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  • Take ‘A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set’ (Video)Take ‘A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set’ (Video)

    Power in the newsroom and intelligence community http://wtop.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/rickgraham.mp3Download audio WASHINGTON — Anyone who was anyone hung in Georgetown. In his new book, “A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set,”  WTOP Digital Editor Rick Massimo details the history of 36 homes and businesses in one of Washington, D.C.’s most exclusive neighborhoods. Massimo focuses on those who lived, played, schmoozed and died in Georgetown from the end of World War II through the 1960s. JFK's last stop, after his inaugural parties http://wtop.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/rickalsop.mp3Download audio “At the time there wasn’t as much to do in Washington, so dinner parties were where things happened,” said Massimo. Massimo said the powerful in politics, business, journalism and  the intelligence community lived side by side. Who you knew could get you in trouble http://wtop.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/rickhiss.mp3Download audio Residents included John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie, during the years before he was elected to the White House. “In the Georgetown set, your neighbor could be a future president or a master spy,” said Massimo, as he stood in front of the home of Desmond FitzGerald, who became chief of the Central Intelligence Agency’s clandestine operations. Before Camelot, there was Georgetown http://wtop.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/rickkennedy.mp3Download audio While some of the homes were opulent, many of the homes featured in Massimo’s book weren’t fancy. “They didn’t need to scream power,” said Massimo. “They didn’t have to announce it.” Quietly powerful http://wtop.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/rickfitzgerald.mp3Download audio “To walk the sidewalks of this neighborhood where a Supreme Court justice and secretary of state would walk to work together, where CIA operatives and powerful publishers would stumble home after a few drinks together, is to walk in their footsteps, if only for a few hours,” wrote Massimo. “A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set,” is published by Lyons Press, and is on sale through Amazon, and in bookstores. The post Take ‘A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set’ (Video) appeared first on WTOP.

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  • National Gallery of Art’s East Building set to reopenNational Gallery of Art’s East Building set to reopen

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington is reopening after a 3-year, $69 million renovation. The East Building houses the museum’s modern art collection and several temporary exhibit spaces. It was designed by I.M. Pei and originally opened in 1979. The renovation added more than 12,000 square feet of exhibition space along with new stairs and a new elevator. The permanent collection features works by some of the biggest names in 20th-Century art, including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Georgia O’Keefe and Mark Rothko. Three new temporary exhibits will also welcome visitors when the building opens its doors Friday. They include works by Barbara Kruger, a collection of contemporary photography and works given to the museum by Virginia Dwan from her renowned personal collection. The post National Gallery of Art’s East Building set to reopen appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Viewpoint: District’s Need for StatehoodViewpoint: District’s Need for Statehood

    Why should Georgetown students care that Washington, D.C. citizens do not have full representation in Congress? Consider this: Of all the capitals in our world’s democracies, only Washington, D.C. is denied voting representation. As a D.C. citizen, I experience this firsthand. We pay federal taxes yet are not allowed to vote on laws passed in Congress that directly impact our lives. Instead, we have two shadow senators who have no real voting power. The District’s only voice in Congress is a non-voting delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton (D – D.C.), who serves in the House of Representatives but is not permitted to vote on the House floor. These people may represent the interests and views of citizens, but in reality their power consists of nothing more than speaking on our behalf. As a federal district and not a state, D.C. is denied representation. While this reasoning is derived from the Constitution, it is inexcusable that the entire D.C. population of around 700,000 does not have federal voting rights. This population is larger than that of both Vermont and Wyoming, two states that have full representation in Congress. If they have full representation shouldn’t D.C. have the same? Moreover, D.C. residents pay all required federal taxes. Do they not deserve the same representation afforded to nearly every other district in the country? Congress also has direct control over D.C.’s budget and can override any law that D.C. citizens try to enact. In 2015, D.C. citizens voted for the legalization of marijuana for personal use. Legalization met with 64 percent support among D.C. citizens, yet due to disagreements from Republicans in Congress, this law was initially not passed. Only after formal review and amendment was it passed — even then, the law was not what D.C. citizens had voted for. The House of Representatives blocked the D.C. Council from using appropriated funds for taxing and regulating marijuana, a clause that was present in the original bill. In all other states in the U.S., Congress does not have a say over state referendums or laws. However, in the District, Congress was able to change an initiative in an attempt to make the use of marijuana in D.C. more difficult — a move that clearly went against the explicit wishes of those who supported the original statute. One would think that Congress has better things to do than worry about D.C.’s marijuana laws, yet this conflict is just one example of how D.C. citizens do not have total control over any local issue. This issue should matter to D.C. students; as residents, they, along with other D.C. citizens, deserve a say in government just as much as those who live in any of the other states. Many D.C. residents believe the best way to achieve independence, and the right to representation, is by being granted statehood. Statehood may at first seem unnecessary, because of its small location squished between Maryland and Virginia and its purpose of being the seat of the federal government. If you are not a D.C. citizen, it is easy to believe that this issue does not impact you personally. However, Georgetown students must pay attention to this debate, as many will go on to work and live in D.C. after graduation. If we can change this now, future citizens of D.C., including Georgetown students, will be able to secure the right for true representation. D.C. lacked an actual local government until 1970, yet even now it still lacks proper representation. It should be an imperative, not just for actual D.C. residents, but also for Georgetown students to become part of a movement that will allow the District to receive the necessary right to representation. Maddy Taub is a junior in the College. She is a member of Georgetown Students for D.C. Statehood. The post Viewpoint: District’s Need for Statehood appeared first on .

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  • TIMSIT: Curtailing Intellectual FreedomTIMSIT: Curtailing Intellectual Freedom

