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  • 3-And-Out: Redskins-Cardinals Postgame Quick Hits3-And-Out: Redskins-Cardinals Postgame Quick Hits

    The Redskins beat the Cardinals in a game that should quiet the noise about massive changes to the coaching staff moving forward. Should is the keyword. Three thoughts from 106.7 The Fan beat reporter Craig Hoffman: The Redskins won. Here is my review, in three parts: 1. The Redskins did nothing different in preparation. I think this is imperative to emphasize. It became clear as the week went on that nobody took DJ Swearinger’s comments literally, possibly including Swearinger. The Redskins didn’t need to prepare better, certainly as far as the coaching staff was concerned. They needed to play better, and they did. “He was off raw emotion,” said Junior Galette on Swearinger’s comments following last week’s blowout in Los Angeles. “He’s a guy that’s bringing it every day. He’s really intense and he’s been doing a great job this year being a leader for us. (It’s) just raw emotion. I think you get the words mixed up sometimes.” Jay Gruden drove the point home. “Sometimes you can prepare well and not play well,” the Redskins head coach stated from the podium. “Those are two different things. I think everybody has to understand the difference between preparing and playing well. For the most part, our guys give great effort. Sometimes we give great effort and the score does not indicate that. I’m happy the way our guys have competed, played, practice and have prepared throughout the entire season and offseason.” 2. The Redskins running game needs to be a priority this off-season. Samaje Perine had four carries for three yards in the first half. He had ten carries in the second half for 34 yards, which still isn’t great but 3.4 yards per carry is at least not offensive death. As the game goes, he gets better, but he’s got to be better early. Bad has to be three yards per carry, not one, and then he can improve from there. If that doesn’t change, he’s not the guy moving forward. There was one Redskins running back highlight. Kapri Bibbs scored on a 36-yard screen pass, which was well designed and executed to perfection. Be on the lookout for a sit-down interview with Bibbs this week. His story is INCREDIBLE. There’s no way we’ll be able to tell the entire thing when we talk in Ashburn, but we’ll give you a taste. This is a guy you can root for, even if it’s just for the next two games. All in all, this run game continues to be a mess. Gruden is excellent at using backs out of the backfield. Bill Callahan is in charge of the running game. If they are both back, which I would consider likely, they need to figure this out. It needs to be the #1 off-season priority offensively, and that includes help from the personnel department if they determine they need a dynamic back to make everyone else look better. 3. A thing I liked from Jay Gruden and a thing I didn’t: I like the trick plays. I asked him about them on Friday, as in why there haven’t been any. He said they have been in the gameplan but the right situation hasn’t presented itself to run one. The Bibbs TD probably falls in that category but so does a 14 yard less on a reverse to Josh Doctson. I refuse to be beholden to the results. I liked them both. I like the creativity. I like Doctson getting an extra touch. I like showing faith in your guys to execute. I didn’t like Gruden not calling a timeout when Zach Vigil should have won the game. The rookie linebacker appeared to intercept Blaine Gabbert, but simultaneous possession was called and thus a completion. The Cardinals did a great job of quick snapping the ball before the replay booth could stop the game. The play was inside of two minutes so Gruden couldn’t challenge. He could, however, call timeout. A timeout would’ve cost the Redskins a few seconds, but with the Cardinals ready to quick snap it would have been no more than five. With the game over if overturned, that’s worth the risk to me. Here was our post-game exchange: Q: It looked like Vigil had that INT, but I know things were moving fast. How did that play out from your vantage point? Gruden: Well, I think it’s got to come from upstairs because I can’t challenge it. It has to come from upstairs and it should have been challenged. Unfortunately, it wasn’t because Zach, I believe, had that pick. Q: You can’t challenge, but you could’ve called timeout to give the booth more time. Did you consider that? Gruden: Well, no because I need the clock to run because every second is critical in that situation. That might have been something I could have done. I wasn’t sure because I couldn’t see it either. I just saw that Zach had it. It came to my attention later on that after further replays, which we didn’t have, that he did have the interception. I would hate to have wasted a timeout and stop the clock for them had he not had the interception. His reasoning is solid. I get it. It’s not an egregious mistake. I think most coaches would agree with him. I also think most coaches would be wrong. Stat of the day: Cousins first-quarter TD to Jamison Crowder was the first time the Redskins scored on their first pass attempt since Nov. 18, 2012, when Robert Griffin III hit Darrel Young on their first pass against Philly. However, Cousins has done it since then. He threw a touchdown on his initial pass against Jacksonville when he came in to relieve Griffin in 2014. The receiver? Darrel Young. Quote of the day: “Who knows how games go, man. Shoot. I learned that coming here and being a Washington Redskin. You never know what you’re going to get!” –Josh Norman upon seeing a barrage of flags fly after DJ Swearinger’s celebration penalty at the end of the game. In the end, it was adjudicated correctly as the penalty was assessed after the change of possession, but Norman wasn’t exactly confident as the refs huddled.   Follow 106.7 The Fan’s Craig Hoffman on Twitter.

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    WE - Congress / 10 h. 32 min. ago
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    WE - White House / 10 h. 40 min. ago
  • Road made famous by transgender candidate not a simple fixRoad made famous by transgender candidate not a simple fix

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    WE - White House / 11 h. 7 min. ago
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    WE - Congress / 12 h. 33 min. ago
  • Man on Scooter Hit, Killed by Car; Driver Charged with DUIMan on Scooter Hit, Killed by Car; Driver Charged with DUI

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  • Vienna Residents Say Neighbor's Flag is RacistVienna Residents Say Neighbor's Flag is Racist

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  • Long Bridge rail expansion may allow biking, walking between DC and ArlingtonLong Bridge rail expansion may allow biking, walking between DC and Arlington

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  • Police: Girl Shot After Kids Played With Gun in Southeast DCPolice: Girl Shot After Kids Played With Gun in Southeast DC

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    NBC 4 / 14 h. 55 min. ago
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  • Man dies after being trapped under car in Silver SpringMan dies after being trapped under car in Silver Spring

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  • Nats players delight fans at WinterfestNats players delight fans at Winterfest

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    WE - Congress / 1 d. 4 h. 41 min. ago
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    WASHINGTON — The lawyer for one of six protesters arrested during riots in D.C. on the morning that President Donald Trump was sworn into office told jurors that the prosecution “is about politics — we know who they report to.” Sara Kropf, defense attorney for Britne Lawson, gave the second-to last closing argument for the six defendants, who were arrested on Jan. 20. Kropf said Lawson was at the protest as a street medic. “According to the government, showing up with a fanny pack with Band Aids in it is equivalent to the people who smashed the Starbucks window,” said Kropf. “The government is treating everyone the same.” The jury deliberated for a short period Friday afternoon before being dismissed for the weekend. Deliberations will resume Monday. Lawson and the other defendants have argued that prosecutors are overreaching by charging each with the felonies of engaging in a riot, conspiracy to riot, and property damage. Prosecutors Jennifer Kerkhoff and Rizwan Quereshi have acknowledged that the six people on trial did not personally break windows nor cause more than $100,000 in property damage. However, prosecutors told jurors that by wearing black, covering their faces and cheering on destruction of property and injuries to law enforcement officers, the six defendants were guilty of rioting. Kropf and several other attorneys have said the prosecution is an attack on the First Amendment rights to free speech and association. “No matter your politics, the First Amendment is a right we all enjoy,” said defense attorney Jaime Heine, representing Michelle Macchio. “There’s no evidence Ms. Macchio rioted. Wearing the color black is not enough. Being anti-fascist is not enough. Being anti-Trump is not enough,” Heine said. “Today happens to be the 226th anniversary of the ratification of the First Amendment,” Kropf said. “If these folks are found guilty, we may not have protests any more,” said Kropf. “Silence is dangerous.” Prosecutors objected to the suggestion that a guilty verdict could end future protests. After a meeting at the bench, D.C. Superior Court Judge Lynn Leibovitz reminded jurors they should limit their considerations to the charges facing the six defendants on trial. More than 200 protesters were arrested on Jan. 20. About 20 have pleaded guilty, and prosecutors have dropped charges in almost two dozen cases. The remaining protesters will be put on trial in groups of five or six, over the next year. The post Closing arguments in Inauguration Day protest trial: Medic with first aid kit not a rioter appeared first on WTOP.

