May-June 2021

A tale of two weddings

Sisters who grew up in Bethesda altered their plans when the pandemic hit, getting married on the same weekend in their parents’ backyard

The send-off

Over the years, Bethesda-area high schools have brought in big names for graduation. Some of the speeches are more memorable than others.


Steve Parker taught tennis in the Bethesda area for more than three decades. When he suffered a stroke in April 2020, players stepped up to help him—and they haven’t stopped.

New beginnings

Ten Bethesda-area restaurants that opened during the pandemic signal hope for better days—and nights—to come

Book buddies

"By giving out books in disadvantaged areas, two friends are inspiring kids to read—and encouraging pride and purpose"

The gun owner next door

Montgomery County residents applied for nearly twice as many handgun licenses in 2020 than the year before—and the surge in demand isn’t slowing down


They’ve put in the hours, trained hard, and dreamed. On the cusp of reaching the next level, these elite high school athletes have had to push through lots of setbacks. Meet five Bethesda-area teens who haven’t let the pandemic slow them down.

Bethesda interview: Manu Raju

CNN chief congressional correspondent Manu Raju on being inside the Capitol as insurgents stormed the halls, and what it’s like to cover the Hill during a pandemic