    Georgetown’s intellectual biodiversity is being challenged by what the New York Times columnist Ross Douthat calls the “rapid colonization of new cultural territory by an ascendant social liberalism.” Often, the instrument of this type of censorship is the much debated “trigger warning.” Recent data from a survey conducted by Gallup, Knight Foundation and the Newseum Institute shows that over 54 percent of college students think that the climate on their campus prevents people from saying what they believe because others might find it offensive. Meanwhile, 42 percent of U.S. adults think their freedom of speech is threatened. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education keeps track of colleges that have speech restrictions, giving each institution a green, yellow or red rating. To receive the worst rating, a college must have at least one policy “that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech.” Georgetown University has a red rating. Interestingly enough, somewhere down the long list of recorded cases of free speech violation at Georgetown, we find our own paper, The Hoya, in an April 2000 complaint of ‘self-censorship’ of a conservative columnist. Last week, I experienced an event that conflicts with how our community should approach the issue of trigger warnings. I attended the Mr. Georgetown pageant, where Mr. GUPride, Willem Miller (COL ’17), performed a spoken word poem. Before the speech, a trigger warning was issued for queer violence, police brutality and racial violence. The monologue itself was interesting and relevant: He was lamenting the fate of the future children he would take into foster care, some of whom might be black, and worrying about their fate in the hands of the current criminal justice system, systemic racism and police violence. I wondered about the purpose of this trigger warning. It is easy to think that a trigger warning is harmless, but it actually enables the coddling of young minds. Our institution must avoid supporting or promoting them. A system of higher education that prefaces uncomfortable topics or materials with the option for students to leave the room if they do not want to listen skews perceptions. It tells students what and how to think, rather than allowing them to reach their own conclusions. This may seem like a campus culture issue, but school administrators in this country can be complicit in the tacit sponsorship of trigger warnings. In 2013, a task force of administrators, recent alumni, students and one faculty member at Oberlin College released a resource guide for faculty that included topics the task force deemed worthy of trigger warnings. These topics included classism and privilege. The guide was subsequently retracted in the face of faculty pushback but retains support from the student body. Trigger warnings are a form of censorship that curtails intellectual freedom and damages mental health. The only way to deal with a problem is to face it. This is true for life’s ugliest topics: They will not go away simply because we refuse to talk about them. Institutional support for this kind of censorship, whether explicit or tacit, facilitates a culture of intellectual sanitization that invades our student space. What was so shocking about the Mr. Georgetown pageant was that a crowd of smart, alert, sensitive and diverse students had to be given an “out” before hearing about a raw story about violence and discrimination that happens every day in this country. It was, at the very least, reassuring to see that no one got up and left. Annabelle Timsit is a senior in the School of Foreign Service. Use Your Words appears every other Friday. The post TIMSIT: Curtailing Intellectual Freedom appeared first on .

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  • Proposed Fed Regulations Threaten StartupProposed Fed Regulations Threaten Startup

    Hemeos, a student startup aimed at connecting bone marrow stem cell donors to underserved minority recipients, has been threatened in recent weeks by proposed federal regulations, which could make the company’s business model illegal. Originally founded by alumni Jon Fernandez (GRD ’16), Doug Grant (GRD ’16) and Craig Poland (GRD ’16) in 2015, Hemeos gained attention in the university community in May when it won first place out of 80 contestants at the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative’s Entrepalooza pitch competition. The startup, which matches primarily black transplant applicants to compatible marrow donors through a digital registry, incentivizes donation with a $2,000 payment, according to its website. However, Hemeos is now in danger of violating federal regulations regarding payment for bone marrow stem cells. While existing federal law under the 1984 National Organ Transplant Act bans the sale of internal organs and bone marrow — punishing violators with up to five years in prison — a 2011 federal court ruling allowed for marrow donors to be paid under certain conditions, which Hemeos meets. Drawing on reasoning that blood plasma donors can be legally paid for their donations, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided that new bone marrow collection methods, which cause the donation process to be similar to giving blood and not a solid organ, made these conditional marrow payments permissible. The newer donation method, which Hemeos advocates, is called apheresis, and involves a patient taking medication to increase the production of bone marrow stem cells in their bloodstream and then removing the cells, as in a standard donation of blood plasma or platelets. This is less invasive than older methods of bone marrow stem cell collection, which involve the use of massive needles inserted directly into the bone. However, in direct contrast to the federal ruling, the Obama administration proposed regulations in 2013 that would close the payment exception for marrow donations through apheresis. Grant said Hemeos’ business will be threatened if the regulation takes effect. "If this goes forward, this would effectively make the business model illegal," Grant said. Grant is optimistic, however, that the regulation will not pass when the final decision is made at the end of this year. "There’s always a resistance to doing something new," Grant said. "But ultimately ... we all have the same goal of saving patients’ lives ... I think in the end this is going to work out in our favor." During the Entrepalooza event in May, Grant said the current stem cell donor system — the National Marrow Donor Program — is inefficient and results in inequitable, negative effects for minority patients. Of the 2,000 patients each year who cannot find a donor in the system, one third are minorities. "Usually people with the same racial or ethnic background are a good donor match, and what we found is that African Americans are really, really underserved on the current registry," Grant said. Fernandez said that the founders decided to pursue a for-profit model at Hemeos after much deliberation. The decision was made not in the pursuit of profit but because it would be easier and faster to fund the database. "So, when you’re a non-profit, you have to rely on generosity, donations, contributions, and that’s a lot slower, and, from our perspective, people are dying and need this now," Fernandez said. "And in order to raise the money, we need to type the donors and build the company, that’s really what pushed us down the for-profit path." The two Georgetown student ambassadors for the Gift of Life Marrow Registry, Benjamin Balough (COL ‘17) and Rajia Arbab (COL ‘18), lauded Hemeos for its goal. "I wish to take a moment to applaud Hemeos specifically for its work in combating sickle cell anemia and its efforts to reach the African American donor community. Very simply, Hemeos’ purpose is to find cures for different diseases, such as blood cancer and leukemia, while using modern transplant techniques, especially peripheral blood stem cell filtration," the two wrote in an email to The Hoya. However, they were wary of a for-profit bone marrow registry. "We all want to save lives — but I want to caveat that by noting that we want to save all lives, not just the lives of those patients that can afford a transplant," Balough and Arbab wrote. "I would hate to see markups in blood cancer, leukemia and sickle cell anemia healthcare if for-profit registries overshadowed non-profit ones."  The post Proposed Fed Regulations Threaten Startup appeared first on .

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  •  Mounting pressure on Wells Fargo chief to step down, lawmakers suggest dismantling bank Mounting pressure on Wells Fargo chief to step down, lawmakers suggest dismantling bank

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  • SCHENDEN: Inspired Reflection Through PilgrimageSCHENDEN: Inspired Reflection Through Pilgrimage

