• Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion RulesSupreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Rules

    In a decisive victory for supporters of abortion rights, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down tough restrictions on abortions in Texas that have more than halved the number of clinics in the state that provide the...Photo Credit: Pete Marovich/Getty Images This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

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  • Gun salesman-in-chief: 52,600 a day under Obama, more seen under HillaryGun salesman-in-chief: 52,600 a day under Obama, more seen under Hillary

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  • Donor promised to make Clinton ‘look good’ on advisory boardDonor promised to make Clinton ‘look good’ on advisory board

    "I promise I will make the Secretary look good," Rajiv Fernando said.

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  • Supreme Court strikes down abortion restrictionsSupreme Court strikes down abortion restrictions

    Divided court, on last day of term, rules that Texas law imposes undue burden on women        

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  • Ryan: I might have voted for BrexitRyan: I might have voted for Brexit

    Ryan says people want self-government and self-determination.

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  • Pet of the Week: WTOP’s 2016 PetsPet of the Week: WTOP’s 2016 Pets

    Pet of the Week is a weekly feature that highlights a pet available for adoption from the Washington Animal Rescue League. About WARL: Founded in 1914, the Washington Animal Rescue League is the oldest animal shelter in Washington D.C. Its mission includes rescuing, rehabilitating and finding homes for animals who have no where else to go. The League also supports animals through affordable veterinary care, community outreach and education. Learn more about the Washington Animal Rescue League at www.warl.org. If you are thinking of adding a furry friend to your family, check out these other great shelters in the area: Maryland Humane Society of Charles County (301) 645-8181 71 Industrial Park Dr. PO Box 1015 Waldorf, Md. 20604 Humane Society of Charles County offers a low cost spay/neuter program to the public. Please call or visit our website for more information. The shelter is also looking for more foster parents to help its animals. Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P. (301) 299-6756 P.O. Box 1814, Annandale, VA 22003 Lab Rescue of the LRCP is a volunteer driven, nonprofit organization that rescues, fosters and places homeless, abused, and/or abandoned Labrador retrievers. Prince George’s County Humane Society (301) 262-5625 P.O. Box 925 Bowie, Md. 20718 Prince George’s County Humane Society is also looking for foster parents. For more information, contact the organization. PAW — Partnership for Animal Welfare (301) 572-4729 P.O. Box 1074 Greenbelt, Md. 20768 Paws Animal Kingdom (301) 920-2318 P.O. Box 11531 Takoma Park, Md. 20912 Montgomery County Humane Society (240) 252-2555 601 South Stonestreet Ave. Rockville, Md. 20850 The Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County (301) 740-2511 12 Park Ave. Gaithersburg, Md. 20877 D.C. Washington Humane Society (202) 576-6664 1201 New York Ave. NE 20002 ASAP — Alliance for Stray Animals and People (202) 331-1330 P.O. Box 65438 Washington, D.C. 20035-5438 Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue (202) 575-2210 Approved applicants may attend monthly adoption meets that are usually held at the house of a volunteer in either Northern Virginia or Southern Maryland. Northern Virginia Lucky Dog Animal Rescue (202) 741-5428 5159 Lee Highway Arlington, Va. 22207 Lucky Dog is a foster home organization and does not run a dedicated housing facility. A Forever Home (703) 961-8690 P.O. Box 222801 Chantilly, VA 20153-2801 A Forever-Home is a nonprofit dog rescue group that operates in the Northern Virginia/Washington Metropolitan area. FOHA — Friends of Homeless Animals (703) 385-0224 39710 Goodpuppy Ln, Aldie, Va. 20105 All visitors must speak to a Friends representative before receiving directions to their shelter location. SPCA of Northern Virginia 703-799-9390 P.O. Box 100220 Arlington, Va. 22210-3220 Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (703) 746-4774 4101 Eisenhower Ave. Alexandria, Va. 22304 Animal Welfare League of Arlington (703) 931-9241 2650 S. Arlington Mill Dr. Arlington, Va. Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation (703) 295-3647 P.O. Box 223953 Chantilly, Va. 20153 HART — Homeless Animal Rescue Team (703) 691-HART P.O. Box 7261 Fairfax Station, Va. 22039-7261 King Street Cats Rescue and Adoption (703) 231-7199 25 Dove St. Alexandria, Va. 22314 Virginia German Shepherd Rescue (703) 435-2840 P.O. Box 126 Sterling, Va. 20167 The post Pet of the Week: WTOP’s 2016 Pets appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Morning RundownMorning Rundown

    Capitol Hill Metro Closures to End July 3 — Metro is still on track to finish by July 3 its SafeTrack work that has closed the Potomac Avenue and Stadium-Armory stations since June 18. [Washington Post] Frager’s Garden Center Redevelopment Meeting Set for This Week — An architecture firm has bought a house and Frager’s Garden Center on the 1200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE to build an apartment complex is set to hold a community meeting Thursday. [Capitol Hill Corner] Locals Raise Money for Daughter of Woman Killed in Hill East Shooting — Locals are opening their wallets to help the daughter of a woman who was killed in a shooting in Hill East earlier this month. [Hill Now] Annual Car Race to Planned for RFK Stadium Grounds Next Month — An annual race will bring screeching tires and revving engine to the RFK Stadium grounds next month. [Hill Now]

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  • Arlington tops list of best cities for retirementArlington tops list of best cities for retirement

    WASHINGTON — Those who live in the area may not have to go far to find a good retirement spot: Arlington, Virginia, topped Bankrate.com’s study of the best and worst cities to retire in. Bankrate said in a statement that its study assessed communities in nine categories: cost of living; climate; health care cost and quality; taxes; crime; well-being; walkability; and cultural vitality. Arlington’s culture, sense of well-being among senior citizens and excellent health care were strong points, Bankrate says; the high cost of living was a problem, but not enough of one to keep it out of the top spot. Meanwhile, Niagara Falls, New York, was found the worst place to retire, Bankrate says — high taxes, snowy weather and crime were the main problems. Milford, Connecticut; San Bernardino, California; Troy, New York; and Worcester, Massachusetts, made up the rest of the bottom five. “We found that smaller cities and suburbs fared the best,” Bankrate.com analyst Jill Cornfield said in the statement. “Most seniors prefer to live in these types of communities because they offer access to big-city amenities without as much hustle, bustle and crime.” But maybe you would weigh the nine categories differently than Bankrate would, and someplace else would be right for you. You can find out with Bankrate’s online calculator, which lets you rank the categories however you like and see what your best choice would be. The post Arlington tops list of best cities for retirement appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Trump takes another trip to western PennsylvaniaTrump takes another trip to western Pennsylvania

    Republican candidate will likely address 'bad trade deals' in Monessen.        

