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Patrick Hruby

Patrick Hruby was a writer for The Washington Times.

Articles by Patrick Hruby

**FILE** Lance Armstrong speaks Aug. 24, 2009, during the opening session of the Livestrong Global Cancer Summit in Dublin, Ireland. (Associated Press)

2012 was both dubious and wacky

It's official: From presidential campaign politics to a world gone "Gangnam Style," 2012 was the most dubious year yet. Published December 30, 2012

Walter Witschey is a Maya expert and professor of anthropology and science education at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. (Provided by Andrea Dailey)

The end is near — for Mayan calendar myth

Citizens of the world, exhale. Contrary to a ballyhooed ancient Mayan prophecy that has spawned everything from Chinese doomsday cults to Hollywood special effects extravaganzas to dire warnings that Earth is on a collision course with the mystery world of Nibiru, our planet will not come to an apocalyptic finale Friday. Published December 19, 2012

A hobbyist’s drone shooting paintballs hit not just its cardboard targets but video team members who wanted to try outwit it. (Photograph provided by Milo Danger) ** FILE **

‘Citizen Drone Warfare’: Hobbyist explores a frightening scenario

"Citizen Drone Warfare," a video posted to YouTube last week by an anonymous man calling himself "Milo Danger," shows a hobbyist drone equipped with a custom-mounted paintball pistol flying over a grassy field and peppering human-shaped shooting-range targets with pellets. Published December 17, 2012

**FILE** Egyptians celebrate the news of the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, who handed control of the country to the military, at night in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo on Feb. 11, 2011. (Associated Press)

Experts’ predictions of the future have a history of being wrong

According to research on the psychology and efficacy of predictions, long-term expert predictions have been found to be about as accurate as monkeys tossing darts at a board labeled with potential future outcomes. And yet forecasting remains a growth industry, in both the intelligence community and televised political punditry. Published December 12, 2012

Marines are coached in Mind Fitness Training. A study of Marines who had taken the course found that they scored higher on emotional and cognitive evaluations than those who did not. (Elizabeth Stanley)

Marines expanding use of meditation training

While preparing for overseas deployment with the U.S. Marines last year, Staff Sgt. Nathan Hampton participated in a series of training exercises at Camp Pendleton, Calif. There were weapons qualifications. Grueling physical workouts. High-stress squad counterinsurgency drills. And weekly meditation classes. Published December 5, 2012

The USS Enterprise from the “Star Trek” movies and TV shows has traveled the galaxies and captured the imaginations of fans such as BTE Dan, who is on a quest to build a similar spaceship. “We are destined to be in space in a big way,” he says. (Paramount Pictures/spyglass Entertainment)

Why and how to design, build ‘Star Trek’s‘ Enterprise for real

BTE Dan is the person behind Build the Enterprise, a website devoted to building an actual, functional, space lasers 'n all version of the USS Enterprise, the venerable pop-culture starship featured in "Star Trek." Estimated time frame? Twenty years. Suggested cost? $1 trillion. Proposed missions? Dropping probes beneath the giant ice sheets of Jupiter's moon Europa, or maybe blasting asteroids before they can smash into Earth, "Armageddon"-style. Published November 28, 2012

Sir Paul McCartney (Greg Groesch/The Washington Times)

An open letter to Sir Paul McCartney, from America on Thanksgiving Day

"... You may not be aware of this, being a loyal subject of the queen and all, but the holiday was first celebrated by the Pilgrims — you know, those guys who dressed like oatmeal box models and crossed the Atlantic Ocean specifically to get away from English dudes trying to tell them what to do." Published November 21, 2012

**FILE** Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney emerges Nov. 7, 2012, from backstage to concede his quest for President of the United States at his election night event at the Boston Convention Center in Boston. (Associated Press)

Liberals to distraught conservatives: It gets better

On the morning after the presidential election, David Goodfriend was crushed. Dumbfounded. He sat in his Toyota Corolla in a parking lot next to a hiking trail in Bethesda, listening to talk radio, alone and inert, wondering where it all went wrong. Published November 14, 2012

Megan Clegg, part of a key voting bloc, gets help from daughters Caroline, 6, and Emery, 11 months, as she votes at Fairview Elementary School in Fairfax Station. (Eva Russo / Special to The Washington Times)

ELECTION 2012: The race was on for independent women voters

First came the mail. Next came the neighborhood canvassers. Then there were the phone calls. So many calls. Three of them on the night before Election Day, all in the same hour, each from President Obama's campaign, asking to speak with Kristina Cartwright — and not her husband, Jamie. Published November 6, 2012

Pennsylvania Avenue is not its usual bumper-to-bumper busy on Monday morning as heavy rain from Hurricane Sandy arrives in Washington. With many hunkered down at home, the commute was easier for those who did venture out. (Associated Press)

D.C. businesses staying open have difficulty staying busy

On a typical morning, the staff at the Happy Paws pet grooming and boarding salon in Northwest Washington washes, trims and cares for as many as 40 dogs. As Hurricane Sandy moved into the area Monday, however, the staffers who made it to work spent as much time playing cards as playing with pets. Published October 29, 2012

Republican presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. John McCain, of Arizona, talks to a crowd, including Jean and Frank Fahey, left, during a campaign stop in Claremont, N.H., Saturday, July 14, 2007. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Where Are They Now? Frank Fahey

At a 1988 campaign event, Frank Fahey, a New Hampshire high school teacher, asked Sen. Joseph R. Biden, Delaware Democrat, about his law school performance. An irritated Mr. Biden responded that he probably had a higher IQ than Mr. Fahey and that he had earned three degrees as an undergraduate, gone to law school on a full academic scholarship and finished in the top half of his class — none of which turned out to be true. Mr. Biden later dropped out of the presidential race. Published October 10, 2012

** FILE ** William Figueroa, then 12, knew how to spell “potato.” VP Dan Quayle did not. (Associated Press)

Where Are They Now? William Figueroa

A 12-year-old boy from New Jersey, William Figueroa, correctly spelled "potato" in a mock spelling bee in 1992 — only to have Vice President Dan Quayle urge him via flash card to add an "e" to the end of the word. The rest is late-night talk show monologue history. Published October 9, 2012

In September 1988, less than two months before Election Day, Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis took a memorable ride in a new M1-A-1 battle tank. (Associated Press)

Where Are They Now?: M1 Abrams Battle Tank

One of the most iconic — and, regardless of your politics, visually humorous — moments of the 1988 presidential race was video footage of Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis wearing a Marvin the Martian-shaming green helmet and riding around in Sterling Heights, Mich., in an Abrams M1-A-1 battle tank. Published October 8, 2012

Sister Souljah speaks at an event in New York in 1992, the year presidential candidate Bill Clinton blasted her comments after the Rodney King beating. (Associated Press)

Where Are They Now?: Sister Souljah

A Rutgers graduate and House legislative intern-turned-Afrocentric rapper and social activist, Sister Souljah courted controversy via sharp-tongued criticism of racism and the federal government. Published October 7, 2012