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  • College Basketball Games To Watch: UNC Takes On UT In KnoxvilleCollege Basketball Games To Watch: UNC Takes On UT In Knoxville

    By Steve Silverman Teams are preparing for their conference schedule at this point of year, but the next couple of weeks will see a menu of notable interconference games and holiday tournaments. Once the conference schedules begin in earnest, the games become more competitive and entertaining, but interconference games may be the most informative when making end-of-season judgments about which teams belong in the NCAA tournament and where they should be seeded. Saturday, December 16 Virginia Tech (9-1) at No. 8 Kentucky (8-1), 2 p.m. ET, ESPN2 This is a matchup that should include quite a bit of interconference pride with Virginia Tech representing the ACC and Kentucky serving as the standard bearer in the SEC. Most teams that play at Kentucky are going to have to overcome some degree of nerves and anxiety, but that’s not the way Buzz Williams coaches. If his team is on point, playing on the road will not bother Virginia Tech a bit. Even if the unranked Hokies are going to overcome the home-road intimidation factor, there’s the little matter of talent. Virginia Tech is an overachieving team, and they are led by senior guard Justin Bibbs, who is averaging 17.5 points per game and connecting on 60.0 percent of his shots from the floor. Sophomore forward Kerry Blackshear is not the type to back down. At 6-10 and 260 pounds, he is tough and physical, and he is averaging 13.0 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. The Wildcats have their usual array of big-name freshman stars, and if you haven’t seen freshman forward Hamidou Diallo, watch him here. Diallo is averaging 14.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. He is joined on the front line by freshman Kevin Knox, who leads the Wildcats in scoring with 15.2 points per game. Oklahoma (7-1) at No. 3 Wichita State (8-1), 4 p.m. ET, ESPN2 The Sooners are an exciting, high-scoring team that has a chance to make a statement against highly ranked Wichita State. Oklahoma comes to Charles Koch Arena in Wichita with the leading scorer in the nation. Freshman Trae Young is a phenomenal player who has seemingly made an adjustment to big-time college basketball with ease. Young is averaging 28.8 points a game, and he is shooting 47.9 percent from the field and 86.3 percent from the free-throw line. Young is not just a gunner, either. He is constantly looking to make the spectacular pass and is averaging 8.8 assists per night, but he is also turning the ball over nearly four times per game. Junior guard Christian James is a fine complement to Young as he is scoring 12.8 ppg and connecting on 48.8 percent from the field. The only loss on the Shockers’ ledger is a one-point defeat to Notre Dame, and Gregg Marshall’s team has rebounded nicely since then by winning four straight games. Two of those wins came against Baylor and Oklahoma State, and sophomore guard Landry Shamet is leading Wichita State with an average of 16.3 points per night while shooting 55.3 percent from the field. Shamet had a foot injury during the summer and there was some talk that he might not be ready to perform at a high level at the start of the season, but those fears were unfounded. Senior forward Darral Willis Jr. is averaging 11.7 points and a team-high 6.4 rebounds per game. Sunday, December 17 No. 7 North Carolina (9-1) at No. 20 Tennessee (7-1), 3 p.m. ET, ESPN The Tar Heels may have lost Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks, Tony Bradley and Nate Britt from last year’s national championship team, but Roy Williams has a formidable cast once again. North Carolina’s only defeat was an 18-point trouncing at the hands of No. 2 Michigan State, and this is their first game against a ranked opponent since then. Junior forward Luke Maye has stepped up this year and is averaging 19.9 points and bringing down 10.5 rebounds per night. Senior wing Theo Pinson is a do-it-all type who is handing out 4.4 assists per game and averaging 9.4 ppg. Rick Barnes’ Vols lost a tough nine-point decision to top-ranked Villanova, but his charges have won four straight since then and one of those victories came against North Carolina State. Forward Grant Williams had an impressive freshman season and he is building on that performance as a sophomore. Williams leads the Vols with 16.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, and Barnes counts on him to get the job done on the offensive boards. He is joined on the frontline by 6-4, 235-pound Admiral Schofield, who is averaging 11.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Wednesday, December 20 Evansville (8-2) at No. 4 Duke (11-1), 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2 Give credit to Evansville head coach Marty Evans for swallowing hard and scheduling a road game at Duke. 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  • Fantasy Football Week 15 Starts And SitsFantasy Football Week 15 Starts And Sits