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  • 1890s Capitol Hill church converted to condos1890s Capitol Hill church converted to condos

    WASHINGTON —The former Way of the Cross Church of Christ at 819 D St., NE is the latest church to condo conversion in the District. Called The Sanctuary, the 26 condos in the original Way of the Cross Church building include original architectural detail. (Courtesy Urban Pace) The original church building, built in 1897 by The Disciples of Christ and then called The Ninth Street Christian Church, includes 26 condos in the main church building and four condos in two adjoining townhouses. It is one of several DC church conversions in the District, including another in Capitol Hill and one in Georgetown. The Way of the Cross decided to build a larger church campus in Capitol Heights, Maryland, and to finance its expansion. It brought in developers to convert the buildings to condos. The Rubin Group and Regua are nearing completion of the 18-month restoration. Bonstra Haresign Architects and Potomac Construction Group also have worked on the project. Urban Pace, recently acquired by Long & Foster Real Estate Inc., is marketing the condos. The renovation has included hand restoration of every stained glass panel to original condition by Pennsylvania craftsmen. The condos, some with rooftop decks and views of the U.S. Capitol, range in size from one-bedroom to two-bedrooms with dens, and include exposed brick and cast-iron columns. They are priced from about $350,000 to more than $1 million. The post 1890s Capitol Hill church converted to condos appeared first on WTOP.

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  •  'Racist' Pool Safety Poster Brings Red Cross Apology 'Racist' Pool Safety Poster Brings Red Cross Apology

    The American Red Cross apologized Tuesday amid backlash over a sign it created on swim safety guidelines for children that was perceived as racist, NBCBLK reported. The apology came after a photo circulated of... This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

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  • Benghazi panel protests continued ‘stonewalling’ from State DeptBenghazi panel protests continued ‘stonewalling’ from State Dept

    Gowdy is accusing the Obama administration of purposefully deceiving his panel.

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  • Olympic Trials: Lochte Fails to Qualify for Rio in Signature RaceOlympic Trials: Lochte Fails to Qualify for Rio in Signature Race

    The first event of the U.S. Olympic swimming trials produced a huge stunner, as Ryan Lochte failed to qualify for the team Sunday night in an event he won at the 2012 London Games.Photo Credit: AP

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  • Trump, Clinton Less Popular Than NRA, Planned Parenthood: PollTrump, Clinton Less Popular Than NRA, Planned Parenthood: Poll

    The Democratic and Republican parties and their presumptive presidential nominees continue to be significantly unpopular with voters, in some cases more so than institutions like the NRA and Planned Parenthood...Photo Credit: Getty Images

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  • Park Geese to Become Meals for Maryland Food BankPark Geese to Become Meals for Maryland Food Bank

    "The excessive feces they leave, up to one pound daily, is not only unsightly but causes unsanitary conditions around bodies of water, docks, pathways, athletic fields and lawn areas.”

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  • Supreme Court set to close out current term with 3 big casesSupreme Court set to close out current term with 3 big cases

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is set to close out its current term with opinions Monday in three remaining cases after a flurry of decisions last week. It’s expected to be the justices’ final meeting before they disperse on their summer breaks. The last three cases concern regulation of Texas abortion clinics, the public corruption conviction of former Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia and a federal law that seeks to keep guns out of the hands of people convicted of domestic violence. Protesters on both sides of the abortion issue were in front of the court Monday morning in advance of the decision. Abortion-rights advocates held signs saying, “Keep Clinics Open” and blasted music, including the 1970s song “I’m Every Woman.” Anti-abortion demonstrators waved signs saying, “I Am the Pro-life Generation.” Just eight justices are taking part in the cases following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February. President Barack Obama has nominated federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland to take Scalia’s place, but Garland has not received a hearing or a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate. Late June often is when a retirement is announced, but voluntary departures from the court almost never happen in election years. The justices handed down five rulings on Thursday, including two cases that ended in 4-4 ties. A look at the remaining cases: — Abortion: Texas abortion clinics are challenging a state law and regulations that already have cut the number of abortion providers in half, to roughly 20. Fewer than 10 would remain if the 2013 law were allowed to take full effect. One positive sign for the clinics is that only Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan, who generally side with abortion rights advocates, have yet to write opinions from the session in late February and early March when the case was argued. Each justice typically writes at least one majority opinion from each argument session. — Public corruption: The justices seemed likely to side with McDonnell, who is challenging his conviction for accepting gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman in exchange for promoting a dietary supplement. A ruling for McDonnell could make it harder to prosecute public officials. — Guns: Two men from Maine are challenging their convictions for possessing guns under a federal law that is intended to keep guns out of the hands of people who have previously been convicted of domestic violence. The post Supreme Court set to close out current term with 3 big cases appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Nationals Place Stephen Strasburg on Disabled ListNationals Place Stephen Strasburg on Disabled List

    MILWAUKEE — Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with an upper back strain. The move is retroactive to June 16. Stephen Strasburg has been placed on 15-day DL, retro to 6/16, w/ an upper back strain. A corresponding roster move will be announced tmrw. — #VoteNats (@Nationals) June 26, 2016 Strasburg was scratched from his start on Sunday against the Brewers in Milwaukee after experiencing pain in his back while throwing before Saturday’s game. He was replaced by Tanner Roark, who had one of his best outings of the season in the Nationals win, their first in eight games. Roark tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing just seven hits and one run while striking out seven. The team said a corresponding roster move wouldn’t be made until Monday, when the Nationals open a three-game series at home against the New York Mets. Strasburg is 10-0 with a 2.90 ERA this season, and he’s the only Washington starter without a loss on his record. Stephen Strasburg’s Injury Revealed Many will jump into a refrain of “Here we go again” with the news of the move. Strasburg, who made his debut in June 2010 and recently signed a massive seven-year, $175 million contract extension, has pitched 200 or more innings just once in his career, in 2014. He pitched 215.0 innings that season; his next best innings total was 183.0, in 2013, then 159.1 in 2012. For comparison, Max Scherzer pitched in at least 187.2 innings in each of the past six seasons. Joe Ross is the expected starter for Monday’s series opener, but no probable starter has been announced for Tuesday’s matchup, in which the Nationals will take on Matt Harvey of the Mets. Follow 106.7 The Fan on Twitter (© Copyright 2016 The Associated Press and 106.7 The Fan. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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  • Snyder, McCloughan, Gruden Hang Out With Axl RoseSnyder, McCloughan, Gruden Hang Out With Axl Rose