    In every epoch, culture and faith tradition, there have been tales of and from the road: Odysseus’ journey to return to Ithaca from the Trojan War, Jesus’ quest to his destiny in Jerusalem, the Prophet Muhammad’s trek from Mecca to Medina, Jack Kerouac’s American sojourn “On the Road,” even the cinematic pilgrimage of the Star Wars canon. There is essential in la condition humaine about the journey. While destinations and goals are fundamental, there is something about how we get there that is just as indispensible. This past summer I accompanied a group of Georgetown students to World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland. World Youth Day is a gathering organized every three years by the Catholic Church in various locations around the globe with young people — mostly college-aged — from a host of countries. This year, the week’s events culminated in a Mass held about 11 miles outside of Krakow and was attended by an estimated 3 million travellers from 185 countries. While the concluding Mass, with notable representation of the globe accompanying Pope Francis, was phenomenal indeed — it was the joys and challenges of our preceding days leading up to the Mass that were so profound. This is what the journey, often defined as pilgrimage in religious terms, is all about. In his book “The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker’s Guide to Making Travel Sacred,” author Phil Cousineau writes: “The point of pilgrimage … is to improve yourself by enduring and overcoming difficulties. In other words, if the journey you have chosen is indeed a pilgrimage, a soulful journey, it will be rigorous. Ancient wisdom suggests that if you aren’t trembling as you approach the sacred, it isn’t the real thing. The sacred, in its various guises as holy ground, art, or knowledge, evolves emotion and commotion.” Emotion and commotion — and so it was for us in Krakow. There was the high emotion and grandeur of cafes and medieval castles we visited. Yet lost luggage, sleeping on a gymnasium floor and trekking a dozen miles in temperatures bordering on 90 degrees — interspersed with thunderstorms with thousands of other pilgrims — caused much commotion as well. Yet it was in the commotion that something emerged. All of us, upon individual and communal reflection, came to identify that with all of these apparent creature discomforts, we also came to embrace the distinction between what was truly wanted out of this pilgrimage and what was truly needed. We came to a deeper understanding of what was essential for this pilgrimage — a journey that we understood as a microcosm of our greater treks through our lives. Luggage, comfortable beds, an Uber or Lyft to get us where we were going — all of these comfortable wants abated as a deepening notion of who we were and where we were going increased. That became the defining feature of this pilgrimage: discerning the distinction between life’s wants and needs, and the desire to live more fully from the essential needs. And so it was in Krakow. Yet so it is each day of our lives as well. It becomes a matter of perspective. I recently had it explained to me as the crucial difference between a vacation and a pilgrimage. On vacation, we move through cities, along beaches, into towns and the countryside. On pilgrimage, it is the cities, the beaches, the countryside and towns that move through us, shaping us, transforming us into who each of us is more fully. As we continue our journey through this semester on the Hilltop, may each of us come to embrace the joys and struggles, the emotion and commotion of our sacred life journeys, our pilgrimages, both individually and collectively. Fr. Gregory Schenden, S.J., is the Roman Catholic chaplain. As This Jesuit Sees It appears every other Friday. The post SCHENDEN: Inspired Reflection Through Pilgrimage appeared first on .

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  • Printing Still Relevant, HP SaysPrinting Still Relevant, HP Says

    Hewlett-Packard is updating its business strategy to address new consumer technology habits and global trends, according to Enrique Lores, president of imaging, printing and solutions business at HP, who spoke at the Rafik B. Hariri Building on Wednesday. Lores, who has worked at HP for 27 years in various positions, is responsible for HP’s most profitable business — printing — which accounted for up to 42 percent of its operation’s earnings in 2014, according to Quartz. Lores acknowledged consumers’ widespread view of HP as synonymous with its printing products. "HP for many consumers means printing," Lores said. A 2014 article in Equipment Finance Advisor, an online industry trade publication, expressed the tenor of the times in the digital age by quoting IBISWorld Industry Analyst Omar Khedr, who spoke of the decline of the printing industry. "Consumers are increasingly favoring digital alternatives, such as online media, over printed materials," Khedr told Equipment Finance Advisor. Lores said HP is spearheading its campaign to reinvent printing with the launch of a new portable wireless photo printer for smartphones called the HP Sprocket. Lores’ presentation included a demonstration of the printer, which printed a small picture that was taken on Lores’ phone just minutes earlier. HP has begun its efforts at growth by trying to reinvent printing and re-establish its relevance in a world dominated by smartphones. Lores suggested with a personal anecdote that printing pictures, for instance, maintains its relevance in a digital age because of the closer sentimental relationships that people can have to physical objects than to digital representations. Lores explained that his late grandmother would kiss a photograph of her father every night before she went to sleep, but that such a practice does not square with an age of smartphones. "I can’t see her kissing her phone every night saying goodbye to her father — it’s a different connection," Lores said. Lores said that keeping photos in a digital format keeps them from realizing their full potential. "We need to release the photos from their digital jail," Lores said. "Everybody takes millions of photos every day. Those photos are in the phone, but they are in jail. They want to be touched, they want to be kissed, they want to see the light of day." Lores explained HP’s plan to create growth in its three main printing sectors: home, office and graphics. On the home front, HP has innovated in the past year by offering customers a subscription service that sends ink before their printer runs out at lower monthly cost — an initiative which has accrued about 1 million subscribers in the U.S. In business, Lores mentioned HP’s recent $1.05 billion acquisition of Samsung’s printing division in the Republic of Korea, or South Korea. He said HP is attempting to consolidate the office printer market as well as to increase their portfolio in the crucial copier market. In graphics, Lores said HP is expanding the reach of their current technology to increase efficiency in graphics printers. Additionally, Lores pointed out that 90 percent of wine labels are printed by HP, and all cans of Coke are printed by HP. The Silicon Valley-based company is also pushing brands to pursue personalization on their products, such as Coke’s recent "Share a Coke" campaign. Along with those efforts, Lores said HP is investing in 3D printing and hopes to see those investments pay off in the near and long-term future. Anna Jumamil (MSB ’17) said she appreciated HP’s efforts to connect to the millennial generation. "My idea of HP was that it was a dying industry. I was very interested to know their strategy to make their brand relevant," Jumamil said. "I really like how he showed their way to make printing connect to millennials by letting them print photos. They found a way to connect to consumers once again." Gabe Nelson (MSB ’18) said that HP’s efforts to stay relevant abreast of technological developments were admirable. "I thought the insights they had to bring to printing in the smartphone-centric world were interesting," Nelson said. "I was very happy with the presentation and definitely more impressed by HP as a company coming out of this presentation."    The post Printing Still Relevant, HP Says appeared first on .

