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The Buzz: February 6, 2011 - February 12, 2011

Valentine's Day link love

Our friends at BlogPost put together a wrap-up of Valentine's Day articles and features. But we thought you might want to focus on information tailored for D.C. area. Grammy winner Dianne Reeves will provide a Valentine's Day serenade of classic love songs at Strathmore. (AP) Going Out Guide is your one-stop shop for planning the most romantic day of the year. Articles run the gamut from editors' top Valentine's Day picks to advice for those of you who plan to ignore Valentine's Day altogether. You can also read about where to find bromance. Can't decide? A complete archive of Valentine's Day blog posts is collected in one spot. Are you the type of person who likes to get right to the point in your Valentine's Dan messages? Check out readers' D.C.-themed one liners. Think you can do better? You can share your own here. Did you know that our area...

By Washington Post staff  | February 12, 2011; 7:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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These are a few of our favorite D.C. things

Each week, the people at the non-profit Cultural Tourism D.C. ask a locally famous Washingtonian to describe five favorite -- but possibly underappreciated -- places in D.C.

By Jane Elizabeth  | February 12, 2011; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Weather photo contest: Did you win?

The Capital Weather Gang has announced winners of its 2010 weather photo contest. See if your entry is among the winners.

By Washington Post staff  | February 12, 2011; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Valentine's promotion at crime museum criticized

A Valentine's Day promotion at the National Museum of Crime and Punishment is sparking criticism from an anti-domestic violence group.

By The Associated Press  | February 12, 2011; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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The art of seduction #pickupwin #pickupfail

Georgetown law firm accountant and professor of seduction James Norton is holding a four-week workshop, in which his proteges will learn everything from how to get women alone for make-out sessions to techniques for building up a sense of intimacy with their "targets."

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 11, 2011; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Who rides the Metro at 2 a.m.?

This weekend, Post reporters are going to find out who would be affected if Metro officials decide to shut off train service after midnight.

By The Buzz bloggers  | February 11, 2011; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Valentine's for geeks? D.C.'s blogs

It's Friday and it's the weekend before Valentine's Day. For those of you still looking for gift ideas or things to do -- the D.C.-area blogosphere is here to help.

By Washington Post editors  | February 11, 2011; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Thomas Edison: The photograph

On the anniversary of Thomas Edison's 164th birthday, our friends over at the Library of Congress bring you a great old photograph of Thomas, his wife, and children. (The Roosevelts are a bonus.) The photo was taken on August 25, 1907. He was 60.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 11, 2011; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Valentine's by the numbers

It's the most romantic time of year -- even at the U.S. Census bureau. Here's a collection of Valentine's Day facts and figures collected by the Census to put you in the mood for love. This is just a sampler of their love-themed numbers; for more tasty bites (and more details on their methodology and margin of error), check out their website. To learn some romantic fun facts, just mouse over the numbers below....

By James Buck  | February 11, 2011; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Lunch near the Madison, with Scabby

The 'informational picket' by union Local 25 is accusing the new management company at the Madison, Destination Hotels & Resorts, of firing employees without warning and refusing to honor the existing labor agreement.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 11, 2011; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lunchline with Clinton: He loves aerosol

"Ever since middle school, I've been a major aerosol art enthusiast." Clinton Yates, who works for Express and writes the daily (you should subscribe), confesses today that he's beyond thrilled about his latest Twitter follower. Yes, @Banksy_Graffiti is now reading Clinton's tweets.

By Jane Elizabeth  | February 11, 2011; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Local reaction to Mubarak's resignation

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned Friday and handed power to the Egyptian military, setting off wild celebrations among protesters across the country who had demanded his ouster for the last 18 days. Around the world, people watched the events unfold on television and via social networks. Here's is a sample of local reaction from the D.C.-area....

By James Buck  | February 11, 2011; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Reactions to Michelle Rhee: Will her resume affect her future?

Your reactions to Michelle Rhee.

By Katie Rogers  | February 11, 2011; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Tesla opens D.C. showroom for electric sports car

Electric cars don't exactly scream "soccer mom" in terms of functionality. Fast, flashy, eco-friendly status symbols -- maybe. The next incarnation of the minivan? Hardly. But when Ricardo Reyes talks about the Tesla Roadster, he pushes the electric vehicle's practical side.

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  | February 11, 2011; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Three area companies on "Best to Work For" list

Executives at Bethesda-based Marriott International tout its reputation as a great company to work for. (By Daniel Acker -- Bloomberg News) Three Washington area-based companies are on the new Fortune Magazine list of the '100 Best Companies to Work For.' Bethesda-based Marriott International Inc. was ranked 71st, up from 82nd on last year's list. Among reasons Fortune cites for Marriott being a good place to work was management's decision last year to change qualification policies for company health care that kept employee coverage for those whose hours were reduced. McLean-based Booz Allen Hamilton was 85th, down from 52nd last year and nonprofit research firm Mitre, based in McLean, was ranked 96th. Read more about the companies on Fortune's list in the Washington Business Journal....

