Washington Nationals Could Face Pitching Issues in 2016

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Washington Nationals
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An experienced Washington, DC-based attorney, Binta Robinson is currently working to establish the Law Office of Binta M. Robinson, PLLC. Outside of her professional activities, Binta Robinson enjoys a range of activities, including traveling, reading, and attending Washington Nationals games.

Heading into the 2016 season, the Washington Nationals hope to carry the momentum from last year, which left them in second place in the National League East with an overall record of 83-79. One area the Nats will likely focus on improving this year is pitching, especially in the bullpen.

Although the Nats has several excellent starting pitchers in Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and Gio Gonzalez, they lack the depth they need at the position. The only pitcher the Nats have at the bottom of the rotation with MLB experience is Bronson Arroyo, but his future is uncertain following a shoulder injury.

As far as the bullpen is concerned, it hinges on the work of eight relievers who are competent but little more than average in the stats department. If injuries plague the relief lineup, the Nats’ bullpen could quickly become less than average. For the team to improve this year, the pitchers have to stay healthy, and those at the bottom of the rotation have to step up their game.

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The Washington Foreign Law Society

Attorney Binta Robinson, who earned her JD from the George Washington University Law School, received a BS in biochemistry from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She is currently establishing a private law practice in Washington, DC. Binta Robinson remains current with ongoing developments in the law and enhances her networking opportunities by maintaining membership in several professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, the Washington Bar Association, and the Washington Foreign Law Society.

The Washington Foreign Law Society, as its name implies, is a forum within which members and others can enhance their understanding and knowledge of legal issues outside the United States, as well as foreign law and comparative legal issues. Its location in Washington, DC, which is a center of internationally oriented diplomatic, commercial, academic, and financial activity, helps the Society serve a broad group of professionals in and out of the legal profession.

Except for the summer months, the Society sponsors monthly luncheons, during which topics of current interest are addressed by speakers from the U.S. and foreign governments, private practice, and international institutions. The Society hosts other events annually, including an embassy roundtable, a diplomatic reception, the Spring Annual Meeting and garden party, and the dinner gala.

In addition to the luncheons and annual events, the Society hosts a broad range of symposia, panel discussions, and presentations on the myriad topics of pressing concern that members deal with on a daily basis. Recent events included a panel discussion on the state of human rights for women, a comparison of constitutional rights in Switzerland and the U.S., and, on the eve of the anniversary of the terrorist assault on Charlie Hebdo in January 2015, a panel discussion by attorneys and journalists reviewing the attack’s impact on a free press and free expression.

More information about the Washington Foreign Law Society, its programs, and membership is available on the organization’s website at www.wfls.org.

Wintley Phipps and the U.S. Dream Academy

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U.S. Dream Academy
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With a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Spelman College and a JD from George Washington University, Binta Robinson is currently establishing the Law Offices of Binta M. Robinson, PLLC. While at Spelman, she sang in a gospel choir. Today, Ms. Robinson continues to enjoy the genre, particularly the sounds of Wintley Phipps.

Wintley Phipps sings gospel music with a rich baritone voice, but singing is not his only passion. In 1998, he founded the U.S. Dream Academy, a nonprofit organization that serves children who have one incarcerated parent.

The U.S. Dream Academy has community learning centers located in eight high-poverty, high-crime cities across the country. The organization purposes to break the poverty cycle by offering kids after-school programs that provide one-on-one mentoring, academic tutoring, technology education, and, most importantly, stability and emotional support.

The U.S. Dream Academy requires each participant to spend 11 to 15 hours outside of school each week in an interactive learning environment, and attentive mentors in the program facilitate this. Their approach focuses on the whole child, concentrating on values and encouraging youths to dream.

Visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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Presently involved in the establishment of the Law Office of Binta M. Robinson, PLLC, Binta Robinson enjoys visiting the museums in Washington, DC, in her free time.

Washington is a cultural hotspot full of museums that appeal to a wide span of interests. For history buffs, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is important. The museum pays homage to the millions of Jews murdered during Nazi rule in Germany through a three-floor self-guided permanent exhibit. The exhibit offers a full history of the Holocaust through photos, film footage, and artifacts.

