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Nabra Hassanen's murder may not be a hate crime. It's still a tragedy for Muslim Americans.
The killing of a 17-year-old Muslim girl may not officially be a “hate crime,” but it sure functions like one. In the early hours of Sunday morning, 17-year-old Virginia student Nabra Hassanen of Reston, Virginia — along with a few friends from her local mosque — was leaving a 24-hour diner (reported variously as a McDonald’s or a nearby IHOP) in the Sterling area. Like many Muslims, Hassanen was fasting for Ramadan, and eating with community members only in the hours between sunset and sunrise. Read more
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I had so much fun in VA I missed the environment so much. I loved getting my hair dripping wet as I ran through it. I missed the cool water on my skin during hot sticky days and the dirt and miss in between my toes. I missed seeing the quick bright glow of lightning and the intense crackle of thunder that followed. I missed looking up and seeing nothing but leaves from trees all around me. I missed hearing the birds chirp and the crickets sing. I missed the soul filling vibe and the moist smell after rainy days!

The Unsung Glory of the Mile Run

In 2001, Alan Webb was a senior at South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia. He was also a distance runner who’d been winning races and breaking records since his freshman year. On May 27th, at a track meet in Oregon, Webb ran a mile in three minutes and 53.43 seconds. 

He had broken four minutes in the mile before, clocking a 3:59.86 indoors on January 20, 2001, at the New York City Armory. The sub-4-minute mile is a hallowed mark that, to this date, separates the pros from the amateurs in middle-distance running. Only five high-school runners have ever done it: Jim Ryun was the first, in 1964, and he eventually set the high-school mile record at 3:55.3. No scholastic athlete could best that, until Webb came along. 3:53 is now the fastest mile an American high-school athlete has ever run.

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THE YEAR IN REVIEW: BEST PRESERVED OF 2015

Spotting a 1968 Datsun 2000 in good condition was a nice treat. There are so many late 60s and early 70s American muscle cars from around but for our money, but the nimble Japanese and European imports from that period offer more bang for your buck.

Meanwhile, the 1988 Chevrolet Nova may not be a favorite of collectors, but that is precisely why we loved the one we saw in Reston, Virginia. It’s these kind of workaday cars that are usually neglected. Not so classics like the red 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250 SL parked in Tribeca. Cars like these are treasured by enthusiasts, collectors, and fashion photographers alike.

Despite the crowds at a Park Slope street fair, we were able to get a good shot of a 1963 Ford Galaxie 500, which you could argue is a kind of spiritual ancestor to the 1983 Ford LTD Crown Victoria.

Late last December, we spotted a pristine 1963 Volvo 122, and about a month later, a 1933 Packard awaiting a newly married couple.

Finally, three more icons of auto design we spotted this year were a 1970 Citroën DS 21 a 1983 DeLorean DMC-12, and a 1978 Peugeot 504.

Happy New Year, everybody.