    By Matt Citak If you are reading this, that means your fantasy football season is still alive. You are one win away from making your league’s championship, and CBS Local Sports is here to help you make it to the big game. The NFL came out of Week 14 relatively healthy, with the injury to Carson Wentz being the only significant one to occur (for fantasy purposes). For those fantasy owners who had been riding Wentz’s stellar play all season, don’t fret. There should be several solid QB streaming options for you to choose from this week. Remember, you only need to win two more games in order to make it to the Promised Land aka a fantasy championship. With that in mind, here are CBS Local Sports Week 15 Starts and Sits. Starts QB: Case Keenum, Minnesota Vikings What else does Keenum have to do before people start considering him an actual fantasy option? Going up against one of the best defenses in the league last week in the Carolina Panthers, the veteran quarterback threw for 280 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions, while adding five rushes for 40 yards. It marked Keenum’s third consecutive outing with at least two touchdowns and 225 passing yards, and the fifth time in the last six games he’s accomplished this feat. Keenum has been playing the best football of his life this season, and will keep it up this week against the Bengals. Cincinnati has allowed an opposing quarterback to finish with over 18 fantasy points in three straight games, including two against rookie quarterbacks DeShone Kizer and Mitchell Trubisky. Keenum will lead the Vikings to a big victory in a game Minnesota needs to remain in the hunt for a first round bye. Credit: Grant Halverson/Getty Images QB: Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars Yup you are reading this correctly- Bortles is on this week’s start list. Just look at his last two games. Against the Colts in Week 13, Bortles completed 74.3 percent of his passes for 309 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, adding 27 yards on the ground. You can argue that the Colts defense is awful, which would be a valid argument. But Bortles followed that performance up with 268 passing yards (with a 66.7 completion percentage), two touchdowns and no interceptions against the Seahawks in Week 14. Seattle lost Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor, but they still have a solid defense. The Jaguars take on the Texans and their No. 26 ranked pass defense this week, making Bortles a legitimate streaming option for those looking for a replacement for Carson Wentz or Marcus Mariota. QB: Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers Garoppolo has only started two games since being acquired by the 49ers, but he has provided San Francisco with a lot of hope. The 26-year-old quarterback has thrown for 627 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in those starts and has completed 65.7 percent of his passes. Those aren’t the most amazing stats, but considering he was just traded to San Francisco a month and a half ago, the 49ers will take it. Garoppolo has shown a ton of poise in the pocket, and seems to be developing a nice chemistry with wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (see more below). The Titans aren’t the easiest matchup, but with Marcus Mariota banged up, the 49ers could find themselves with good field position throughout Sunday’s game. Garoppolo offers nice streaming appeal in Week 15. RB: Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens After not being able to find the end zone in any of his first nine games with the Ravens, Collins has been on a tear over the last four weeks. The second-year back has scored in each of his last four games (five touchdowns total) while finishing with at least 57 yards from scrimmage in each as well. But the last two weeks have been especially impressive for the back out of Arkansas. In matchups against the Steelers and Lions, Collins has racked up 33 carries for 195 yards (5.9 yards per carry) and three touchdowns, along with four receptions for 69 yards, and has looked untouchable with the ball in his hands. The Ravens will play the winless Browns this week, with Baltimore needing a win to remain in the playoff picture. Cleveland has allowed an opposing running back to score double digit fantasy points seven times in the last six games, and just allowed rookie RB Jamaal Williams to finish with 27 fantasy points. Game flow should play in Collins’ favor this week, and should lead to another strong outing for the Baltimore running back. Credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images RB: Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers Speaking of Williams, how can you not start the rookie after his last three games? Williams has picked up 228 yards and three touchdowns on the ground during that span, while adding 13 receptions for 148 yards and an additional two touchdowns. Keep in mind that all of those stats came with Brett Hundley as Green Bay’s starting quarterback. The big news this week is the return of Aaron Rodgers to the Packers’ starting lineup, which should do wonders for the team’s offense. With Rodgers under center, Williams has a chance to finish his rookie campaign off in epic fashion. The Panthers are by no means an easy matchup, but with Rodgers back on the field, Carolina will be unable to stack the box expecting the run. Williams has also proven his abilities as a receiver, and could pick up a lot of the looks that Ty Montgomery was getting earlier in the season. The rookie could end up being a borderline RB1 for the final two weeks if Rodgers can stay healthy. RB: Mike Davis, Seattle Seahawks Davis has been able to do something that no other Seattle running back had been able to do following the injury to Chris Carson in Week 4- bring some stability to the Seahawks’ running game. Davis has two consecutive games of 15+ carries for 60+ yards, and while that may not sound that impressive, it came against two of the NFL’s best defenses in the Eagles and Jaguars. The Week 15 matchup between the Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams figures to be a high-scoring affair, and with the Rams rush defense struggling like it has all season, Davis is in a great position to go off. Los Angeles ranks 28th in rushing yards allowed per game (124.1) and tied for 26th in rushing touchdowns allowed (12). As long as he can recover from the rib injury he suffered towards the end of the Jaguars game, Davis should make a solid RB2 against the Rams on Sunday. WR: Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers This should be obvious with the way he performed with Hundley under center, but in case you were considering getting cute and benching Adams this week, don’t. The fourth-year receiver has posted 19 or more fantasy points in three of his last four games with Hundley as quarterback, including securing 10 receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns in Week 14. Adams is one of the only members of the Packers’ offense that actually produced more with Hundley than with Rodgers. Let’s be clear though- Adams was the only pass-catcher to truly succeed with Hundley running the offense. Adams still caught touchdowns in three of the five games he played with Rodgers as the quarterback, and should revert back to WR1 value now that his MVP signal-caller is back. Forget about the matchup against the Panthers and fire Adams up in your lineup. WR: Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns If you somehow haven’t realized this already, I’m going to lay it out in simple terms: Josh Gordon is an every-week fantasy starter. Gordon enjoyed his first touchdown in nearly four years this past Sunday when he caught three passes for 69 yards and a touchdown. This comes one week after he reeled in four receptions for 85 yards against the Chargers’ incredibly stingy secondary. From those two games alone, Gordon has jumped all the way up to No. 23 in fantasy points per game among wide receivers. The 26-year-old is a 6-foot-3, 225-pound monster that has already proven he can easily soar over defenders to make a catch. This week’s matchup against the Ravens may seem tough on paper, but Baltimore has surrendered the fifth-most fantasy points to wide receivers since Week 10. As long as the offensive line can give Kizer some time in the pocket, Gordon is in a good position to have his first huge game since returning to the league. Credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images WR: Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco 49ers The connection between Goodwin and Garoppolo is real. Since the latter took over as the team’s starting quarterback two weeks ago, the former has ranked 12th among wide receivers in fantasy points. Goodwin has caught 14-of-20 targets for 205 yards over the last two games, and while he hasn’t scored a touchdown with Garoppolo yet, that is bound to change as the quarterback becomes more accustomed with Kyle Shanahan’s offense. The Titans have been allowing a lot of fantasy points to wide receivers over the last six weeks, which bodes well for Goodwin’s fantasy outlook this week. Look for Goodwin to produce as a WR3 with high upside this week. TE: Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys Witten has scored a touchdown in each of Dallas’ last two games. However, those touchdown catches were his only receptions in each game… The veteran tight end’s production has been very inconsistent this season. Witten has just one reception in four of the Cowboys’ last six games. But in each of the other two contests during that span, the 35-year-old recorded seven receptions. A few of those one-reception games can be blamed on Dallas’ overall struggles on offense since losing Ezekiel Elliott, but still, starting Witten does not come without risks. But his Week 15 matchup against the Oakland Raiders is an appealing one, as Oakland has allowed a tight end to catch at least six passes for 70 yards and a touchdown in three of their last five games. Starting Witten would definitely be a gamble, but it’s one that could end up paving your way to your league’s fantasy championship game. Credit: Elsa/Getty Images TE: Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders Cook is coming off one of his best outings of the season, catching 5-of-6 targets for 75 yards and a touchdown in Oakland’s 15-26 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. It certainly was a promising sign for the veteran tight end, but after two consecutive one-reception outings, it may seem tough to trust Cook. But the 30-year-old’s matchup in Week 15 makes him a solid play at a position that hasn’t provided many consistent options this season. Dallas is averaging five receptions for 53 yards allowed per game to opposing tight ends, and are allowing tight ends to catch 68.6 percent of their targets this year. The Raiders are still in the playoff hunt, but need a win over the Cowboys on Sunday night to keep them afloat. Look for them to exploit Dallas’ weaknesses, which could mean a big night for Cook. Sits QB: Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans This is Mariota’s third season in the NFL, and prior to Week 1, many people believed the quarterback out of Oregon would take a big step in his development this year and possibly join the elite group of quarterbacks. Well we are 14 weeks into the season, and that is certainly not the case. Mariota enters Week 15 having thrown for 2,582 yards and just 10 touchdowns to go along with 14 interceptions. His Passer Rating of 76.9 is the lowest of his short career, and his recent injuries are likely to cause that number to drop even more before the end of the season. Mariota has not thrown for 185 yards in any of Tennessee’s last three games, and has a 3:8 touchdown-to-interception ratio in his last four contests. Mariota still has a bright career ahead of him, but he is not going to lead you to your fantasy league’s championship game this year. Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images QB: Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers If Mariota ranks No. 1 on the list of this season’s disappointing, young quarterbacks, than Winston is a close No. 2. Appearing in just 10 games thus far, Winston has completed 62.6 percent of his passes for 2,475 yards, 14 touchdowns, and eight interceptions, while fumbling the ball away four times. The Buccaneers have a nonexistent run game, which forces the offense to lean heavily on Winston’s arm. The third-year quarterback has shown flashes of his potential this season, but has been unable to perform well on a weekly basis. This has made him incredibly frustrating for fantasy purposes. Tampa Bay will welcome the Falcons to town on Monday night, and with Desmond Trufant leading the secondary, Atlanta’s defense has looked much improved lately. I would not want my fantasy season coming down to the arm of Winston this week. QB: Jay Cutler, Miami Dolphins Don’t get me wrong, Cutler looked downright impressive against the Patriots on Monday Night Football. The former Vanderbilt quarterback threw for 263 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions against the defending Super Bowl champions. The veteran dismantled New England’s defense, but don’t think that necessarily means his performance will carry over to Week 15. Miami will face off against the Bills at New Era Field on Sunday. Since Week 10, the Bills have given up the fourth-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. In fact, they have only allowed one quarterback to reach 20 fantasy points all season (Winston in Week 7). And as we saw last week, there is always a chance for extreme conditions when playing in Buffalo in December. Stay away from Cutler this week. RB: Lamar Miller, Houston Texans One could easily argue that no player has been affected more by the torn ACL to Deshaun Watson than Lamar Miller. Over his last four games, Miller has not averaged more than 3.7 yards per carry, all while receiving 15-22 carries in each of those games. With Tom Savage under center, teams have been stacking the box against Houston, and it’s hard to think that will change this week against the Jaguars. Jacksonville comes into this Week 15 matchup with the league’s top-ranked pass defense, and with guys like Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, and Barry Church in the secondary, the Jaguars can afford to put an extra guy or two in the box. Jacksonville is going to force the Texans to throw the ball and win the game on the Savage’s arm. Even if he receives 20+ carries, Miller could be in for a very long day. Credit: Bob Levey/Getty Images RB: Demarco Murray, Tennessee Titans With the way Mariota and Murray have been playing this season, it’s very surprising that the Titans are 8-5 and currently hold the first Wild Card spot. The veteran running back has run for just 552 yards this year, and his 6.0 yards per carry in Week 13 was the first time he averaged over 3.3 yards per carry since Week 5. Adding to Murray’s gloomy outlook is the fact that he and Derrick Henry eat into each other’s snaps and touches. While Murray played on 47 of the Titans’ 60 offensive snaps in their loss to Arizona this past weekend, it’s his younger teammate that has scored a touchdown in two consecutive games. The 49ers have given up just 3.7 yards per carry to running backs since Week 8, and have done a solid job at limiting opposing running backs altogether during this stretch. Murray is a very risky play this week. RB: Giovanni Bernard/Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals As of right now, it’s unclear whether or not Mixon will make it back onto the field in time for Cincinnati’s Week 15 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings. But whether it’s the rookie or Bernard leading the way for the Bengals on Sunday, you should avoid this situation at all costs. Minnesota is allowing the fewest running back fantasy points per game this season. Yes, Jonathan Stewart scored three touchdowns against them last week, but prior to that surprise performance, Todd Gurley and Isaiah Crowell were the only two running backs to reach double digit fantasy points against the Vikings in the last seven games. Bernard has looked great filling in for Mixon over the last game and a half, but he is unlikely to carry that momentum into this daunting matchup. I’m avoiding all Bengals besides A.J. Green in this one. WR: Robby Anderson, New York Jets Anderson has surprised everyone this season, catching 52 passes for 848 yards and seven touchdowns in the first 13 games of the season. But all of that production came from the arm of Josh McCown, who broke his hand last week and will be forced to watch the rest of the season from the sidelines. Next up for the Jets is Bryce Petty, who has looked awful every time he has stepped onto the field in his short NFL career. To make matters worse, the Jets face the Saints in New Orleans in Week 15. New Orleans has given up the seventh-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers in the last two months. Marshon Lattimore and Ken Crawley lead the Saints’ new-look defense, and will likely torture Petty throughout Sunday’s contest. Anderson has been one of the most pleasant surprises this season, but will be difficult to trust in the fantasy semifinals. Credit: Rich Schultz/Getty Images WR: Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Evans’ fourth season in the NFL can be described as nothing short of a bust. The 6-foot-5 receiver has caught just 55 passes for 760 yards and four touchdowns, and has been unable to hit the 100-yard mark even once all year. Evans hasn’t found the end zone since Week 7, which was also the last time he had more than six receptions in a game. Tampa Bay’s last two games have been some of the worst for the big receiver, as he combined for four receptions for 58 yards on 11 targets. The problem with those numbers is that they came with Jameis Winston back under center. Evans will need to be targeted more than 5.5 times to make a difference, and that might be difficult this week. The Bucs face the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night, meaning Evans will see plenty of coverage from Desmond Trufant. While he did catch 6 passes for 78 yards against Atlanta a few weeks ago, his production has been too inconsistent to rely on. You likely aren’t benching Evans, but expectations should be lowered for this matchup. WR: Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins Doctson was supposed to take over the Redskins offense after Terrelle Pryor and Chris Thompson were both placed on injured reserve. While he has been able to reach the end zone a couple of times in the three games since, he has not topped 35 receiving yards while totaling just eight receptions during that span. With the Redskins taking on the Arizona Cardinals in Week 15, there’s a good chance Doctston sees shadow coverage from Patrick Peterson. Peterson is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, and has shut down some of the league’s best wide receivers. Doctson does not fall under that category, and will be in for a very rough day if Peterson does indeed shadow him. TE: Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers Olsen’s return to the field excited many fantasy owners, myself included. But in the two games the talented tight end has appeared in since returning from a foot injury, he has only been able to catch 1-of-4 targets for a measly 10 yards. It might be tough to bench Olsen because of his name alone, but a win this week takes you into your league’s championship. With his fantasy floor being as low as it is, the 32-year-old is very hard to trust this week. Add in the fact that the Green Bay Packers are allowing the second-fewest fantasy PPR points per game to opposing tight ends, and this seems like a week to leave Olsen on your bench. The one good sign is that Carolina used Olsen on 92 percent of their offensive snaps last week. If he can put up a solid performance on Sunday, then he would be a strong play next week at home against the Buccaneers. TE: Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins Davis had a stellar stretch from Weeks 3 through 7 where he either caught a touchdown or 65+ receiving yards in four consecutive games filling in for the injured Jordan Reed. However he has not had much luck since then. Davis caught two passes for 26 yards and a touchdown last week, making it only his second touchdown of the season and his first since Week 3. In his last three contests, the veteran tight end has been targeted just nine times, catching four of them for a mere 41 yards (including receiving zero targets against the Giants on Thanksgiving night). Davis has simply been too inconsistent lately. With the possibility of him finishing with one or zero catches, it would be a big risk starting him in such an important week. Credit: Elsa/Getty Images Matt Citak is a producer for CBS Local Sports and a proud Vanderbilt alum. Follow him on Twitter or send comments to mcitak@cbs.com.