While the Nazi Holocaust is the major permanent exhibition, the museum also has exhibitions on other related subjects, such as the killing of 2 million Cambodians during the Khmer Rouge period in the 1970s.

The museum is free and open every day except Yom Kippur and Christmas, with standard hours from 10 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. and extended hours during the spring. From March to August, the museum uses timed passes, which can be reserved online in advance. Photography is permitted in the museum, but food and drinks are not. All visitors must pass through metal detectors. The museum temperature is kept low to protect the artifacts, so visitors are advised to dress warmly.

President Washington’s School By: Binta Robinson

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George Washington University
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George Washington University has its beginnings in the wishes of President George Washington himself. When the United States was still a fledgling nation, Washington recommended that Congress should establish a university in the nation’s capital to educate future civil servants in the principles of American government. In his will, President Washington left 50 shares of Patowmack Canal Company stock in support of this cause.

The university that Washington dreamed of was not built until after the federal city bearing his name had been completed and then burned nearly to the ground by the British in 1814, an event remembered as the Burning of Washington. Seven years later, in 1821, George Washington University opened its doors, and they have remained open ever since. The final culmination of the first President’s dream came in the form of the Law School, which opened decades later in 1865, just before the completion of the U.S. Capitol Building. Today, George Washington University Law School continues to educate students in the tradition of civic service that its namesake espoused more than 200 years ago.

About the Author:
Binta Robinson earned her Juris Doctor from George Washington University Law School in 2006. George Washington University Law School is one of the colleges at George Washington University and is Washington, D.C.’s oldest law school.

Scenic Cycling in the D.C. Area

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Mount Vernon Trail
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During her time away from work, Washington, D.C. resident Binta Robinson maintained an active interest in bicycling. The Washington, D.C. area has many pleasant bicycle routes for enthusiasts to explore. Here are a few of the best:

The Mount Vernon Trail: This paved bike path rambles 18 scenic miles from Roosevelt Island up to George Washington’s historic estate at Mount Vernon. Cyclists will ride past Ronald Reagan International Airport and through Fort Hunt Park on their way to the top.

The Capital Crescent Trail: A 13-mile ride on a mixture of pavement and gravel, this route follows an abandoned rail line from Georgetown to Rosemary Hills. It is a shady, tree-lined ride that passes through affluent local neighborhoods and offers views of the historic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.

The Rock Creek Hiker/Biker Trail: This paved route was formed by the linkage of various different paths over the years, eventually creating a 20-mile ride that brings cyclists past the National Zoo, an equestrian center, and some nice picnic sites on the north side. The last part of the trail goes to Beach Drive, which is closed to auto traffic on weekends.

There are hundreds of miles of scenic bike paths in the Washington, D.C. area. The above are only a handful of the many options available, ranging from easy day rides through town to grueling mountain climbs and paths over 150 miles long.

Planning, Developing, and Growing the Nation’s Capital

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Washington DC
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A native of Washington, DC, Binta Robinson graduated from the Benjamin Banneker Academic High School before eventually relocating to Atlanta to attend Spelman College. After graduating, she eventually returned to Washington.

A planned city, Washington, DC, was created on land ceded to the national government by the states of Virginia and Maryland. The capital city itself was built on the land ceded by Maryland; the rest of the land, neglected by Congress, was returned to Virginia in 1846. The city’s planner, Major Pierre L’Enfant, a wartime friend of President George Washington, designed a city of grand radial avenues, broad boulevards, and numerous ceremonial spaces.

Although the city grew haphazardly over the years, in 1901 the Congress approved plans to beautify Washington, DC, and restore L’Enfant’s vision. The city today is home to the three branches of the United States government and scores of federal departments and agencies. In addition, about 650,000 residents call Washington home, while the metropolitan area hosts nearly 7 million.

As befits a national capital, Washington is home to a host of entertainment and cultural venues, including the 19 museums operated by the Smithsonian Institution. These attractions, as well as the city’s role as the seat of American government, make it a major tourist destination.