February 17, 2017
Baseball writers: digital media, more press restrictions have changed coverage

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland – The first time Tim Kurkjian met legendary Orioles manager Earl Weaver, he got cussed at. It was 1980, and Kurkjian — whose decades-long career in sports journalism has included time at The Baltimore Sun, Sports Illustrated and now ESPN — was just starting as the No. 2 baseball writer for The […]

September 15, 2017
Ethiopian restaurants foster community in diverse Silver Spring

SILVER SPRING, Maryland – Beginning in the mid-1970s, war and political turbulence led a large number of Ethiopians to flee their home country. Many of these emigrants came to the United States, with a particularly high number settling in the Washington region. Thanks to a welcoming environment and local educational institutions, as well as legislation […]

February 1, 2017
Mike Pence has a double, only he wears short-shorts

WASHINGTON — On inauguration weekend, there were two Mike Pences in the nation’s capital. One celebrated his swearing-in as the new vice president with supporters at three official inaugural balls. The other didn’t wear pants. He wore short-shorts. Meet the vice president’s doppelganger, Mike Hot-Pence, who’s been using his uncanny resemblance to the new veep […]

January 19, 2017
Poetry: another way to air unease in the new Trump era

WASHINGTON – As the United States prepares to inaugurate a president whose use of language has been seen by many as less than clear and accountable, people across the country have taken to various media platforms to communicate their anxieties about what may be to come. That includes through poetry. A poetry reading last weekend […]

March 10, 2017
The Undefeated staff: Let athletes be political, because they’re people, too

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland – The rise of the 24-hour, instant news cycle has given sports figures, like other celebrities, unprecedented power to comment on current events. Now more than ever, people are looking to athletes to weigh in on the latest news, both through social media and in conversations with reporters. But with the current […]

March 1, 2017
Trump speech gets thumbs down from Maryland Democrats

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s Tuesday night address to a joint session of Congress did little to ease the worries of Maryland’s Democratic lawmakers. Trump’s address lacked significant detail, said Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Upper Marlboro, and left him “yearning for more.” “This speech was billed as unity and strength, but the actions of the last […]

March 8, 2017
U.S. women’s soccer team upset by France

WASHINGTON – It seemed the script couldn’t have been written any better. After a disappointing loss to England over the weekend, the U.S. women’s national soccer team faced an uphill battle to win their first tournament of 2017. Then England lost to Germany, and all of a sudden, the Americans’ fate was back in their […]

January 21, 2017
Vast throng for Women’s March envelops Washington, pledges resistance to Trump

WASHINGTON – Less than 24 hours after Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, a different kind of movement – some called it resistance – unfolded on the National Mall. From Capitol Hill down the Mall and for blocks westward along Independence and Constitution Avenues, hundreds of thousands […]

April 28, 2017
Washington bookshop is part of independent bookstores’ comeback

(Editor’s Note: Saturday, April 29, is Independent Bookstore Day.) WASHINGTON – When Capitol Hill resident Laurie Gillman learned her neighborhood independent bookstore was closing several years ago, she was devastated. “It had been here for a really long time, but then that was gone,” Gillman said of Trover Shop, which closed in 2009. “And there […]

February 8, 2017
Washington’s two pro soccer teams face different challenges

WASHINGTON — With their new seasons quickly approaching, Washington’s two professional soccer teams hope to build on last year’s successes with the help of some promising new signings. But while D.C. United have a good chance to best last year’s first-round playoff exit with the help of strong recruits and few personnel losses, their female […]