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Tom Sherwood's Notebook

"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...
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a rock band — and its ruling could help legally settle the fight over the name “Redskins.” An Asian group calling itself “The Slants” had sought for years to trademark...
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is mild-mannered almost to a fault. But don’t mistake that for any weakness. “This case is about the right of hundreds of millions of Americans to honest government,” Frosh said Monday as he stood by...
It was a simple campaign clarion call. Marion Barry, former street activist, former school board member and D.C. Council member, was running for mayor. And “Take a Stand” posters flooded the District. Barry ran a progressive, upstart campaign against incumbent Mayor...
“Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams.” — Mary Ellen Kelly “An object at rest tends to stay at rest, especially if you’re...
If you’re so important, well, so am I. My security detail is bigger than your detail. My security barrier is bigger … Oh, never mind. You get the point. The image of having “security” is epidemic in the nation’s capital. For...
But first a little fun. Should former Mayor Tony Williams get off the sidelines and run for mayor again? More than a few folks would like that. So we asked him on Monday. He was at the DC Chamber of Commerce leading a...

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