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American eel, marbled salamander among ‘critters in crisis’ in D.C. region, experts say

Pollution and development in Montgomery County and D.C. region are making it harder for certain species to survive. Experts are now trying to save them.
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John Jay College skirted law about paying former president’s drivers
Former college president Jeremy Travis' drivers earned far more than the annual $30,000 cap on taxpayer money they could collect.
Vasilevskiy gets 200th win, Lightning top Kraken 3-0
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 17 saves in his 200th victory and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Seattle Kraken 3-0 Friday night for their sixth win in seven games.
First Omicron Variant Cases Discovered in U.K. Says Health Secretary
Sajid Javid said the two cases have a "connection with travel to southern Africa."
Man visiting family in Miami for Thanksgiving disarms carjacker
A man's Thanksgiving visit to his family in Miami turned into a fight for his life.
DeMar DeRozan scores 23 points, Bulls rout Magic 123-88
DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points, Zach LaVine added 21 and the Chicago Bulls beat the Orlando Magic 123-88 on a Friday night that belonged to Nikola Vucevic.
World reacts to omicron much faster than previous variants; vaccine contingency plans in motion: Latest COVID-19 updates
Fears over the omicron COVID-19 variant have rapidly spread across the globe, sending stocks tumbling and prompting travel restrictions.
Woman Left Devastated After Nobody Turns up to Her 'Friendsgiving' Meal
A video has gone viral showing a woman waiting for the friends she had invited over for a Thanksgiving meal, but they never arrived.
Remembering musical theater legend Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim, one of the theater's most influential composers and songwriters, whose career dated back to the 1950s, has died at the age of 91. Sondheim reshaped the American stage, winning eight Tony Awards, eight Grammys and an Oscar. Jamie Wax details his life and legacy.
Merzlikins stops 39 shots, Blue Jackets beat Canucks 4-2
Elvis Merzlikins stopped 39 shots, Gustav Nyquist scored short-handed and had an assist, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat Vancouver Canucks 4-2 Friday night.
New Covid variant Omicron alarms world, restricts travel
Covid-19 'is going to become endemic ... the goal is just to tame it,' says infectious diseases specialist Dr. Amesh Adalja. UNICEF's Lily Caprani warns that many people across the globe remain 'dangerously unprotected.'
Two storm systems threaten travel delays this weekend
One of the busiest travel weekends of the year is here and if you are among the estimated 53.4 million people traveling home from Thanksgiving festivities this weekend one of two storm systems could impact your plans.
Biden poll numbers creep upwards
The Nov 16-18 survey from Hill-HarrisX found Biden's numbers edged from 42% to 44%.
Doctor explains why he thinks Ominicron likely in US at a low level
Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease specialist, explains why he thinks the Omnicron variant of the Covid-19 virus is likely in the US at a lower level than the Delta variant.
Oubre, Hornets blister Timberwolves from long range, 133-115
Kelly Oubre Jr. matched a career high with seven 3-pointers and had 27 points off the bench, helping the surging Charlotte Hornets snap the Minnesota Timberwolves’ five-game winning streak with a 133-115 victory Friday night.
Arsenal win piles pressure on Newcastle United and new head coach Eddie Howe
After playing 13 Premier League games, Newcastle United still haven't won a match, the club's latest setback coming in Saturday's 2-0 defeat by Arsenal.
No. 10 Kentucky cruises in 86-52 victory over North Florida
No. 10 Kentucky wasn’t at its best Friday night, but did the little things to wear down North Florida for an 86-52 victory — it's fifth straight.
One person dead in overnight NYC shooting
One person was killed and another wounded in separate shootings across the Big Apple overnight, police said.
15 Best Gifts Under $50 for 2021
Yes, you can get great gifts on a budget. Here are the 15 Best Gifts Under $50 that are sure to put smiles on some faces this season!
