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March 2014 Contents: Top Doctors

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March 2014 Volume 49, Number 6

Cover Story

Top Doctors

We asked area physicians what doctors they would send a family member to in each of 40 medical specialties. More than 1,300 replied. Here are the doctors they said they would choose.


We Are Georgetown!

Thirty years ago, the men’s basketball team at Georgetown won its first and only NCAA title. It was also the first time an African-American coach took home the trophy. By Shane Mettlen

The Suit Who Spooked the EPA

John Beale was the model public servant. He was also untouchable. By Michael J. Gaynor

Will 2014 Be the Year DC Elects a White Mayor?

Race has an outsize role in this year’s mayoral election in a city where blacks have controlled local politics for four decades. By Harry Jaffe

Lessons In the Art of Dying

In his father’s day, doctors knew how to comfort the sick. Now a physician himself, he has had to feel his way through his dad’s teachings. By Richard E. Cytowic

Capital Comment

Pick-me-up at the Post: It’s hiring again . . . Oscar contenders and other movies with Washington ties . . . Closing Terry McAuliffe’s inner circle . . . The zoo’s new panda by the numbers.

Behind the Scenes Inside Joe Biden’s 19th-century office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

Where & When

Lily Tomlin at Strathmore . . . . The Joffrey Ballet at GMU . . . Cirque du Soleil at the Patriot Center . . . The Drive-By Truckers at the 9:30 Club . . . Film festivals around town . . . The Kreeger Museum turns 20 . . . Garry Winogrand at the National Gallery . . . Return of the Cherry Blossom Festival . . . Richard Thomas and Ron Rifkin in Arena’s Camp David . . . Henry IV, Part 1 at Shakespeare.


Higher Power Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s new job is a chance to reshape the US Catholic church. Sweet Vindication As the FDA moves to eradicate trans fats from America’s diets, Montgomery County could be a model for how food purveyors will respond. Darkness Redeemed An author plumbs the riddle of a Rockefeller’s disappearance. What Made Me Journalist and breast-cancer survivor Madhulika Sikka talks straight about her career and the disease.


Flower Power Nothing heralds the start of spring like floral fashions. We pick some favorites. Makeover Magic Personal shoppers offer advice on creating a flattering ward-robe and getting your closet under control. Plus—how to give clothes a second life.


Familiar Ring Republic brings oyster po’ boys and other Jeff Black standards to Takoma Park. Plus—quick takes on a restaurant/butcher shop, a sleek Southeast Asian small-plates place, and more. And Rogue 24 chef RJ Cooper talks about his favorite things—from ice cream to takeout.


Working in Style Gorgeous views, smart storage solutions, custom built-ins: Five home offices prove form is just as important as function. Plus—tips for organizing and a look at nine Washington writers’ home offices. Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation As more baby boomers enter retirement, senior housing is transforming itself. Luxury Homes Five homes sell for $3 million and up.Pets How was she to know that a new puppy and an older cat could turn her apartment into a boxing ring?

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First Person What did a child’s overheard clarinet playing have to say to a recently separated man?