First and 17 follows top-ranked prospect Da’Shawn Hand's (#54) senior season as he decides where to play college football. The latest episode in our documentary series follows Da'Shawn to Michigan for his first official visit.
I am officially hungry for tofu cheesecake.
NASA is lookingfor a rock. It’s got to be out there somewhere — a small asteroid circling the sun and passing close to Earth. It can’t be too big or too small. Something 20 to 30 feet in diameter would work. It can’t be spinning too rapidly, or tumbling knees over elbows. It can’t be a speed demon. And it shouldn’t be a heap of loose material, like a rubble pile.
The rock, if it can be found, would be the target for what NASA calls the Asteroid Redirect Mission. Almost out of nowhere it has emerged as a central element of NASA’s human spaceflight strategy for the next decade. Rarely has the agency proposed an idea so controversial among lawmakers, so fraught with technical and scientific uncertainties, and so hard to explain to ordinary people.
The Post’s Joel Achenbach writes about NASA’s uncertain future.
(Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)
'Til Time Do Us Part
Would you get married if there was a set expiration date? At the end of a predetermined time period, you could continue being married, or you could get divorced. Think of it as a prenup with time instead of money. This is what Paul Rampell, a Palm Beach lawyer who specializes in estate planning, proposes in The Washington Post. He’ll be discussing the concept of “wedleases” with Nia-Malika Henderson on PostTV’s "On Background" today at 12:30 p.m. EST.
Here’s an excerpt from his piece:
Why don’t we borrow from real estate and create a marital lease? Instead of wedlock, a “wedlease.”
Here’s how a marital lease could work: Two people commit themselves to marriage for a period of years — one year, five years, 10 years, whatever term suits them. The marital lease could be renewed at the end of the term however many times a couple likes. It could end up lasting a lifetime if the relationship is good and worth continuing. But if the relationship is bad, the couple could go their separate ways at the end of the term. The messiness of divorce is avoided and the end can be as simple as vacating a rental unit.
If you’re thinking a wedlease might be a good idea, listen to this segment from This American Life called "Best Laid Plans" about a couple that agrees to a trial break-up after dating for 13 years. Or check out NPR’s Two-Way on Paul’s argument here.
What do you think? Would you get a wedlease?
Coming soon: First and 17. A documentary series that will follow top high school football recruit Da’Shawn Hand’s senior season.
The Washington Post has been granted unfettered access to Woodbridge, Va. defensive end Da’Shawn Hand, the top high school football recruit in the country according to Rivals.com. The series will follow the 6-5, 260-pound standout both on and off the field, giving an inside look at the challenges facing a top recruit juggling school, football and his senior year. The new series is titled “First and 17.”
For more information, check out Recruiting Insider: http://wapo.st/19ZG33l
Armando Perez, a.k.a. Pitbull, is opening a charter school in Miami. The international superstar was the keynote speaker at the 2013 National Charter Schools Conference and spoke to On Background’s Nia-Malika Henderson.