• D.C.’s best green roofs

    By Vaclav Malek for CurbedDC

    As the leaves begin to fall off the trees, we thought we would take a look at a few green roofs just to remind us of warmer seasons. Here are four we thought deserved special mention. Click on the photos to see larger versions, and check out the link at the bottom for more cool rooftops.
    Photo: KieranTimberlake
    Sidwell Friends School, Cathedral Heights
    An example of a great client and architect collaboration that leads to an amazing project. Kieran Timberlake architects transformed the school campus with their addition and renovation and gave the school a tangible representation of their ideals. The green roof also contains herb gardens for school kids as part of their curriculum.
    Photo: Michael Van Valkenburgh
    American Society of Landscape Architects, Chinatown
    Not to be outdone at its own game, ASLA set out to create a project to demonstrate the possibilities and benefits of a green roof on top of its own home. Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates produced an accessible area that negotiates limited space and

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  • By Caroline Que, Yahoo! Local


    Photos by Caroline Que/Yahoo!

    Michelle Obama helped hundreds of schoolchildren kick off a 24-hour exercise challenge Tuesday on the south lawn of the White House.

    In a bid to break the Guinness world record for the most people in multiple places doing jumping jacks in a day, Obama led the kids in one minute of exercise.

    "I'm the first lady, and I get to do lots of stuff," she told the crowd. "But I never thought in my entire life that I would be here today trying to break a Guinness world record."

    The current record is 20,425 people.

    Obama's trainer, Cornell McClellan, was on hand to help the students limber up, although his time might have been better spent helping the first lady with her form. She inadvertently hit the student beside her during her first jumping jack.

    TV personality Al Roker and figure skater Michelle Kwan served as official witnesses and timekeepers. Roker quizzed the students on topics such as the name of the president's limousine (Cadillac One) and the inventors

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  • By Rob Bear and Amy Rose Dobson

    From the listing photos, this 18,000-square-foot mansion might look like a grand historic European villa set amid park-like grounds, but sadly, this place is set on a cramped lot in a Potomac, Md., subdivision. That hasn't kept the palatial limestone manse from asking an astounding $6.9 million, although the staging, or the lack thereof, is a little disappointing.

    Click here to see more photos

    The seven-bedroom, nine-and-a-half-bath spread was built by local luxe builder David Niroo and includes an extravagant Italian wood-paneled library. There's a pool and home theater (of course), but also one of those central vacuum set-ups so the maids and butlers don't have to spend as much time on dusting the knick-knacks.

    Looks like that $1.5 million modern on 1.3 acres in Potomac that Curbed DC turned up really is a good deal.

    More stories from Curbed DC:

    A boutique condo building coming to Logan Circle
    A no-holds-barred podcast about where real estate is

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  • Pacquiao prods Mayweather with another tweet
    Pacquiao prods Mayweather with another tweet

    Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao wants to give faithful fight fans a Christmas present -- the promise of a blockbuster world title face-off with Floyd Mayweather. The talk of the long-anticipated bout between the two gained steam in recent days, with Mayweather on Friday proposing a May 2 date and Pacquiao responding with a vow to chase him into submission. The two were long-time rivals as the "best pound-for-pound" boxers of their generation, but the dream fight has never materialized to the disappointment of the boxing world. Speaking to Showtime Sports in the US on Friday night, Mayweather, 37, said he wants his next fight to be against the Filipino star.

  • Rafael Nadal is Tommy Hilfiger's newest spokesmodel
    Rafael Nadal is Tommy Hilfiger's newest spokesmodel

    American brand Tommy Hilfiger has signed Rafael Nadal as the latest face for its underwear and tailored ranges. 

  • Ex-wife of Deion Sanders sentenced to week in Texas jail over custody

    By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - The former wife of Hall of Fame football player Deion Sanders was booked into jail on Tuesday after a Texas judge sentenced her to serve seven days for violating a custody agreement by not returning the couple's children on time, his attorney said. Pilar Sanders appeared in court in suburban Dallas without an attorney for a hearing requested by Deion Sanders’ attorney Rick Robertson who requested changes to the divorce decree and an injunction to stop her from disparaging her ex-husband. ...

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