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Tom Sherwood's Notebook

As if our current-day national politics and world tensions are not enough (point to most anywhere on earth), along comes the Vietnam War, reprised, reconsidered, roaring back in an 18-hour PBS series. It reminds us that this war is...
At first glance, Karl Racine dropping out of any potential race for mayor suggests an easier road for Mayor Muriel Bowser and a tougher road for Vincent Gray if — or probably when — Gray gets in. Racine, the D.C....
No matter what the meteorologists or astronomers officially say, summer ends for most us with Labor Day. We know because football — high school, college and pro — is upon us. But warning signs are flashing. Are we seeing football’s...
This past Saturday, your Notebook biked a few minutes to Arena Stage for the theater’s Community Day. A long line of people — in good spirits despite the long line — was waiting to get into Arena Stage's costume sale....
The national news, it is exhausting. We cannot look away, nor should we, nor could we. Even if we tried, it would seep through our cellphones and conversations and computers. As we wrote last week, associating with or promoting Nazi ideology...
On Monday afternoon, our area and nation will be mesmerized by the total solar eclipse. It will darken our skies, but the shadow will last only for a couple of minutes. It will take a lot longer for the dark...
"Gloom, despair and agony on me." That’s a lyric from a song sung by country western stars Buck Owens and Roy Clark on the old “Hee Haw” television program. But the phrase came to mind when we were focusing on...
It’s not Thanksgiving. It’s not Christmas. There’s been no flood, no fire, no terror attack. But, you are still needed. Yes, you. And you especially are needed now. Monsignor John Enzler of Catholic Charities says the need is great year round, especially the summer....
Jay Wu moved to Washington a couple of years ago after graduating from Swarthmore College with a major in linguistics. According to the Linguistic Society of America, the field helps the understanding of “how language influences the way in which...
Try Googling the late civil rights icon Julian Bond. In a life full of activism, historic achievement and honors, none of the pictures show him relaxing quietly on a bench. But this week a bench took center stage. “He liked the idea...

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