Rachel Cothran


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Shapiro looks ahead after sniper case

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Jonathan Shapiro sits in his sunny Old Town office, the picture of contentment. Wearing a comfy sweater, jeans and socks, Shapiro - a 1974 graduate of AU's Washington College of Law - is a friendly, laid-back kind of guy who enjoys sculpting and photography in his spare time. That is, when he's not busy defending alleged murderers.

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Prof. Alan Mandel: A career of grand scales and small notes

Throughout the world, critics and viewers have used these words to describe Alan Mandel's piano-playing style: "spellbinding," "intoxicating," "torrential," "transcendent" and "powerful." He has performed for audiences in 51 countries in Europe, Asia, the former Soviet Union, Africa and throughout the United States. He has packed audiences into Carnegie Hall in New York, composed over 100 songs, recorded over 30 albums and played hundreds of concerts from memory. Mandel, professor emeritus of music at AU, has been all around the world.

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Restaurant review: Yanni's Greek Taverna

If you're grabbing a bite with friends or impressing that special someone, Yanni's Greek Taverna in Cleveland Park offers authentic flavor at a reasonable price. Yanni's is across from the Cleveland Park Metro, on a corner facing busy Connecticut Avenue and a host of other ethnic eateries.

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Teacher reaches out to a wider classroom

"To me, life is a verb - so you can't just talk about what you're going to be. You have to live it." So said Dr. Mark Bergel, the executive director of A Wider Circle, a local nonprofit organization that provides educational and outreach programs to adults and children.

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