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  • VIEWPOINT: North Dakota Struggle Goes UnnoticedVIEWPOINT: North Dakota Struggle Goes Unnoticed

    If there are two things that do not mix, they are clean drinking water and oil pipelines — specifically, oil pipelines subject to extremely lenient environmental reviews. The construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline by Energy Transfer is the most recent form of injustice in a long and complex history between Native Americans and the U.S. government, yet there continues to be a lack of nationwide attention and mainstream media coverage. Set to carry oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois, Energy Transfer’s pipeline jeopardizes the cultural and physical well-being of Native American communities situated on the Missouri River. It surprised many when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved the pipeline, but it was later revealed that loopholes enabled the project to evade proper environmental assessment. Under the Nationwide Permit 12, the pipeline was viewed as “several hundred” waterways instead of what it really is, one 1,172-mile oil-carrying pipeline. Extending across the North and South Dakota border, the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation faces dire consequences should crude oil spill from the pipeline. With a plan to transport 570,000 barrels of oil a day, any kind of Dakota access leak would cause monumental damage to the tribe’s water supply. On average, pipeline spills — whether crude oil, gasoline or liquid natural gas — occur approximately 121 times a year across the U.S. Members of the Standing Rock Sioux nation have noted that the oil could pollute not only drinking water, but also decimate plants with great cultural significance, such as sage, mouse bean and buffalo berries. The proposed construction route for the pipeline has already desecrated Sioux burial grounds this past summer. While the project is more than halfway completed, Native Americans, environmentalists and Midwestern landowners have expressed their anger at this injustice. The Sacred Stones protest camp has seen the largest assembly of Native American tribal representatives in over a quarter-century. Campaigns such as Rezpect Our Water have worked to bring together these different groups, with support from celebrities like Shailene Woodley and Leonardo DiCaprio. Tribal activists have also written letters to government officials and hosted a number of protests, including a 500-mile run. Recently, Sioux tribe leader Dave Archambault II testified to the United Nations Human Rights Council on the pipeline, calling upon “all parties to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.” Archambault highlighted the U.S. government’s infringement upon the tribe’s sovereign rights, a sentiment not unlike one expressed by indigenous peoples during the period of European colonization in the Americas. Such activism has not stopped Energy Transfer’s private security, however, from attacking demonstrators with dogs, pepper spray and zip ties. Both pregnant women and young children have experienced injury. Even with proof of these assaults, the protesters, not the heads of Energy Transfer, are facing punishment. Amy Goodman, an award-winning journalist who shared videos of the attacks, is facing criminal charges for trespassing, which she claims is an attack on free press. Even with such efforts, the protests have yet to garner as much nationwide attention as they should. Three major broadcast networks, ABC, CBS and NBC, have aired only one report on the protests since they began in April, with CBS Morning news giving only 48 words on the matter during a 4 a.m. broadcast in September. MSNBC commentator Lawrence O’Donnell only delivered commentary on the issue once during a broadcast on Aug. 25. Even without mainstream coverage, social media has played an integral part in spreading awareness of the risks tied to the pipeline. With hashtags like #NoDAPL and the spread of slogans like “Water is Life” and “For Future Generations,” Native voices are louder now than they have ever been. It is imperative their voices and struggle continue to be heard, whether through retweeting, sharing Facebook posts or signing petitions. In the words of Sioux chairman Archambault, “the pipeline presents a threat to our lands, our sacred sites, and our waters, and the people who are affected must be heard.” Kelsey Lawson is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service. She is a member of the Native American Student Council. The post VIEWPOINT: North Dakota Struggle Goes Unnoticed appeared first on .

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  • Apple Releases Series 2 Watch, Mixed Feedback from GUApple Releases Series 2 Watch, Mixed Feedback from GU

    Earlier this month, Apple Inc. unveiled a new version of its smartwatch, the Apple Watch Series 2, after what critics deem a disappointing year of sales for the original Apple Watch. At Georgetown, reactions to the new watch have been mixed. According to Apple’s website, the Series 2 watch comes with an array of new hardware and software improvements, including a faster processor, a screen that is twice as bright as the previous model, a built-in GPS and a waterproof rating of full submersion in up to 50 meters of water. The Apple Watch 2 comes roughly 18 months after the company’s introduction of the Series 1 watch, a product that "is considered a flop" according to an April article of the International Business Times. The product’s sales have decreased by 55 percent from its launch in April 2015 to July of this year, according to CNN Money. Citing a statement from BMO Capital Markets, Business Insider reported that a possible reason for the low Series 1 sales was that the watch was "nice to have but not a necessity, and is a bit hard to use." Some commentators say the launch of the Apple Watch 2 could provide a chance for Apple to come back from low sales numbers. For instance, Tech Radar hailed the updated device as much more practical now that it has a built-in GPS so joggers do not have to bring their phones along to track how far they run. Jeanine Turner, associate professor of communication, culture and technology at Georgetown University, has studied at length how technological advances affect the way people interact. Turner acknowledged some negative reactions to the watch from friends and colleagues who found the device difficult to use for communication. "There are some people I’ve talked to that did have a smart watch that hated it because they… didn’t like the distraction of having the message come in but not being able to respond to it in the way they would want to," Turner said. "Because, if you have a hard time seeing with your glasses or whatever, that has an impact on how much you can really get from the watch." Turner noted, however, that the Apple Watch also has proponents who feel they can communicate better as a result of the device’s capabilities. "I have also talked to people … that are embarrassed to look like they’re looking for their phone in their briefcase or purse, and they find the smart watch allows them to be more engaged in a conversation," Turner said. "Because they know if they get a text their body will know, because they will be able to feel it." Miranda Reid (COL ’18), who owns other Apple products like the iPhone, said the Apple Watch, which ranges in price from $269 for the Series 1 to $1500 for the Series 2 with a Hermès band, is expensive and does not offer any crucial functions. "I’m sure it has lots of functionality, but I think all its functions could easily be replicated by a much cheaper device or by a device people already own," Reid said. "So, in the end, it ends up being much more of a status symbol than an actual product that you would desire." One prominent Apple Watch competitor is Fitbit Inc., which reported $1.86 billion in revenue in the 2015 fiscal year from its fitness watch products. In the same period, the International Business Times estimated Apple Watch profits at over $1.7 billion. Fitbit watches range in price from roughly $100 to $250, with the more expensive models featuring many of the same texting and music-control features as the Apple Watch. Sabrina Gugliuzza (COL ’18), who has owned a Fitbit since last summer, said she does not look for the multiple functions of the Apple Watch 2 in a wearable device. "I know on the Apple Watch, you can see notifications from Snapchat, Facebook, send text messages, all that stuff. That’s not something I necessarily want or need in a watch or fitness tracker," Gugliuzza said. "So, for the price that the Apple Watch is, I wouldn’t get it.". However, the watch also has strong of advocates among Georgetown students. Erin Napier (COL ’17) received the original Apple Watch as a birthday present and has been extremely satisfied with the product. "I just like the convenience of it — that I can be more detached from my cellphone," Napier said. "So, for instance, my phone can be in my purse or in my backpack or in another room, and, if someone is trying to call or text me, my wrist will vibrate, and it’s super non-intrusion." Napier added that she is not interested in upgrading to the Apple Watch 2. "I don’t think it offers anything earth-shattering," Napier said. "I’m sure it’s better than the one I have now. I mean, people get excited about the fact that it’s waterproof, but how often are you really underwater with your Apple Watch?"  The post Apple Releases Series 2 Watch, Mixed Feedback from GU appeared first on .