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  • Under DC bill, tax dollars would be used to fund political campaignsUnder DC bill, tax dollars would be used to fund political campaigns

    WASHINGTON — If you live in the District, your taxes could soon be used to help fund political campaigns. Under a bill advanced by the D.C. Council’s judiciary committee Wednesday, political candidates would be able to tap into a pool of public money controlled by the city’s Office of Campaign Finance. The option would be available for those running for mayor, city council, attorney general and the State Board of Education. “The program incentivizes candidates to focus their time on connecting and engaging with a wide range of constituents, instead of targeting a small number of corporate contributions,” said Councilmember Charles Allen. To qualify, candidates would be required to raise a certain amount of money through small donations from individuals. For example, mayoral candidates would need to raise $40,000 from 1,000 donors, while candidates running for a ward council seat would need $5,000 from 150 donors. After qualifying, candidates would be eligible to receive a lump-sum payment in public funding which would total $160,000 for mayoral candidates and $40,000 for those running for a seat on the council. Candidates could then match small donations with public funding at a rate of 5 to 1, meaning a candidate could receive $250 in tax dollars for an individual donation of $50. Those who participate would need to turn down contributions from corporations and political action committees. “It will amplify the voice of small-dollar donors, and it will rein in the outsize influence of wealthy and corporate contributions in District elections,” Allen said. There would be a limit to how much a candidate could receive in matching public funds. According to Allen, the cap would be “calculated based on past expenditures for each office.” For mayor, it would be “110 percent of the average expenditures of the winning candidates for that office in the prior four election cycles.” The committee approved the legislation unanimously, sending it to the full council. “The situation we face today is that we are out of balance,” said Councilmember David Grosso. “Big donors outweigh the ability of others to influence campaigns.” More than 25 jurisdictions in the country have similar public financing programs. In Montgomery County, Maryland, candidates have the option of matching donations with tax dollars for the first time in the 2018 election cycle. The post Under DC bill, tax dollars would be used to fund political campaigns appeared first on WTOP.

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  • CBS Sports’ Bill Cowher On Week 15 Patriots-Steelers MatchupCBS Sports’ Bill Cowher On Week 15 Patriots-Steelers Matchup

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Brady wound up completing 24-of-43 passes for 233 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions, finishing with an uncharacteristically low passer rating of 59.5. However in Week 15, the Patriots will get tight end Rob Gronkowski (suspended) back on the field, which should help put the whole offense back on track. Not only does Gronkowski open up the passing game for Brady and the other pass-catchers, but he is great in both run and pass protection. Bill Belichick will be thrilled. While New England failed to win their ninth consecutive game last week, the Steelers extended their own a hot streak. Pittsburgh clinched the AFC North after coming back from a 31-20 fourth-quarter deficit to defeat their division rival Baltimore Ravens, 39-38, on Sunday night. It was an amazing performance by both offensive units, combining for nearly 1,000 yards of total offense. Ben Roethlisberger led the offensive attack for the Steelers, finishing the game with 506 passing yards and two touchdowns. 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Even now, Zunic said, sometimes one country’s president or prime minister will go to another country and be greeted with the wrong national anthem. Early in his country’s existence, he said, there was even more confusion, and it was a sore point: “Some people would even say Slovania, which doesn’t exist, or Slavonia, which is a region in Croatia.” They’ve learned to live with it though, he said. “We used to get very upset … because, a new country, you think everyone’s supposed to know you. But obviously they’re not.” He took the opportunity to plug Slovenia’s charms: Consistent high ranking in tourism surveys and a No. 3 ranking worldwide for women’s equality; Slovenian-Americans including first lady Melania Trump, Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic, U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Arizona, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota. “Not too many, [but] in a nation of only 2 million … we are pretty good.” For its part, Slovakia dwarfs Slovenia with about 5 million people, and Slovaks and Slovak-Americans include Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, screen icon Paul Newman, hockey player Zdeno Chara, Five for Fighting singer John Ondrasik, parachute inventor Stefan Banic and John Dopyera, inventor of the resonator guitar. (The best-known resonator guitar is called a dobro, which Dopyera and two brothers, along with other partners, produced at the American String Instrument Company, in California. Where did the name dobro come from? It’s Slovak for “good,” and it’s short for Dopyera Brothers.) And if you’re still having trouble telling the difference between the names Slovenia and Slovakia, Zunic has a simple reminder: “We have the word ‘love’ in it, and they don’t. … We feel love. We feel Slovenia. 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    The Kraft Heinz Co. has released its inaugural corporate social responsibility (CSR) report, revealing the global food company’s CSR strategy and goals, and announcing a new commitment to transition to 100 percent cage-free eggs in all global operations by 2025. According to Kraft Heinz, the report is a key element of its “enhanced commitment to CSR performance and a two-way dialogue with stakeholders.” “At Kraft Heinz, we’re focused on addressing the most critical environmental and societal challenges affecting our industry and global communities, and finding ways to drive meaningful change—today and in the future,” said Bernardo Hees, CEO at Kraft Heinz. “We began our CSR journey back in 2015—grounded in the ideals of our founders, J.L. Kraft and H.J. Heinz—and are proud to share the steps we’ve taken to improve our planet and its people.”

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  • Local Community Health Leaders Urge DC Council to Make Healthy Housing a PriorityLocal Community Health Leaders Urge DC Council to Make Healthy Housing a Priority

    On Thursday, December 7th, the DC Asthma Coalition and the District of Columbia chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics co-sponsored a briefing on Healthy Housing for DC Council members. The briefing highlighted policy gaps and made recommendations that would address slow response to housing code violations and difficulties in coordination of responses to health, housing and environmental issues. Health experts also briefed the Council on the need to expand resources to address health hazards in housing.

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  • Governor McAuliffe Announces Opioid and Mental Health Budget ActionsGovernor McAuliffe Announces Opioid and Mental Health Budget Actions

    Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that his 2019-2020 biennial budget will include $76 million to help combat the opioid epidemic and improve behavioral health treatment. The proposed funding will improve behavioral health services through community services boards; expand access to drug courts; establish residential treatment programs for non-violent offenders; hire more parole and probation officers; and pay for six additional forensic scientists to test substances. It also expands access to medically-assisted treatment for people with opioid addictions.

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  • Fuel up for the holiday home stretch with these 12 caffeinated treats across D.C.Fuel up for the holiday home stretch with these 12 caffeinated treats across D.C.

    Amid the holiday rush to shower everyone you know with special gifts, why not take a moment — or a dozen — to treat yourself? We declare the next 12 mornings leading up Christmas as “you time,” and we’ve determined how you’ll spend those precious moments: fueling up on caffeinated beverages for your merrymaking. Plenty […]

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  • It doesn’t matter how poorly the Redskins play. Bruce Allen isn’t going anywhere.It doesn’t matter how poorly the Redskins play. Bruce Allen isn’t going anywhere.

    Bruce Allen isn’t going anywhere. Washington might undergo another massive offseason rebuild. Normally, that would put the Redskins’ team president in danger of losing his job. So would failing to sign quarterback Kirk Cousins to a long-term deal and firing general manager Scot McCloughan in an apparent power struggle. It doesn’t matter that the Redskins […]

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  • Trending: Black women recognized for electing Doug Jones; USA Today makes waves with Trump editorialTrending: Black women recognized for electing Doug Jones; USA Today makes waves with Trump editorial

    Black women brought Doug Jones to victory. Don't just thank us #BlackWomen. Let us speak. Listen to us. Hire us. Promote us. Give us leadership positions. Make space for us. Give us livable wages and every single dollar we deserve. We shouldn't have to work TWICE as hard to get half of what y'all make. […]

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  • The Force is different with this oneThe Force is different with this one

    The Reelist is a column featuring Kristen Page-Kirby’s musings on movies. For Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday’s review of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” click here. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is a very good “Star Wars” movie, if not particularly a inventive one. (Don’t worry. There are no plot spoilers here. If you’ve […]

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    Drummer Joe Russo has the best seat in the house for gigs with Alone & Together, a makeshift, ever-evolving band of singer-songwriters that currently includes Sam Cohen, Eric D. Johnson, Josh Kaufman and Elvis Perkins. “I’m such a huge fan of all of these guys,” Russo says. “I get to play that supportive role and […]

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  • Karl Racine, D.C. attorney general, sues property managers over rent-controlled apartmentsKarl Racine, D.C. attorney general, sues property managers over rent-controlled apartments

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  • Adams Morgan, D.C. neighborhood, protests construction project over labor concernsAdams Morgan, D.C. neighborhood, protests construction project over labor concerns

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  • D.C. area restaurants celebrate Christmas, New Year'sD.C. area restaurants celebrate Christmas, New Year's

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  • Charlottesville, Va., denies permits for events on anniversary of deadly 'Unite the Right' protestCharlottesville, Va., denies permits for events on anniversary of deadly 'Unite the Right' protest

    The city manager in Charlottesville, Virginia, has denied applications from individuals seeking permission to hold events next August on the first anniversary of the deadly "Unite the Right" demonstration infamously marred by violent clashes between participants and counterprotesters. "The proposed demonstration or special event presents a danger to public safety ...

