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The Buzz: February 13, 2011 - February 19, 2011

Georgetown Cupcake treat to benefit National Zoo

Georgetown Cupcake has created a new cupcake to benefit the Smithsonian's National Zoo.

By The Associated Press  | February 19, 2011; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Presidential food facts: D.C.'s blogs

Good afternoon. Is it my imagination or are people in an extra good mood today? Guess that's what a 70+ degree day will do for an area starved for sunshine and warm weather. Add the fact that it's a three day weekend -- what's not to love? Just in time for Presidents Day weekend, Food & Think presents presidential food facts. Can you name the first (almost) vegan ex-president?...

By Lori Aratani  | February 18, 2011; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Nats Racing Presidents auditions this Presidents Day weekend

Ever wished you could don the George or Abe suit? Now's your chance. In what has become an annual tradition, the Nats will hold auditions this Presidents Day weekend for candidates who want to compete as racing presidents

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 18, 2011; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Washingtonians more active than the average American

Adults in the Washington area, excluding those in Prince George's County, are more active than the average American.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 18, 2011; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Free ice cream at Ben & Jerry's!

Today's Ben and Jerry's flavor is Chocolate Therapy, which we're guessing you need after the long chill.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 18, 2011; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Sun, gay marriage, D.C. ballot

Good morning. It's Friday. We've got plenty of headlines for you this morning -- and we've got some great stories on tap for you later today, including a look at the University of Maryland's new competitive eating team -- which held their first "practice" Thursday night. I believe pizza and chicken wings were involved. Read on.

By Lori Aratani  | February 18, 2011; 5:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Here comes the sun, D.C.

At long last, the sun has emerged from wherever she's been hiding from Wikileaks chaos, deep budget cuts, and protests across Egypt.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 17, 2011; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Boehner's house targeted by protesters

Local activists staged a protest Thursday outside Speaker John Boehner's house. Yes, that's "house" with a lowercase "h."

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 17, 2011; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Meet D.C.'s gas station titan, Joe Mamo

Washington City Paper wrote a five-page profile of Joe Mamo, a man who owns nearly half of D.C.'s gas stations.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 17, 2011; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Silver Spring translated: D.C. area blogs

Good afternoon. If you haven't been outside yet -- YOU HAVE TO GO. Now. Really. It's lovely. But if you must linger inside, be sure to peruse the best of the D.C. area blogosphere, where there's always something entertaining. You've got just a little over a week before the Oscar ceremony -- and if you're like me, you might have some catching up to do film-wise. French Twist, D.C. offers this guide to theaters around the D.C. area screening the Oscar contenders....

By Lori Aratani  | February 17, 2011; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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PostLocal Tweets en español

PostLocal is now bringing you our Tweets in Spanish. Bookmark this page for easy access to our local news updates translated into Spanish, or go to our link on PostLocal.com. PostLocal ahora ofrece nuestros Tweets en español. Marca esta página para poder encontrar facilmente nuestra noticias locales traducidas al español, o usa el enlace en PostLocal.com....

By James Buck  | February 17, 2011; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Dating in the District: 5 typical places to score a date in Washington

Places to find dates in Washington, D.C.

By Katie Rogers  | February 17, 2011; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Manassas considers tightening leash laws

City leaders want to make it a requirement that only responsible adults be the ones walking their canine friends.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 17, 2011; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Metro, gay marriage, Borders

Good morning. It's Thursday. And it looks like it's going to be a great day to be outside. Lots of headlines today. There's an important vote in Annapolis today on a measure to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown, testified before Congress where things got testy. And we can't forget: more on Hickory, our "Best of Show" champ from Virginia.

By Lori Aratani  | February 17, 2011; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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DC9 resumes full hours, Toledo Lounge sells and Commonwealth will close

A flurry of D.C. bars announced closings during the week of February 14, 2011.

By Katie Rogers  | February 16, 2011; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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TSA gets cold response from PETA, withdraws from Iditarod

The Transportation Security Administration is canceling plans to recruit new workers at this year's Iditarod dog race in Alaska after PETA complained the agency was sponsoring a "cruel" event.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 16, 2011; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Surviving pre-school: D.C. area blogs

Good afternoon. If work's got you down, just think: Many of you are one day closer to a three-day weekend thanks to Monday's President's Day holiday. Until then, distract yourself with some great posts from the D.C. area blogosphere. We've got a report from the front lines of the Valentine's Day weekend cupcake skirmish in Clarendon. No blood was shed, but a trail of buttercream ... From a new blog we just discovered -- Mom of a Million Mistakes -- here's are some tips on surviving pre-school -- for parents. Valentine's Day may be over, but to me, loving chocolate is a year-round activity, so this post from EveryFoodFits was especially welcome. Kimpton Hotels are sponsoring a chocolate lovers day, Feb. 17. Chocolate tastings, wine specials. What's not to like? Details here....

By Lori Aratani  | February 16, 2011; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Borders bankrupt: The local twittersphere reacts

After the Borders Group, a chain of 674 bookstores, filed for bankruptcy this morning, the local twittersphere lit up in shock, anger, and with a few I-told-you-so's. Several stores will shut shop in the Washington region.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 16, 2011; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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A 'more vanilla' D.C. sparks debate

While D.C.'s suburbs in Virginia and Maryland have seen an influx of black, Hispanic and Asian residents, according to recent census data, the District itself is getting wealthier and whiter, reports the Post's Capital Business.

