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Posted at 3:07 PM ET, 10/18/2010

Good causes & geeks: D.C.'s blogs

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good afternoon. Hope your day is going well. I know it was a tough commute in for a lot of you -- major accident on the Beltway this morning in which one person died and which shut down westbound lanes of Constitution Avenue -- but hopefully your evening ride home will be smoother. In the meantime, we've got a great selection of posts from the D.C. blogosphere.

At Sunday night’s 11th annual National Design Awards gala in New York City, officials with the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum announced that this year’s People’s Design Award winner was Leslie Ligon of At First Sight Braille Jewelry. Her winning entry is a bracelet with the complete Braille alphabet on the outside and the print alphabet on the inside. Her design was chosen from more than 100 nominations as the favorite in a public vote. Ligon, whose son is blind, created the jewelry piece to increase the awareness of Braille literacy. Read more about Ligon’s bracelet and past winner’s of the Peoples Design contest on the Around the Mall blog.

John Legend’s Show Me Campaign is sponsoring a free showing of the education documentary “Waiting for Superman” for parents who might otherwise have difficulty affording a night out at the movie. The screening will be this Thursday at the E Street Cinema. Congress Heights on the Rise has the details on how to get tickets.

As part of the recent “Transformers 3” filming bonanza, crews placed accent lights around trees on several parts of the Mall. The folks at Greater Greater Washington wonder whether such lighting should be a permanent addition to the Mall. Take a look at the pictures and see what you think.

A little geek trivia from DCist. Twenty-five years ago today, Nintendo released its first gaming system. Hmm, maybe I need to check eBay since I think my parents may still have one of these in their garage.

DC Recycler offers a suggestion for a nonprofit charity where you can donate mattresses, kitchenware or other household items. A Wider Circle is devoted to helping families transitioning out of shelters into permanent housing or who in some cases simply need household necessities.

That's it for now. Thanks very much for reading and I hope you have a great rest of the afternoon and evening. I'll be back tomorrow with more great posts from the D.C. blogosphere. I'm always looking for great blogs, so if you know of one, send me a message. And if you want, you can get your daily D.C. blog roundup via Twitter.

By Washington Post editors  | October 18, 2010; 3:07 PM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Virginia  
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