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  • Cybersecurity: Your Priority in a Dangerous Digital AgeCybersecurity: Your Priority in a Dangerous Digital Age

    While Americans are still processing the fate of our country after the first presidential debate earlier this week, the FBI is investigating yet another major cyber security breach. This time, the targets of the attack were the cellphones of an undisclosed number of Democratic Party staffers. While these breaches have begun to sound a bit too familiar, given the seemingly endless cyberattacks that have surfaced in news and debate throughout this campaign cycle, this intrusion is another reminder of the vulnerability of digital data. Cybersecurity has become a hot topic in recent years, growing into an all-encompassing buzzword that is perhaps at risk of losing its meaning with overuse. While the term can describe anything from your great aunt’s Facebook message spam to China’s targeted hack of United States national security details, understanding how you can be affected by cybersecurity remains crucial. This is because when it comes to cybersecurity, it turns out what you don’t know can hurt you. According to Business Insider, as people spend more and more time online, the rate of device connectivity continues to grow at an almost exponential rate. In this context, it is easy to forget the risks we have exposed ourselves to. While having your phone stolen has always been an upsetting experience, losing your smartphone today could be downright detrimental. With the advent of mobile banking, Apple Pay, social networking sites and personal organization apps, an unprotected or stolen phone could easily lead to the ruin of a person’s reputation and financial security. The result of losing a smartphone illustrates the wealth of personal information that has been digitized and made susceptible to cyberattacks. When this concept is expanded to the private and public sectors, one cannot help but wonder how much valuable information has been left under-protected over the years. Although more and more information is becoming digitally collected and cataloged, widespread standards for cybersecurity remain almost completely undeveloped. The primary reason for the lagging development of such standards is the fundamental concern for the privacy of individuals. The timeless debate between the right to personal privacy and the need for security is very much at play in the digital era. However, as the rate of attacks has increased in number and magnitude both domestically and abroad, the need for improved cybersecurity is beginning to gain traction. Inspired by the Target credit card hack of 40 million people’s financial information and the 1.1 million records taken from the insurance provider CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, average citizens are beginning to demand meaningful cybersecurity reform in order to better protect themselves against such threats in the future. It seems the cybersecurity crisis truly is the breeding ground for change. With the accumulation of each new security breach, the outcry for reform seems to grow louder and louder. It would appear the United Sates may be reaching a tipping point in the cybersecurity debate with more people being willing to surrender their privacy for increased protection. One of the reasons people are becoming more open to the idea of public policy institutionalizing standards for cybersecurity is the domino effect associated with cyberattacks. While this phenomenon was famously posited during the Cold War era to describe how communism in one country could possibly spread to others over time, the term is now widely being used to describe the latent threats of cyberattacks in an increasingly connected world. As more and more systems of information are becoming digitally connected, it is no longer reasonable to assume that if you are careful with your personal network you are fully protected. The domino effect describes how increasingly connected networks are susceptible to an entire system breach with the presence of just one weak link. So, while connectivity has its benefits, it certainty opens individuals up to risks against which they are incapable of protecting themselves alone. While the recent cyberattacks have been detrimental to countless people, they have also paved the way for a more meaningful dialogue surrounding cybersecurity. However, this dialogue is only a starting point. Without meaningful, widespread reform in creating institutional standards for cybersecurity, it is not a matter of if, but when the next attack will be launched. Bianca DiSanto is a senior in the McDonough School of Business. Think Tech appears every Friday.    The post Cybersecurity: Your Priority in a Dangerous Digital Age appeared first on .

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  • CHRISTOVICH: Baseball Mourns Young Star’s LifeCHRISTOVICH: Baseball Mourns Young Star’s Life

    Take his baseball career out of the equation and José Fernandez’s story was a tragedy. At age 15, Fernandez made a dangerous boat ride to the U.S. in a fourth attempt to defect from Cuba. During that boat ride, he rescued his own mother, who had fallen out of the boat as a result of violent surf. On Saturday evening, the now 24-year-old Fernandez got into an argument with his pregnant girlfriend and took a late night boat ride off the coast of Miami, perhaps to calm his nerves. A little after 3:15 a.m., Coast Guard personnel found the 32-foot fishing boat overturned; it had crashed into a jetty at some point in the night. Fernandez, along with two other passengers, was dead. The very water that had given Fernandez a new life had abruptly taken it away. Now add back baseball. Add back the reputation of Fernandez as not only one of the best young pitchers in the Majors, but also as one who outwardly loved the game — who was always smiling, always joking, always real. Add back Fernandez’s involvement in the Cuban community. Add back the hope and leadership he brought to Miami baseball fans. Add back the many players, coaches and journalists around the league who not only respected Fernandez but also considered him a friend. When tragedy strikes, people often look to sports as a distraction, an escape and a stabilizer. But how do you cope when your tragedy is so acutely entwined with your escape? How do you distract yourself when your source of comfort becomes your calamity? For those, like Fernandez himself, who turned to baseball when nothing else was going right, where do you turn when it is baseball itself that is the source of grieving? All week, baseball has tried to reconcile these crippling questions. And though many actions taken by the league were to be expected, some events were unique to the way that baseball and sports as a community pull themselves out of tragedy. The first thing the MLB did was cancel the Marlins game Sunday morning. The Marlins community needed time to take care of their families and friends in the wake of the news — which was the right decision, as emotion on Sunday was bigger than baseball. Ironically, however, Fernandez himself probably would not have wanted the game to be cancelled. He loved baseball that much. The moments of silence around the league in the following games and the numerous media tributes were all standard rituals to honor a fallen member of the community. But baseball is a game of superstition. Players refuse to step on the chalk foul line. Roger Clemens would rub the Monument Park statue of Babe Ruth before every start as a Yankee. Wade Boggs etched the Hebrew word for life, chai, into the batters’ box dirt before every single at-bat. And like many athletes, baseball players have an eternal attachment to the timeless game. From the films “Field of Dreams” to “Angels in the Outfield,” to stadium tributes like the name “the house that Ruth built” and the curses of the Bambino and billy goat, baseball believes that not even death completely separates people from the game. On Monday night, Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon smashed the first pitch he swung at into the Marlins Park second deck. It was probably the farthest homer Gordon had ever hit. It was also Gordon’s first home run since last season. Then, on Tuesday night, childhood neighbor and friend of Fernandez, Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz, returned to St. Louis after spending Monday grieving with Fernandez’s family in Miami. In his second at-bat of the game, Diaz hit the first grand slam of his career. No one suggested that these events were a coincidence. When both Gordon and Diaz pointed to the sky after reaching home plate, teary eyed, everyone knew the home runs were fate. Because in baseball, superstitions like these are not only accepted but also widely believed. In those moments, Fernandez was with them. Gordon and Diaz honored Fernandez by playing his favorite game at his elite level. And when they credited a higher power, fate or perhaps Fernandez’s presence for their stellar performances, they eased the heartache just a little bit. Healing for this community is finding symmetry in superstition and comfort in coincidence. Players are diving more deeply into the game than ever before, unafraid of the constant ache of Fernandez’s memory and grateful to continue the game from which he was taken so suddenly. Baseball is turning the tragedy of a young ace’s death into a celebration of a game well-played, one ethereal home run at a time. Amanda Christovich is a sophomore in the College. The Analyst appears every Friday.The post CHRISTOVICH: Baseball Mourns Young Star’s Life appeared first on .