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  • Georgetown Author R.F. Kuang Speaks on Upcoming Novel ‘The Poppy War’Georgetown Author R.F. Kuang Speaks on Upcoming Novel ‘The Poppy War’

    HarperCollins is set to publish Georgetown senior Rebecca Kuang’s (SFS ’18) speculative historical fiction novel “The Poppy War” in May 2018, followed by two sequels. Set in a mythical land inspired by 20th century China, the book follows a young orphan’s entry into an elite military school and her discovery of shamanic power as a war brews in the background. Kuang’s book deal is far from her only recent success. Kuang was one of only 43 U.S. recipients of this year’s Marshall Scholarship, an award that funds up to three years of graduate study at any university in the United Kingdom. The process of applying to graduate schools put her work on the third novel in her trilogy on hold for the semester, making her writing process much slower than that of her first novel, which Kuang wrote in three months and sold less than two months later. “The Poppy War” was picked up by HarperCollins in May 2016, on Kuang’s 20th birthday. “I didn’t have aspirations to be a professional writer, until I sat down and said, ‘Let’s see,’” Kuang said. Although she has long written “for fun” about fictional characters in lieu of keeping a diary, her only previous foray into writing complete manuscripts was a 10-page tale of the Revolutionary War written when she was in the fifth grade. “It was about Patrick Dawson, who joins the Sons of Liberty and loses his best friend during the Boston Massacre,” Kuang said. “That [story] was the extent of my prior writing experience.” Although the manuscripts are miles apart in both length and quality — Kuang described the Patrick Dawson story as “really cringey” — a few themes remain the same. “The Poppy War” is steeped in history, both military and personal. “It’s about the domestic politics, military strategy and interpersonal dynamics of the most important figures of 20th century China, but everything is transposed to a Song dynasty setting just because I thought the culture, weapons and aesthetic were so much cooler to write about,” Kuang said. Kuang said the novel focuses on the role of opium in both Chinese history and Daoist shamanism. “Opium, obviously, has a negative legacy in Chinese culture, but a lot of shamanic traditions embrace the idea that psychedelic drugs are entheogens, which means that they let you experience the ‘god inside,’” Kuang said. “In ‘The Poppy War,’ smoking opium is a way of accessing the power of the Daoist pantheon. Basically, people are getting high and fighting wars.” Kuang traces her interest in Daoism back to a high school tutorial where she studied the “I Ching,” the Chinese “Book of Changes”— a divination text from the ninth century B.C. — with a Chinese teacher. “The ‘I Ching’ depends on the idea that everything in the universe is connected in ways that we cannot see, especially if we’re entrenched in this Western, Cartesian, rationalist mindset,” Kuang said. Kuang used the “I Ching” as the central Daoist text for the novel. “Then I did a lot of extra research on, you know, drugs,” Kuang said. Kuang wrote “The Poppy War” when she was teaching debate in China, initially as a response to boredom. “All of a sudden I had all this free time on my hands. I’d had the seeds of “The Poppy War” fermenting in my mind for a while now,” Kuang said. “I thought, let’s see what happens if I write 2,000 words a day, and then it turned to 50,000 words, and then it turned into 100,000 words, and I was like … all right, I have a manuscript now. I wonder if anyone will buy this.” The novel’s focus on Chinese military history dovetails with Kuang’s academic interests, which she plans to pursue at Cambridge University next fall. “I’m interested in military history and collective memory. That is, how wars are fought, and how we remember them. I’m focusing on the latter this year, and that’s probably what I’ll do my doctoral research on,” Kuang said. “It’s a very exciting field. We have things like Holocaust studies in West, and we’re intimately familiar with the way that people have grappled with the pain of World War II in Europe and America, but that sort of scholarship doesn’t exist at that scale for Asia. But it’s growing right now, and I want to be a part of it.” For Kuang, collective memory is more than a purely academic interest. “It’s also intensely personal because that’s my family history. These aren’t abstract questions for me. This is about how my parents and grandparents deal with their past,” said Kuang. Although Kuang did not intend to be a professional author, she has always been a prolific reader. She considers “The Grace of Kings,” by Ken Liu, and Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” series to have influenced her writing and “The Poppy War” trilogy. “I only started reading [Liu] after I started writing, but that was what gave me the motivation to finish it. Because that was proof that stories about Chinese lore are popular, and publishers want them.” She read the “Ender’s Game” series when she was much younger and considers it deeply influential. “‘Ender’s Game’ and the ‘Shadow’ line of sequels are all about geopolitics, but you’ve also got these really disturbed, brilliant young people fighting wars of global consequence,” Kuang said. “Peter Wiggin is the Hegemon of the free world and he’s a 20-year-old with mommy issues. I thought that blend of geopolitics, military strategy and youthful irreverence was really interesting. That definitely carries over, especially in the dialogue.” Despite her recent success, Kuang has no desire to be only an author. Instead, she believes the only way her stories can stay fresh is if she continues to study new and interesting things. “I’m really convinced that the best writers that we admire are people who are not just spinning stories from their armchairs, but have something to say about the world. They write fiction that makes you change the way you approach the world and other people. I think that requires doing something that is not writing,” Kuang said. Kuang plans to finish the third novel this summer, before she moves to England. “By then I’ll have finished this trilogy, so I’ll want to start a new project. I’m pretty sure whatever project that is will take place on the Cambridge campus,” Kuang said. “It will certainly have a lot to do with imperialism and the history of Sino-British relations. There are so many stories to be told there.” The post Georgetown Author R.F. Kuang Speaks on Upcoming Novel ‘The Poppy War’ appeared first on .

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  • Concert Review: Angus & Julia Stone at the 9:30 ClubConcert Review: Angus & Julia Stone at the 9:30 Club

    Atmospheric instrumental underscores, euphonious singing and strong rapport make indie-pop duo Angus & Julia Stone stand out from its crowded genre. Since the Australian siblings decided to pursue their respective musical endeavors in 2006, the pair’s natural chemistry and talent have electrified venues. The group’s performance Nov. 19 at the 9:30 Club fully captured this vibrancy. Although both members have released solo work, the two are best known for their collaborations as Angus & Julia Stone. Their 9:30 Club performance was part of a tour promoting their September 2017 release, “Snow.” The 9:30 Club’s intimate atmosphere complemented the duo’s earnest lyrics and layered instrumentals, as the venue’s open floor and lack of seating forced the audience close together. This setup made the performance feel less like a concert and more like a small get-together, despite the crowd. As the audience swayed in unison, Angus & Julia Stone amplified and adapted to the changing mood of the venue. Julia Stone approached the crowd openly, as if she were a long-time friend of the audience. She conversed with the crowd frequently, thanking them for their support. Before the performance of some songs, Julia Stone recounted anecdotes that inspired her lyrics, detailing the heartbreaks and the high points of past relationships and life. Angus Stone took a subtler approach. He sat by the wayside, communicating solely through song. Much like his singing, Angus’s strong presence solidified the performance. His mysterious and warm aura enriched Julia’s sympathetic style. Angus & Julia Stone opened with “Baudelaire,” a slow and haunting song punctuated by horns. The opening piece was followed by a beautifully melodic mix of songs. Each performance blended seamlessly into the next, gradually building in intensity and momentum. Older songs were interspersed throughout the many tunes from the band’s latest release, “Snow.” Rather than disrupting the ethereal tone of the album, the older songs served as a reference for the band’s progression. Most notably, “Nothing Else” reintroduced the acoustic roots that Angus & Julia Stone fans have come to know and love. The simple guitar and piano instrumentals provided contrast to the more ambitious songs with electronic influences. The performance of “Big Jet Plane” marked a high point of the concert. “Big Jet Plane” was named the 2010 Australian Recording Industry Association’s Single of the Year and has been certified gold, having sold over 35,000 copies in Australia. Whereas many of the songs were enjoyed in silence by the listeners, “Big Jet Plane” evoked a chorus of voices as the audience sang along to the lyrics. Similarly, “Snow” roused the crowd, drawing chants in unison. The call-and-response of “Snow” showcased Angus’ husky vocals and Julia’s angelic singing, and the song came off as lyrically developed and resonant. The track is an innovative take on the call-and-response format, which is often overly saccharine. Other inclusions on the set list, such as “Cellar Door” and “Chateau,” added to the atmospheric and delicate performance. “Cellar Door” served as a musical palate cleanser, as the slow and repetitive voices gave the audience a chance to breathe. “Chateau,” on the other hand, was a warm and upbeat song that tangibly raised the energy in the room. Aided by the intimate atmosphere of the 9:30 Club, the performance featured a well-balanced mix of soft acoustic tunes and rousing crowd-pleasers. Angus & Julia Stone harmonized extraordinarily well; the natural ebb and flow of the singers’ voices made for an experience that cannot be replicated. The post Concert Review: Angus & Julia Stone at the 9:30 Club appeared first on .

