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The others stayed, but as their party prepares to control the White House, House and Senate for the first time in nearly a decade, they have abandoned any sense of urgency to address Republicans’ persistent struggles with women and minorities. “I don’t think there’s an issue. Trump won,” said Glenn McCall, an African-American committeeman from South Carolina who helped write the section of the report that said: “The Republican Party must be committed to building a lasting relationship within the African-American community year-round, based on mutual respect and with a spirit of caring.” Regarding women, outgoing RNC co-chair Sharon Day says, “We’re good.” Trump’s poor showing with female voters last fall, she said, was a simple byproduct of a unique election. “You had a man running against a woman,” Day said. “I’m not concerned about anything.” The tough-talking Trump has refused to soften his tone with virtually anyone. Only this past weekend, the president-elect lashed out at civil rights legend John Lewis as the nation prepared to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. The incoming president, responding to criticism from the Democratic congressman, called Lewis “all talk” and charged without evidence that his Georgia district is “crime-ridden” and “falling apart.” Another author of the report, veteran Republican strategist Sally Bradshaw, determined there is no path forward with Trump in the White House. “I still stand by the report, and so much so that I left the party over Donald Trump’s treatment of women and minorities,” Bradshaw told the AP. “That report was a roadmap for long-term sustained wins by Republicans — celebrity and anger really aren’t much of a long-term strategy. Absent engaging with the changing demographic make-up of our nation, any GOP victory is likely short-lived.” Bradshaw, who most recently served as chief strategist for Jeb Bush’s failed 2016 presidential bid, now runs a bookstore in Florida. Another author, former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, has given up hope that Trump will adopt a “welcoming and inclusive tone,” as he called for in the autopsy. “It ain’t happening. At least not for Donald Trump,” Fleischer said. Trump’s 2016 success, he said, came from his unique ability to expand the Republican electorate by winning over new white working-class voters. His performance with women and minorities, however, was little better than Mitt Romney’s underwhelming showing four years ago. “Donald Trump was able to come in and expand the party in a way that nobody anticipated,” Fleischer said. “That doesn’t change demographics. And the Republicans’ central issue remains: America is becoming more diverse. 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For now, at least, the glass is half-full. “Frankly, there’s a lot that those of us who wrote the report could have learned from Donald Trump,” said another author, Henry Barbour, a Republican national committeeman from Mississippi. “Be more the party of working-class folks.” Yet Barbour described the report’s conclusion that the GOP must improve its standing with minority voters “a fundamental truth.” “Trump’s come a long ways in that regard,” Barbour said. “And he’s made plain he wants to be the president for all of America. I’m encouraged. I think we’re making pretty good progress.” Trump will take the oath of office Friday as the least popular incoming president in at least four decades, according to polls. Perhaps more disturbing to some Republican strategists is Trump’s standing among women. National exit polls showed that Trump lost women overall by 13 points last fall. Fleischer noted that he was the first Republican nominee to lose college-educated white women in the modern political era. While Bradshaw thinks Trump is a lost cause, Fleischer predicts his performance over the next four years could improve the Republican Party’s standing with key demographics regardless of his harsh rhetoric. “Donald Trump’s presidency, along with much of the future of the Republican Party, is going to rise and fall with the status of the economy,” Fleischer said, then added: “If the economy tanks, it’s a very different future for the Republican Party.” The post GOP prescription of minority outreach forgotten with Trump appeared first on WTOP.

