Blocks away, a world apart: Latino immigrants shape and meet the needs of unique Alexandria community

Introducing: Arlandria Situated in Alexandria, right past the Alexandria/Arlington line, and a zip code away from some of the most affluent neighborhoods in the city, is the area commonly called “Arlandria.” While it can be pinpointed on a Google map and some may recognize the strip of stores and restaurants on Mount Vernon Avenue, which … Continue reading

A marriage of media giants: Is HuffPo enough to save its newly beloved?


Many say AOL is hoping that aligning with the most linked-to blog, according to, will boost its dwindling online ad sales. But AOL’s less than successful track record with media mergers has some critics cautiously optimistic about success. Andrew Pergam, Editorial Director at J-Lab, The Institute for Interactive Journalism, says he sees why AOL … Continue reading

Oopsies: Odd political sex slip-ups


From American Observer’s special Sex and Politics edition, check out these bizarre political bedroom blunders… (By Kate Musselwhite and Ashley Bright)

Superbowl players come from far afield


Football is often called America’s favorite sport, but people have come from all over the world to play in the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers will face off Sunday in Super Bowl XLV, and both teams have players on their rosters that were born outside of the U.S. Click on the map … Continue reading

AU counter-rally overshadows Westboro protest

(Voice-over by Kate Musselwhite; photography/editing by Ashley Bright) Click to see the full American Observer special coverage of the Westboro Baptist Church protest at American University.

Westboro Baptist protest at AU: Interactive map

Westboro Baptist Protests-Interactive Map

Click the map markers below for information on some of the many Westboro Baptist Church protests around the country over the past decade. Map by Kate Musselwhite.

Exploring the “G-word” in Ward 8

Exploring the G-Word in Ward 8

While Ward 8 has endured a culturally rich past and troubled present, the “east of the river” community is currently home to a revival of sorts – and, according to some of its residents, plenty of misperceptions as well. By Kate Musselwhite Gentrification: exploring the “G-word” Gentrification. From news reports to documentaries, the term has … Continue reading

The gloves come off: Political ads stripped down

Political Ad Parody

We’ve all seen them before: stale, formulaic political ads that interrupt our favorite programs and insult our intelligence. So what goes into a campaign spot? Follow along as two Observer reporters walk you through the cliches. Videos by Kate Musselwhite and Jeremiah Patterson

Marine Corps Marathon boosts morale

The Marine Corps Marathon – established in 1975 as part of the U.S. Marine Corps mission to promote physical fitness and good will in the community – will bring tens of thousands of visitors from around the country and world to the D.C. metro area this weekend. Click below to listen to Kate Musselwhite’s report … Continue reading

Art and community intersect in Southeast


The Anacostia Art Gallery and Boutique is hard to miss. Campaign signs line the green chain-link fence that encloses the front yard. Fire-engine-red front steps lead up to a shiny blue porch surrounded by a bright yellow railing. Decorative mirrors and carved wooden chairs lean against the front wall, on which brightly colored geometric shapes … Continue reading


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