Washington (CNN) – When the owner of the Hillbrook Inn went looking for ways to boost business, she turned to a new and increasingly popular tool: daily deal sites like LivingSocial and Groupon.
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Washington (CNN) – Crowds filled the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington on Friday, as they regularly do during the summer months. This Friday, however, was different, as people lined up outside the building, waiting for the last launch in the shuttle program’s 30-year history.
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There are very few cities like Washington, D.C. – especially on the Fourth of July. In what has become a tradition, the National Archives kicked the day off with a reading of the Declaration of Independence, 235 years after it was approved.
Wake up, pray, read, box. This is the life that Lawrence Singh asked for.
“I am going to be a world champion boxer,” he would say at three-years old and his commitment to the sport has him on that path. The son of immigrant parents, Singh is more than meets the eye — his shy personality, small frame and even smaller effect on a scale allow him to blend into almost any room.
Stepping into the ring, however, Singh’s demeanor morphs from reserved to confident. After just minutes and it is impossible not to notice the young boxer. But it is the people who know him best — his family, friends and coaches — who know the boxing ring is not the only place Singh stands out.
There was never a time in my life that I was so in awe of one human being. Like a priest, giving a powerful Sunday sermon, he commanded the crowd and all eyes were on him. He was in control without even saying a word. He not only had undivided attention, but he had the most moldable heart and mind one could imagine. However, this man wasn’t religious. He wasn’t even speaking to a crowd. He was my grandfather and he was speaking to me.
The smell of sweet cake began to fill the room as I heard the creaky oven door being opened. This was a common experience at my grandparent’s house. When I was younger I thought that my grandmother kept a cake in the oven at all times, anticipating her next guest and with the flick of a switch, a hot cake would be ready for the welcoming party to present. Even though this wasn’t true, she was the consummate 1950’s wife.
Winter in Las Vegas was far from brutal, the occasional dip into the 40’s but nothing steady. With very little prior experience with the cold temperatures, any day below 60 was freezing to me, causing me to don some sort of head wear and a coat.
The slow drone of the heater could be heard in the background as my grandfather cracked open the box to a freshly bought LEGO set. The only other audible sound, other than the spattering chatter between my grandparents, was the drone of the TV, constantly set, at the time of his life, to CNN. As talking head after talking head waxed poetic about the state of affairs in America, I couldn’t have been bothered to listen.
“Let’s get this started,” said my grandfather, with a warm smile.
We were off.
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Maudine Cooper, the President of the Greater Washington Urban League, has been in Washington, D.C. since As the former Chief of Staff to Marion Barry, she has been at the forefront of Washington politics for years now. Cooper celebrated her 20th anniversary at the Greater Washington Urban League earlier this year.