    WASHINGTON — Guns N’ Roses was in D.C. over the weekend, and some Redskins bigwigs figured they’d hang out with the legendary band. After all, the concert was at FedEx Field, where the Redskins play. #Redskins owner Dan Snyder, HC Jay Gruden & GM Scot McCloughan with Axl Rose @gunsnroses concert @FedExField! pic.twitter.com/4rT4n7d7An — Washington Redskins (@Redskins) June 27, 2016 That’s Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, GM Scot McCloughan and owner Dan Snyder, among others, hanging out with GNR frontman Axl Rose, who looks less than thrilled to be there. A trio of Redskins bosses hanging out is likely much more palatable for Redskins fans, and players, than last year’s incident of Snyder hanging out and bowling with quarterback Robert Griffin III. Follow Bryan Frantz and 106.7 The Fan on Twitter

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  • Arlington Capital Partners buys Virginia technology contractorArlington Capital Partners buys Virginia technology contractor

    D.C. private equity firm Arlington Capital Partners announced Friday it acquired EOIR Technologies Inc., a Fredericksburg-based defense and intelligence technology company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal represents continued private equity"interest in the [aerospace, defense and government services] market, particularly from private equity firms that have a historical track record of success,” Jean Stack, managing director at Houlihan Lokey, the investment bank that advised EOIR…

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  • Computer Sciences Corp. CEO Mike Lawrie to resign as chairman of CSRAComputer Sciences Corp. CEO Mike Lawrie to resign as chairman of CSRA

    Mike Lawrie, chairman and CEO of Tysons-based Computer Sciences Corp., said last week he plans to step down from his second chairmanship role at CSRA Inc., citing its pending merger with with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Co.’s services business as a driver behind the decision. “With CSRA having completed two successful quarters as a newly minted company — and in light of CSC’s intent to merge with the Enterprise Services unit of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which itself has a very significant…

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  • Crews find woman who fell overboard on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, aliveCrews find woman who fell overboard on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, alive

    CHESTERTOWN, Md. (AP) — Crews are searching for a woman who fell into the waters along Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Maryland Natural Resources Police say the woman fell overboard at the mouth of the Sassafras River in Kent County on Sunday night. Authorities say a State Police helicopter was taking part in the search by police and firefighters. Authorities say the woman wasn’t wearing a life jacket. She wasn’t identified and further details were not immediately available. The post Crews find woman who fell overboard on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, alive appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Labor Department investigating subcontractor on Trump's Old Post Office projectLabor Department investigating subcontractor on Trump's Old Post Office project

    The Labor Department is investigating whether a subcontractor working on Donald Trump’s Old Post Office hotel underpaid employees working on the downtown D.C. project, according to The Washington Post. A Labor spokesperson told the Post the agency is looking into whether Brentwood-based glass specialist The Craftsmen Group was paying wages below those required by federal law on government construction projects. The investigation was first reported last week by Politico. Workers on the Pennsylvania…

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  • Stabbing at White Nationalist RallyStabbing at White Nationalist Rally

    At least six people were stabbed and others were struck by chunks of thrown concrete when a white nationalist group clashed with counter-protesters at the California state Capitol in Sacramento on Sunday.Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

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  • Chile Wins Copa; Messi Misses, Says He’s Quitting ArgentinaChile Wins Copa; Messi Misses, Says He’s Quitting Argentina

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Lionel Messi put his penalty kick over the crossbar, grabbed his shirt, clenched his teeth and covered his face with both hands. A few minutes later he walked off the field, a dazed, pained look on his bearded face. The greatest player of his generation, perhaps soccer’s best ever, he was still without a title on Argentina’s national team — one he says may never come. “The national team is over for me,” he told the Argentine network TyC Sports after Chile beat the Albiceleste on Sunday night for the Copa America title. “It’s been four finals. It’s not meant for me. I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn’t get it, so I think it’s over.” Chile beat Argentina in the final for the second straight year, 4-2 in the shootout following a 0-0 tie that ended an expanded 16-nation Copa in the United States to mark the championship’s 100th anniversary. Messi, five-time FIFA Player of the Year, winner of four Champions League titles and eight Spanish La Liga crowns with Barcelona, was crushed. Much of his nation had counted on him and the top-ranked Albiceleste to bring home the nation’s first major championship since 1993. Playing two days after his 29th birthday, Messi lost a final for the third year in a row and the fourth time overall with Argentina. There was also the 2007 Copa final against Brazil, when he was still a wunderkind, and then an extra-time loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup. Considered alongside Brazil’s Pele and Argentina’s Diego Maradona as the sport’s greatest, Messi won the titles at the under-20 and Olympic (under-23) levels for Argentina. But in the minds of many he needs a championship with the senior national team to solidify his place in history. “Messi’s numbers are unparalleled and I think they’ll remain that way forever, because it’s impossible for a football player to do what Messi has done,” said Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi, who is from Argentina. “My generation can’t compare him to Maradona — that’s for my generation, because of what Maradona did for Argentine soccer. But I think the best player ever played today here in the United States.” A crowd of 82,026 filled MetLife Stadium — the largest to see a soccer game in New Jersey — and many wore Messi’s No. 10 jersey in Argentina’s blue and white and Barcelona’s navy and maroon. Francisco Silva converted the shootout finale for the fifth-ranked La Roja after goalkeeper Claudio Bravo — Messi’s Barcelona teammate — made a diving stop on Lucas Biglia’s attempt. On an ill-tempered evening that included a first-half ejection on each side and eight yellow cards, the game was scoreless through regulation and 30 minutes of extra time, with Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuain missing a clear goal-scoring opportunity for the third straight final. Argentina outshot Chile 16-4 and La Roja collapsed three, four and even five defenders around Messi, then chopped down the diminutive attacker when he tried to accelerate toward the goal. Messi, who scored five goals in the tournament, sent a free kick that Sergio Aguero nearly headed in 10 minutes into extra time, only to have Bravo jump and extend his right hand to tip the ball over the crossbar. Messi’s free kick in extra time went off the wall. Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved the opening kick by Arturo Vidal, and up stepped Messi, Argentina’s captain and career scoring leader with 55 goals. He sent his shot into the stands, stunning himself, both teams and the crowd. Nicolas Castillo and Charles Aranguiz converted their kicks for Chile, and Javier Mascherano and Aguero made theirs, leaving the teams tied 2-2 after three rounds. Jean Beausejour put Chile ahead, and Bravo dived to his right, saving Biglia’s shot and bringing up Silva, a 30-year-old midfielder. Messi briefly pulled his jersey over his face, as if not wanting to watch. Romero dived to his left and the shot went in to his right, giving Chile another title. Messi crouched over, as if in pain, then got up, took off his captain’s armband and walked to the bench, where he was consoled by teammate Angel Di Maria. After Messi came back on the field, Aguero put a hand on one of Messi’s shoulders. And new FIFA President Gianni Infantino gave Messi a pat on the back when Messi came onto the podium with his teammates for his second-place medal. Messi almost immediately took it off. “The burden of the consecutive games (lost) has been accumulating these last two years,” Argentina coach Gerardo Martino said. “He feels like you would expect a player to feel after playing and losing a final.” The tournament’s average crowd of 46,119 was nearly double the 25,223 in Chile last year, and attendance will be used by the U.S. Soccer Federation as justification it deserves to host a World Cup again, likely as part of a bid for the 2026 tournament. Brazilian referee Heber Lopes became the focus in the first half, ejecting a pair of defenders: Chile’s Marcelo Diaz in the 28th minute and Argentina’s Marcos Rojo in the 43rd. After issuing six yellow cards during a World Cup qualifier between the nations in March, Lopes handed out eight yellows, including one to Messi for diving in the 40th minute, and the two reds. Diaz got his first yellow for hacking down Messi about 28 yards out in the 16th minute, then got his second for obstructing a charging Messi about 30 yards out. Rojo received a straight red when he slid into Vidal from behind and poked away the ball, but Vidal’s leg bent awkwardly under his body as he fell. Higuain had the best first-half chance in the 21st minute when he picked up Gary Medel’s giveaway, dribbled in and chipped the ball over Bravo only to have it roll wide of the far post. It was almost the exact time he broke in alone during the World Cup final against Germany and also shot wide. Higuain also missed a tap-in of Ezequiel Lavezzi’s cross during the final minute of regulation in last year’s final, then sent his penalty kick during the shootout over the crossbar. For Argentina and Messi, titles keep slipping away. Follow 106.7 The Fan on Twitter (© Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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  • Bon Jovi Surprises Lifelong Fan Bon Jovi Surprises Lifelong Fan