One Good Thing: How fashion became a part of The Nanny’s legacy
Fran Fine’s fashion-forward flair is the perfect gateway to a greater appreciation of the iconic ‘90s comedy television series. | CBS via Getty Images Fran Fine has remained a style icon for a generation of kids born during (and after) the years that the series aired. The often-used meme, “I watched it for the plot,” is an irony-laden acknowledgment that we, as viewers, often gravitate toward eye candy. Most people prefer to watch flashy productions and beautiful celebrities over “highbrow” content; they have a knack for avoiding convoluted plot lines that force the viewer to think. This is not an incrimination but a very real aspect of our media consumption. Even Netflix’s official social media accounts have leaned into the joke to promote shows like Squid Game. “The plot,” then, becomes a teasing reference to its attractive cast instead of to the show’s unsubtle statement on social class in South Korea. Similarly, my interest in The Nanny, a CBS sitcom that aired from 1993 to 1999, stemmed from its superficial, plotless elements — or so I thought. I began streaming the show not for its comedic charm but the extravagant and colorful designer costumes worn by its main character, Fran Fine, the titular nanny (played by Fran Drescher). That isn’t to say The Nanny is all style with no substance. Instead, Fran’s fashion-forward flair was the gateway to my greater appreciation of the series and its tendency for excess through its comedy and aesthetics. The Nanny, both the show and the character, excelled at endearingly doing the most: Yiddish references pepper Fran’s vocabulary; she manages to be brash and self-deprecatingly honest, sweet but not cloying; and her clothes are ridiculously ostentatious for nanny-ing around the house. Fran’s costumes, engineered by stylist Brenda Cooper (who won an Emmy for her work), were the stylistic vehicle to distinguish her vivacious character from the rest of the well-rounded cast. The Nanny’s catchy, show-tune-like theme song even sets the audience up for this distinction. Fran is described as “the lady in red while everybody else is wearing tan.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Fran Fine Fashion (@whatfranwore) To recap, The Nanny follows Fran Fine, a Jewish lady from Flushing, Queens, who, after losing her job at a bridal shop, accidentally lands a job as the nanny for the high-society, WASP-y Sheffield family. Her over-the-top persona (and nasally intonation) was initially bewildering to Maxwell, the widowed single dad of the family, but became endearing as he realized how smoothly his three children had taken to Fran’s antics. She moves in with the Sheffields and their snarky live-in butler Niles, and she playfully contends with Maxwell’s clingy and haughty business partner, C.C. Babcock. From the start of the show’s run to its sixth season finale, Fran remains its centrifugal force; her bubbly charm blew fresh air into the stuffy lives of the Sheffields, who viewers grow to individually adore. But Drescher, the series’ creator, and Cooper weren’t so sure The Nanny would’ve established such a beloved and lasting legacy if not for Fran’s clothes. “Could you imagine if I dressed that show and dressed Fran like an average, everyday nanny?” Cooper told the HuffPost in 2018. “We wouldn’t be having a conversation right now.” Cooper, until her departure after season four, was famously given free rein by Drescher to dress Fran Fine however she wished. She crafted Fran’s costumes to be an extension of her personality while also serving as memorable timestamps for the show’s progression and class commentary. Fran famously carried a red Moschino heart-shaped purse on a (failed) date with a mobster in season one and wore a Moschino piano dress in a season four episode that featured an aspiring concert pianist who later lost any desire to play the instrument. Still, her character is a “shopaholic striver with a mountain of credit card debt,” observed Rachel Syme in the New Yorker, “a profligate clotheshorse who, the viewer assumes, cares more about materialist trends than timeless art.” Even after Fran’s induction into the Sheffield clan, her style remains singular, unswayed by the social expectations of the Upper East Side. In a 2020 interview with Vogue, Drescher described Fran’s style as “sexy, but definitely not trashy” and shared some of Cooper’s costuming decisions. The character wore a lot of Moschino, since the clothes had pizzazz and humor, according to Drescher. And in the scenes Fran shared with C.C., the goal was to depict the two women as “contrasting in every way, as people and in the way they dressed.” By today’s ’90s-obsessed standards, Fran’s looks are distinctly modern and timeless. CBS via Getty Images In the scenes Fran shared with C.C., Maxwell’s clingy and haughty business partner, the goal was to depict the two women as “contrasting in every way, as people and in the way they dressed.” Yet, The Nanny never achieved the level of widespread popularity and cultural cachet afforded to other ’90s shows, like Friends or Sex and the City. Female leads like Rachel Green and Carrie Bradshaw have remained style flashpoints for a generation of ’90s and 2000s kids born during the years their shows aired. The Nanny, on the other hand, became lauded and referenced by a much smaller audience (including Cardi B) in the decades after it went off the air. Various women’s and fashion publications have dedicated coverage to Fran’s unique fashion sensibilities in recent years, nearly two decades after the show ended (and before The Nanny was revived via streaming service). This interest was, in part, driven by the @whatfranwore Instagram account, which identifies Fran’s iconic wardrobe to over 350,000 followers. The series’s arrival on HBO Max in April 2021, however, has likely introduced the show to more viewers. It is also a step toward memorializing its cultural status as a ’90s sitcom. To viewers in 2021, the show’s set-up — its punchlines and the way it was filmed — might feel a bit dated. Not so much that the humor was corny, but that it was simply of a different time. Some seasons of The Nanny were taped before a live audience, which has become “a class signifier of comedy itself,” according to NPR’s Linda Holmes on Pop Culture Happy Hour, “that somehow [a live audience laughing is] a less sophisticated or old-fashioned or more broad kind of comedy.” Still, the show boasted a list of enviable celebrity cameos during its run, featuring Elton John, Celine Dion, Elizabeth Taylor, Patti LaBelle, and of course, Donald Trump. The Nanny “finds jokes everywhere, sometimes three or four to a line, and links them across episodes and plotlines,” wrote Hilarie Ashton for the New York Times. Its self-aware, slapstick humor is refreshing and explicit for a decades-old show, and it generally holds up as a breezy ’90s sitcom to stream. The Nanny’s embrace of excess, however, had the potential to be wholly liberating and ahead of its time, but the show’s writers (and likely Drescher herself) drew the line at fatness. Instead, oversized bodies are to be feared or laughed at, and at one point in the series, Drescher dons a fat suit. In spite of this, Drescher’s charisma and comedic talent cement Fran Fine’s place in the television canon, as a lead who manages to subvert and reinforce stereotypes — about women, Jewishness, and class. The Nanny is a worthwhile watch for the cast’s physical humor, charm, and laugh-out-loud antics. But if you don’t find yourself convinced by these plot asides, do consider watching it solely for the clothes. The Nanny is streaming on HBO Max. For more recommendations from the world of culture, check out the One Good Thing archives.
Rising throws 3 TDs and No. 16 Utah beats Colorado 28-13
Losing a couple of early-season games was far from the most difficult thing Utah had to overcome to get back to the Pac-12 title game.
Slick and windy conditions could pose trouble for weekend travelers
Rain, snow, or wind could hamper travel plans across the country this weekend. Meteorologist Tyler Mauldin details the trouble spots.
New coronavirus variant could be more dangerous than Delta variant
The world is racing to contain and understand a fast-spreading and potentially more dangerous variant of the coronavirus. On Friday, a World Health Organization panel named the variant Omicron, after it was first detected in South Africa. It has already been found in Belgium, Israel and Hong Kong. The news prompted a wave of new international travel restrictions, including in the United States. Debora Patta reports.
Stray bullet kills man eating Thanksgiving dinner inside home
The 25-year-old man had nothing to do with the shooting, according to authorities.
No. 4 Cincinnati stays unbeaten, beats East Carolina 35-13
No. 4 Cincinnati looked comfortable playing its first game in playoff position.
Craft beer might get even more expensive
Your next can of craft beer might be a lot more expensive.
Growing rift emerges between Jamaal Bowman and Democratic Socialists
The Democratic Socialists of America have accused their party member of betrayal for daring to visit Israel.
Hand sanitizer recalled because packaging looks like water bottles, company says
A hand sanitizer recall, with the FDA's knowledge, was issued for product in 8-ounce bottles, which bear a striking similarity to water bottles.
Smerconish: The virus knows no boundaries
The Omicron variant is a reminder that no matter what the vaccination rate in the developed world, the pandemic is a global issue that won't be behind us until immunity by vaccination or natural means is world-wide.
Hall is catalyst for Iowa State's 48-14 romp over TCU
Breece Hall rushed for 242 yards and scored four touchdowns Friday night in what maybe his final game at Jack Trice Stadium, propelling Iowa State to 48-14 win over Texas Christian and setting an NCAA FBS record for consecutive games with a rushing touchdown.
Jailed mobster, 91, who put hit on Gotti denied release
Louis "Bobby" Manna, a former consigliere of the Genovese crime family, has been imprisoned for more than three decades.
