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The Buzz: February 20, 2011 - February 26, 2011

Washingtology: 5 favorite D.C. spots

Cultural Tourism D.C.'s asked Eric E. Richardson, executive director of the D.C. Office of Cable Television, to list his five favorite places. Eastern Market tops his list.

By Washington Post staff  | February 26, 2011; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Are you a Washingtologist?

Go to our Washingtology page to take Cultural Tourism D.C.'s latest quiz and see how well you know the nation's capitol.

By Washington Post staff  | February 26, 2011; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Nearly 1,000 expected at western Md. lake dunk

Organizers say hundreds of people will brave temperatures in the upper 30s to take a dip in Deep Creek Lake for charity.

By The Associated Press  | February 26, 2011; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A greener D.C.? D.C. area blogs

Good afternoon. It's pretty wild out there. A pole hit a Red Line train outside of Union Station. And a roof blew off an apartment building in Southeast. Whether you're walking, driving or biking -- be careful out there. Today's selection of blog posts include some fashion tips for gentlemen, as well as some suggestions for things to do with out-of-town visitors in the event of a government shutdown. Interested in making the D.C. area a greener place? Life on the Edgewood has details about an upcoming Casey Trees, tree planting event. Lots of sites, so hopefully there's one close to you. For you gentlemen - a primer on how to buy a proper tuxedo , courtesy of Borderstan. There's a fundraiser for Wilson High School this Saturday and Sunday at Politics and Prose. Buy a book for yourself or from a Wilson High School wish list - either way...

By Washington Post editors  | February 25, 2011; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Weather alert: 90 percent chance of a bad-hair day

The Capital Weather Gang forecast rain and some howling gusts -- up to 60 mph -- this afternoon and evening. I'm no weatherman, but I'll hazard a forecast of my own: There's at least a 90 percent chance of bad hair today and a good possibility of scattered umbrella fails. The Buzz scoured The Post's vast archive of photos and found some really, really bad hair days and umbrella disasters from storms of yore. As you're out and about today, send us (tellus@washingtonpost.com) photos of any hair squalls or umbrella fails you encounter. We'll add them to our post. Also, please browse and upload your storm photos to our winter weather gallery. One more thing: Hold on to your hat! (Gerald Martineau/Post) (Gerald Martineau/Post) (James A. Parcell/Post)...

By Justin Jouvenal  | February 25, 2011; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Did somebody say free cupcakes?

Georgetown Cupcake treats. (By Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post) Cupcake lovers, rejoice! You have the opportunity to get free treats at two of D.C.'s sweet spots. In honor of the start of the second season of "D.C. Cupcakes" on TLC, Georgetown Cupcake is giving away one free cupcake per customer all day long today (flavor of your choice). FYI, the first episode of the season airs at 10 p.m. tonight. Not to be outdone, Sprinkles Cupcakes, which opens on March 3 just three blocks from Georgetown Cupcake, will offer a free dark chocolate to the first 50 people to whisper "M Street" at the shop. Hmmm ... sounds like the shops might be baking up a cupcake war....

By Washington Post Editors  | February 25, 2011; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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A.M. Buzz: Wild weather on the way

It's going to be messy. First the good news: temperatures are going to be in the 50's today. A nice warm-up. Now, the bad news: it's shaping up to be a messy, messy day. The Capital Weather Gang says the big news today will be the winds. The National Weather Service on Thursday issued a wind advisory for most of the D.C.-region and CWG is saying that we could get gusts up to 60 miles per hour. (Yes, you read that correctly). Look like the wind gusts will also be accompanied by rain and possibly, thundershowers. So here's the dilemma: do you even bother carrying an umbrella if there's a good chance it's just going to get blown away?

By Lori Aratani  | February 25, 2011; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Spring is coming! The countdown begins.

First Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring. Now the weather man is in on the act. It's official: Spring is around the corner. And with that come flowers, the spring arts preview, spring training and, of course, weather that doesn't drive you to the nearest dark hole or therapist.

By Elizabeth Flock and James Buck  | February 24, 2011; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The latest in Dan Snyder-City Paper saga

Contributions by readers of the Washington City Paper for the paper's defense fund against Dan Snyder have now grown to $28,000.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 24, 2011; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Lady Gaga concert photos from D.C.'s little monsters

Photos and news from the February 24, 2011 Lady Gaga concert at Verizon Center.

By Katie Rogers  | February 24, 2011; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Chupacabras & wine walks: D.C.'s blogs

Good afternoon. We've got a few post for those of you with a sweet tooth, including some tips on what to do with those leftover brownie scraps. (I know, does anyone ever have leftover brownie scraps?) Prince of Petworth has a preview of the new library and Clarendon Nights highlights an event you might want to put on your weekend calendar if you like a little wine with your workout. Here's a handy recipe (or non-recipe) from Modern Domestic should you find yourself with a few brownie "scraps." (I know, seems impossible, but you never know). Chocolate, Nutella and more chocolate? Works for me....

By Washington Post editors  | February 24, 2011; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Solar Decathlon back on the Mall

The Solar Decathlon, in which teams of college students from around the world compete to design, build and operate solar-powered homes, is back on the Mall.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 24, 2011; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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The Oscars and where to watch them in DC

When the Oscars get this close, we wonder where we can watch the nominees for best picture, best shorts, and best animated films.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 24, 2011; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Rain, fixing Pepco, lobsters

Good morning. It's Thursday and we've got a great mix of headlines for you today. Metro officials released a disturbing report that shows that serious crime throughout the system has hit a five-year high, led by thefts of electronic devices. On the same day that the Obama Administration announced it will no longer enforce the Defense of Marriage Act -- the federal law that bans the recognition of same-sex marriage -- Maryland legislators took another step forward to legalizing gay marriage in the state.

