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More Charges Against Towson Rabbi/Professor



Back in October, Rabbi Barry Freundel, an associate professor of religion at Towson University, was arrested and charged with voyeurism for allegedly videotaping a woman in a ritual bath. This week, two more women — one of them a student at Towson — brought charges against Freundel as well.

Protect This House: Kevin Plank’s New $7.8 Million Georgetown Mansion




Baltimore Business Journal reports that the Washingtonian, citing a “well-connected source,” has named Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank as the buyer of 1405 34th Street NW — “one of the most important houses in Georgetown,” according to Washington Fine Properties, who brokered the sale.

plank:frontThe home’s former owner was banker Curtin Winsor III. Mr. Winsor bought the house for $5.2 million in 2006, and lived there with his wife and three children until his death, suddenly, in December, 2012.  In the seventies, 1405 34th Street NW was the much-photographed residence of Ambassador David Bruce and his glamorous wife Evangeline, who added a 34’ ballroom and hosted frequent parties for Washington society.

plank:lrEarlier this year, the eight bedroom, eight bath, one ballroom house was on the market for $8.995 million, (so Kevin got ‘em down some).  A Federal-style red brick mansion circa 1815, it’s a grand but restrained presence on the street, quietly boasting a smokehouse, swimming pool, guestroom, multiple parking spaces and a private, third-of-an-acre lot. A video tour, compete with upbeat music score, can be found below.

Johns Hopkins Awards More Master’s Degrees Than Almost Anyone Else

Graph via the Washington Post.
Graph via the Washington Post.

Oh, haven’t you heard? A master’s degree is the new bachelor’s. The New York Times calls it “credential inflation”; the editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education says it’s an “endless loop” where universities offer more programs, which leads to job recruiters requesting more advanced degrees, which leads to more students getting master’s degrees, which leads to… well, you get the picture. Nationwide, the number of people getting master’s degrees rose 63 percent from 2000 to 2012 — and schools in DC, Maryland, and Virginia are producing quite a few of them.

New Year, New You


Let’s just face the truth:  most people’s New Year’s resolutions — quitting smoking, losing weight — don’t end up working out. But that’s not to say that a brand new year isn’t a chance to overhaul some habits and make your life both healthier and happier, according to experts at Johns Hopkins and other area institutions.  Below, some suggestions for changes to make 2012 your best year ever.

  • Cut down on multi-tasking. According to Susan Lehmann, a psychiatrist working at Hopkins, “Our brains are not as good at juggling various duties at the same time as we may think, and interruptions in attention can negatively affect memory and degrade our efficiency.” This is true for everyone, and especially people over age 60. Resolve to minimize mind-clutter and keep your focus on the task at hand as much as possible.
  • Have oatmeal for breakfast.  Because it’s delicious, but also because it’s a great source of fiber — you could swap it out for other high-fiber fruits, vegetables, beans, or unprocessed whole grains.  According to Georgetown gastroenterologist, most Americans get around 12 to 15 grams a day, ““But recent studies have shown that increasing fiber intake to 25 to 30 grams per day is linked to a lower risk of death from all causes, especially cardiovascular, respiratory and infectious ailments.” I recommend steel cut oats with cinnamon and almond milk. Yum.
  • Break out the chocolate bars. The dark chocolate bars, that is — with at least 50 to 70 percent cocoa. Two squares a day (okay, so not the whole bar) is a source of antioxidants, and has been linked to a host of positive health benefits:  “the antioxidants in dark chocolate can help decrease blood pressure (in some studies the effect is equivalent to exercising for 30 minutes a day); lower insulin resistance and the risk of Type 2 diabetes; and help protect the lining of the blood vessels, reducing the possibility of stroke and heart attack.” A resolution that’s easy to keep!


Called to Service? Georgetown Stunner Sets the Tone


HOT HOUSE: 3053 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

In Georgetown, an 1875 Victorian house in a national landmark district, with nine bedrooms, elevator, private garden and 40 foot lap pool: $9,800,000

What: You’ve been given the nod. All that tedious fund-raising has paid off, and now the party/think-tank/consultancy needs you in Washington, D.C., close-at-hand and able to host high-level parties and stuff to impress the foot soldiers, benefactors and celebrity donors. You’re a big personality. A suite at the Watergate won’t do…

This is the place for you: A glamorous dowager empress of a house, standing tall and stately at the corner of 31st and P Street, on Georgetown’s coveted east side.  A jewel in the crown of Georgetown houses, it’s a traditional Victorian mostly, but with a copper Mansard roof that gives it a European aura. French doors in the family room open onto a large terrace overlooking the private garden, adding to the continental charm. Ceilings on the main floor are 13 feet high. The two large drawing rooms are each 28 feet long — you could have cocktails for several hundred people here, without ever feeling crowded. At the same time, the wood paneled library and dining room are perfect for intimate gatherings of like-minded politicos–restrained, yet powerful. The house was once a set for the 1984 film St. Elmo’s Fire and the former owner is the Gatsbyesque Dr. William Haseltine, founder of Human Genome Sciences and seven (!) other successful biotechs. He’s also a philanthropist, a Washington personality and bon vivant. Anyway, from the wine cave to the two bedroom servant’s apartment, this is a house for life-lived-large. Private off-street parking for five to six cars will help. There is a large gym, a spacious master suite with two baths, (seven full and four half-baths in all) as well as the basics of gourmet kitchen (not all that big, but who’s cooking?) hardwood floors throughout, central air, fireplaces.   

Where: 31st and P is on Georgetown’s east side –an easy walk to the Georgetown campus and Dumbarton Oaks.  Nice jogging in Rock Creek Park and the banks of the Potomac. Embassies, shops and restaurants of Georgetown, all right there.

Why: Because your country needs you.

Would suit: Wealthy patron of the arts, intellectual gone over to the business side, business side gone over to government. Michael Bloomberg.

Why Not: No metro in Georgetown (still!), so you’ll have to take a limo over to the White House. Also, with the lap pool, the lot’s too small (.22 acres) for a swing set.

P.S.: Buy it furnished — it’s worth a try.