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Data Shows Sequestration Having Little Effect On D.C. Area—So Far

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Remember when the sky in the region was going to fall because of sequestration? Well new statistics show that proverbial sky is more resilient than the region's lawmakers first predicted. Sequestration has been in place for nearly three months and the Washington region continues to add jobs — nearly 40,000 — since the budget cuts kicked in.

But Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says the new report doesn't paint the full picture. He says business confidence in the region is already low because of the cuts.

"I think what you're going to see is it's going to have a greater and greater impact the further it goes along," he says. "It's sort of a month by month thing. It's not a cataclysmic pulling of the rug. It's more like a vice that gets ratcheted down every month."

Furloughs at many government agencies have also just begun. And further rounds of forced time off will leave thousands of families in the region with less spending money in the bank. Economists say that will likely mean the economy in the region won't fare as well as the summer months roll on.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 30, 2015

Folk music descends on Vienna this weekend. Elsewhere in Virginia, jazz music takes over a performing arts venue. 

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You Say Striped Bass, I Say Rockfish. What's In A Fish Name?

Legally, a single fish species can go by many names from sea to plate, and different fish can go by the same name. An environmental group says that hampers efforts to combat illegal fishing and fraud.
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A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a rare bi-partisan effort. The bill is meant to speed the development of lifesaving treatments, but critics warn it may also allow ineffective or even harmful drugs onto the market.

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Oculus Uses 'Henry' Premiere To Wet Appetites For Its Virtual Reality Headset

The virtual reality company Oculus is close to releasing a headset for games, movies and other entertainment. The company premiered an animated short called Henry that will come with the headsets.

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