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April 2014 Contents: Where Foodies Shop

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April 2014 Volume 49, Number 7

Cover Story

Where Foodies Shop

Want to make a four-star meal at home? You’ll find great ingredients in our guide to the area’s best butchers, bakeries, cheese shops, farmers markets, and more.

By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, and Anna Spiegel


Under Their Wing

In the 1940s, the world’s population of whooping cranes was about 20. To combat the birds’ decline, a program at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center is breeding and raising the birds, then introducing them to life in the wild. Photographs by Christopher Lane

Lottery Anxiety

The DC Public Schools lottery determines a pre-kindergartner’s fate through a maddening game of chance. By Laura Moser

Up, and Away

Notes on Fearless Freddie and the magnificent life at 12,000 feet. By Michael Graff

Bill Dean Would Like to Explain Himself

The mega-millionaire excels at more than just throwing the buzziest bashes in Washington. By Joseph Guinto

“Even When She Was Drinking, Nothing Changed”

In so many ways, Julie Kroll was a typical Washington mom. Until she wasn’t. By Patrick Hruby

Capital Comment

The Nats by the numbers . . . Apps that deliver instant gratification . . . Craft beer as a woman’s art . . . Tracing the politics of climate change.

Behind the Scenes Inside the FBI’s “bomb library,” where technicians study IEDs that have killed or maimed American soldiers and others.

Where & When

“One Mic: Hip Hop Culture” at the Kennedy Center . . . Branford Marsalis at GMU . . . WPAS tribute to Marian Anderson . . . Emmylou Harris at the Lincoln . . . Ashley Monroe at the Birchmere . . . New York City Ballet at the KenCen . . . photographer/videographer Rineke Dijkstra at the Corcoran . . . The Threepenny Opera at Signature . . . Lewis Black at the Warner . . . Filmfest DC, one last time.


Water Wheel An environmental lawyer is working to protect what comes out of our taps. Monumental Men Todd Purdum shows how the Civil Rights Act sowed the seeds of modern politics. Plus—a fictional Teddy Roosevelt, Maureen Dowd and other women debate the usefulness of guys, and a novel about Jackie Kennedy’s suit. What Made Me University of Maryland president Wallace Loh on starting over, finding academia, and helping others shine.


High Tide Women’s swimsuits in the season’s hottest colors and most flattering fits. Something in the Air Don’t blame spring flowers; here’s what really makes local allergy sufferers miserable—plus the latest on treatments.Path to Inner Peace? Labyrinths have gotten more popular in recent years, and the Washington area has a surprising number of them.


Spring Real-Estate Guide An inside look at Washington’s red-hot market. Perfect on Paper Modern wallpapers feature metallics, geometric patterns, and novelty prints. Luxury Homes Communications bigwig Dan Sallick strikes two top-dollar deals in Georgetown.Pets Law schools are using puppies to help stressed-out students relax.

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First Person When she was unemployed, surprising acts of generosity helped keep her afloat.