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At Bat

A story of a playoff at-bat, a franchise, and a spectator couple.

"Coco has watched every home game with her husband from these seats since the ballpark opened in 2008 while listening to the game play by play on 106.7 FM. She has endured horrible seasons, but 2009 when her beloved team lost 108 games, and 2010 when they lost 93 more, are distant memories. Now she feels like a winner. This is the playoffs. After marriage, and kids, and grandkids, after retirement and their dream trip to Dubrovnik, this is what she has been hoping for. It is the last of her major life events. Something to retell at family dinners. Remember the World Series of 2012?"

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Reston On His Laurels

James Reston’s problematic proximity to the powerful.

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How to Win in Washington

The rise and fall and rise of Hill flack Kurt Bardella, and what it says about D.C. culture.

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Me & My Monkey

Confessions of a white-collar dope fiend.

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He Who Makes the Rules

The bureaucratic hell of enforcing legislation in Washington.

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Wilt vs. Elgin: When Their World Was the Playground

On the lost pickup basketball games in D.C. between Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor, then both still in college, during the summer of 1957.

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The Barry in Winter

Marion Barry is running for reelection – and nobody cares.

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Notes from a wedding: In the age of digital music and the relative bargain of a single DJ, wedding singer Kenney Holmes is determined to keep it real

A profile.

Because business ebbs and flows with the seasons and the economy, Holmes, who lives in Upper Marlboro, has always kept a variety of sidelines, including a job driving a limousine for nine years to put his oldest daughter through a private high school and college. These days, at gigs, he hands out a stack of million-dollar "bills" printed with his image and his current enterprises: bandleader, commercial mortgage broker, hard money lender (slogan: "Hard Money with a Soft Touch").

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Confessions of a Black Gentrifier in D.C.

A young black gentrifier gets lumped in with both groups, often depending on what she’s wearing and where she’s drinking. She is always aware of that fact.
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Slugging—The People's Transit

Passengers get a free ride. Drivers get a passport to the HOV lane. Nobody pays, nobody talks. On “slugging,” the DIY commuter system in D.C. that’s being used by 10,000 people a day and taking thousands of cars off the road.

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Something Happened at DC9. Who Did it Happen to?

In the aftermath of a mysterious murder, exploring a part of the story that has received little attention: the young man who lost his life.

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What's Tweeting Courtland Milloy?

A veteran black Metro columnist, adrift in a rapidly shifting D.C., rankles an incoming generation of gentrificationists.

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Inside D.C.’s Food-Truck Wars

This isn’t truck-on-truck violence. It’s the taxpaying owners of brick-and-mortar restaurants—along with a host of other powerful District players—who are waging the attack.

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Deadly Retaliation (2/2)

[Part 2 of 2] The story behind this spring’s spate of retributive murders in Southwest D.C.
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Prelude to a Tragedy (1/2)

[Part 1 of 2] The story behind this spring's spate of retributive murders in Southwest D.C.