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  • Photos of the Week: Dec. 8Photos of the Week: Dec. 8

    Photos of the Week include a graduate student union protest, the Georgetown waterfront ice rink, men's basketball and women's basketball. The post Photos of the Week: Dec. 8 appeared first on .

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  • Movie Review: ‘Tom of Finland’Movie Review: ‘Tom of Finland’

    ★★★☆☆ In the aftermath of World War II in Helsinki, Touko Laaksonen, better known by his pen name, Tom of Finland, was quietly breaking the law. Beginning in his teenage years, Laaksonen drew thousands of homoerotic, hypersexualized illustrations of men that ultimately had a mammoth impact on both the gay community in Finland and the portrayal of gay individuals in art. “Tom of Finland,” a primarily Finnish-language film written by Aleksi Bardy and directed by Dome Karukoski, is a biographical movie exploring Laaksonen’s life, beginning with his experience as an officer in World War II and moving on to his career as an artist. The film tells the story of Laaksonen, played by Pekka Strang, during his rise to fame, bringing into focus the fear and frustration surrounding being gay in Finland — where being gay was illegal — and how Laaksonen used drawing to cope. Though the subject of the film is fascinating and rich, viewers will likely find that despite the brilliance of the actors and the camerawork, the film’s exploration of Laaksonen’s life is too diffuse and restrained. Laaksonen was born in 1920 in Kaarina, Finland, and went on to attend college in Helsinki to study advertising. He began creating erotic artwork for his own pleasure at the age of 19, but he destroyed his work before joining the army. After leaving the army as a decorated second lieutenant, his drawings began featuring men in uniform. Laaksonen’s work was first published in the spring 1957 issue of “Physique Pictorial,” a “beefcake” magazine publishing images of fit, young men; Laaksonen submitted his art under the pseudonym “Tom.” The magazine’s editor coined the pen name “Tom of Finland,” and Laaksonen soon began to make a name for himself. His work prominently featured images of leather-clad bikers and uniformed police officers and military personnel with chiseled figures. As his work was published, Laaksonen generated interest, particularly in the United States, and his pieces are now often featured in Swedish and Finnish museums, as well as world-renowned American museums, like the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Art Institute of Chicago. The film’s focus on Laaksonen’s relationships, particularly the one with his sister, Kaija, played by Jessica Grabowsky, is a refreshing examination of family and identity. After Laaksonen returns from the war, he and Kaija live together, and his sexuality creates a barrier between them. Kaija refuses to accept that her brother could be gay, and at one point she even says, “You’re totally confused. It’s the war. It made you like that, but it’ll pass.” Throughout the film, viewers see Kaija’s changing perception of her brother as she learns more about his life and his art, simultaneous with her persisting refusal to fully accept his identity. The tense, emotionally charged plot is carried by the film’s excellent camerawork and sets. The film uses color and camera angles to emphasize the wide range of emotions present in different scenes. During parts of the film, Laaksonen visits Los Angeles to observe the growing popularity of his work. The dramatic difference in light and saturation of color between the scenes in Finland and California accentuates the sharp juxtaposition between the two places, with a brighter and more vivid palette in California. Where “Tom of Finland” loses its momentum is in its refusal to push the envelope. There were many avenues that this film could have explored but neglected, such as Laaksonen’s relationships with other gay artists and his legacy in the gay community. The restrictively linear narrative prevented the film from being as gripping, arresting and meaningful as it could have been. Though “Tom of Finland” did not completely fulfill its potential for greatness, it does tell the story of a fascinating historic figure worth learning about and remembering. Laaksonen had a significant impact on the gay arts community, and he helped many gay men accept themselves and find their communities. “These men are moved by you, Tom,” Laaksonen is told during a visit to Los Angeles. “These are your men.” Despite its shortcomings, “Tom of Finland” is a compelling portrait of an artist, demonstrating the power of art to spark conversation in society.The post Movie Review: ‘Tom of Finland’ appeared first on .

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  • Album Review: ‘Say Less’Album Review: ‘Say Less’

    ★★★☆☆ Twenty-one-year-old singer and rapper Roy Woods blurs the lines between rhythm and blues and rap, though he leans more toward the former, producing atmospheric tracks across the emotional spectrum through the 16 tracks on his debut album. “Say Less” excels because of Woods’ slick vocal flow and abundant energy, but its excessive length holds it back. With fewer songs on the album, each could have packed a heavier punch and left the listener craving more. Born Denzel Spencer in Brampton, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto, Woods is yet another young Canadian star signed to Drake’s label, OVO Sound, through which he has produced three small projects over the past two years. “Say Less” borrows heavily from R&B, presenting a unified project that captures Woods’ evolution as an artist. The influences of his Torontonian contemporary, The Weeknd, and artists like Bryson Tiller are prevalent in Woods’ tone and overall style, as he mixes their brooding melodies and sexual innuendos with an upbeat mood and his own instrumental backdrops. The niche Woods targets is clear: “baby-making music.” Despite similarities between Woods and his contemporaries, the energy and rhythm that each artist brings to the table are very different. The Weeknd has more polished vocals, whereas Roy Woods is still finding his sound. He possesses a large appetite for instrumental experimentation and a good ear for beats, crossing from electronic to soulful R&B to reggae in the space of a few tracks. The album begins with dark, thumping bass and soothing strumming on “Medusa.” Woods’ voice comes in strong and is heavily assisted by producer Prezident Jeff’s glitchy instrumentals. In his next song, “Little Bit of Lovin,” Woods emulates one of his idols, Michael Jackson, with a similar cadence and mood over a clunky beat. This track falls short and does not stand out; the creativity is there, but Woods misses on the execution. The eponymous track follows, showcasing the full extent of his vocal range with half-sung bars and wild falsettos over a sluggish, warped drum beat. The entire album only contains three tracks with features, and the most notable of these comes on “Take Time,” which features 24hrs, an up-and-coming rapper and brother of American recording arist MadeinTYO. 24hrs’ saturated auto-tune and wispy outro steal the show as Woods guides the track along. The best song on the album, “Something New,” sees Woods take a different approach over an electronic beat with a killer drop and catchy verses supplemented by withdrawn piano. “Top Left” is the song that sounds most like rap, as it is filled with simple bars, ad-libs and a fair amount of Beyoncé references. Brief moments of rap also appear on “In The Club,” as Woods delivers verses focused on getting rich and “posting with [his] thugs” but transitions back to silky croons moments later. Fellow OVO artist, PARTYNEXTDOOR, contributes to Woods’ debut effort with a solid hook on “Back It Up.” In this instance, Woods outshines his collaborator, effectively blending falsettos with raspy yells. The two singers play off each other well, harmonizing and switching off with ease. The minimalistic production is their playground as they stretch their voices in concert with the wavy beat. Together, the tracks on “Say Less” make the album an enjoyable listen and a good indicator of Woods’ potential as an artist. The talent of the young Toronto singer is clear, with soaring vocals and effortless charisma, but Woods must stretch his boundaries and further develop his own style to separate himself from the pack. The post Album Review: ‘Say Less’ appeared first on .

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  • Hoya Holidays: Celebrating Diverse TraditionsHoya Holidays: Celebrating Diverse Traditions