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  | February 16, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Borders stores closing in Washington region

Borders filed for bankruptcy protection this morning, and said it will close at least 200 stores. See Borders closures below, including the District locations at 5333 Wisconsin Ave NW and 1801 K Street NW.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 16, 2011; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Urn with ashes donated to Va. thrift shop

The Pennywise Thrift Store in Vienna received an usual donation recently, NBC 4 reports. Included with the china and the tattered fur coat left in bags on the shop's front porch was a large blue-and-white Oriental vase. But the vase wasn't empty: It was full of ashes. "It was probably accidental," Vienna Police Department Officer Bill Murray said. "It could have come from an estate sale or abandoned home or something like that." Police said no crime has been committed and gave the urn back to the church, which owns the thrift store. Read more about the unusual donation at NBC 4....

By NBC 4  | February 16, 2011; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Dog show, ICC, birth control

Good morning. It's Wednesday -- we're midway through the week and that much closer to what will be the three-day President's Day Weekend for many folks.

By Lori Aratani  | February 16, 2011; 5:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Westminster Dog Show 2011: Va. dog wins best in show

The winner of the best in show prize at the Westminster Kennel Club is a 5-year-old Scottish deerhound named Hickory who was raised on a farm in Warrenton. Hickory won the hound group on Monday night and became the first Scottish deerhound to win the best in show prize. The AP reports that she enjoys running after deer and rabbits on the Virginia farm. There are lots of photos from Westminster to check out, and we're interested in your favorite dog. Also, check out Petula Dvorak's take on a brigadier general who took Amber, a Gordon setter, to Westminster....

By Terri Rupar  | February 15, 2011; 11:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Watson on 'Jeopardy': How trivial is trivia?

As the hours count down to night two of the three-night contest between IBM's Watson supercomputer and humans Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings on trivia show Jeopardy!, we ask you: How trivial is trivia?

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 15, 2011; 8:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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A fixer-upper with charm: D.C.'s blogs

This post has been updated and corrected. Good afternoon. Yes, there's a chill in the air, but I'm assured by The Capital Weather Gang that we're in for a warm up Wednesday and the rest of the week. Today we've got a fun assortment -- a real estate deal on a most unusual property as well as the skinny on the candidates to become the next school's chief in Montgomery County. Read on. In the market for a fixer-upper with unique charm? Check out this baby from Silver Spring Singular - a three-bedroom, two-bath pagoda in Silver Spring. Yes, a pagoda. And it can be yours for $375,000!...

By Washington Post editors  | February 15, 2011; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ben's Chili Bowl donates photographs, artifacts to GWU

Among the objects soon to find a new home at GWU's Africana Research Center are an old stained menu and calendars that Ben Ali had printed up as a tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. after his assassination.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 15, 2011; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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On daylight savings day, the District can party past closing time

We're all going to lose an hour of sleep on daylight savings time next month. But at least the D.C. Council wants us to have fun doing it.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 15, 2011; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: ICC, WikiLeaks, Jeopardy

Good morning. Happy Tuesday. Something to be thankful for: despite Monday's fierce winds, it appears there were no reports of massive power outages in the area. Let's keep our fingers crossed. It'll still be windy today, but nothing like the powerful gusts that blew through the area on Monday.

By Lori Aratani  | February 15, 2011; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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For Jeopardy fans: The not-so-smart computer

Watson, the world's smartest computer, is playing against the world's smartest Jeopardy contestants this week. And if that makes you feel dumb, we have a diversion: possibly the world's dumbest computer.

By The Buzz bloggers  | February 14, 2011; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Cupid's Undie Run: Our photo of the day

More than 400 people ran in their skivvies yesterday for the annual Cupid's Undie Run, in which Washingtonians run half-naked to raise money for the Children's Tumor Foundation.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 14, 2011; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Vultures are great Valentines: D.C. blogs

Good afternoon. My favorite tweet today came from @traveleatrepeat: You know it's been cold too long when 45 degrees feels like spring. Here, here. And get this, the temperature spiked to 70 degrees at Reagan National Airport. It's Valentine's Day and the D.C. area blogosphere has plenty of Feb. 14-themed posts. If Valentine's Day isn't your bag, no worries, DC Recycler has a handy tip on how to get rid of those pesky Yellow Pages. And Not Derby Pie has a mouthwatering recipe for Meyer Lemon Streusel muffins. Just in time for Valentine's Day, Around the Mall chats with the Chocolate Hunter. His job for MARS chocolate North America is to travel the world and find the best ingredients and methods for making chocolate. Why vultures make better Valentine's than teddy bears via the Natural Capital....

By Washington Post editors  | February 14, 2011; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. neighborhood favorite shuts its doors

A choice DC patio spot closed this weekend, to be replaced by a Panera Bread, Prince of Petworth reported today. Adams Mill Bar and Grill, located just north 18th and Columbia Rd, NW, sold their last inexpensive beers this weekend, at $3 a pop.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 14, 2011; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Valentine's Day bonanza

Good morning. It's Monday and it's Valentine's Day, which depending on your current romantic outlook may elicit either "Awwww ," "Bah humbug," or a conspiratorial "day-invented-by-marketers-so-they-can-charge-double-for-chocolate-and-roses, hrumph." Well, even the most cynical among us might enjoy this piece about a Silver Spring couple celebrating their 80th Valentine's Day. Sweet without being cloying and a reminder that showing your love isn't just a one day thing. Don't know what to do, say or think about Valentine's Day? Here's a one-stop link to all things Cupid.

By Lori Aratani  | February 14, 2011; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Happy Valentine's Day DMV!

Right click me. Save me. Share me. Last week, we asked you to submit your D.C.-themed valentine one-liners. We can tell you have love on the brain because your responses were amazing! We've turned some of the best entries into digital valentines and you can check out more of the submissions in our randomizer. 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....

By Mark S. Luckie  | February 14, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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