    A trip to dinner turned out to be the surprise of a lifetime for a New Jersey woman battling stage four lung cancer.Carol Cesario has spent the last five months in and out of the hospital, her daughter, Rosie...Photo Credit: Rosie Skripkunis

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  • 1 dead after I-295 crash1 dead after I-295 crash

    WASHINGTON — One person is dead after a crash late Sunday night on Interstate 295 in Southeast D.C. It happened around 10:45 p.m. D.C. police say the two-vehicle crash in the southbound lanes killed one and sent another person to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The investigation closed I-295 between Malcolm X Avenue and Suitland Parkway until 6 a.m. The post 1 dead after I-295 crash appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Miss Greater Richmond crowned Miss VirginiaMiss Greater Richmond crowned Miss Virginia

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A college student studying communication and minoring in dance and performing arts has been crowned Miss Virginia. The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/28UUb4k ) reports Miss Greater Richmond, Michaela Sigmon, took the title Saturday night during a competition at the Berglund Center in Roanoke. She wins a $20,000 scholarship and will compete in the Miss America pageant, which will be held Sept. 11 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The 21-year-old Sigmon is a native of Chesapeake and a junior at Old Dominion University. The first runner-up was Miss State Fair of Virginia, Harlie Dale. Dale graduated from Virginia Tech and earned a master’s degree from Liberty University. She receives an $8,500 scholarship. ___ Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com The post Miss Greater Richmond crowned Miss Virginia appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Brewery holds fundraiser, brews special beer for Va. officer killed in Feb.Brewery holds fundraiser, brews special beer for Va. officer killed in Feb.

    GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia brewery has created a special beer in memory of a Prince William County officer killed in the line of duty and as a fundraiser for her family and two other officers shot during the same incident. The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/28XbDmf ) reports that Tin Cannon Brewing held a fundraiser Sunday at its headquarters in Gainesville. The paper says proceeds from the sale of the commemorative amber ale it created, called “Heart of the Lion,” will be donated to the family of officer Ashley Guindon, who was killed Feb. 27, and officers Jesse Hempen and David McKeown, who were injured. Charged in Guindon’s death is Ronald Hamilton of Woodbridge. Prosecutors say he shot and killed his wife and then shot Guindon, Hempen and McKeown, who responded to the scene. The post Brewery holds fundraiser, brews special beer for Va. officer killed in Feb. appeared first on WTOP.

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  • On-air shooting survivor honored with resilience awardOn-air shooting survivor honored with resilience award

    SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, Va. (AP) — The woman who survived a shooting that killed two journalists while they were conducting an interview on live TV is being honored for her courage. Local media report that Vicki Gardner recently received the Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives “Resilience Award.” It’s a new award the group created to give executives who successfully lead their chambers while facing difficulties. Gardner is the executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber. She was shot in the back while giving a live interview on WDBJ last August. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed in the shooting. Authorities said the shooter, Vester Lee Flanagan, later died of a self-inflicted wound. The post On-air shooting survivor honored with resilience award appeared first on WTOP.

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  • McAuliffe announces 300 new jobs in LynchburgMcAuliffe announces 300 new jobs in Lynchburg

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Lynchburg is getting 300 new jobs from an insurance company that’s opening $4 billion new business center. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office recently announced Pacific Life Insurance Company’s investment. The company will receive a $500,000 grant from the Commonwealth Opportunity Fund and will also be eligible for other state benefits. Mike Lucado, chair of the Lynchburg Economic Development Authority, said Pacific Life’s investment will help spur revitalizing efforts in downtown Lynchburg. The post McAuliffe announces 300 new jobs in Lynchburg appeared first on WTOP.

