Petula Dvorak

ColumnistWashington, D.C.


COLUMN | How about the Secret Service starts by doing what most other ordinary folks around the world do? Lock. The. Doors.

  • Sep 22, 2014

The choices for D.C. mayor are not inspiring voters. But maybe they don’t need to.

  • Sep 18, 2014

The number of women in jail is soaring, and many inmates have suffered abuse.

  • Sep 15, 2014

Shelters are being inundated with calls from women who see themselves in violent elevator video.

  • Sep 11, 2014

The school system labeled Avery Gagliano’s absences as unexcused. And then a truancy officer was called.

  • Sep 8, 2014

The ex-Va. first lady was demeaned and defamed by her husband. And it didn’t save either of them.

  • Sep 4, 2014

D.C. officials came up with excuses about her disappearance, but there are no excuses of what led up to it.

  • Sep 4, 2014

Economics often leads parents to shadowy businesses that may not be what’s advertised.

  • Sep 2, 2014

A city shouldn’t bet on building a sunny future on the backs of the elderly, poor and desperate.

  • Aug 28, 2014

We’ve sanctioned criminalization of childhood independence by arresting parents who let kids play unguarded.

  • Aug 25, 2014
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Petula is a columnist for The Washington Post's local team who writes about homeless shelters, gun control, high heels, high school choirs, the politics of parenting, jails, abortion clinics, mayors, modern families, strip clubs and gas prices, among other things. Before coming to The Post, she covered social issues, crime, and courts in New Orleans, New Jersey and Los Angeles. She lives in D.C., is a graduate of the University of Southern California and the mother of two boys.
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