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At Independence Day Parades, Expect Floats, Flags — And Politicians

If you make it out to a parade today expect to see the region’s lawmakers asking for your vote.

Independence Day is a day for rest, barbecues and celebration for most of us — but not all of us. “For me it is the busiest day of the year," says Northern Virginia Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly.

For most every lawmaker the Fourth of July is a working holiday, especially in an election year. For Connolly his day will start with a couple parades.

“And then there are a lot of neighborhood events. I’m going to try to make as many as I can, although a lot of them unfortunately are sort of scheduled for the same time. So I wish I had the gift of bilocation because then I could do two at the same time, but I’m going to try to make as many events on July Fourth as I can," he says.

While Connolly is in a relatively safe district, if you venture to Alexandria or Herndon today you'll get to see four challengers duke it out on the parade route as they campaign for the region's two open congressional seats.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Aug. 28, 2015

This weekend you can pay tribute to the late King of Pop or attend the last Jazz in the Garden performance of the summer.
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In A Remote Part Of Washington, A Scramble To Save Cattle From Flames

More than 1,000 square miles of wildfires are burning in the state. In the isolated Okanogan Valley, where power and phone lines have burned, cattle ranchers are doing what they can to spare herds.
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On Eve Of Katrina Anniversary, Bush Takes A Tour Of New Orleans 10 Years On

Former President George W. Bush is visiting the city on Friday in honor of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. His administration was criticized for how it dealt with the storm's aftermath.
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Dartmouth Football's Brilliant Dummies

Two then-students at Dartmouth College built a game-changing mobile robotic football dummy that they say will decrease head injuries sustained from repeated tackling collisions.

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