Bowser Announces Mayoral Run


Bowser Announces Mayoral Run

The 2014 District of Columbia mayoral election campaign began in earnest Saturday, as D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser officially launched her candidacy. 

In a two-minute, 40-second YouTube video, the Ward 4 Councilmember said "For many months, people from all over the District have been talking to me in grocery stores, living rooms and churches, on the train, and whereever they see me about what's next for our city, urging me to step up and to speak out for them."

Bowser went on to say, "Corruption has robbed us of our focus, our momentum, our need to think big and to act swiftly," an apparent reference to the ongoing FBI investigation into the 2010 campaign of incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray.

A native of Northeast, Bowser won a seat on the Council in 2007 following a special election to replace then-Mayor Adrian Fenty and was re-elected in 2008 and again last year. She is the first candidate to openly declare a run for Mayor in this election cycle. Her Council colleague Tommy Wells (Ward 6) has launched an exploratory campaign, while Councilmember Jack Evans (Ward 2) is also believed to be considering a bid. Meanwhile, Gray has not said whether or not he will run for re-election.

NBC Washington political analyst Chuck Thies assessed Bowser's chances here earlier this week, saying in part:

"[O]n paper, she's as close to the perfect candidate as can be found in the District today.

"She is well received across black, white and Latino communities. She is young, but not inexperienced. She is a good public speaker who comes across as interested, caring and unpretentious. She is free from the baggage of scandal. She seems to be ready to put her shoulder to the wheel ... No one is unbeatable. Bowser, though, is an immediate front runner."



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Former Terp Alex Len reportedly saves friend from drowning


Former Terp Alex Len reportedly saves friend from drowning

During a trip to the Dominican Republic late last month, former Maryland center and current Phoenix Sun Alex Len reportedly saved a friend from drowning, as detailed in a story published on Friday by Suns beat writer Paul Coro.

Jay Johnson, one of three friends of Len's along for the trip, reportedly entered waters off the coast and was caught in a riptide. Len went in to save him. 

From Coro: 

Len, 22, momentarily thought Johnson was joking, trying to get their attention. He quickly ascertained the fear in Johnson’s voice as his arms flailed and he took quick gasps of air before waves plunged him underwater repeatedly.

Len did not look around for help. Without hesitation, he sprinted into the sea to save his friend.

“By the time I got to him, he was halfway passed out,” Len said of Johnson, whose arms were exhausted as his legs cramped. “He couldn’t swim. He wasn’t moving. If I would’ve come a couple minutes later, he probably would’ve drowned.”

During the 10-minute ordeal, Coro writes, a lifeguard attempted to aid in the effort but the ocean's current became difficult to fight. Len and his physical size and strength were what ultimately allowed for a safe rescue not only of his friend but of the lifeguard as well.

Read more from Coro's story here.

Orioles rained out, will play Saturday day/night doubleheader


Orioles rained out, will play Saturday day/night doubleheader

BALTIMORE – About 35 minutes before the scheduled start of Friday night’s game with the Oakland Athletics, the Oriole announced the game had been postponed. 

Friday’s game will be made up as part of a day/night doubleheader beginning at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday. The second game will begin at 7:05 p.m.

Mike Wright, who was originally scheduled to pitch Saturday night will start the first game against Rich Hill. Ubaldo Jimenez, who was listed as Friday night’s starter, will pitch in the second game against Jesse Hahn. 

This is the third rainout of the season for the Orioles, the second at home. 

Braden Holtby named finalist for Ted Lindsay Award


Braden Holtby named finalist for Ted Lindsay Award

Caps netminder Braden Holtby has been named a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award as announced by the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA). The Ted Lindsay Award is the annual award to the most outstanding player in the NHL as voted on by members of the NHLPA. Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars were also named as finalists.

Holtby, 26, won 48 games for the 2015-16 season, tying Martin Brodeur's record for most wins in a single season. He also recorded three shutouts, a 2.20 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage.

After his spectacular season, Holtby was also named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie. Should he win the Ted Lindsay Award, he will become the second player in franchise history to do so. Alex Ovechkin won the award in three consecutive seasons for 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10.

In addition to Holtby, Barry Trotz is a finalist for the Jack Adams Award and Ovechkin is a finalist for the Mark Messier Leadership Award. The winners will be announced during the 2016 NHL Awards on June 22 in what is shaping up to be a big night for him and the Capitals.