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    WASHINGTON — The road closures for the inaugural events are expected to have a major impact on travel throughout the District. Unlike the lead-up to President Barack Obama’s inaugurations, drivers will not have a weekend to acclimate to the closures for President-elect Donald Trump. Instead, roadblocks will go into place on downtown streets in the middle of a busy workweek. See the full list of road closures and parking restrictions. Travel will become increasingly difficult on Thursday as road closures are put into place throughout the day. The master transportation plan compiled by the Presidential Inaugural Subcommittees lists more than 200 road, ramp and bridge closures scheduled to take effect throughout the day on Thursday. The restrictions and closures are summarized below: Wednesday  12 p.m. — Parking restrictions take effect downtown. Thursday 3 a.m. — Closures begin near Federal Triangle, Pennsylvania Avenue. Thursday 5 a.m. — Closures begin at Memorial Bridge, Lincoln Memorial. Thursday 7 a.m. — Travel restrictions (residents, business only) take effect downtown. Thursday 10 a.m. — Constitution Avenue closes east of Roosevelt Bridge. Thursday 2 p.m. — Closures begin around Union Station. Friday  6 a.m. — 3rd Street Tunnel closes. Friday 10 a.m. — Closures near Convention Center begin. Friday 6 p.m. — Downtown tunnel, bridge closures clear. Friday 11 p.m. — Convention Center closures clear. Saturday 1 a.m. — Restrictions (residents, business only) are lifted. Saturday 7:30 a.m. — National Cathedral closures begin. Saturday 12 p.m. — National Cathedral closures clear. Monday 1 a.m. — All downtown closures clear. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management expects significant traffic delays in the District, and is asking agencies to exercise their workplace flexibility options to allow federal employees to telecommute on Wednesday and Thursday. Friday, Inauguration Day, will be a holiday for all federal employees who work within the Inauguration Day area. For specific road closures, see the Inauguration Day 2017 Survival Guide. On Wednesday, Jan. 18, authorities will begin posting emergency no parking signs on streets downtown near the White House, Federal Triangle and Capitol. Unauthorized vehicles without a placard will be ticketed and towed beginning at noon. Beginning at 3 a.m. on Thursday, road closures will be rolled out in stages beginning along Pennsylvania Avenue west of the Capitol. Police plan to keep the north/south routes across Pennsylvania Avenue open for as long as possible. Travel downtown will become increasingly difficult throughout the day. As the day wears on, police will continue to block streets through Federal Triangle, Judiciary Square and across the National Mall. After 5 a.m. Thursday, a separate round of closures will be implemented near the Lincoln Memorial for a welcome celebration and concert. Two busy commuting routes, Constitution Avenue and Independence Avenue, will be closed between the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument by mid-morning. Inbound traffic on Interstate 66 from Virginia will be diverted onto the Potomac Freeway toward the Whitehurst Freeway by 10 a.m. Also on Thursday morning, driving and parking restrictions will be put into effect for locations as far away as K Street and Washington Circle, as many as five blocks removed from the web of closures downtown. Only residents or local business traffic will be permitted to flow into this restricted zone. National Guard personnel will assist with verifying traffic entering these areas. By 2 p.m. on Thursday, Massachusetts Avenue and Columbus Circle are scheduled to be closed in front of Union Station for an inaugural event. H Street NE and First Street NE near the bus depot and parking garages are scheduled to remain open but periodic stoppages of traffic are expected until 11 p.m. Police will continue building out the closures along the parade route and along the Mall into the afternoon. Travel will become increasingly difficult on Thursday as more blockades are established near the Capitol and across the Mall. Friday closures By early Friday morning, nearly all of the closures will be in effect. The 3rd Street Tunnel is scheduled to close at 6 a.m. on Friday. This is the only event that closes all four expressways in the District, including the 3rd Street and E Street tunnels. Traffic will likely be very congested on the Southeast/Southwest Freeway throughout the day. For the inaugural balls, closures will be in place around the Washington Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Massachusetts Avenue and New York Avenue will both be off-limits near Mount Vernon Square. After crowds disperse following the parade, the closures of the expressways and some downtown arteries are expected to be lifted. This should happen around 6 p.m. The travel restrictions are scheduled to be lifted by 1 a.m. on Saturday morning. Some road closures near the White House, Federal Triangle and the Capitol will remain in effect through the rest of the weekend. Interstate 395 across the 14th Street Bridge and Southwest Freeway will remain open throughout the week, but traffic will likely be heavy, with the exits to 14th Street SW and the 12th Street Expressway blocked by Thursday night. The Key and Chain bridges will remain open, but traffic will likely be heavier than usual on Wednesday and Thursday. Rock Creek Parkway will open north of Virginia Avenue. Drivers will be able to use the parkway to access the Roosevelt Bridge. Two-way traffic is scheduled to run on the parkway all day long on Thursday and Friday. Massachusetts Avenue will remain open between Thomas Circle and Maryland. Portions of Massachusetts Avenue will be closed near Union Station and the Convention Center beginning on Thursday. HOV Restrictions In Virginia, high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) restrictions will be lifted on Interstate 66 on Friday. Tolls will remain in effect on the 95 Express Lanes. On Friday morning, northbound drivers in the 95 Express Lanes will not be able to continue onto the Interstate 395 HOV Lanes; the HOV lanes will be closed most of the day. The 95 Express Lanes are expected to open to southbound traffic by about noon. Drivers will be able to access the express lanes south of the Beltway. The I-395 HOV Lanes will open to southbound traffic when the inaugural parade concludes. Saturday closures Washington National Cathedral will hold its traditional inaugural prayer service on Saturday morning. Wisconsin Avenue will be blocked in front of the National Cathedral and Massachusetts Avenue is scheduled closed between Wisconsin Avenue and Garfield Street through noontime. Garfield Street, 34th Street and Woodley Road are expected to remain open. Downtown drivers will likely be confronted with broader travel challenges as the Women’s March on Washington takes place. Organizers have said they expect up to 200,000 people to congregate near the U.S. Capitol around 10 a.m. D.C. Police say that 3rd Street will be closed as the march heads west along the National Mall. Independence Avenue will be blocked between Capitol Hill and 6th Street SW. After around noon, police plan to implement rolling closures along the march route. During this time, the closure of Independence Avenue will be extended west to 14th Street. The participants are expected to march along 14th Street, onto Constitution Avenue and westward along Constitution Avenue. Constitution Avenue is expected to be closed between 14th Street and 17th Street by 1:00 p.m. The post Inaugural road closures: What’s closed when? appeared first on WTOP.