    In a 1963 issue of The Hoya, the editorial board shared its Christmas wish for both the university and the nation: “Let us make this Christmas the turning point, the time between two eras, an interregnum which commemorates the glory that has been and pledges itself to renew the world in hope for the future.” Today, this sentiment rings truer than ever. Although Georgetown has a strong Catholic faith tradition, over time, the community has come together to celebrate the diverse beliefs of its members. Hoya Holiday History A look through the university archives reveals how the holiday season has been celebrated at Georgetown over the years. According to Blue and Gray, Georgetown’s biweekly newspaper for faculty, in 1948, Santa Claus visited the dining hall and delivered distinctive blue packages to students. 1948 also marked the beginning of the Annual Christmas Carol Singing Contest, in which carollers gathered to sing in a variety of foreign languages. The event was sponsored by the Institute of Language and Linguistics, which was founded by Leon Dostert and Fr. Edmund Walsh, S.J., in 1949, though it has since been consumed by the department of linguistics. 1992 saw the release of a humorous email begging students not to topple the 12-foot Christmas tree in the Intercultural Center. “Due to previous mishaps involving the unscheduled toppling of the tree, we ask that this tree not be moved under any circumstances,” read the email. This year, Georgetown kicked off its holiday festivities Dec. 1 with the annual tree lighting ceremony in Dahlgren Quadrangle. Although the exact origin of the tree lighting is unknown, Blue and Gray first mentions its occurrence in 1998. The tree lighting has remained an integral part of Georgetown’s holiday festivities. “The annual lighting of the Christmas tree is a special moment for our community and a time to come together during the holiday season to reflect on our many gifts,” said Rachel Pugh, senior director of strategic communications at Georgetown. The department of performing arts plays a vital role in organizing the ceremony. Student a cappella and theater groups annually perform in the ceremony, taking advantage of the opportunity to share their talents with the community. “Oftentimes we go unnoticed unless students have a personal interest in seeing our shows, so it is fun to bring the community together with performing arts,” said Anna Pack (COL ’21), a singer for the GraceNotes, Georgetown’s all-female a cappella group. The Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society, the longest-running student theater group, which was founded in 1852 at Georgetown, also performs at the tree lighting each year, where it puts on its rendition of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” following the lighting. On the same day as the lighting, the department of performing arts stages an annual holiday concert with the Georgetown jazz band and chamber singers, providing students with the opportunity to sing along to their favorite Christmas tunes. The annual Messiah Sing-Along, another beloved tradition, combines carols with charity. The concert choir, conducted by professor Frederick Binkholder leads its audience in classic hymns like “Hallelujah” and “Glory to God” while raising money for the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. A Holiday for All Although Georgetown is a Catholic university, it has long celebrated different faiths. The holiday season on campus gives students the chance to participate in interfaith traditions and celebrations. Georgetown set a precedent for academic institutions across the country when it hired its first Jewish chaplain, Rabbi Harold White, in 1968. Since then, Jewish Life has been an integral part of Georgetown’s spiritual community. In 2016, the Center for Jewish Civilization was launched. Amidst the Christmas trees scattered around campus, Jewish Life lights the Menorah on each night of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival of lights that commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. The celebration takes place either in the foyer of Georgetown’s historic Healy Hall or the Makóm, the designated space for Jewish Life in the Leavey Center. “This season is a salient and visual reminder of what the dominant culture is,” wrote Jewish Life Engagement Professional Ronit Zemel in an email to The Hoya. “Jewish Life is proud to be a part of the Georgetown community that values difference and inclusions.” The Jewish and Catholic faiths are not the only ones to be represented at Georgetown. Thirty years after hiring its first Jewish chaplain, Georgetown hired Imam Yahya Hendi, its first Muslim chaplain. In 2014, Georgetown welcomed Pratima Dharm, the first Hindu chaplain. Director for Hindu Life Brahmachari Vrajvihari Sharan said he appreciates Georgetown’s respect and celebration of different religious customs. “The respect for the spiritual dimension of life that was woven into the fabric of the institution by the Society of Jesus is a solid foundation for this [respect],” Sharan wrote in an email to The Hoya. “Hindu religious observances continue throughout the holidays, and this does not in any way impede our services, as Hindus are always happy to help their friends celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza or other festivals that they may be observing.” Most Hindu festivals conclude in the fall, but Hindu Life continues to host its weekly Arati prayer services in addition to partaking in interfaith events with other campus ministries. For Sharan, religious festivals and interfaith dialogue on campus allow the holiday spirit to transcend specific religious practices and involve the entire student body in the various celebrations of the season. “Sharing in one’s joy is a theme that pervades most philosophies as a counter to negativity, so, even if not part of the tradition whose festival is being celebrated, people will nevertheless have some takeaways therefrom,” Sharan wrote. Finding Time to Reflect Protestant chaplain Rev. Olivia Lane believes that Advent is the perfect time to prepare for the season because it encourages to students to slow down and relax. “It’s a really special time for us in the liturgical year to remember to take a breath, and especially during the business of the last week of class and going into finals season,” Lane said. Rev. Brandon Harris echoed Lane’s emphasis on contemplation in times of chaos. “When we invite students to come to our office and come to service, we’re saying to slow down just for a moment, collect yourself and then go back into the world with a deeper sense of who you are,” Harris said. In the spirit of deeper reflection and self-awareness, the Protestant chaplaincy also holds Taize services throughout the year in Dahlgren Chapel. Chaplains leave candles burning for several hours after the service ends to provide students with a space to quietly reflect and take a break from studying. “It’s just good mentally, emotionally, and obviously spiritually to take that moment to check in with yourself and ask what your expectations are for the rest of the holiday,” Harris said. Yet this reflection does not always have to take place in public, Sharan said, or even in a dedicated space of worship. “For Hindus, the heart is the highest and most important abode of the divine,” Sharan wrote “By extension, when we celebrate our major festivals, therefore, the home is the focal point of the observances.” Amid cramming for finals and seasonal celebrations with friends, campus ministry activities give Hoyas the opportunity to take a moment for themselves to reflect before leaving campus for winter break. Inclusive interfaith services bring a welcome calm to campus, making Georgetown truly feel like home before the holidays. The post Hoya Holidays: Celebrating Diverse Traditions appeared first on .

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  • EDITORIAL: Renew Support for Austin TiceEDITORIAL: Renew Support for Austin Tice

    As Hoyas prepare to return home for the holidays and be with family and friends, we must remember those who are not as fortunate as we are to enjoy the spoils of the season. This situation is the case for Austin Tice (SFS ’02), a freelance journalist, who remains captive in Syria more than five years after being taken hostage by a yet unidentified group. This editorial board previously brought attention to Tice’s plight in 2016. Since then, CIA officials had reportedly set up a back channel with Syria’s National Bureau intelligence service to request assistance in finding Tice. But cooperation ended in April, after the United States responded to a nerve-gas attack carried out by the Syrian government through a missile strike. In lieu of back-channel negotiations, it is critical to keep Tice’s name in the media, in public consciousness and alive in the Georgetown community to sustain momentum for his case. Tice is a not only a fellow Hoya, but he also embodies the values Georgetown instills in us every day and is a testament to the university’s educational mission. After serving seven years in Iraq and Afghanistan as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, Tice entered Syria on May 23, 2012. At this point, the situation on the ground in Syria was unknown to most Americans, as major U.S. news outlets had already pulled their journalists out of the country due to safety concerns. Tice went to Syria with the intent to use his stories to portray the dire nature of the conflict and to raise awreness of the human costs of the then-escalating war by bringing attention to the stories behind the despairing mortality statistics that dominated U.S. headlines. Tice selflessly risked his life for people he had never met, committing himself to the broader quest for social justice, which is at the core of Georgetown’s Jesuit values. He is an inspiration, not only to student journalists, but to all Hoyas looking to take make a meaningful contribution to the world. Tice’s character should compel us even more to keep his memory alive. In 2016, this editorial board called students to support The Washington Post — for which Tice freelanced — in publicizing his case. More than a year after that editorial, the board commends the student activism that has taken place on behalf of Tice. Whether through protests at the White House, participation in public ceremonies, or letter-writing campaigns and events on campus, Tice has remained present in the Georgetown community over the course of his captivity. Most importantly, these efforts have not been in vain. Less than a year ago, a group of Georgetown students, alongside journalism program Director Barbara Feinman Todd and Associate Vice President for Federal Relations Scott Fleming, delivered a petition signed by 1,000 members of the Georgetown community calling the Trump administration to take a strong stance in Tice’s case. Marc and Debra Tice, Tice’s parents, recently informed this group that the petition was presented to members of the National Security Council, who used it to demonstrate support for him at the U.S. State Department. As we take a break from our classes, jobs and other pressures to reflect on our gifts and blessings, let us also reflect on how we can help Tice return home, be by joining larger-scale movements like Reporters Without Borders’ #FreeAustinTice campaign, getting involved in events organized by Georgetown’s own journalism department, or gathering a group of students to pressure U.S. government officials to continue pushing for Tice’s return. To Marc and Debra, we hope this holiday season renews the spirit of the fight for Tice’s release, and that in a matter of a year’s time, this paper can report his return. Let us not forget him. Correction: An earlier version of this editorial stated that more than 5,000 students had signed the petition sent to the State Department. The organizers had set this goal when they first announced the campaign but ultimately sent the petition after it reached 1,000 signatures.The post EDITORIAL: Renew Support for Austin Tice appeared first on .

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: In Defense of Mack and AndinoLETTER TO THE EDITOR: In Defense of Mack and Andino

    In its midterm evaluation of the GUSA Executive, the editorial board of The Hoya relies on a series of frail charges to push the narrative that the Mack-Andino administration has reneged on its campaign promises to focus on affordability, student health and entrepreneurship. Many of these charges crumble under scrutiny, while others are exposed as having been overplayed to detract from coverage of this administration’s several enduring accomplishments. The board’s argument begins on the premise that this administration lacks “a cohesive vision,” weasel words thinly veiling a bias against Mack and Andino that pervades both the structure and the content of the editorial. This empty charge is an unfounded misrepresentation of the deliberate decision to specialize across issue areas in which they are each the most invested, and therefore most likely to make progress. It is true that Mack and Andino have different priorities, but that is not the same thing as competing priorities. This administration has made real progress for students on issues important to both Mack and Andino, and to admit of progress on this diverse set of priorities while painting that as a liability rather than an asset is beyond blatant dishonesty: it’s an agenda.  Affordability That agenda is plainly exposed in the treatment of our success in affordability. The board wrote and recycled twice as many words on our discount card program as they wrote on all other affordability accomplishments. That would be a sensible ratio if we were lacking in such accomplishments, but we aren’t. The board offers minimal coverage of our effort to increase food access through GUTS routes, but far worse is the treatment of our unpaid internship fund. The fund is not just another proposal; we’ve secured funding from the Office of Advancement, coordinated with the Career Center to ensure the viability of the program and worked closely with the administration to establish the staff and infrastructure to make the fund a reality, and make no mistake, it is a reality. Applications are open for the spring, and that is a real achievement that will support students pursuing necessarily unpaid internships in precisely the sectors that the editorial board encouraged Cawley to expand resources, enabling a greater diversity of career outcomes. The editorial board made the decision to ignore these facts and downplay the significance of the program.  Mental Health We have worked to relieve concerns about mental health resources and found success in increasing staffing for Counseling and Psychiatric Services and petitioning the university to support those that are not served through the CAPS treatment model but can’t afford off-campus services. Over 1000 students have expressed support through the petition released by this administration, and the program shows every indication that it will succeed. It takes Olympic-caliber mental gymnastics to recognize this administration’s successes in the area of student health while failing to account for those successes in the final evaluation. This issue was one third of Mack and Andino’s platform but less than 8% of the editorial. In fact, the board wrote more than twice as many words skewering the administration for our discount card program as it did evaluating our mental health accomplishments. If the board claims to hold the administration accountable for campaign promises, it should pay more attention to the issues that students voted for.  Entrepreneurship As if to complete the pattern, the board’s charges regarding Mack’s efforts on entrepreneurship are also shockingly out of touch. If the board had asked the entrepreneurial community on campus instead of writing on their scorecard in Leavey 421, they might see the strong impact of Mack’s entrepreneurial focus, including helping start Georgetown’s first student run accelerator among other victories in the effort to support student businesses. If the board seems not to understand entrepreneurship, here are the words of someone who does, Anthony Marshi, founder of Georgetown Ventures: “I was disappointed to see that [the editorial] said GUSA was not directly involved in [Georgetown Ventures’] creation because I feel otherwise. I would go as far as to say [Mack is] a cofounder… instrumental in helping us navigate through [the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative] and building a leadership team.”  Moving Past the Midterm This administration will continue to advocate for students, adding to what we believe is an already impressive set of accomplishments that delivered on the promises that Mack and Andino made on the campaign trail. We hope that students will continue engaging with us, holding us accountable and using GUSA as a megaphone to advance affordability, health and opportunity for everyone on the Hilltop. Brody Sloan is a junior in the School of Foreign Service and the chief of staff for the GUSA Executive.The post LETTER TO THE EDITOR: In Defense of Mack and Andino appeared first on .