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  • 1 Dead, 1 Injured in Head-On Crash on 2951 Dead, 1 Injured in Head-On Crash on 295

    One person is dead and another was injured in a head-on crash on I-295.Photo Credit: Getty Images

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  • USS Enterprise boldly goes from the Smithsonian’s basement into the main galleryUSS Enterprise boldly goes from the Smithsonian’s basement into the main gallery

    Long relegated to the Air and Space Museum’s basement gift shop, “Star Trek’s” USS Enterprise has moved to the central atrium. The newly restored, 11-foot-long studio model of the fictional starship, used for special-effects shots in the original TV series, will be unveiled Tuesday. (Just in time for the museum’s all-night 40th birthday celebration.) “It’s been […]

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  • Cool new gadgets and an all-night party for the Air and Space Museum’s 40th birthdayCool new gadgets and an all-night party for the Air and Space Museum’s 40th birthday

    Months before the official opening of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on July 1, 1976, eager aviation fans smudged the museum’s brand-new windows while trying to catch a glimpse of the headline-making vehicles inside. Back then, people instantly recognized aircraft like the Atlantic-crossing Spirit of St. Louis and the Apollo 11 command module, […]

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  • Police: Trio dead, found with gunshot wounds inside barnPolice: Trio dead, found with gunshot wounds inside barn

    GREENCASTLE, Pa. (AP) — State police say three people are dead after they were found with gunshot wounds inside a Pennsylvania barn. State troopers say they found 39-year-old Wendy Chaney, of Hagerstown, Maryland, and another man dead from a gunshot wound Saturday night, in Greencastle, about 55 miles southwest of the state capital, Harrisburg. The man’s name is being withheld until his family can be notified. Thirty-six-year-old Phillip Jackson was found inside the barn with severe injuries. He was flown to an area hospital where he later died from his injuries. State police are investigating. It wasn’t immediately clear what the motive was for the killings. There is no known suspect. The post Police: Trio dead, found with gunshot wounds inside barn appeared first on WTOP.

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It can be hard for me to find community in places outside of Miami since my Latinidad isn’t easily recognizable. Since I left Miami for Georgetown, the only way I have successfully been able to find community is through Latin music. That is what made the tragedy in Orlando so personal for me. I can’t stop seeing myself in the stories and accounts I hear. A friend of the victims didn’t feel like going to Pulse on Saturday night, so his five best friends went without him. They are all dead now. Another victim just wanted to go dancing, wanted to dance salsa and merengue and listen to our music. We went to the same high school and she was shot twice in the back. How can I reasonably convince myself that this could never happen to me? How do I grieve for my community? How do I deal with the guilt for feeling relieved this didn’t happen at another gay night club, like Town in Washington D.C.? I know I don’t experience oppression and discrimination the same way other members of my queer Latinx community do, but I do know that our music is what brings us all together in spite of our differences. We live in a society that perpetuates violence and oppression against members of my Latinx community and constantly seeks to further divide us. Going to Latin nights at clubs has always been a way to resist that, to build community and to create a space free of fear. Gay bars and clubs have served similar purposes. Many members of the queer community have been abandoned by their families because of their identity, and nearly all of us live in a world that tells us to hide who we are or threatens to kill us if we don’t. LGBTQ clubs are one of the few places queer people can go be their authentic selves without fear of violence. They were, anyway. That’s why it’s important that it was Latin night at Pulse. Reading through the names of the victims reminded me of the violence members of my community face every day. Sotomayor, Guerrero, Martinez, Perez, Torres, Flores, Rosado, Menendez, Rios, Velazquez, Fernandez, Rodriguez and so many more. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs found that among LGBTQ and HIV-affected individuals, people of color and trans women were more likely to be murdered. Of the reported LGBTQ homicides in 2015, 62 percent were LGBTQ people of color. The NCAVP also reports that Latinx people make up 43 percent of survivors of anti-LGBTQ violence and black LGBTQ people make up about 23 percent of survivors. Keep in mind that white people participate in these surveys in greater numbers than do people of color, so these numbers more than likely underrepresent the violence against LGBTQ people of color. Through a report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, we also know that queer people, particularly queer people of color, trans and gender non-conforming folk, and queer youth “are disproportionately targeted by the police and subjected to traumatizing forms of state violence.” So where do we go? Where can we find safety and security in a society bent on killing and assaulting us? Where can we let ourselves be authentic? Clubs? Gay bars? Not anymore We cannot forget Pulse was an LGBTQ club. We cannot forget it was Latin night. We cannot forget Latinxs, specifically Puerto Ricans, were most affected by this tragedy. We cannot let people use this massacre as an excuse to engage in Islamophobia. We cannot stay silent on the issue of gun control. We have to acknowledge that masculinity is toxic. We have to accept that queer people of color need safe spaces. But most of all, we need to act. Silence and inaction perpetuate violence against members of my communities and other oppressed groups. We are living in fear. We are out of safe spaces. We need more than thoughts and prayers. To the 49 beautiful queer folks whose lives were taken on June 12, rest in power. Que en paz descansen. I hope wherever you are, you keep dancing.   Caitlin Opperman is a senior in the College. The post A Call For More Than Thoughts and Prayers appeared first on .

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We must work to address issues of information privacy. We must ensure meaningful legislative change is made to the laws that affect who can see our personal records, when, and under what circumstances. And ultimately, we must not hide behind the ban-the-box banner.   Isaiah Fleming-Klink is a Sophomore in the School of Foreign Service. Vanguard Voices appears every other Wednesday. The post FLEMING-KLINK: Criminal Justice Reform, One Box at a Time appeared first on .

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  • EPSTEIN: Be an Alpha FemaleEPSTEIN: Be an Alpha Female

