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The Passion of Patrick Ewing

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ne night last March, John Thompson Jr., Georgetown University’s legendary former basketball coach, made a recruiting call. Thompson hadn’t coached the Hoyas since 1999, but this wasn’t your average bit of college-hoops lobbying.

In 1981, Thompson had convinced a teenager named Patrick Ewing, then the top high-school basketball player in the country, to play for him. They won it all three years later. But now the powerhouse program they had built was struggling. Georgetown coach John Thompson III—Thompson’s son—had been fired. The school needed a replacement. So Thompson reached out to his old protégé. “You should put your hat in the ring for the job,” he said.

Much like in 1981, back when Thompson was trying to lure him to a school that was small fry among his NCAA suitors, Ewing was torn. At 54, he had spent most of his adult life in the National Basketball Association—first as one of the league’s greatest players, then as a well-traveled assistant coach. He had never considered college coaching. On the other hand, this was Georgetown—or as Ewing puts it, home.

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Wise Young Builders Summer Camp 2018

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The camp is divided into (6) one week sessions of fun and education!

This year, students will freshen up on math skills through fun games and carpentry projects.

We will teach the use of tools such as measuring tape, drill guns, hand saws and hammers, but safety first!

Students will be provided with safety gear and will also participate in a tool safety training courses!

For more information please visit us @ www.wiseyoungbuilders.org

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D.C. Is Having an Independent Bookstore Renaissance

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Laurie Gillman’s neighborhood bookstore closed in 2009. She’d lived on Capitol Hill for 25 years, and she could tell her community was not taking the news well. “After a year of saying, ‘Why doesn’t anyone open a bookstore?’ I realized no one was going to do it,” says Gillman.

She decided to open her own, and now East City Bookshop is coming up on its two-year anniversary. “Without a bookstore, how can you say you’re a really good neighborhood?” she asks.

So many local bookstores are cropping up across D.C. that you can go from Anacostia to H Street NE, only visiting new bookstores, and hit most large neighborhoods. Include legacy stores like Politics and Prose and you can nearly map the whole city, jumping from bookstore to bookstore, browsing a variety of specially-curated selections of books. Recently-opened book stores in the District have focused on being hyper-local, carrying works that specifically…

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