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SPORTS TALK by Pat Malone

In the confluence of Washington, D.C. area sports, there probably never been a better time to be a fan of our local teams. While we’ve seemingly had a host of perennial losers for decades, the slate is building up to a renewed energy of optimism for fans, with both ownership and players working hard to […]

On Watch: Our Floundering Fathers

By Marcus Fisk  Trapped somewhere in old, dusty, scholastically-mired history books are some ripping yarns of how we got started as a country just begging to become a Final Jeopardy answer. Who would have thought that John Adams, the political Buzz Aldrin of his time, and good ol’ Thomas Jefferson, an early and overly-enthusiastic champion […]

2010 Living Legend of Alexandria Betty Wright

Excerpted from notice in The Washington Post, June 23, 2015.   Betty Rhoads Wright  Named in 2010 as one of Alexandria, Virginia’s “Living Legends” and founder of “Wright to Read”, the literacy advocacy program for underprivileged children in Alexandria, died at her home in Old Town, Alexandria on June 20, 2015 at the age of 90.  […]

In the Dirt: Myrtle Magic

By Ray Greenstreet Crape myrtle. Or crepe myrtle. Or just myrtles. Or if you prefer Latin, lagerstroemia. By any name, its abundant blossoms are the bright spot in the July landscape. This all-American plant is actually a transplant, brought here in 1790 by Andre Michaux, a French botanist. On our shores, it was first planted […]

SPORTS MEDICINE: Heat Illness

By Dr. Matt Fontaine Muscle cramps, nausea, dizziness, tunnel vision, sudden fainting, elevated heart rate, headache, skin pale, cool and clammy or dry and hot.  The most severe sign of heat stroke is altered mental status. Heat illnesses comes in many forms—ranging  from minor heat cramps and heat syncope, to the more serious heat exhaustion […]

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