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    WASHINGTON — Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to stream into D.C. for Donald Trump’s inauguration. Security will be tight and many roads will be closed to cars and pedestrians, so you’ll have to do your homework if you want to avoid headaches heading to the Mall or just getting around D.C. on Jan. 20. From road closures to the weather forecast, here’s your Inauguration Day 2017 survival guide. What’s the Inauguration Day forecast? What roads will be closed? What do I need to know about Metro? What do federal workers need to know? What about VRE and MARC service? How do I get into the swearing-in ceremony? What do I need to know about the parade? What do I need to know about D.C.-area airports? Prohibited items What do I need to know about inaugural balls? Weather In contrast to downright frigid temperatures at some recent inaugurations, the forecast is calling for relatively mild but rainy conditions on day President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office. Temperatures will be in the upper 40s under cloudy skies with some rain showers and a light wind, according to Storm Team4 meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts’ weather outlook for the inauguration. The morning will start dry, but rain chances will increase starting at about 10 a.m. Since the weather can change throughout the day, planners recommend dressing in several layers of loose-fitting warm clothing and consider wearing weatherproof footwear depending on the forecast. Follow the latest weather updates for Inauguration Day on WTOP’s Weather page. Road closures Driving around the District will prove challenging — and not just on Inauguration Day, itself. There are a significant number of road closures and parking restrictions cutting off main traffic arteries through D.C. Some of the restrictions begin two days before the inauguration itself and  extend past Inauguration Day. The map below shows the areas of downtown D.C. impacted be street closures and vehicle restrictions for the inauguration. For a day-by-day guide to inauguration-related street closures and vehicle restrictions, click here. For the full list of street closures, click here. In addition, to the closures associated with the inaugural ceremony and parade, there will be street closures for other events that weekend, including: Surrounding the Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 19 for a pre-inauguration concert. Surrounding Union Station on Jan. 19. Surrounding the Washington Convention Center for two inaugural balls on Jan. 20. Surrounding the National Cathedral on Jan. 21 for the traditional post-inaugural prayer service. Virginia closures High-occupancy vehicle lanes on Interstate 395 will be closed to all traffic starting at 3 a.m. on Jan. 20 and will reopen after the inaugural parade. During the closure, drivers traveling northbound on the I-95 express lanes will be directed back onto the regular lanes near Edsall Road. The entry ramp to the southbound 95 Express Lanes from the regular lanes near Edsall Road will remain closed until HOV lanes reopen that evening. Drivers attempting to access the southbound express lanes can do so via the regular lanes after the Franconia-Springfield Parkway. The main lanes on I-395 and on Interstate 66 will remain open to traffic. Northbound express lanes on Interstate 95 will begin closing for mid-day reversal at 10 a.m. on Jan. 20, which is one hour earlier than usual. The lanes are expected to fully reopen to traffic in the southbound direction by about noon. Drivers should expect heavier than normal traffic heading into D.C. during the morning hours for the inauguration. Traffic impact in Maryland There are no anticipated road closures or restrictions in Maryland. However drivers should expect heavy traffic and are encouraged to use mass transit. Maryland authorities may temporarily close ramps from primary interstate roads onto secondary roads to manage congestion. In addition, get up-to-the-minute traffic updates from WTOP. You can also follow WTOP’s traffic blog for more information on real-time road conditions. To report traffic issues to the WTOP Traffic Center, you can call #1035 (for Verizon and AT&T customers) or 866-304-9867. You can also tweet issues at @WTOPTraffic. What to know about Metro service Organizers are encouraging inauguration watchers to use Metro and other forms of public transportation to get to the National Mall and Capitol grounds. Metro is opening at 4 a.m., an hour earlier than normal, and running rush-hour service (with peak fares) until 9 p.m. The system will close at midnight. Five stations near the National Mall will be closed for security reasons: Archives Mt. Vernon Square Federal Triangle Smithsonian Pentagon The map below shows the Metro system map and shows the stations that will be closed on Inauguration Day. Metro released this map showing the stations in downtown D.C. that will be closed on Inauguration Day. (WMATA) Click to full size. There are Metro stations close to the National Mall on each of Metro’s six lines. Use the Metro website to plan out your best route to the inauguration. Also, be sure to note that several downtown Metro station entrances will be designated as “entry only” or “exit only” to manage crowds, Metro said. Metrobus will run on a Saturday schedule with some additional trips on certain routes. About 50 bus routes will be detoured because of inauguration-related street closures. Metro is encouraging riders to purchase SmarTrip cards online ahead of time to avoid lines at station kiosks. Metro is offering special inauguration-themed SmarTrip cards that can be purchased online until Jan. 13. Each of the commemorative cards costs $10 and provides unlimited Metro access the day on Inauguration Day. (Afterward, it functions like a regular SmarTrip card). Metro will hand out special card sleeves featuring Donald Trump’s image and his slogan “Make America Great Again!” at Metro stations on Jan. 20. Metro says to expect delays, crowded trains and buses and delays. Other transportation options The D.C. Streetcar along the H Street corridor to Union Station will operate extended hours, from 4 a.m. Friday until 2 a.m. Saturday. Capital BikeShare. There will be two bike corrals, one at 17th Street and K Street NW, and the other at 4th Street and E Street SW. There will also be free valet parking for personal bikes at 16th Street and I Street NW. Regular Bikeshare stations on the Mall will be closed Jan. 19 and 20. BikeShare is also offering corral service for the Women’s March on Jan. 21 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. D.C. Circulator buses will suspend service on four routes, including Navy Yard, National Mall, Rosslyn-Dupont, and Georgetown-Union Station. The other two routes, Woodley Park-Adams Morgan-McPherson Square will operate from 7 am to 3:30 pm; and Potomac Avenue Metro-Skyland via Barracks Row will operate from 6 am to 7 pm. For more information on Metro service during the inauguration, check out Metro’s inauguration guide. You can sign up to receive text alerts about Metro service by texting POTUS to the number 90360. For $40 per person, you can buy a roundtrip ticket for a water taxi operated by the Potomac Riverboat Company. Service runs from Alexandria’s waterfront in Old Town to Southwest Waterfront area of D.C. starting at 6:30 a.m. See more details on the company’s website. Ride sharing. D.C. has set up three ride sharing pickup and drop-off locations: The Kennedy Center Third Street between M Street Southeast and Tingey Street Southeast (near the Navy Yard) RFK Stadium Taxi stands. To get a taxi, you will need to go to one of four taxi stand locations: Kennedy Center Ninth Street Northwest and K Street Northwest (near the Convention Center) Maryland Avenue Southwest Circle (near L’Enfant Plaza) East Capitol Street Northeast between 17th Street Northeast and 19th Street Northeast (near Eastern Senior High School) The map below shows locations of transportation options in D.C. Locations of various transportation options during Inauguration. (Courtesy inauguration.dc.gov) Metro said it will open two hours early — at 5 a.m. — and run an “enhanced Saturday schedule” for the Women’s March on Washington,  the day after the inauguration. Metro says trains will leave stations at the end of each line every 12 minutes. That will result in trains every four to six minutes at every downtown station. The uncertainty over the size of the crowd for the Women’s March on Washington and other protests planned Saturday could lead to significant disruptions. The women’s march has permit for up to 200,000 people to rally near the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 21. Federal workers Check out what federal workers need to know about the inauguration on WTOP’s sister station, Federal News Radio. VRE and MARC The Virginia Railway Express will be operating on a reduced-service “S Schedule” Jan. 20. Only trains with an “S” above the train number will operate. Specific train times can be located on the VRE website. MARC train service will also be reduced. Trains will operate on the Penn and Brunswick lines, with several changes from regular weekday service. There will be no service on the Camden Line. See the full MARC schedule for Inauguration Day on the MARC website. Inauguration ceremony Many people will flock to the National Mall to watch the ceremony, but a lucky 250,000 people who scored one of the color-coded tickets, will get a closer view from the Capitol grounds. The ceremony starts at 11:30 a.m. with the official swearing-in set for noon Friday. There are six different security screening gates corresponding with attendees’ color-coded tickets and they open at 6 a.m. on Inauguration Day. The screening areas are situated near Metro stations. Organizers are telling ticket holders to be prepared for long lines and crowds, and to dress for the weather. A map released by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies indicating entry points for ticket holders to access the Capitol grounds. (Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies) Click to view full size Watching the ceremony from the National Mall does not require a ticket, however bags will still be checked by security personnel. There are several designated security checkpoints for people to enter the National Mall area. They are: 7th and Independence Ave SW 12th and Independence Ave SW Near 15th and Independence Ave SW 17th and Independence Ave SW 17th and Constitution Ave NW 12th and Constitution Ave NW 7th and Constitution Ave NW Prohibited items The following items are prohibited on the Capitol grounds on the National Mall and along the parade route: Umbrellas Aerosols Ammunition Animals other than service/guide animals Backpacks and bags exceeding size restrictions (18 by 13 by 7 inches) Bicycles Balloons Coolers Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems Explosives Firearms Glass, thermal, or metal containers Laser pointers Mace / Pepper spray Packages Selfie Sticks Signs exceeding the size restrictions (20 by 3  feet by 1/4 inch) Structures Supports for signs and placards Toy guns Weapons of any kind Any other items determined to be potential safety hazards What to know about the parade A map released by the Secret Service detailing the inaugural parade route and pedestrian walking routes. (U.S. Secret Service) Click to view full size The parade begins after the swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol along Constitution Avenue, before it joins Pennsylvania Avenue. This map, released by the U.S. Secret Service, shows the parade route and several pedestrian routes for walking to the areas. There are a dozen specific entry points to the parade route, including three along Constitution Avenue, and four along E Street NW. The map also includes several pedestrian-friendly walking routes to get to the inaugural festivities downtown. Walking may be your best bet, inaugural planners say. DC-area airports Passengers at Reagan National and Dulles International should expect larger-than-normal crowds and congestion beginning Thursday before the inauguration and lasting through the weekend, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said. Other than that, authorities don’t expect any operational issues. As always, you should monitor your flight status directly with your airline. In honor of the inauguration, Reagan National is offering all-day parking on Jan. 20 for $10. Reservations, which can be secured online, are required to take advantage of the offer. Use the promo code “INAUG.” Inaugural balls There will be three official inaugural balls that then-President Donald Trump will attend: a military Commander-in-Chief Ball and two official inaugural balls at the Washington Convention Center. The two balls at the convention center require tickets. Information about how to obtain tickets has not yet been made available. There are also a number of unofficial balls around D.C. on Inauguration Day. There are a number of street closures and vehicle restrictions in effect around the convention center most of the day Friday. The post Inauguration Day 2017 Survival Guide: Street closures, Metro service, parade route and more appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Men’s Basketball | Friars Rout Hoyas, GU Loses Fifth Big East GameMen’s Basketball | Friars Rout Hoyas, GU Loses Fifth Big East Game