    A male friend once told me that he never goes home with girls who hit on him at parties. When I asked why, I anticipated a slut-shaming answer. But instead his response was, “Because all the girls who hit on me are drunk — too drunk for me to be comfortable hooking up with them.” This friend was very attractive, or at least attractive enough that these girls’ interest viably could be attributed to more than just beer goggles. So the questions are: Why do girls only hit on guys like him when they are drunk, and how can we change this phenomenon? Some of the concepts I have learned in Georgetown psychology courses may provide answers. In my “Psychology of Gender” class, we discussed gender roles and how they translate into scripts for many different situations, including dating. Our common conception of heterosexual dating is dominated by the idea that a woman is passive and waits to be approached, while a man is active and makes the first move. This passive-active role typically applies to asking someone on a date, initiating a sexual encounter and even proposing marriage. But I would like to focus on the moment that prefaces any romantic and sexual relationship: the approach. When expressing romantic interest, men typically make the first move and women do not. But, as exemplified by cases like my friend’s, we may all be better off if we change this norm. Attraction to the opposite sex, obviously, is not one-way. I have had countless experiences when a friend points out that cute guy from her economics class whom she’s been dying to talk to, or that blond on the dance floor whom she wants to hook up with that night. Yet whenever I suggest that she walk over and talk to him, the usual response is along the lines of, “No way, I’m too awkward” or, “Maybe after a few more drinks.” Since it is not the norm or expectation for women to approach men, many women hesitate to do so. Hence, it takes several cups or more of liquid courage before most of my female friends are willing to approach their man of interest. Another psychological principle that applies to the issue of romantic approach is pluralistic ignorance. Pluralistic ignorance occurs when people in a group situation act like they believe one thing while they think another. As a result, they all go along with the group and hesitate to express what they are actually thinking because they incorrectly believe that everyone else feels differently. Pluralistic ignorance can occur in romantic situations, in which both individuals are interested in the other, but, since neither is expressing attraction, they both assume that the other person is not interested. Because of pluralistic ignorance, many women believe that if the man they are eyeing has not approached them yet, he must not be interested. They often do not realize that he is thinking the same thing. It cannot be up to men alone to fight this phenomenon and make the first move in every romantic situation. Although breaking norms and getting past one’s own shyness can be difficult, the initial step to romantic success for many women may be making the first move and approaching men they are interested in. The approach does not have to be overt. My friends used to tease me for being an “alpha female” because I would approach boys at parties. But this alleged power move merely consisted of my walking up to a boy I thought was cute and introducing myself, sometimes adding an unelaborate joke or a comment about something at the party. Without any explicit statement of intent, I opened up the possibility of conversation in a way that allowed me to save face relatively easily if I felt my interest was not being reciprocated. Such actions have led to scenarios ranging from a pleasant conversation to a longterm boyfriend. There can be many obstacles for women making the first move. You might be shy around new people, unsure of your ability to start a conversation or afraid of being perceived as too forward. But if you can get past your initial doubts, know that there are advantages to approaching whomever you are interested in. Making the first move does not make you less desirable — in fact, it conveys a confidence and self-assuredness that can help you in any romantic interaction. So ladies, when you see that cute guy at a party, do not wait until you are drunk to start a conversation with him. Defy the gender-based heterosexual dating scripts, break the pluralistic ignorance and go get ’em.   Zoe Epstein is a senior in the college. Dating Nerd appears every other Wednesday.The post EPSTEIN: Be an Alpha Female appeared first on .

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  • PARK: Ichiro’s Achievements Stand Out Despite ControversyPARK: Ichiro’s Achievements Stand Out Despite Controversy

    Baseball fans are obsessed with records. Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak, Cal Ripken Jr.'s 2,632 consecutive games played and Nolan Ryan's 5,714 career strikeouts are just a few of the magic numbers that have fascinated fans over the years. Recently, Pete Rose's career record of 4,256 major league hits has come into the spotlight, as legendary outfielder Ichiro Suzuki recently passed Rose's record by recording his 4,257th career hit last Wednesday. However, there is an asterisk — 1,278 of Ichiro's hits came in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball, or NPB, before he entered MLB in 2001. In Rose's eyes, Ichiro's hits from Japan should not count toward the record. “It sounds like in Japan, they’re trying to make me the Hit Queen. I’m not trying to take anything away from Ichiro, he’s had a Hall of Fame career, but the next thing you know, they’ll be counting his high-school hits," Rose said in an interview with USA Today. In my opinion, Rose is right to say that he should be considered Major League Baseball's all-time hit leader, but that is where my agreement with Rose ends. His comments display a nasty combination of fallacious reasoning and lack of grace. NPB is widely acknowledged to be slightly below MLB in terms of quality of play. Many players who could not carve out regular playing time in MLB have gone on to have successful careers in Japan, and several successful Japanese players have failed to meet expectations when transitioning to MLB. However, completely dismissing Ichiro's Japanese hits is irresponsible. NPB is widely acknowledged to be the world's second-best baseball league. It has produced several stars, including Hideki Matsui, Yu Darvish and Masahiro Tanaka, who have gone on to have successful MLB careers. To liken Ichiro's Japanese hits to high school hits, as Rose did in his comments, is a classic example of a straw man argument — a fallacy in which an opponent's argument is misrepresented in order to be more easily attacked or refuted. Another factor to consider is that Ichiro played fewer games per season in his seven full seasons in Japan. During that time, the NPB season was 130 games per season. If he had played 162-game seasons, as he does now in MLB, and continued the same rate of hitting, Ichiro would have recorded an additional 315 hits over those seven seasons. So even if the Japanese league is acknowledged to be slightly inferior and thus conducive to a higher batting average, Ichiro would have had more at-bats if he had spent those seasons in America. In addition, even if MLB is considered superior to NPB, Ichiro had no problems whatsoever with the transition from NPB to MLB. In his rookie season in MLB in 2001, he recorded a .350 batting average with a league-leading 242 hits, and earned the American League Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awards. He continued that excellence over the next 16 seasons, posting an MLB-record 10 consecutive seasons with 200 or more hits, earning an All-Star Game selection in each of those ten seasons. He also set the all-time record for hits in a single season with 262 in 2004, a record that is still unbroken and may remain that way for several years, as hitting stats have been decreasing throughout MLB over recent years. Ichiro is still going strong, as he boasts a batting average well over .300 for the Miami Marlins as a 42-year-old this season. He could easily add many more hits to his total, and he seems like a lock to pass 3,000 MLB hits for his career, an incredible achievement for someone who began his Major League career at age 27. In addition to his hitting, Ichiro was, and still is, a fantastic defender in the outfield. He won 10 consecutive Gold Glove awards, and consistently displayed a cannon for an arm, despite his slight stature. He also impacted the game on the bases, as he has over 500 stolen bases in his career, including at least 25 in 11 consecutive seasons at the beginning of his MLB career. Rose was a phenomenal baseball player who was revered for his consistency, hustle and hitting ability. In my view, he is still baseball's hits leader, at least officially. Still, Ichiro should be receiving more credit for his tremendous accomplishments than he has gotten in recent days. In my eyes, Rose's comments come across as bitter and lack the class that has been displayed by many MLB legends as their records have been passed. Ichiro may not be the official "Hit King," but Rose's comments do nothing to diminish his tremendous  achievements. Tyler Park is a junior in the College. The Batting Cage appears every other Tuesday.  The post PARK: Ichiro’s Achievements Stand Out Despite Controversy appeared first on .