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  • Women’s Golf | Hoyas Tee Off with IviesWomen’s Golf | Hoyas Tee Off with Ivies

    The Georgetown women’s golf team will travel to Princeton, N.J. this weekend to compete in the Princeton Invitational. The team recently placed 17th out of 20 teams at the Lady Paladin Invitational, where they shot +44 as a team. Prior to this, they finished second at the William and Mary Fall Invitational, where they shot +42 as a team. The Hoyas will next face the entirety of the Ivy League at the Princeton Invitational. Head Coach Katie Brophy has set expectations high for the Hoyas. “We always look forward to playing against the Ivy League. All the teams in the Ivy League will be there, so it will be a great opportunity for us to see where we can stack up against all of them. Obviously, we would like to come away with a top finish,” Brophy said. Brophy noted two big-name teams that represent the biggest challenge for the Hoyas this weekend. “Harvard is ranked the best, with Princeton closely behind them, so those will be the two biggest competitors for us,” Brophy said. Georgetown has had very consistent scores in the first two invitationals, but Coach Brophy noted the importance in improving scores. He has also emphasized putting this past week in practice. “Right now we are working on our putting. …We really think that putting it closer on our first putts and then converting some of our shorter putts will be the key to shooting some lower numbers,” Coach Brophy said. An improvement in the short game could be the difference between a first or second place finish. Gaining better control of both long and short putts can increase players’ confidence and, of course, lead to lower scores. Decreasing the number of putts can also allow a player to be more conservative with her longer shots. It can help save a player from mistakes during a round, turning a bad hole into a one. Such practice can help the golf team continue to develop. With most of the players on the team being freshmen and sophomores, the Hoyas can use their youth to their advantage. Three sophomores lead the team: Alexa Popowitz, Christina Parsells and Pendleton Bogache. Parsells was a first-team All-Big East selection last season. Popowitz was a second-team All-Big East selection last season and led the Hoyas at the William and Mary Fall Invitational with a score of 224 (+8), finishing in a tie for third place individually. Bogache led the team at the Lady Paladin Invitational with a score of 222 for three rounds (+6). In addition, freshman Ashley Fitzgibbons has gotten off to a quick start in the first two matches, finishing second-best on the team on both occasions. That much success by underclassmen inevitably excites coaches, who know that the athletes will continue to develop as their careers continue. Brophy is no different and has plenty of confidence in her young core. “The nucleus of our team is sophomores, so having one year under their belt has shown that they can compete at really any level. But coming back this year after really productive summers from all three of them, they are all ready to go and shoot low numbers. They are all really competitive and a very close group of friends,” Brophy said. “It’s been nice having them come back with some experience.” The Princeton Invitational is this Saturday, Oct. 1, at Princeton, N.J.The post Women’s Golf | Hoyas Tee Off with Ivies appeared first on .

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  • Spirit hope to ride home field edge to NWSL title gameSpirit hope to ride home field edge to NWSL title game

    WASHINGTON — Before home field advantage is settled in Major League Baseball and we find out when the Nationals will host their NLDS games this year, another playoff game is coming to Washington. The Washington Spirit have earned their first-ever home playoff game, 8 p.m. Friday against the Chicago Red Stars at the Maryland SoccerPlex. This marks the Spirit’s third consecutive postseason appearance, but the first time they’ll enjoy home field advantage for a game. “It’s incredible,” Spirit captain and Alexandria native Ali Krieger told WTOP earlier this week. “Everybody has so many people coming to the match to support us.” The Spirit get a rematch with the Red Stars, the team they fell 3-1 on the road last weekend in the regular season finale. In the only meeting between the teams at the Maryland SoccerPlex, the Spirit prevailed, 2-0, back on July 9. That victory, though, came without any of the US Women’s National Team stars playing for either side. While that means Krieger and Dunn will return for Washington, it also means Julie Johnston, Christen Press and NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year Alyssa Naeher will be on hand for Chicago. Press opened the scoring last Saturday with an early goal as the Red Stars led throughout. The result cost the Spirit the top spot in the table and ensured the playoff rematch Friday. Crystal Dunn had a few looks at goal, but couldn’t capitalize until the Spirit were already in a 3-0 hole. She’s happy for the opportunity for playoff revenge. “We’re ready to just crush it,” said Dunn. “To have a repeat and to have them on our home turf now is just incredible.” That said, Dunn isn’t putting too much pressure on herself. The defending NWSL MVP, she knows a lot is expected of her, but is confident she can rise to the challenge. “I’m just looking at it as another chance to embrace my role on this team,” she said. Both Dunn and Krieger played on the US Women’s National Team at the Rio Olympics, where they finished a disappointing fifth. But they’ve returned to the states able to focus fully on the goal of winning a club title. “We’re 100 percent ready,” said Krieger. “We’ve played so well this entire season that we’re just ready to prove that we deserve this championship.” With a win Friday night, the Spirit would advance to the NWSL Championship Game the following Sunday in Houston against the winner of the other semifinal between Portland Thorns FC and Western New York Flash. Both semifinals and the championship will air on FS1. The game is expected to sell out, so check out Spirit’s website for ticket availability if you plan to attend. The post Spirit hope to ride home field edge to NWSL title game appeared first on WTOP.