    Offensive gridlock plagued the Georgetown men’s basketball against the Providence Friars on Monday night as the Hoyas fell to their conference foe 74-56 at home, dropping their Big East home record to a mere 1-3. Georgetown’s (10-9, 1-5 Big East) inconsistent offense during conference play continued as only two players reached double digit point totals against Providence (13-7, 3-4 Big East). Leading scorer and graduate student guard Rodney Pryor finished with just 12 points and struggled from deep, missing all four of his three point attempts. Junior guard L.J. Peak failed to get shots to fall from inside, converting only 3-of-11 shots from the floor for a team high of 13 points. Georgetown shot 33 percent from the floor and made 5-of-23 shots from beyond the arc. Although sophomore forward Marcus Derrickson could not duplicate the offensive success he experienced against the Friars two weeks ago, he was the only Georgetown player to hit multiple three-point shots, finishing 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. The night was stagnant for the Hoyas and poor spacing, especially on fast breaks, led to a much slower pace of play. Head Coach John Thompson III and Pryor both attribute the lethargy in the team’s pace for its offensive inefficiency. “Missing open shots and easy shots was part of the equation, but it’s not that simple,” Thompson said. “We played slow today. Everything was slow. We weren’t running; we weren’t moving; we weren’t cutting. Every person who touched the ball held it, held it, held it and threw it to the next person who held it.” “We had a lot of open shots that we normally make,” Pryor said. “I think we have to get into our stuff quicker. I think sometimes, when we lag into our offense, that’s the reason we miss those open shots, because we’re not ready to shoot it.” Down 27-14 midway through the first half, the Hoyas went on a 10-1 run to cut the lead to four with 3:38 minutes left. After a Providence timeout, the Friars closed the half on a 14-3 run to take a 42-27 lead into the break. Providence shot 5-of-11 from three-point range to in the opening half, whereas the Hoyas shot a mere 8 percent. A similar narrative followed in the second as Georgetown could not string together enough successful possessions to create a run, allowing the Friars to protect their lead. Georgetown turned the rock over 15 times compared to Providence’s nine, several of which shut down any offensive momentum the Hoyas attempted to generate. Like the first meeting, the Friars’ junior class dismantled the Hoyas’ defense. Junior forward Rodney Bullock led all scorers with 22 points and junior guard Jalen Lindsey connected on several open three-point shots, finishing 4-of-7 from downtown. Junior guard Kyron Cartwright finished the game with 16 points and 11 assists and was one rebound short of a triple-double. Cartwright’s performance did not catch Thompson by surprise. “Their guard play,” said Thompson, in response to the mismatches Providence has created the past few years. “You go back to the game Cartwright had. You go back to [Kris] Dunn. You go back to [Bryce] Cotton before that, and that’s just off the top of my head.” This loss marks Georgetown’s largest defeat in Big East play, as the Hoyas were not competitive in the game’s closing minutes. “We have to go back. We have some time here,” Thompson said. “We’ve lost some games — but not like that. We’ve been in every one, fighting and scrapping. Today, we let one end of the court affect the other. We have to go back to campus, and everyone has to get back. That’s the best way to put it.” The Hoyas have another tall order this Sunday on the road against No. 22 Xavier (13-5, 3-3 Big East), who find themselves amidst a three-game losing streak. The game tips off at 2 p.m. at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati and will be televised on CBS Sports.The post Men’s Basketball | Friars Rout Hoyas, GU Loses Fifth Big East Game appeared first on .