Before Ahmaud Arbery became a symbol, he was a teammate and a friend
According to a longtime buddy, Arbery embodied a quality we credit sports with providing us for life: Friendship.
Wake Forest signs Clawson to long-term contract extension
Wake Forest has signed football coach Dave Clawson to what it calls a long-term contract extension as Clawson guides the No. 21 Demon Deacons through a historically successful season.
New book highlights story of resilience after Tree of Life shooting
Over the last three years, the Jewish community in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh has come to rely on hope. In October of 2018, 11 Jews were murdered while worshipping in a local synagogue. The horrific attack is the subject of a new book, “Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood.” Author Mark Oppenheimer spoke to Dana Jacobson about how the entire community rallied, illuminating the idea of hope, to overcome the darkness of hate.
Made in America: Small Business Saturday
Today is " Small Business Saturday” — a day when consumers are encouraged to do holiday shopping at small, locally-owned stores and businesses. In a shopping season when so many items are stuck at sea, holiday gifts that were manufactured in the United States can still be found. Michelle Miller has the details.
South Africa Laments Travel Bans; Dutch Airport Tests for New Variant
South Africans said the new bans felt like punishment. Sixty-one Covid cases on two planes at a Dutch airport were being scrutinized. Here’s the latest.
Jacob Bohn on long-awaited Bellator 272 debut: 'Over time, the good guys finally get their shots'
Jacob Bohn has been patiently waiting his turn to fight on the big stage. The opportunity finally comes around at Bellator 272.       Related StoriesKyoji Horiguchi says he's 'real champion' entering Bellator 272 title fight vs. Sergio PettisSpike Carlyle fills in on short notice to fight Dan Moret at Bellator 272Proven grappling champ Marcus Almeida fully embraces MMA: 'It's a new chapter in my life'
Movie goers aren’t gaga for ‘House of Gucci’ but ‘Encanto’ enchants
The Ridley Scott-helmed high-fashion murder saga starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, widely panned by critics, pulled in $3.39 million at the box office on the lightly attended holiday.
Which prospects could most influence the Nationals’ rebuild?
Pitchers Cade Cavalli, Jackson Rutledge and Cole Henry headlined a short list provided by general manager Mike Rizzo.
President Biden bans travel from South Africa and seven other nations
President Biden announced Friday that he is restricting travel from eight countries in southern Africa over concerns about Omicron, a new COVID-19 variant circulating in the region. The restrictions start on Monday and apply to non-U.S. residents. Weijia Jiang reports.
Which prospects could most influence the Nationals’ rebuild?
Pitchers Cade Cavalli, Jackson Rutledge and Cole Henry headlined a short list provided by general manager Mike Rizzo.
Who Had the Best—and Worst—Italian Accent in House of Gucci? A Dialect Coach Dishes About Lady Gaga, Jared Leto, and More. 
There’s one thing just about everyone did wrong.
Kaprizov has goal, three assists as Wild rout Jets 7-1
Kirill Kaprizov scored and tied a career-high with three assists to help the Minnesota Wild rout the Winnipeg Jets 7-1 on Friday.
Eye Opener: New COVID variant discovered in South Africa 
The World Health Organization raises concern over Omicron, a new coronavirus strain. Also, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accuses Russia and a group of Ukrainians of planning a coup. All that and all that matters in today’s Eye Opener.
Mariah Carey proves she's the undisputed queen of Christmas
Every year, we can pretty much count on Mariah Carey to remind us that the holiday season actually kicks off the day after Halloween. Let's hear it for the queen of Christmas.
Air Passenger Pleads Guilty to Claiming Over $500k for Lost Baggage He Never Had
Pernell Anthony Jones and his co-conspirators were paid more than $300,000 by a number of U.S. airlines.
What if an All-Knowing Algorithm Ran Traffic and Transit?
What happens when algorithms give us exactly what we need—to our dismay?
Protection offered by booster shot beats 'natural immunity,' study suggests
In people who got a booster shot, levels of neutralizing antibodies exceeded the peak that followed two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
Michigan vs. Ohio State Live Stream: Time, Channel, How To Watch The Michigan-Ohio State Game Live Online
Two 10-1 teams collide in this must-see Big Ten showdown!