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Relax, Recharge, Renew
55 ways to rise above it all and find serenity for an hour, a day, or just ten minutes—without leaving town.
Edited by Sherri Dalphonse
Three years ago, researchers at Virginia Tech developed a novel rating system for football helmets. Since then, NCAA squads, NFL teams, and parents have demanded the top-rated equipment, and helmet makers changed designs to meet the new standards. There’s only one problem: the scientists who say the safety data is fatally flawed. By Patrick Hruby
Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein wanted to build a garage. At Katharine Graham’s old house. In Georgetown. Is it any wonder things got complicated? By Luke Mullins
Personal-injury lawyers netted some big paydays for plaintiffs across the area this year. Here’s a look at the 25 biggest jury awards and public settlements. Compiled by Marisa M. Kashino, Caroline Cunningham, and Emma Foehringer Merchant
One-of-a-kind jewelry, cool gadgets, lush leather, tasty treats, and other perfect presents. By Michelle Thomas
Behind the Scenes A look at the massive stone circle on a Virginia estate.
Where & When
Doing the Math The Montgomery County school chief’s biggest problem is that everyone wants to go to his schools. Home Is Where the Hope Is Activist Carol Fennelly creates home behind prison walls. Washington Read Five books that offer respite from the holiday madness.The Washingtonian Guide to Waking Up Early All you need to know about Washington at dawn.
Let It Snow Make winter even more chill with these close-by getaways.How to Make a Difference What your donation actually achieves at local nonprofits.Defying Aging Procedures dermatologists and plastic surgeons get, new products to curb wrinkles, and a writer braves a cosmetic surgeon’s office.
Where’s the Boulud? Daniel Boulud’s stodgy CityCenterDC bistro could use a jolt of New York energy. And the Winners Are . . . Readers weigh in with their best-loved places to eat and drink. The 27 Best Dishes of 2014 The tastiest things our critics ate.
Rescue Mission How a crumbling Anacostia home was brought back to life—and got eight offers. Best of Arlington Favorite gems, broken down by neighborhood.Off the Market! A nearly $7-million sale in Wesley Heights tops the month’s most expensive residential transactions.Pets Local residents are using crowd-funding campaigns to help pay vet bills.