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  • EDITORIAL: Alleviate Transportation CostsEDITORIAL: Alleviate Transportation Costs

    From weekend trips to downtown Washington, D.C. to internships on Capitol Hill, university admissions officers and Blue and Gray tour guides extol the social, academic and professional opportunities that students gain from living in the nation’s capital. They portray access to the nation’s capital as one of the defining features of the Georgetown experience. But they are wrong to take pride in giving students access to everything D.C. has to offer. The lack of readily accessible public transportation services beyond buses operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority makes venturing off campus both more time-consuming and more expensive than it is for students at other D.C. universities. The university’s current resources for providing efficient and cheap transportation are insufficient. Georgetown University Transportation Services buses may be useful for transporting students to major hubs near the university, such as Dupont Circle and Rosslyn, where access to Metro stations is readily available. But, like their WMATA counterparts, GUTS buses are susceptible to traffic conditions – particularly during rush hour – limiting their reliability for expedient transportation to the city. Because their routes have a limited reach, students travelling to locations beyond those covered by them – such as Tenley Town and Adams Morgan – must spend more time and perhaps even more money in commuting. Students are missing out from taking advantage of valuable opportunities for education and camaraderie, from living in a city as dynamic as D.C. and from making the most of their time at Georgetown. This editorial board recognizes that Georgetown cannot do much to resolve the issue of timeliness. Previous efforts to construct a Georgetown Metro station have been inhibited by high costs, concerns regarding the practicality of its implementation and skepticism on behalf of neighborhood residents. But the university should address the financial aspect of the problem. With the university aiming to make progress in alleviating hidden costs of attendance, it should consider providing subsidized SmarTrip cards through WMATA’s U-Pass program, which grants college students in the D.C. area unlimited use of WMATA transportation at a fee of $1 per day, for the duration of a semester. With WMATA bus and Metro fares starting at $2.00 per trip, the program proves a cost-effective alternative, particularly for students who need to use these services repeatedly on a daily basis. Other universities in the D.C. area have already implemented such a program successfully. American University piloted the program in the fall of 2016, and with 90 percent of enrolled students taking advantage of it, continued providing full-time undergraduate and graduate students with cards for a flat fee of $136 per semester. All American University students, unless they are studying abroad, must enroll in the program. If Georgetown institutionalized a similar initiative, however, it should take advantage of its professional resources on campus to ensure that only the students interested in the program pay for it, making it even more cost-effective. As academics and extracurriculars demand a large time commitment from students and as Georgetown’s attendance cost increases year after year, students need efficient and cheap alternatives to travel off campus. Georgetown should pilot the program through the Cawley Career Education Center. Students with internships off campus are more likely to take the full advantage of a subsidized SmarTrip card — it would make sense for the Cawley center to offer the service as an alternative to supporting these students, particularly those whose internships provide no monetary compensation. The Cawley Center should dedicate part of its newly-approved internship stipend to cover the cost of the cards for students in a financial strain. Were the program to attract a substantial amount of students without internships, Georgetown should analyze offering enrollment into it through MyAccess, in a similar way that students enroll in a meal or health care plan and pay for these services together with tuition. Such a service would not only benefit the student body, but also the university and WMATA. The program would legitimize the university’s claim that it takes advantage of its location to provide students access to unique opportunities and advance the administration’s goal to reduce hidden costs. And for WMATA, the subsidy is a chance to obtain revenue it is currently not capturing — for instance, it made $2.3 million from its partnership with American University in 2016 — without having to make significant investments in its infrastructure to accommodate a relatively small increase in users. A lack of accessible transportation alternatives should not be a reason that sudents miss these opportunities, and Georgetown, as a premier university in the D.C. area, should strongly consider reducing the barriers for students wishing to advance their education by engaging with the city.The post EDITORIAL: Alleviate Transportation Costs appeared first on .

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  • COMMENTARY | Ewing’s Nonconference Schedule Breeds ComplacencyCOMMENTARY | Ewing’s Nonconference Schedule Breeds Complacency

    It was a risk — there were always going to be critics and naysayers, but Head Coach Patrick Ewing did not care. When Ewing pulled the Georgetown men’s basketball team out of the inaugural Phil Knight Invitational, a 16-team tournament held in Portland, Ore., many professional analysts claimed  that the Hoyas’ schedule was too nonchallenging. Still, Ewing tuned out this criticism and focused on his plan: teaching his Hoyas how to win. The Hoyas started out the 2017-18 college basketball season squaring off against mid-major teams at home, with only one away game at Richmond. Ewing faced scrutiny  from all sides: His decision would hurt the Hoyas’ resume for the NCAA Tournament, it would not prepare them for the more rigorous talent level of the Big East and, in the end, would keep attendance at home games down. However, Ewing has not let this criticism rattle his faith in his judgement. He stressed that players on this team learned how to lose the past two seasons, but now they needed to learn how to win, regardless of who the competition is. Seven games into the season, the Hoyas are one of only nine  undefeated squads left in the nation. They have received four votes to be recognized in the AP Top 25 ranking and are slowly gaining national intrigue. Pundits are asking themselves: Are the Hoyas actually this good? While this soft nonconference schedule has resulted in an undefeated team thus far, Ewing’s squad is far from done. In order for the nonconference schedule to be a success, Georgetown must enter Big East play undefeated. A loss to any remaining mid-major team would show that these Hoyas are not ready for primetime and are unable to consistently compete at a higher level. A loss to Syracuse University on Dec. 16  will prove that the Hoyas are good enough to take down mid-majors, but cannot hang with bigger programs. By taking down Syracuse, its historic rival, and taking care of business against the remaining mid-major teams, Ewing will roll his newly branded  Hoya team into Big East play oozing with confidence. Competition against so many mid-major teams has aided player development early in the season, as with junior center Jessie Govan, for example. Govan is having a career year,  averaging a team high of 19.8 points, 12.2 rebounds and 1.0 block per game. Govan’s rebounding ranks fourth in the nation thus far this season. The Hoyas’ offense is at its best when Govan gets the ball in the post and takes his shot, or works the double team with his vision and passing ability. Junior guard/forward Kaleb Johnson has also embraced his increased role on offense this season. Johnson is averaging a career-high of 12.0 points, 4.17 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Johnson’s vocal leadership on and off the court has helped give newcomers, such as freshman guards Jamorko Pickett and Jahvon Blair, the confidence to look for their shot and know who to pick up on defense. The Hoyas’ easy non-conference schedule has also allowed Ewing more flexibility in his coaching strategy and line-up adjustments. He has auditioned line-ups featuring speed and skill — such as senior guard Jonathan Mulmore starting with Blair — as well as those showcasing the Hoyas’ length, athleticism and versatility, with Pickett starting instead of Blair. Though Ewing’s decision to create a soft non-conference schedule has paid dividends in many ways, there remains work to be done. The Hoyas have turned the ball over an average of 15.5 times per game this season compared to their opponents’ 12.8. Such sloppy play will certainly hurt the Hoyas when they face tougher opposition in Big East play. If Georgetown wants to continue this season’s success, they will have to improve before time runs out. Dan Baldwin is a junior in the McDonough School of Business.The post COMMENTARY | Ewing’s Nonconference Schedule Breeds Complacency appeared first on .

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  • It’s a crime in Virginia to swear in public. A lawmaker says that’s #@!#ing nuts.It’s a crime in Virginia to swear in public. A lawmaker says that’s #@!#ing nuts.

    In the birthplace of George Washington, not George Carlin, swearing can net a $250 fine.

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    Another average December day is in the cards today, before a warming trend takes over.

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