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    WASHINGTON — The Redskins interviewed outside linebackers coach Greg Manusky on Tuesday for their open defensive coordinator position. Manusky, 50, was one of three defensive coaches who remained on staff after Joe Barry was fired on Jan. 5. He has plenty of experience after serving as defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts (2012 to 2015) and the San Francisco 49ers (2007 to 2010), where he worked for Washington general manager Scot McCloughan. The Redskins have now interviewed four known candidates: Mike Pettine (Jan. 9), Gus Bradley (Jan. 11), Rob Ryan (Jan. 16) and Manusky, who joined Jay Gruden’s staff last year. They will interview former Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver on Thursday. Washington still must comply with the NFL’s “Rooney Rule” and interview a minority candidate. By the end of this process there could be as many as eight or nine candidates interviewed. Here is where things stand so far: Greg Manusky He has an advantage in that he knows the personnel well having spent a year with these players. Manusky has run a hybrid version of the 3-4 in San Francisco and Indianapolis so there wouldn’t be too much adjustment there. He will almost certainly have some new pieces to work with. Washington has nine draft picks in 2017 and will invest on that side of the ball for the first time in a while. The Redskins have taken five defensive players in the second round since 2010 (Su’a Cravens, Preston Smith, Trent Murphy, David Amerson, Jarvis Jenkins) and one third rounder (Kendall Fuller). Thanks to the RG3 trade, Ryan Kerrigan is the only first-round selection over the last seven drafts. One draft won’t solve this – though being more active in free agency might. Manusky’s knowledge of the current roster – strengths and weaknesses – would help, too. Gus Bradley Long thought to be a package deal with Anthony Lynn, who was hired as head coach last week in San Diego/Los Angeles with the Chargers. Bradley interviewed there on Monday. But he was still being linked to Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable, who was in the running to be the next San Francisco 49ers head coach. That’s over. Cable’s agent tweeted on Tuesday that his client is staying with the Seahawks. ESPN is reporting that Kyle Shanahan is now the runaway favorite to coach the 49ers. Where does that leave the Redskins with Bradley? Hard to say. It’s clear the talent in Washington is a hard sell when combined with Jay Gruden’s contract status. He’s in his fourth year of a five-year deal. Coaches with other options would be silly not to explore them. Bradley runs a unique version of the 4-3 defense, but given how in-demand he is right now it’s hard to imagine that being a factor. The Redskins are well suited to switch schemes now, if needed, as they look to increase the overall talent level on defense. Bradley could weight everything and just decide the Chargers are a better fit. Mike Pettine This one still seems to check most of the boxes. He comes from the Rex Ryan coaching tree and will preach an attacking, aggressive 3-4 defense. That seems to be what Scot McCloughan wants. Pettine had success as a defensive coordinator with the Jets. No one holds his head coaching tenure with the Cleveland Browns against him. One question: He’s been known to run complicated defensive schemes and multiple Redskins defensive players said after the season their group didn’t handle “complicated” all that well under Barry. He also doesn’t appear to have other options right now the way Bradley does. Pettine sat out last season, but is ready to jump back in. Jason Tarver It’s hard to say McCloughan isn’t running the show here when it’s his guys that are being interviewed. Tarver, who will interview on Thursday, was a long-time assistant coach in San Francisco and McCloughan knows him well from their days with the 49ers. He later spent a year at Stanford and then was the Raiders defensive coordinator – though with limited success. Jay Gruden said in his season-ending press conference that he should have final say over his staff. Certainly cutting ties with Barry – Gruden’s choice in 2015 – couldn’t have been easy. He’ll be working with his third defensive coordinator in four years when including Jim Haslett. Tarver has run 3-4 and 4-3 defenses so he could go either way on scheme. Rob Ryan This one still feels like a front office and head coach doing their due diligence more than anything. Ryan coaches the style of defense Washington is looking for, but he’s had a limited track record of success and never stayed anywhere very long. Players who have been on Ryan’s teams like him as a coach, but that will only get you so far. Ryan was fired along with his brother, Rex, after Buffalo struggled again this season. He’s had stops in Oakland, Cleveland, Dallas and New Orleans. Ryan has always run a base 3-4 defense, for what it’s worth – though it’s also important to remember that might only be 25-to-30 percent of the time. Follow Redskins reporter Brian McNally on Twitter.

