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Parole for drug lord Rayful Edmond? Ask for John Thompson’s permission

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A mind-boggling story just out about one of Washington, D.C.’s most notorious drug kingpins brings to mind one of the finest hours of former Georgetown University basketball coach John Thompson, Jr.

It also shows how, in the right hands, athletic leaders can be powerful forces for good.

Here’s how this afternoon’s new story begins:

Well, Edmond may have been a violent crack kingpin, but one man didn’t fear him. Thompson, the legendary, national-championship-winning coach noted for a rough style and an insistence that his players actually study and graduate, was surely the most respected man on the streets of the nation’s capital throughout the 1980s. Some of us were sure that if he ran for mayor, he could win without even campaigning.

Edmond, himself a good basketball........

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