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  • CRAIGE: U.S. Looks to Shine in Copa América SemifinalCRAIGE: U.S. Looks to Shine in Copa América Semifinal

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The Mexican national team was completely humiliated in its 7-0 quarterfinal defeat at the hands of Chile. It was the worst defeat in team history. Chile must be congratulated for this dismantling of El Tri, as a win on this scale was certainly unexpected. Mexico’s national team coach Juan Carlos Osorio will be under even more intense scrutiny now, and I would not be shocked if he were fired soon. The Mexican football federation will also come under fire for the way that many of its supporters handled this game. Violence, as always, is never the answer. If the semifinals are notable for the teams that are missing, they are also notable for the teams that will be playing in them. Most importantly, the U.S. Men’s National Team will be making its first appearance since 1995 in a Copa América semifinal when it takes on Lionel Messi’s Argentina tonight in the grand city of Houston. This is a huge deal for soccer in the United States. 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Clint Dempsey, the former captain of the USMNT, is another player who has been essential to his team’s success. A seasoned veteran, Dempsey has been the true playmaker for the USMNT, with his hand in nearly every goal. This was especially evident in the United States’ 2-1 victory of Ecuador in the quarterfinals. Both goals were made possible by beautiful plays from Dempsey, with one being scored by the man himself. Dempsey has proved his critics wrong time and time again. If the USMNT has any chance of winning against the number one ranked team in the world, it will be because of Dempsey. During the 2014 World Cup, American goalkeeper Tim Howard became a national hero for the crucial saves that he made. Fast forward two years later, and now that honor has fallen to Brad Guzan, and it is a move that has paid off so far. Guzan has been a calm, steady presence in net, a stark contrast to the disastrous year that he had for Aston Villa. 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    Some time ago, I read the words of Sayed Kashua, a Muslim journalist from Haaretz, who wrote after the attacks in Paris: “My first thought was: How the blazes do I cancel my labeling as a Muslim? How can I dump every definition that’s liable to connect me with those murderers? I am a Muslim, and I categorize myself as such not because I was born a Muslim or because I believe in or observe any of the Islamic commandments. I am a Muslim because I am threatened as a Muslim and because I defend myself, in part, as a Muslim. The first time I read this article, it resonated with me, but now that I reread it knowing Donald Drumpf is certain to be the Republican nominee, Kashua’s words sober me. I’ve come to accept that Muslims in America are going to be subject to constant slurs, and  loud demands that we “go back to our country.” But for many Muslim Americans, myself included, we were born in the United States, this is our country. Yet Drumpf’s growing support makes me think that we’ve reached a point where facts such as these will be blatantly disregarded. Looking back at Sayed Kashua’s article with this in mind, it’s become clear to me that in place of facts, nonsensical views are likely to be the foundations of how people think of Muslim Americans and an affiliation with Islam  of any sort is not a factor that  people will overlook. Like Kashua, I find myself unable to shake the Muslim label. In a city such as Washington, D.C., questions about religious background are, oftentimes occurring in the first conversation someone has with a new acquaintance. I became increasingly uncomfortable with claiming to be Muslim when these questions arose not because I thought Islam was subpar compared with other religions, but because I was just starting to realize that I did not find faith in certain Islamic tenets. Despite finally being able to admit to myself that I lacked the devotion necessary to label myself a Muslim, I also found I could not cancel out my Muslim identity. Growing up, I was always aware of how being a Muslim in America has certain challenges. Walking around the grocery store with a mother who wears a hijab,I’ve noticed long stares and whispers.  Remarks from classmates in high school about how “Muslims don’t like pork or beer, so why do they even come to this country,” left me too flabbergasted to be upset. The last year alone, the Islamophobia I have witnessed has made it nearly impossible for me to not be a Muslim, regardless of my intrinsic and personal beliefs. I will always be treated and threatened as a Muslim, profiled as a Muslim, stopped in airports and asked accusatory rather than curious questions about Islam. I am always seen as a Muslim, and so I will always be one. Despite my own break from Islam, growing up in a Muslim household has given me a full understanding of the religion. Therefore ignorant criticisms leveled at Muslims have led me to run to their defenses. I cannot bring myself to just walk away from the Muslim community when it includes so many of my loved ones. Seeing their community treated with unadulterated hatred on the basis of false accusations about Islam has constantly prompted me to speak up on behalf of the religion. Drumpf’s xenophobic comments are just one example of the poor state of the United State’s relationship with its Muslim citizens. This past year has taught me that we can achieve more good by accepting our circumstance than rebelling against them. This December, I was invited to take part in an interfaith event responding to Islamophobia, which was attended by Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Nancy Pelosi. My first reaction was to decline the invitation, as I did not think I was a suitable representative for Islam.  But I ultimately decided to participate. My Muslim label is not necessarily one of my choice, but it is certainly one of my reality. And, at times, being a “Muslim” has allowed me to do more good than if I were able to shake my Muslim identity. Therefore, regardless of my feelings on particular tenets of Islam, I will always be a Muslim.   Laila Brothers is a junior in the School of Foreign Service. Identity Crossing appears every other Monday. The post BROTHERS: Sometimes We Do Not Choose Our Labels appeared first on .

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  • COUTURE: 2016 Finals Will Cement LeBron James’ LegacyCOUTURE: 2016 Finals Will Cement LeBron James’ Legacy

