Washingtonian

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The Devastating Story of Washington’s Peeping-Tom Rabbi

Rabbi Barry Freundel said he would help dozens of women convert to Judaism. In the process, he secretly videotaped them naked.

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Death and the All-American Boy

A profile of Joe Biden, written not long after the car crash that killed his wife and daughter.

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The Seal Experience

If you’re falsely claiming to have once been a Navy SEAL, Don Shipley will expose you. And then he’ll put the video on YouTube.

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Zane, the Queen of Erotica, Has a Secret

Although she is one of the richest writers in the country, her finances are a mess.

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The Suit Who Spooked the EPA

John Beale was an exemplary employee at the Environmental Protection Agency. He also led a double life, though not the rumored one at the CIA his colleagues whispered about.

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The Insane Story of the Guy Who Killed the Guy Who Killed Lincoln

The man who killed John Wilkes Booth was a eunuch. By choice.

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The Troubled, Tormented, Surprisingly Lucky Life of Michael Graham

What happened to one of the most hated basketball players in NCAA history after playing a single season at Georgetown.

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Inside the Great Ice Cream Parlor War

Behind a $1,000 sundae were two very, very ill-suited business partners.

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The Town Without Wi-Fi

The residents of Green Bank, West Virginia, can’t use cell phones, wi-fi, or other modern technology due to a high-tech government telescope. Recently, this ban has made the town a magnet for so-called electrosensitives, and the locals aren’t thrilled to have them.

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How David Gregory Lost His Job

The inside story, involving low ratings, new ownership, suspected leaks, and a mandate that Meet the Press “loosen up.”

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Like Something the Lord Made

Vivien Thomas was paid a janitor’s wage, never went to college, and still became a legend in the field of heart surgery.