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    WASHINGTON — A mass fatality symposium and exercise this week in D.C. involved the deployment of the city’s field disaster morgue for the first time. “This is a deployable, military-grade tent structure that’s been purposed to recreate our morgue operations,” D.C. Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Roger Mitchell Jr. told WTOP during a walk-through Thursday of the facility. The mobile morgue equipment used to identify victims and causes of death includes dental and full-body X-ray machines. With a capacity of holding 200 decedents, the mobile morgue can be used in mass casualty events or in chemical or biological incidents in which victims would need to be isolated. “This is the asset for the National Capital Region,” Mitchell said. “Places like New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania — they have similar assets that they share. We brought that concept to the NCR and are performing our duties as appropriate.” The mass fatality exercise participants came from 45 agencies such as the FBI, Amtrak, Department of Defense, and local and regional partners. The exercise included a two-day symposium with lectures from international visitors who worked the November 2015 France terror attacks in Paris in which 130 people were killed and the Nice truck attack this summer that killed 86 people. The event also hosted the chief coroner who led the response to the December 2015 attack in San Bernardino, California, where 14 people were killed. The post Mass fatality drill deploys DC’s first mobile morgue facility appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Joe Ross Ramps Up to 90 Pitches in Win Over DiamondbacksJoe Ross Ramps Up to 90 Pitches in Win Over Diamondbacks

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  • Obama welcomes relatives of 1936 African-American OlympiansObama welcomes relatives of 1936 African-American Olympians

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    The Redskins needed help at center. John Sullivan needed a job. The two were a good a match this week. Sullivan, 31, a long-time starting center for the Minnesota Vikings, was cut on Aug. 30. A pair of back surgeries ruined his 2015 season and Sullivan lost the competition. Unable to trade him, the Vikings cut him instead. Just like that an offensive line mainstay was gone. Sullivan started 93 of 96 games there between 2009 and 2014. “I got to say – before the back injury I thought I could play through anything,” Sullivan said. “And I had played through a lot. It’s not that you never get injured if you start a lot of games in a row, it’s that you put up with a lot of BS. I thought I could play through anything and I was wrong.” The Redskins lost starting center Kory Lichtensteiger on Sunday to a calf injury. Initially described as a moderate strain and a “week-to-week” injury, the team instead put Lichtensteiger on IR Tuesday. For now, backup offensive linemen Spencer Long is the starting center. He spent the entire offseason both competing for the starting job at left guard and taking all second-team repetitions at center. Long will likely start Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns. But Sullivan will be up to speed quickly in case he’s needed. “We’re going to get [Sullivan] ready to play,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “We like that he’s played center for a long time and has been very successful, that’s number one for a true center. If need be, when he comes in there if something happens to Spencer he’ll be ready to go. He’s a very bright guy and will help this football team in the long run.” Sullivan didn’t leave town after visiting Washington’s headquarters in suburban Virginia on Monday and signing with the Redskins on Tuesday, He simply went right to team meetings and began working with offensive line coach Bill Callahan and his new teammates. “It just takes time to get calls down,” Sullivan said. “Conceptually, most football is pretty much the same. I mean there are certain changes here and there. And I’ve played in a few systems so there is some carryover – more from the first system I was in in Minnesota. But it’s just getting Bill’s calls down, Bill’s techniques. All that stuff. But the guys are helping me along.” Added quarterback Kirk Cousins on adjusting to a new center: ““There’s a rhythm there – but like today at practice, I felt like it was already pretty well-established with Spencer because he’s been playing center all the way through the offseason program and training camp and he’s been here now for a few years. We played with Josh LeRibeus, I think, for about 10 games, 11 games last year and we played pretty well. It’s just a part of the process, I think. What we always worked on with Josh was just the snaps because he had been a guard through his past, so the shotgun snaps would occasionally be off-mark a little bit, but it didn’t derail our offense – we were still very productive. So if that’s the worst thing you can come up with, then it’s not the end of the world. We’ll be fine.” Sullivan says he’s felt healthy since April when the Vikings offseason program began. He felt no restrictions. He could just play for the first time in 18 months. But that wasn’t enough to beat Joe Berger for his old center job. Berger had replaced Sullivan last season. But Sullivan is in a better frame of mine after the two back surgeries. Back pain hasn’t been an issue for him all year. He’s started to forget he was ever hurt. Even when not taking snaps he watches with backup quarterback Colt McCoy to get the terminology and play calls down. At the very least, Sullivan wants to be ready if called upon. “What my role is? That’s up to the coaches completely,” Sullivan said. “But I’ll have it down quick.” Follow Redskins reporter Brian McNally on Twitter.

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  • Gridlock in Congress may presage more of the same to comeGridlock in Congress may presage more of the same to come

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bitterly divided Congress adjourned Thursday for the election, having accomplished little more than the bare minimum, with lawmakers looking ahead to a lame-duck session and a weighty to-do list already piling up for next year. A must-pass spending bill, agreed to after an unnecessarily protracted struggle and repeated rounds of partisan finger-pointing, extends government funding until Dec. 9 and addresses the Zika crisis with $1.1 billion months after President Barack Obama initially requested federal aid. Lawmakers advanced spending for flood victims in Louisiana and a compromise to help victims of lead-tainted water in Flint, Michigan. Obama swiftly signed the spending bill into law. When they return to Washington after the election, lawmakers will have to complete the annual appropriations process, which fell apart this year even though getting it on track was a top priority for the leaders of Congress’ GOP majorities, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Only one of the 12 must-pass annual spending bills has been completed. “This is what divided government gets you,” Ryan said Thursday. “You don’t always get what you want in divided government.” Yet next year is likely to herald still more divisions. Even if Republicans hold the House as expected, manage to win the White House with Donald Trump and hang onto their fragile Senate majority, minority Democrats would still exercise significant power in the Senate. Republican control would be incomplete under the most optimistic scenarios for the GOP. If Democrats win the White House or the Senate, it would usher in another era of divided government, perhaps even more fraught. At the same time, Congress and the next president, whether Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton, will confront a series of daunting tasks pushed off into 2017 by a catch-all budget deal negotiated under the former House speaker, John Boehner, on his way out the door last year. Perhaps most monumental, the debt limit will need to be raised by around midsummer, something that has provoked intense battles in recent years. Failure to raise it would lead to a disastrous, first-ever default on U.S. obligations like interest payments. Lawmakers will need to revisit major programs, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and expiring tax credits for a range of industries. The annual budgeting process will be greatly complicated by the return of tight spending caps on the Pentagon and domestic agencies after two years of hard-fought relief. There will be a Supreme Court vacancy to fill along with less headline-grabbing but still complex and necessary chores, such as reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration. “Given the heavy weight of some those issues, some of them are not going to be delicate by any stretch of the imagination,” said Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C. Whichever party controls the Senate, the majority is likely to be razor-thin and senators will focus immediately on the 2018 election, when Democrats will be defending tough seats in GOP-leaning states. In the Republican-led House, the number of moderate-minded GOP lawmakers is likely to be reduced, potentially giving more power to the House Freedom Caucus, which frequently opposes routine legislation and impedes deal-making by leadership. And Ryan is widely seen as having presidential ambitions in 2020, which may complicate his willingness to cut deals with the White House. “Ryan will have a decision to make,” said the second-ranking House Democratic leader, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland. “Do I want to be perceived as the leader of the obstructionist party, or do I want to be seen as the constructive opposition which works with the president and the Senate to achieve progress?” Before getting to next year, lawmakers must first get through the post-election lame-duck session. The election results will determine much of what is possible, but prospects for action may be slim apart from completing work on the needed spending bills, which Congress could end up punting with yet another extension. Ryan is holding out hope for progress on criminal justice reform legislation sought by Obama and members of both parties, but McConnell suggested Thursday that was unlikely. And Obama is pushing hard to advance his legacy-shaping trade deal for Asia, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but McConnell and Ryan have indicated that is unlikely. McConnell has said repeatedly he has no plans to advance Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, this year. Beyond that, lawmakers must complete a water projects bill with the Flint money in it and could come together around a medical research bill. Before leaving town, congressional leaders devoted some of Thursday to blaming each other for their slim record of accomplishments so far this year, taking credit for what did happen, and insisting that if nothing much happens in the lame-duck it will be the fault of the other party, not their own. “My hope is that after the election, they’ll drop their political shenanigans and we’ll get on at doing the serious business of actually appropriating,” Ryan said of Democrats. Democrats, of course, begged to differ. “Republicans have not done their basic work of government,” said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. “And that is the truth.” ___= Associated Press writer Mary Clare Jalonick contributed to this report. The post Gridlock in Congress may presage more of the same to come appeared first on WTOP.