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      Coming off its first conference win of the season, the Georgetown men’s basketball team hosts former Big East rival Connecticut in a midseason nonconference matchup. The Hoyas (9-8, 1-4 Big East) snapped their season long four-game losing streak in a 83-55 win against the St. John’s Red Storm (8-10, 2-3). Georgetown’s shutdown defense held the Red Storm to only five field goals in the second half, granting the Hoyas a much-needed victory. “We kind of knew we were going to win before the game,” junior guard Jonathan Mulmore said of the team’s confidence. “We just came and practiced with a different effort and mindset.” Facing off against an old Big East rival, the Hoyas look to carry the momentum into their game against the Huskies (7-9, 2-3 AAC). Despite being in different conferences, the meaning behind the game remains equally important to both the players and coaches. “We’re going to treat it as a Big East game,” freshman guard Jagan Mosely said. “Obviously with the tradition of the old big east and the rivalry between Georgetown and UConn, we want to come out on top and make a statement.” Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III further emphasized the importance of the two teams’ history. “I think it’s much like Syracuse. It’s a game, it’s a series, that has down to the years meant a lot, and it still does,” Thompson said. “Without a doubt, our paths have been intertwined and there’s so many memories of Georgetown-Connecticut games and hopefully that will continue.” Georgetown’s defensive game plan must focus on slowing down Connecticut’s leading scorer, sophomore guard Jalen Adams. Adams is a strong offensive threat, averaging 15.2 points per game. Even more impressive is Adam’s ability to find ways for his teammates to score, as he averages 6.2 assists per game. “He knows he has to have the ball in his hand,” Thompson said. “I think especially in the last two games he’s done an outstanding job of helping his teammates.” Despite Adam’s talents, Connecticut as a team struggles offensively, scoring only 65.6 points per game, which ranks them 10th in the American Athletic Conference. However, the Huskies have dominated the glass, averaging 38.2 rebounds per game as a team including four players who average at least five rebounds per game. “You’re not going to beat Connecticut if you don’t compete on the boards,” Thompson said. “We’re going to have to be very attentive. We can’t have guys watching because they’re going each and every possession, so we have to fight. You have to compete on the boards if we’re going to have a chance at all against them.” Offensively for the Hoyas, sophomore forward Marcus Derrickson has become a consistent weapon for the Hoyas, scoring double-digit point totals in six straight games. Mosely has also enjoyed success of late, following his 20-point career high performance with 13 points against the Red Storm. “It’s just having confidence from day one,” Mosely said of his improved performance. “When you’re in a slump you just have to push through and keep playing.” Having four days without a game leading up to Saturday, Georgetown has been able to spend multiple days at practice developing a game plan and mindset to pull out a victory against Connecticut. “Our focus in practice has been on intensity, finishing plays, defending, scouting reports and just executing what Coach says,” Mulmore said. Tip off is set for 12 p.m. Saturday at the Verizon Center. The game will be broadcasted on Fox.The post Men’s Basketball | GU Hosts Old Big East Rival UCONN appeared first on .

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  • Cover 3: NFC Divisonal Round StorylinesCover 3: NFC Divisonal Round Storylines

    Rookies On a Mission All eyes will be on Dallas as rookie sensations Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott make their highly anticipated playoff debuts this weekend against the Green Bay Packers. Elliott anchored one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL, rushing for 1,631 yards and 15 TDs, while Prescott threw for 3,667 yards and 23 TDs against only four interceptions. Earlier this season, Dallas went into Green Bay and dominated Aaron Rodgers’ crew by a score of 30-16, handling Green Bay on both sides of the ball. While this Rodgers-led Packers team has become much more dangerous since October, Dallas has evolved as a team as well. Prescott has developed much needed chemistry with wide receiver Dez Bryant and has efficiently spread the ball around the offense. While these rookies face a tall task on Sunday, they are more than up for the challenge.   No More Excuses for Matty Ice Matt Ryan has been waiting for this moment ever since that fateful January Sunday in 2012. The Atlanta Falcons jumped out to an early 17-0 lead at the Georgia Dome over the San Francisco 49ers, only to see that lead dwindle to the point where they walked out of their home stadium with their heads down following a losing 28-24. Ryan — now the leading candidate to win the MVP — is laced with more weapons than ever before, including receiver Julio Jones and running back Devonta Freeman. This Saturday, Ryan will welcome an always-dangerous Seattle Seahawks team into the Georgia Dome. The Falcons lost to the Seahawks in Week 5 by a score of 26-24 at CenturyLink Field. This time around, Seattle will be playing at Ryan’s house and without safety Earl Thomas. Matty Ice is out of excuses. It’s time for a breakthrough in Atlanta.   Winners and Losers The Falcons rolled into the postseason clicking on all cylinders on offense. Ryan was effectively distributing the ball to his capable receivers, led by All-Pro Julio Jones. Head Coach Dan Quinn’s defense has been able to crank the heat up on opposing quarterbacks by using breakout linebacker Vic Beasely Jr. and his 15.5 sacks. The Falcons also have the ability to thread defenses through the dual threat of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, both pass-catching running backs that can cause defensive coordinators fits. The Seattle Seahawks come into this game on a positive note, having throttled the Detroit Lions 26-6 in the Wild Card Round. Darrell Bevell’s offense rediscovered their ground attack that game as Thomas Rawls rushed for 161 yards and 1 TD. Seattle’s secondary continued to weather the storm without play-making free safety Earl Thomas, anchoring the middle of the field as they effectively shut down Matt Stafford’s passing attack. Seattle’s tackles will struggle in one-on-one match-ups with Atlanta’s edge rushers, but should find success through the air. Matt Ryan expressed his confidence in throwing against this banged up Seattle secondary. Ryan nearly took down Seattle in Week 5 away from the Georgia Dome. Expect him and his teammates to exact revenge this weekend in a classic shootout. Prediction: Atlanta 31, Seattle 28 The headlining match-up of the weekend features the dynamic duo of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott taking on the red-hot Green Bay Packers, led by MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers will have to survive this encounter without leading receiver Jordy Nelson — out with broken ribs. The Packers staved off the New York Giants in Wild Card Weekend with a patch-work secondary led by Damarious Randall and Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix. The Cowboys have ridden the magical rookie seasons of Prescott and Elliott. Elliott led the NFL in rushing behind the best offensive line in the NFL, headlined by All-Pros Zack Martin, Travis Frederick and Tyron Smith. The Packers boast the eighth-best rushing defense in the NFL, but Green Bay’s secondary struggled at first against New York receivers Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepherd. Expect Prescott to look for Dez Bryant early and often. Prediction: Dallas 28, Green Bay 24The post Cover 3: NFC Divisonal Round Storylines appeared first on .

