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CONTENTS 8.15.10 Features


COVER STORY 8 A master’s mission


Michael Coles used tae kwon do to escape a difficult childhood. Now, he’s helping others do the same. By Caitlin Gibson


14 The preemie prism


As her twins enter high school, a grateful mom reflects on how their perilous journey shaped the family. By Tracey A. Reeves


Going Out Guide


4 First Person Singular What almost getting eaten by a whale taught him


5 Whatever Happened To


The mayor whose dogs were shot gets his life back


6 Date Lab This date is hot. But in the right way? 22-24 Art, Music, Theater & Movies


Enjoy movies and opera al fresco, or head indoors to see what real Americans look like


25 Best Bets


Call it ice cream, call it gelato or just call it delicious: where to find the tastiest scoops


26 Tom Sietsema’s Dining


A Capitol Hill menu that James Beard and June Cleaver could have designed


Washingtonpost.com/magazine Discussions


TUESDAY: Holly E. Thomas and Janet Bennett Kelly on fashion @ noon


WEDNESDAY: Tom Sietsema on dining @ 11 a.m. THURSDAY: Going Out Gurus @ 1 p.m.


28 Second Glance 30 Dilbert


31 Crossword 32 Gene Weingarten’s


Below the Beltway How pets helped Gene confront his own mortality


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On the cover: Coles photograph by Rebecca Drobis; twins photograph courtesy of Tracey A. Reeves


editorial editor: Debra Leithauser deputy editor: David Rowell articles editors: Lisa Frazier Page, Amanda McGrath copy and production chief: Susan P. Williams copy & assignment editor: Elizabeth Chang contributing editor: Sydney Trent columnist: Gene Weingarten food critic: Tom Sietsema staff writers: Steve


Hendrix, Holly E. Thomas editorial aides: Kathleen Hom, Daniele Seiss creative director: Janet Michaud art director: Beth Broadwater assistant art director: Diamond James photo editor: Evan Jane Kriss production coordinator: Mark Giaimo advertising general manager: Jenny Abramson production manager: Julie Gunderson account managers: Anne Cynamon, Diane DuBois business analyst: James Robinson production coordinators: Mamie Belle, Kristin Kato, Tara Shlimowitz graphic designers: Amanda Crisp, Willie Joyner phones editorial 202/334-7585 advertising 202/334-5224, 5226


august 15, 2010 | The WashingTon PosT Magazine 1


PHOTOGRAPH BY REBECCA DROBIS


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