Revisiting Anne Frank’s life

By: Carol Sorgen

Born in Germany in 1929, Anne Frank would have celebrated her 90th birthday this June. Instead, she will forever remain 15 years old for those who have read her posthumously published diary, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, seen its various stage and film adaptations, or visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Anne died in 1945 at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in northern ... READ MORE

Springtime’s beauties not here for long

By: Lela Martin

Take some time this month to notice spring flowering ephemerals — you’ll be mesmerized by their magic. These plants have a short bloom period, go dormant, and then reappear the next spring. Typically, spring ephemerals are perennial woodland wildflowers that develop stems, leaves and flowers in early spring, quickly bloom before deciduous trees leaf out, and produce seed. Then... READ MORE

Exhibit illuminates immigrants’ stories

By: Martha Steger

When he was 10 years old, Atif Qarni, Virginia’s Secretary of Education, came to the United States from Pakistan. He went on to serve in the U.S. Marines during the Iraq War. Bol Gai Deng, who works at a Richmond home-improvement store, survived the destruction of his Sudanese town when he was seven years old, fled to America and settled in Virginia. Today he’s campaigning to be the... READ MORE

Being judged on age, rather than merit

By: Bob Levey

My boyhood friend Roger has a resume that’s as gold-plated as gold-plated gets. Honor student in high school (please don’t ask if I was, too). Ditto in college (I told you not to ask). First in his class in law school. Practiced law at a big firm for about 20 years. Then Roger was appointed a judge in New York State. He has been hearing cases — and tolerating overwrought... READ MORE

Some books that shine a light on justice

By: Dinah Rokach

The District of Columbia has by far the highest number of lawyers per capita, compared to any state. Whether here or abroad, the ideal of justice — the evenhanded prosecution of the guilty and exoneration of the innocent — is a never-ending quest. You needn’t be a member of the bar to be enthralled by these fascinating accounts of crime and justice. Lincoln’s Last Trial: The... READ MORE

She built more than a restaurant

By: Margaret Foster

Every day, Virginia Rollins Ali, 85, stops by the landmark restaurant she and her late husband, Ben, opened on D.C.’s U Street in 1958. She walks from table to table, greeting the regulars, tourists, athletes, politicians and movie stars who visit Ben’s Chili Bowl for a half-smoke, chili cheese fries or a milkshake. Most of the time she gives them a hug. “You’d think she’s... READ MORE