    For a player as accomplished and successful as forward LeBron James, it seems odd to claim that his seventh NBA Finals appearance will have the most impact on his legacy. James is already regarded as one of the best to ever play the game, and after 13 seasons under his belt, one would think James has etched his legacy in stone. However, James has crafted a unique narrative, which — combined with his 2-4 Finals’ record — leaves his legacy as volatile as ever, a conversation that finds its way to every media outlet imaginable. James is 31 years old, and now is his time to win. While he is over the peak of his career and has slowly begun his descent towards retirement, he is still the best player in the world. Realistically, he has three to four more purely dominant seasons left, and while he can still be an integral piece of a championship team, he will eventually lose his ability to take over games in the not-so-distant future. Normally, a proven star with an abundance of accolades would not face enormous expectations and pressure in the wake of decline. However, James has yet to win a title for the Cleveland Cavaliers, something he promised to do after his return from the Miami Heat in the summer of 2014. Cavaliers fans watched in disgust as James promised and delivered championships to another city after failing to do so during his first stint in Cleveland. They have waited patiently and supported their antihero, all in hope of erasing the city’s 52-year championship drought. No one worth listening to will argue against the opinion that James is a top-10 player of all time. If anyone did, I would point out the game six against the Boston Celtics in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals, when James exploded for 45 points on 73 percent shooting with 15 rebounds to boot. However, his rank among the coveted top five is debatable, and the outcome of the 2016 Finals will help push him either above or below the threshold. In my opinion, the top-five players of all time must possess a blend of statistics and success. Michael Jordan, who is widely considered the best and greatest player of all-time, has a resume that epitomizes the necessary qualifications. For his career, Jordan posted per game averages of 30.1 points, 5.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds, in addition to boasting a perfect 6-0 Finals record. James, who has per game averages of 27.2 points, 6.9 assists and 7.2 rebounds for his career, certainly has the stats to justify a place in the top five, but his 2-4 Finals record is less than impressive. With his background in mind, James and his Cavaliers currently find themselves tied 3-3 with the Golden State Warriors after back-to-back 41-point performances from James. The onslaughts came against a team without forward Draymond Green, who finished second in Defensive Player of the Year voting, in game five, and center Andrew Bogut, who will not be available for the rest of the series, in game six. If the Cavaliers lose the series, James’ record in the Finals will drop to 2-5. While his losses in 2007 and 2015 were excusable due to an ineffective supporting cast and injuries, respectively, James has no excuse this year. The roster he advocated for, including trading guard Andrew Wiggins for forward Kevin Love, is fully healthy and led by Tyronn Lue, the coach James wanted over former coach David Blatt. This is James’ and the Cavaliers’ best shot at Golden State, and if they ultimately fall short,  James will deservingly lose another finals. If this happens to be the case, I do not see how James deserves, or has earned, a spot in my — and many people’s — top five of Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Bill Russell and Larry Bird. Each player in my top five has an NBA Finals record above .500, something James will likely never be able to boast. However, if the Cavaliers somehow manage to make the 3-1 comeback against the greatest regular season team ever, I think James would cement his legacy as the third best player ever, behind Jordan and Abdul-Jabbar. This, of course, assumes that James leads them there and continues to at least meet his per-game season averages of 25.3 points, 6.8 assists and 7.4 rebounds. While he would still hold a record of 3-4 in the finals, managing to upset this Warriors team, especially after being down 3-1, would be the greatest NBA Finals victory ever. Barring a 2011-esque blunder, I think James would be regarded as a top-three player in the game’s history. With Love slumping and Irving inevitably regressing to his mean after a scorching 17-of-24 shooting performance in game five, it is up to James to carry this team. The outcome of his seventh and most important NBA Finals appearance will play a significant role in deciding his rank amongst the other all-time greats, and whether or not he should be considered a top-five player to ever play the game. Evan Couture is a junior in the McDonough School of Business. At The Buzzer appears every other Friday.The post COUTURE: 2016 Finals Will Cement LeBron James’ Legacy appeared first on .

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  • CRAIGE: Underdogs Impress in Group StagesCRAIGE: Underdogs Impress in Group Stages

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While the Romanians did lose their opener to France, they were actually beating Switzerland for most of the game until the Swiss tied it up. I was amazed at how confidently the Romanian side was playing during the game with Switzerland, and I think that it is because the Romanians had nothing to lose. Here is a team that came to the Euro Cup where no one expected them to do well, and yet here they are defying the odds. While the odds of Romania advancing all the way to the final are slim, I do hope that Romania continues to surprise us all. Poland is a team that should be considered an outside favorite to win it all. The way they played against Northern Ireland was just mesmerizing to watch, when the Poles won their first-ever Euro Cup game. While Poland certainly benefits from the presence of star striker Robert Lewandowski, it is a team that is able to rely on more than just a single player. It is true that Poland has the benefit of a somewhat easier group, in which really only Germany is the big threat, but I am now convinced that Poland will do quite well in this tournament. It is somewhat surprising to me that many people considered Italy to be an underdog team prior to the game against Belgium. It is true that manager Antonio Conte left several “big” names off the squad, such as Andrea Pirlo and Sebastian Giovinco, but thus far it seems to have not had an impact on Italy at all. Against Belgium, Italy put on a very good display and pulled off a 2-0 defeat that apparently not many people saw coming. World class goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon — who I am convinced looks younger with every passing year — was hardly tested by a Belgian side that featured world-class forwards Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard. Graziano Pelle pulled off a stunning goal for Italy that sealed the deal in a game where the manager got a nosebleed from celebrating a goal too much. It was easily one of the best games that we have seen so far, and the Azzuri are just getting started. However, Group F has been by far the most entertaining group of the bunch. On paper, it seems that Portugal should easily dominate in a group that also contains Hungary, Iceland and Austria. Hungary is in its first major tournament in over thirty years, while tiny Iceland is in its first-ever major tournament. But it appears that having Cristiano Ronaldo on your side is not even a guarantee that Portugal will do well. In fact, Hungary is currently the top team in the group and Portugal is sitting in third. Ronaldo had a terrible game against Iceland, and that is a large reason why Portugal ended up squandering the lead. Portugal does not really have much depth behind Ronaldo, and while players like Nani are able to pick up the slack from time to time, it really makes a huge difference when Ronaldo is not on top of his game. However, in my mind, that really takes away from what Iceland was able to do. Here was a team that virtually no one knew anything about, and that nobody would have expected at all to hold its own against Portugal and force a draw. Did Iceland play a largely defensive minded game? Yes, but that makes perfect sense, especially considering that it was facing one of the world’s best players. I was buzzing when Iceland managed to tie the game, and it is very unsportsmanlike of Ronaldo to criticize Iceland for excessively celebrating its first point in the Euro Cup. The bottom line is that Iceland deserved to tie the game and Ronaldo needs to accept the fact that he let his team down. Hungary, quite honestly, managed to surprise me when it beat Austria 2-0, leaving me to feel like I momentarily betrayed my Hungarian heritage. In a game that featured the two sides of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, it is honestly shocking that the Hungarians were the team that outperformed. Austria played terribly and did itself no favor when defender Aleksandar Dragovič got himself red-carded. There is no denying that the goals the Hungarians scored were quite splendid, but the hero of the game — not to mention, probably the tournament— was the sweatpants-wearing, 40-year-old Hungarian goalkeeper Gábor Király. Király, who became the oldest player to ever play in the Euro Cup, pulled off save after save to ensure that the Hungarians would win. Will they keep the upsets up? I certainly hope so. Vanessa Craige is a junior in the School of Foreign Service. The Beautiful Game appears every Tuesday and Friday.The post CRAIGE: Underdogs Impress in Group Stages appeared first on .

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  • Man fatally shot in Southeast Washington is identifiedMan fatally shot in Southeast Washington is identified

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    The Washington Post
  • Interstate 295 in Washington reopens after a fatal crashInterstate 295 in Washington reopens after a fatal crash

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    The Washington Post
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