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Posted at 1:50 PM ET, 01/10/2011

Sorry Ben Affleck: D.C.-area blogs

By Lori Aratani

Good afternoon.It's been a grim start to 2011, both locally and nationally. Prince George's County officials are investigating their ninth slaying since the start of the new year. Maryland and D.C. officials had to contend with three incendiary parcels that fortunately caused only minor injuries to workers who handled them. And the shooting in Arizona on Saturday has many calling for more civility in our political discourse. Rather than echo what you're seeing in today's headlines, today's posts from the D.C.-area blogosphere are designed to offer you a brief escape -- a mix of thoughtful and funny entries from a space filled with creative thinkers and writers. Read on.

Now you know this is going to be fun. Surprising Science reports NASA's picks forthe best and worst of sci-fi movies. (Sorry Ben Affleck, but "Armageddon" just didn’t cut it.)

An important reminder from the CAFB blog, the blog of the Capital Area Food Bank. The holidays may be over, but that doesn’t mean that the need has gone away. Hunger is a year-round issue. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can help now and in the coming months.

Montgomery County’s Youth Advisory Committee is sponsoring a winter coat drive for local elementary school students in the county. The drive kicks off on Jan. 11 and there are several drop off points for donations. New or gently used coats, scarves, mittens and other winter wear are welcome. The District 411 has more details.

Two D.C. islands in the Anacostia River are set to open in the coming week, DC Mud reports. Kingman and Heritage Islands, both closed in September for makeovers, will reopen as recreational parks. Federal money helped make the clean up possible as well as the establishment of educational programs classrooms, a visitor’s center and biking and hiking trails.

Greater Greater Washington remind us there’s no reason for animosity between bike riders and other members of the public in this post entitled: People riding bikes aren’t jerks, they’re just like you. This is a thoughtful, worth reading piece.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great rest of the day. Might want to get that snow shovel or that snow scraper handy since it looks like we're in for snow on Tuesday.

By Lori Aratani  | January 10, 2011; 1:50 PM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  
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