the Cover: Photograph for Washingtonian by Dan Saelinger


44 Million Ways to Say I’m Sorry

Once the highest-paid lobbyist in Washington, Jack Abramoff can’t escape the constant reminders of his remarkable fall. By Marisa M. Kashino

Dr. Hoffman vs. The Mosquito

A Rockville scientist has spent 30 years trying to eradicate malaria. Experts have long dismissed his vaccine as a fantasy. Now he has one last chance to prove himself. By Luke Mullins

Where the Road Ends

Everyone knows about Street View. Our reporter set out to see how Google maps the rest of the world—like the Mall. By Michael Gaynor

The Audible

Jacob Rainey was one of the most promising high-school quarterbacks in Virginia—headed for Division I football and maybe the NFL—when a freak accident forced him to change course. By Shane Mettlen

Capital Comment

Who’s really protecting Washington? . . . The long history of the fight over the Redskins’ name . . . New York launching pad for top DC lawyers . . . Baby boom at the National Zoo. Behind the Scenes A look inside NPR’s sleek new headquarters. Anatomy How the Labor Department puts out its closely guarded jobs report.

Where & When

The Phillips’s take on van Gogh . . . Sutton Foster at Strathmore . . . A peek inside George Washington at the KenCen . . . Paul Downs Colaizzo’s new play, with Christine Lahti, at Signature . . . VelocityDC celebrates local dance . . . Jewish Literary Festival.

Fall Arts Preview A look ahead at must-see theater, music, dance, mash-ups, and more.


Idea Man How Andy Florance turned a simple concept into a $350-million company. Washington Read A spy novel that’s wise to Washington’s ways plus a powerful Civil War tale. Letting Go How Don Graham came to accept that it was time to cut ties to the Washington Post. What Made Me DC schools chief Kaya Henderson on a favorite teacher and tolerating failure.


Grape Getaways Virginia vineyards that offer great wines in beautiful settings. On a Roll Last year, Maryland voters approved six casinos with table games. Here are the best bets.


No T-Shirts Here At Fabio Trabocchi’s Casa Luca, casual translates to $30 entrées and servers in ties. Plus—authentic Indian fare in Laurel, offbeat tacos in Falls Church, five favorite on-tap cocktails, and more.


Dream Kitchens Spaces that are ideal for both entertaining and everyday use. Best of Friendship Heights Boutiques, sushi, pizza, and one of the area’s best bookstores. Luxury Homes Debra Lee of BET sells for nearly $5 million in DC’s Massachusetts Avenue Heights. In it To Win It Judges from local pet costume contests offer tips for scoring the top prize. On the Horizon Happenings, announcements, and rumors to know about.