Author: Charlie Clark

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Our Man in Arlington

It appears the descendants of Peter Rabbit have taken over Arlington. Perhaps you’ve noticed a proliferation of rabbits on our suburban greens this year, and maybe you’re astonished that these commonly standoffish furry friends are suddenly willing to sit still, stare and quiver just a few feet from imposing humanoids. […]

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Our Man in Arlington

I finally got a chance to take shelter at Arlington’s infamous $1 million bus stop. It’s the one that drew international mockery last spring in what might someday make a Jeopardy category of boondoggles. It feels small for a scandalous object (I’d expected graffiti defacing it). But it is sleek […]

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Our Man in Arlington

As a newly minted college graduate back in 1976, I applied for a reporting job at the Northern Virginia Sun. Thirty-seven years later, I landed an interview. Herman Obermayer, the longtime editor and publisher of the old Sun (predecessor of today’s Sun-Gazette), accepted my lunch invite so we could compare […]

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Our Man in Arlington

The closest thing to a museum of Arlington’s legal establishment is the law office of Earl Shaffer. During a visit to his longtime suite across from the courthouse, I was stunned to behold his frozen-in-amber wall filled with photographs – 60 years of rubbing elbows with the county’s notable jurists, […]

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Our Man in Arlington

Arlington’s flirtation with backyard egg production, after two years of poultry puns and a culture clash worthy of the TV satire “Portlandia,” is coming to a boil. As promised, the 21-member Urban Agriculture Task Force last week delivered its report, and—surprise—the 74-pager with its 27 recommendations is a serious, consensus-seeking […]

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Our Man in Arlington

When the school year ends next week, hundreds of lucky Arlington kids will shift to summer-camp mode. These scamps have no way of knowing – if my experience can be trusted – that their coming blacktop adventures are as fun for grownups as for themselves, and the memories may endure […]

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Our Man in Arlington

In some office in Moscow lies a secret map of Arlington. It highlights not our famous cemetery or the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor but some sites of Cold War spy drama. Last Friday at the Arlington Historical Society’s banquet, David Robarge, chief historian at the CIA, delivered a rich talk titled “Spies […]

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Our Man in Arlington

Washington-Lee High School is rightfully proud of the actors it has sent to the national spotlight—1950s graduates Shirley MacLaine, her brother Warren Beatty, and the 1980s generation’s Sandra Bullock. But there are other accomplished thespians, from W-L and greater Arlington, whose work you’ve seen on screen or stage or heard […]

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Our Man in Arlington

The great neighborhood sign caper came into my view by happenstance. As I drove by the entrance to my boyhood Arlington neighborhood last month, I was stunned to behold a key ingredient gone missing: the white three-dimensional letters spelling “Rivercrest” had been removed from the two curved brick walls at […]