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    William Peter Blatty (CAS ’50), the writer and producer of the 1973 horror film “The Exorcist,” died yesterday at the age of 89, according to the Associated Press. The cause of death was multiple myeloma. Blatty died at a hospital in Bethesda, Md., according to the AP. Blatty initially rose to fame after the publication of “The Exorcist” in 1971, a novel detailing the demonic possession of 12-year-old Reagan MacNeil, and its subsequent Oscar-winning film adaptation. The novel was inspired by a case of an exorcism Blatty learned about in a class at Georgetown. Georgetown and the surrounding area featured prominently in the film. The film includes shots of Dahlgren Chapel, Healy Hall and “The Exorcist Steps,” the 97 steps located next to Car Barn where a priest is possessed to jump from a window and tumbles to his death in the film. The steps were officially commemorated in a ceremony in October 2015, featuring Blatty, the film’s director William Friedkin, Mayor Muriel Bowser, D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and University President John J. DeGioia. Blatty launched a petition in October 2013 calling on the Vatican to strip Georgetown of its Catholic and Jesuit labels, claiming that the university did not uphold Catholic morals. The Vatican rejected the petition, which garnered over 2,000 signatures, in May 2014. Blatty said in a 2003 Lecture Fund address at Georgetown that he wrote “The Exorcist” to further explore the spiritual side of human beings. “Terror has never been my day job,” Blatty said. “When I was writing [“The Exorcist”] scaring people was the furthest thing from my mind.” A full obituary will be published next week. The post William Peter Blatty, ‘Exorcist’ Creator, Dies appeared first on .

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  • VIEWPOINT: In Remembering Our Ancestors, A Glimmer of HopeVIEWPOINT: In Remembering Our Ancestors, A Glimmer of Hope

    I arrived on the Hilltop last August from the United Kingdom, a country engulfed in a national identity crisis, to another nation gearing up for a political showdown. Yet, instead of preoccupying myself with an uncertain future, my mind wandered to thoughts of the past. The Seers, Yogīs and ascetics of ancient India were unanimous in their advice to people who were venturing into uncharted territory. This sage counsel was codified in humankind’s longest epic poem, the Mahābhārata: “The path to righteous success is found in the footsteps of the great” (3.297.61).  For better or worse, we are in unfamiliar territory. However, this sagacious advice gives me reassurance. Hope, too. Bear with me and I’ll explain why. Who do we consider great? Those who are at the forefront of their fields and are world-renowned? Sure. But also, those who, while dealing with every pressure in their own lives, are still able to selflessly assist their fellow humans. We do not have to venture far to find such great people — especially here at Georgetown. Yet, perhaps we ought to focus on a group that does not often feature among our daily thoughts: our ancestors. Whether it was 20,000 years ago or much more recently, our ancestors ventured to this land crossing vast stretches of open ocean, facing adversity and danger. Still, their determination, grit and perseverance — augmented by their faith in humanity and eternity — allowed them to make this land their comfortable home, regardless of imperfections. Thinking back to the hardships and uncertainty my own ancestors faced when they first ventured from India to Guyana in 1893, and my parents who made their way to the U.K. in the 1970s as immigrants, I find strength. Biologically speaking, the very physiology that enabled them to weather their struggles is encoded in the DNA that exists within my body and the blood that flows through my veins. When my mother moved to the U.K. as a student nurse at the age of 17, she had never experienced temperatures below 86 degrees or travelled in an airplane. She arrived to the dark, dank squalor of a one-room apartment in central London in the throes of a bitter winter. She knew no one, found the British accent confounding and, in addition to her schooling, worked two jobs just to get by. Still somehow, over the course of time and with the help of a few friends, she built a career for herself: first as the senior osteopathic ward sister in a London hospital and then as a senior lecturer for the Nursing Management program at Thames Valley University. All the while, she managed our household and raised two rambunctious young children — my little sister and me — on her own after separating from my father. Nevertheless, despite all of the challenges she has faced, I have never seen her refuse help to anyone in need: she has always gone out of her way to assist those worse off than her. Granted, the experiences of my ancestors and yours are likely quite different. At a basic level, though, they share unexpected similarities. They are great — human, but great nonetheless — because they persevered where many would have given up. Thus, as we head into 2017, I find myself remembering our ancestors. But unlike them, we have unprecedented access to resources for assistance. Georgetown nurtures so many groups that provided me with all the help I needed to settle into my role here. If a student ever feels alone in their thoughts, views or needs, they can always talk to someone. With this support and the strong foundation built by those before us, I find reassurance in what we can all accomplish in 2017 and beyond. Whatever we have become in our own lives has only been possible due to our ancestors’ sacrifices, suffering and tears. And surely, because of these struggles, we are in a better place to face our uncertainties. No matter what the future holds for us, our hearts pumps the blood that has the same essence of fortitude as our ancestors. Whatever their shortcomings, they made it — and so can we. Brahmachari Vrajvihari Sharan is Georgetown University's first full-time director for Hindu life and the first Hindu priest-chaplain in the United States.The post VIEWPOINT: In Remembering Our Ancestors, A Glimmer of Hope appeared first on .

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  • 24 Hours in Mexico City24 Hours in Mexico City

