Stories by Gabe Starosta:
Jan. 5, 2011
Jim Hunt, Democratic governor of North Carolina for 16 years, is the subject of a new biography by Gary Pearce, one of Hunts longest-serving advisers.
Jan. 4, 2011
Like any neighborhood on the rise, NoMa shorthand for North of Massachusetts is trying to attract dynamic new businesses and tenants. But the area has another plan to build its character, too: Its developing an arts scene that embraces the neighborhoods ethnic history and location in the District.
Dec. 15, 2010
Lucia Perillo received the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, which honors the best book of poetry published by an American in the previous two years, for her 2009 book Inseminating the Elephant.
Dec. 14, 2010
On Capitol Hill, two bed-and-breakfast inns, tucked away on streets lined with row houses, offer more intimate experiences for guests than a Marriott or a Hyatt visitors are sleeping in someones home rather than a hastily cleaned hotel room.
Dec. 13, 2010
Visitors to the Library of Congress might be surprised to hear the phrases yall, aint and bless yer heart, but the LOC is hosting country concert as part of the Country Music Association Songwriters Series in the upcoming year.
Dec. 9, 2010
Rep. Maxine Waters took to the House floor Thursday to request a statement from the ethics committee setting the record straight about the disciplining of two committee attorneys working on her case. The request comes two days after Waters introduced a resolution calling for a bipartisan task force to investigate the panels actions.
Dec. 7, 2010
For more than 35 years, Florida has done what no other state has: maintain an embassy on Capitol Hill.
Dec. 6, 2010
The life, career in law and politics, and eventual downfall of Richard Scruggs, known as Dickie to his friends, are chronicled by author Curtis Wilkie in The Fall of the House of Zeus: The Rise and Ruin of Americas Most Powerful Trial Lawyer, a book that is equal parts biography and legal thriller.
Dec. 1, 2010
Last December, House Minority Leader John Boehner led a Congressional delegation to Panama, an event that marked a kind of reunion for his former staff members who worked together in the House Republican Conference office in the late 1990s.
Dec. 1, 2010
A year and a half after being closed for renovations, one of the museums most famous exhibits, Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight, featuring Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart and some of the most impressive aviation feats of the early 20th century, was recently reopened.
Nov. 30, 2010
Former Congressman Stephen J. Solarz, a nine-term New York Democrat who defined his tenure through his work on foreign policy in the House of Representatives, died Monday at George Washington Hospital.
Nov. 29, 2010
The esteemed gift shops on Capitol Hill have shoppers covered, especially those who are looking for something more adventurous, something patriotic and maybe even something bipartisan although these days, youll have to look hard to find something like that.
Nov. 19, 2010
In most cases, a lawyer who moved to the District 35 years ago would have become a political lifer by now. But this one is a photographer and has been for a quarter-century.
Nov. 16, 2010
Dignitaries broke ground on the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial last week on a 2.4-acre site adjacent to the National Mall.
Nov. 15, 2010
In Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDRs Great Supreme Court Justices, Harvard law professor Noah Feldman tells the story of four of the most important Supreme Court justices in modern history: Felix Frankfurter, Hugo Black, William O. Douglas and Robert Jackson.
Nov. 12, 2010
Fragers Hardware Store, which has occupied the same block of Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast for 90 years, has developed almost as much of a following as Congress over the past century, and it has a considerably better reputation for solving problems than the legislative branch of government.
Nov. 5, 2010
In the National Gallery of Art's new exhibit, The Pre-Raphaelite Lens: British Photography and Painting, 1848-1875, nearly 100 photographs and 20 paintings highlight the best of the two mediums and how they work together.
Nov. 3, 2010
The Republican sweep of the Mountain region stopped short of the biggest prize. Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat who had been appointed to the seat, appears to have eked out a victory over Republican nominee Ken Buck.
Oct. 25, 2010
In The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Partys Revolution and the Battle Over American History, author Jill Lepore tries to do what politicians arent willing to: actually study the history behind events such as the Boston Tea Party and examine the way they are manipulated politically.
Oct. 18, 2010
Gary Noesner's new book, Stalling for Time, details his 30 years of working as a hostage negotiator. While he saw and even used violence, his job required compassion and understanding.
Oct. 5, 2010
Conductor Murry Sidlin will lead a performance of Defiant Requiem a multimedia event featuring a recital of the Requiem, interviews with survivors and even an actor playing the part of Rafael Schaechter Wednesday evening at the sold-out Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Oct. 5, 2010
Worlds fairs are a legacy from a time when far-away societies werent so interconnected. The National Building Museums newest exhibit, Designing Tomorrow: Americas Worlds Fairs of the 1930s, features images and memorabilia from worlds fairs held from 1933 to 1939 in Chicago, San Diego, Dallas, Cleveland, San Francisco and New York.
Oct. 4, 2010
Roger Hodge has a new treatise on government to share with the American people.
Hodge, the former editor in chief of Harpers magazine, rails against the political establishment with visceral intensity in his new book, and he does so from the political left a change of pace in this electoral climate. As it turns out, that change of pace is a problematic one.
Sept. 28, 2010
Javier Sanchez and Matt Manley decided to gather a group of military veterans, take them out for a drink and some bar food, and then spend the rest of the evening at a Washington Nationals baseball game.
Sept. 27, 2010
In Our Patchwork Nation, authors Dante Chinni and James Gimpel suggest that it isnt easy to define a country by splitting people up into categories such as Republicans and Democrats or rich and poor. Instead, communities all over the country share certain traits, from income level to religious character, and the combination of those traits gives a place, and its people, its identity.