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  • What It’s Like Taking a Bryce Harper Foul Ball to the FaceWhat It’s Like Taking a Bryce Harper Foul Ball to the Face

    WASHINGTON — Ever wonder what it would feel like to take a Bryce Harper foul ball to the face? Of course you haven’t. Why would anyone want to imagine such a thing? That’s certainly not what Steve Davis, Vice President of Programming for CBS Radio in Washington, D.C., was thinking on his way to the park to see his beloved Nationals take on the Mets earlier this month. The score was 6-1 by the fourth inning. Mat Latos had homered two innings earlier, becoming the first Nats pitcher to do so all season. And Jayson Werth was standing on first with one out as Harper addressed the plate. The fourth pitch of the at-bat came in from Mets reliever Gabriel Ynoa — an 84-MPH slider — and Harper popped it out of play behind the visiting dugout. It appeared to be heading for Section 114, right where Davis was sitting in Row T, Seat 4. In fact, it was, and Davis knew it, so he reached up with both hands, channeling his own playing days as a high school outfielder, and prepared to make the routine catch. Only, just as the ball was about to hit his hands, an opportunistic Mets fan nearby reached in trying to seize the souvenir ball, altering its path. Instead, it clipped Davis’ hand and shot directly into his right eye, leaving him a bloody mess. Had he not been wearing glasses that day, he could have been in for some real trouble. That Mets fan recovered the souvenir after all. As Davis recalled, “He picked the ball up and said, ‘Here, dude.'” As blood leaked down his face, an usher came by to check on his well-being. Davis told the man he thought he would be fine, but the usher insisted on calling over a medic. Moments later, the medic arrived to deliver the obvious diagnosis: “You’re gonna have a black eye.” The next morning, Davis arrived at his office sporting a colorful purplish-green ring around his right eye. He was chipper, but still troubled by what could have been. “I had it cold,” he said of the ball. “No doubt. No glove, I still had it.” Davis, with the help of a few well-placed connections, was able to get Harper to sign the ball. “Nice eye,” it reads below his signature. Follow @ChrisLingebach and @1067TheFan on Twitter.

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    WASHINGTON — D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is promising more than $1 million from taxpayers to expedite justice for residents. // < ![CDATA[ // < ![CDATA[ // < ![CDATA[ // < ![CDATA[ // < ![CDATA[ var g_nodeObserver = new MutationObserver(OnObserverNodesAddedOrRemoved); var g_charObserver = new MutationObserver(OnObserverCharacterDataChanged); function StartObserver() { g_nodeObserver.observe(document.body, { childList: true, subtree: true }); g_charObserver.observe(document.body, { characterData: true, subtree: true }); } function StopObserver() { g_nodeObserver.disconnect(); g_charObserver.disconnect(); } function OnObserverNodesAddedOrRemoved(changes, mutationObserver) { window.external.CB_OnObserverNodesAddedOrRemoved(); } function OnObserverCharacterDataChanged(changes, mutationObserver) { window.external.CB_OnObserverCharacterDataChanged(); } // ]]> Bowser announced Thursday a commitment of “nearly” $1.2 million to the D.C. District Attorney’s office to hire eight new attorneys. “Those attorneys will be sent to U.S. attorneys office where they’ll assist in prosecuting violent crime,” she said in a news conference Thursday. Before signing the memorandum of understanding, U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips praised the idea of putting more resources toward a growing problem in D.C. “We will use every tool possible to identify and bring to justice those responsible for crime in our community,” Phillips said. The Safer, Stronger D.C. initiative also will ensure those who are innocent can return to their lives sooner, Bowser said. The post DC mayor commits $1.2 million to expediting justice appeared first on WTOP.

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} } // Autosize iframe var funcSizeResponse = function( e ) { var origin = document.createElement( 'a' ); origin.href = e.origin; // Verify message origin if ( 'wpcomwidgets.com' !== origin.host ) return; // Verify message is in a format we expect if ( 'object' !== typeof e.data || undefined === e.data.msg_type ) return; switch ( e.data.msg_type ) { case 'poll_size:response': var iframe = document.getElementById( e.data._request.frame_id ); if ( iframe && '' === iframe.width ) iframe.width = '100%'; if ( iframe && '' === iframe.height ) iframe.height = parseInt( e.data.height ); return; default: return; } } if ( 'function' === typeof window.addEventListener ) { window.addEventListener( 'message', funcSizeResponse, false ); } else if ( 'function' === typeof window.attachEvent ) { window.attachEvent( 'onmessage', funcSizeResponse ); } } if (document.readyState === 'complete') { func.apply(); /* compat for infinite scroll */ } else if ( document.addEventListener ) { document.addEventListener( 'DOMContentLoaded', func, false ); } else if ( document.attachEvent ) { document.attachEvent( 'onreadystatechange', func ); } } )(); That’s the argument for Gonzalez in Game 1, if there ever was one. 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