    Mexico City’s layered history, massive population and undeniable charm come together to create a dynamic, fascinating spot for travelers. Its world-class museums, incredible gastronomy and colorful neighborhoods could keep you busy for months, but just a day in Mexico City is enough to give visitors a peek into a vibrant, indomitable city. Breakfast, 8 a.m. Wake up and listen to the busy streets, already bustling at 8 a.m. Street vendors have been setting up their stands for the past hour and breakfast “fondas” are ready for their first customers. As tempting as creamy Oaxacan-cheese quesadillas, homemade atole — corn-based hot chocolate — and crunchy chilaquiles — tortilla strips and salsa — may look as you walk past the crowded restaurants, try to make it to El Cardenál with a good appetite. The best breakfast in town is served in picturesque southern borough San Ángel. Founded in 1969, the restaurant has long preserved the essence of popular Mexican cuisine. 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Museum Spree, 12 p.m. Although noon might sound perfect for lunch, head into a couple of museums first. After 12 p.m., the rush of most museums has died down, which makes for a quieter, more enjoyable visit. In a city of over 150 museums, there is something for everyone. Contemporary art lovers will not be disappointed at the University Museum of Contemporary Art, featuring the latest national trends. The Museum of Fine Arts remains an undisputed gem in the city’s center. Set in a striking Art Deco palace with grandiose sunset-colored domes, its galleries host epic murals by iconic Mexican artists Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo and Jose Clemente Orozco. A sublime study in color, Frida Kahlo’s Blue House is a national treasure. The museum’s three-story-walls, painted in an unending cobalt, follow Kahlo’s spirit through her fascinating portraits, books, journals and jewelry. 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The restaurant’s busy atmosphere and gorgeous balconies pair well with the adventurous foods created by rotating guest chefs. Customer favorites include the mango shrimp, the Oaxacan chocolate tamales and the veal salpicón with avocado and tomato. La Condesa’s nightlife is an invigorating sensory experience, and you will be able to meet the coolest crowds of posh, young chilangos, whose usual hangouts are around this borough. Mariachi at Plaza Garibaldi, 12 a.m. If you aren’t too tired by midnight and long for genuine Mexican music, Plaza Garibaldi’s famous mariachi bands provide the perfect goodbye to the city. You can even step into the Salón Tenampa, an original canteen founded in 1923 and be transported to a golden age of Mexican entertainment with songs by José Alfredo Jimenez and Pedro Infante. At 70 pesos, about $3.30, a song, you can request traditional music from the itinerant mariachis. Despite such a busy day, you’ll have barely scratched the surface of all the wonderful sights and sounds the city has to offer. After 24 hours exploring Mexico City, you will probably want to extend the trip, at least for one more day.The post 24 Hours in Mexico City appeared first on .

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  • 31 US Cities Cede 
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  • Men’s Basketball | GU Earns First Conference Win, Downs Red StormMen’s Basketball | GU Earns First Conference Win, Downs Red Storm

    In front of a depleted Verizon Center crowd, the Georgetown men’s basketball team defeated the St. John’s Red Storm 83-55. The win snapped the Hoyas’ 10-game regular season conference losing streak, with their last conference win against St. John’s at home on Feb. 2, 2016. “It wouldn’t be elation,” Georgetown (9-8, 1-4 Big East) Head Coach John Thompson III said of his feelings after defeating St. John’s (8-10, 2-3 Big East). “You lose four in a row, to get one it’s a better feeling than the other day.” For the first time in conference play, both graduate student guard Rodney Pryor and junior guard LJ Peak finished with double-digit points. Peak scored a game high 16 points while Pryor, the team’s leading scorer, regained his offensive touch, scoring 13 points after finishing with zero points in Saturday’s loss to No. 18 Butler (14-2, 3-1 Big East). “I was just looking for good opportunities to be aggressive within the offense,” Pryor said of his offensive effort. More impressive than his offensive stat line, however, was his defensive performance, grabbing eight total rebounds — including five on the defensive glass — and adding three steals. “I told the guys right after the game that maybe as much as any time this year they listened and executed our defensive game plan,” Thompson said. “I think our defensive execution tonight is moving toward where it needs to be.” The first 20 minutes of the game went back and forth as neither team could establish an offensive rhythm. Georgetown’s defense prevented St. John’s from building a lead, holding the Red Storm to 20 percent three point shooting and blocking six shots in the first half. However, turnovers and fouls stifled the Hoyas’ momentum, giving the Red Storm the ability to keep the game within single digits for the entire first half. An offensive foul by junior guard Jonathan Mulmore led to a Peak foul on the other end, allowing St. John’s to cut the lead to just three with 4:29 remaining in the half. Yet the Georgetown offense found their stroke beyond the arc, finishing the half going 4-of-5 after starting the game 0-of-5 from three. Sophomore forward Marcus Derrickson, who finished the game with 11 points, closed out the half with a three to give the Hoyas a 44-37 lead. Coming out of the locker room, the Hoyas took advantage of defensive miscues and poor shooting by the Red Storm in the opening minutes of the second half to build and maintain a healthy lead for the remainder of the game. Georgetown came out strong, going on a 19-2 run in the first 10:47 minutes of second half, giving them a comfortable 63-79 lead. The Hoyas’ defense overwhelmed the Red Storm, forcing a total of seven turnovers during their monumental run. St. John’s shooters struggled in the half as they went a combined 5-of-25 from the floor — including 2-15 from three — in the game’s remaining 20 minutes. “They lead our league in three’s made and I think a lot of them were, sometimes people just miss, but I think we made them miss,” Thompson said of limiting the Red Storm’s perimeter shooting. “I think overall our defensive execution tonight is moving toward where it needs to be.” The depth of the Hoya’s backcourt continues to grow as freshman guard Jagan Mosely once again displayed his on-court poise, adding 13 points behind 3-of-5 shooting from the floor, following up on his career-high 20 points Saturday. “He’s been someone I can count on from Day One,” Thompson said of the young guard. “He gives 110 percent every possession and he has a hardness to him.” Mosely stressed the importance of staying focused on defense in order to limit St. John’s offensive opportunities. “We wanted to limit them to one shot,” Mosely said. “We had been struggling with that throughout the season, so we wanted to limit them to one shot and focus on our rebounding, finishing plays.” The defensive mindset worked for the Hoyas as they controlled the tempo of a conference game for the first time this season. Georgetown outrebounded St. John’s 50-30 and held them to just three second chance points in the game. “The rebounding is part of defense and understanding we have to finish a possession,” Thompson said. “Our guys were focused today, as a unit, not individually, but we were focused as a unit.” Georgetown’s next game is this Saturday as they host the Connecticut Huskies in a non-conference battle.The post Men’s Basketball | GU Earns First Conference Win, Downs Red Storm appeared first on .

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  • DHCD Acts to Preserve 63 Affordable Housing Units in Wards 4 and 8DHCD Acts to Preserve 63 Affordable Housing Units in Wards 4 and 8

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