By The Buzz bloggers  | February 11, 2011; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Buzz: Guandique, weather, Valentine's Day

Good morning. It's Friday. And it looks like we can look forward to some nice weather this week. Lots of updates this morning. It was a deadly night in Virginia: In Manassas, three people were killed and three wounded Thursday night, and police believe a single gunman is responsible. In Loudoun County, a 28-year-old man is dead in what police say appears to be a botched home invasion robbery. We'll continue to update these stories and other throughout the day.

By Lori Aratani  | February 11, 2011; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Death Race: 'I paid to do this?'

What's the most extreme thing you've ever done?

By Terri Rupar  | February 10, 2011; 10:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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The shame of it all

The Post's food blogger Tim Carman gives you something to chew on at midday: Why foodies are so unbearable.

By Jane Elizabeth  | February 10, 2011; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pitchers of joy and happiness

Ted Leonsis calls it "Beer 2.0." Washington Post sports bogger Dan Steinberg calls it, among other things, a "little package of genius.

By Jane Elizabeth  | February 10, 2011; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Mysterious odor stumps Md. officials--Do you smell it?

A strange smell reminiscent of rotten eggs is pervading areas of Maryland and West Virginia, and state officials have no idea where it's coming from, reports WBALTV.

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  | February 10, 2011; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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D.C. weather of the future, year 2076

While the rest of the paper did a look back at the previous year, Capital Weather Gang did a look ahead to 2076, America's tercentennial, in weather and otherwise.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 10, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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City Paper readers donate $18,000 for defense against Dan Snyder

Daniel Snyder has filed suit against the Washington City Paper and its parent company.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 10, 2011; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Buzz: Pepco, Tolkien, iPhone

Good morning. Looks like we had a light dusting of snow overnight, so be careful on the commute in and let us know if you see anything. A handful of schools in Virginia and Maryland have announced delays or closures, including Prince George's, St. Mary's, Fauquier and Stafford counties.

By Lori Aratani  | February 10, 2011; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Valentine's Day in the District

Right click me. Save me. Share me. Love is in the air in the DMV! To celebrate Valentine's Day, we want to hear your D.C.-themed valentine one-liners. Tweet Submit your best entry in the comment section or by using #OnLove on Twitter. We'll select the best submissions and turn them into actual digital valentines. Below are some valentines to get your creative juices going. To save and share these valentines, right click (PC) or press the Control key and click (Mac) to save the image to your computer. Tip: You can also share these valentines easily on Facebook. Just plug the link into the "Share" box, then choose the thumbnail of the valentine you like the most. If you just want to peep others' D.C. Valentines, check out our randomizer....

By Mark S. Luckie  | February 10, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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Outdoor romance in D.C.? D.C.'s blogs

Good afternoon. We're halfway through the week and it looks like the weather is just going to be spectacular this weekend. Rumors of temps in the 50's. We've got a nice mix of posts from the D.C.-area blogosphere: candy sushi, pop culture icons and the Smithsonian and a blogger farewell. Last week it was Farrah Fawcett's orange bathing suit - this week Around the Mall reports that Eddie Van Halen's guitar joins the collection at the National Museum of American History. With Valentine's Day right around the corner, The Natural Capital asks: what's the most romantic outdoor spot in the D.C.-area? Nominations please. Others may call us weather wimps, but data from Capital Bikeshare indicates we may be heartier than some expect. The WashCycle reports that despite the cold temperatures, ice and snow, bike share is only down 10 to 20 percent this winter season. ARLnow.com has a list of...

By Lori Aratani  | February 9, 2011; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Busboys & Poets prank was really a protest of D.C. poetry scene

When a cardboard cutout of Langston Hughes went missing from Busboys & Poets last week, many dismissed the incident as a prank and waited for the life-size photo's safe return. But not Thomas Sayers Ellis. Sayers, a D.C. native and assistant professor of creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, admitted to The Post's Reliable Source that, yes, he swiped the cutout. Sayers said he took it to protest Busboys & Poets - and the fact that the restaurant unfairly profits by serving as a performance venue for local poets. "You would think that an establishment that makes as much money as Busboys would have set in place a reading series with a respectful pay scale for writers," Sayers said, adding that the literary community can't tell if Busboys & Poets is one of the "good guys or the bad guys." For the full story: Poet says his heist of...

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  | February 9, 2011; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Snag Kate Middleton's style at Georgetown shop

The royal wedding dress is available in Georgetown

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  | February 9, 2011; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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When The Post panned the Beatles

The Beatles performed on Ed Sullivan in 1964.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 9, 2011; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Alexandria is most romantic city

We can't stop ourselves from thinking that Virginia may really be for lovers, with Arlington also making the list at number 15.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 9, 2011; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Hawk, nurse-in, Pepco

Good morning. It's Wednesday. Lots of news this morning, including the disturbing story of a first-grade teacher in Montgomery County arrested for allegedly assaulting her students. Pepco officials were back on the hot seat in two hearings -- one before members of the Prince George's County Council and another before state legislators in Annapolis. In both instances, Pepco executives vowed to improve customer service.

By Lori Aratani  | February 9, 2011; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Say hello to The Buzz

Welcome to The Buzz, a new blog at PostLocal.com.

By Jane Elizabeth  | February 8, 2011; 11:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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