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Friday, July 22, 2011

Civil War Commemoration Stifled by Heat

The commemoration of the first major battle of the U.S. Civil War continues in Manassas today, and hundreds of history buff are expected to continue to brave the area's oppressive heat for the events.

Maryland Producers Urge Residents To 'Buy Local'

Maryland officials are urging residents to stock up on lots of local foods next week, and Gov. Martin O'Malley kicked off the week with a "buy local cookout" in Annapolis Thursday.

Strengthening U.S.-Israeli Relationship Could Boost Virginia’s Job Market

Recent events in the Middle East and the strained relationship between U.S. and Israeli leaders might give the impression that strengthening business ties between the two countries is out of the question. But the head of the Virginia-Israel Advisory Board says that couldn't be farther from the truth.

Pedicabbers Call D.C.'s New Regulations Unfair, Unnecessary

Next week, D.C. is scheduled to enact new safety regulations for pedicabs, those rickshaws strapped to bicycles you often see on the National Mall.

DEW Tour Expected To Draw Huge Crowds in Ocean City

The 2011 DEW Tour for extreme sports events is expected to bring huge crowds to Ocean City, Md. this weekend despite a sweltering forecast. Hundreds of the world's top extreme sports athletes will compete right on the beach.

Federal Default Could Drag Down Virginia and Maryland

If the U.S. government defaults on its debts, both Maryland and Virginia could see their bond ratings lowered, a change that would eventually trickle down to taxpayers.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

Conversations with Earth, Japanese ceramics, a double dose of theater and The Lion of Zimbabwe.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Pledges $50M for Clean Energy

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg says now is the perfect time to talk about air quality.

Teens' Play Brings Anti-Bullying Message To Capital Fringe

Bullying hurts young people physically and mentally, and a new play written by D.C. high school students aims to bring that issue to the forefront.

Johnny Depp Revitalizes Role of Tanto In Remake Of Lone Ranger

A Hollywood remake of The Lone Ranger is in the works with Johnny Depp playing Tonto. The fictional characters first appeared nearly 80 years ago, and their success is measured not only in their longevity but also in the profitability of their brand.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

O'Malley To Talk About His Support For Same-Sex Marriage

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md.) is scheduled to talk tomorrow about his support for same-sex marriage legislation.

Maryland Kicks Off Buy Local Challenge Week

Maryland kicks off a week-long effort to encourage residents to buy locally grown produce.

Virginia, Maryland Bond Ratings Could Be Lowered If The Federal Government Defaults

Both Maryland and Virginia could have their bond ratings lowered if Congress fails to raise the debt limit.

Burglaries Continue To Rise In Montgomery County

Statistics show crime remains down overall in Montgomery County. But, there is one crime that continues to rise, much to the frustration of police.

McDonnell Kicks Off Civil War Remembrance

Gov. Bob McDonnell helped kicked off what will be four days of remembrance and Civil War education for the uninitiated.

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