By Lori Aratani  | February 24, 2011; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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HBO, Showtime filming in the District

Georgetown, Veep, and Homeland are new shows planned for the District.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 23, 2011; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Treasure trove of stolen goods discovered in Maryland

They were all snatched from homes in the Gaithersburg and Germantown areas, authorities say, but the victims have yet to step forward to claim them.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 23, 2011; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Marine Corps Marathon entries opening

Enrollment for the 36th Marine Corps Marathon, opens at noon today. The marathon, which is open to 30,000 runners, will be held on Oct. 30.

By Washington Post staff  | February 23, 2011; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Metro riders: Hold on your electronics

Thefts of electronic devices accounted for 76 percent of Metro-related robberies in 2010, according to recent information from the transit agency.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 23, 2011; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lincoln impersonator ticketed

(Craig Harmon - AP) A Lincoln impersonator who tried to recite the Gettysburg Address on the top steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Presidents' Day instead ended up with a $50 ticket, WUSA reports. After years of having his friends tell him he looked so much like Lincoln, he should play the part, Phill Howell, a 6-foot-4, 26-year-old man with a thick beard decided to do just that. But when he began his recitation he was told by U.S. Park Police he couldn't give his speech at the top of the steps. He moved to a lower level and continued. His friend put out a hat to collect donations, which it turns out, is against the law without a permit. He and his friend were fined $50. Read more about Phill Howell's Presidents' Day citation at WUSA....

By WUSA  | February 23, 2011; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: D.C. SUVs, gay marriage, ICC

Good morning. It's Wednesday. There's still plenty of outrage around town about D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown's "fully loaded" SUV; the first motorists are making their way across the newly opened ICC; and in Virginia, there's a report that a veteran's charity may have solicited more than $2 million in donations from residents under false pretenses. So much news and it's still early in the day.

By Lori Aratani  | February 23, 2011; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Borders clearance sale: Everything must go

Borders stores in the Washington region prepared to close, putting up garish red and yellow signs that read:"STORE CLOSING", "EVERYTHING ON SALE" and "EVERYTHING MUST GO" as their wares went on deep discount.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 22, 2011; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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You can be a blogger: D.C.'s blogs

Good afternoon. After last week's heatwave, Tuesday's snow was a definitely damper. We'll be in for more cold weather this week -- just a remind that it IS still February. But no worries: spring and warmer temperatures are around the corner (cross fingers!) Today we've got some tips on how to organize all the receipts that clutter your purse and pockets as well as a quick video on how you can help women and children in need. The Georgetown Dish reports that yard signs opposing Georgetown University's campus expansion plans were burned on the front steps of a home in the Burleith neighborhood. D.C. Police said the incident happened between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m....

By Washington Post editors  | February 22, 2011; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Megabus: You've redeemed thyself

(Courtesy of MegaBus)" You've redeemed thyself, megabus. When your wifi didn't connect, and your outlets didn't charge, we all called foul. When a bus emblazoned in silver with a name like "Simple Magic NY" pulled up instead of the reassuringly-colored navy blue and yellow vehicle I've come to love, that was strike two....

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 22, 2011; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Snow, ICC, Jack Johnson

Good morning. It's Tuesday -- but it may be an extended holiday for some students. We've got school delays and closings in several counties including a two-hour delay in Montgomery County and D.C. Some MTA commuter buses are running about an hour late, but MARC, VRE and WMATA are running regular schedules today. Be careful out there and be sure to let us know if you're seeing problems, issues with roads, etc. -- @gridlocktip or tellus@wpost.com.

By Lori Aratani  | February 22, 2011; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Post office to be renamed in Height's honor

A post office in Washington will be officially renamed in honor of civil rights leader Dorothy Height.

By The Associated Press  | February 22, 2011; 7:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Footwear blamed for 'rock snot' invasion of Md. streams

Felt-soled fishing boots, of all things, are apparently the latest threat to local fish populations, prompting Maryland to ban the shoes in hopes of stopping an invasive form of algae -- appropriately dubbed "rock snot" for its resemblance to yellow-brown mucous -- from hurting pristine trout streams, reports the Associated Press.

By Associated Press  | February 21, 2011; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Build your own 'fully loaded' SUV, inspired by D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown

Feeling inspired by D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown's request for a "fully loaded" Lincoln Navigator L? Well, now's your chance to design your own dream ride.

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  | February 21, 2011; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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'Racing President' hopefuls try out at Nationals Park

Hopeful Thomas Jeffersons, Abe Lincolns, Teddy Roosevelts and George Washingtons braved dangerous wind conditions Saturday to don 45-pound costumes and hustle across the Nationals Park in Southeast D.C., all in hopes of being named one of the baseball team's next presidential mascots.

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  | February 21, 2011; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Presidents' Day closings

All federal and local government offices and libraries will be closed everywhere on Monday, along with most banks. There will be no mail delivery, except for Express Mail. And courts will be closed, except for adult arraignments and new juvenile referrals in the District.

By Washington Post staff  | February 20, 2011; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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'Wammies' being given out to D.C.-area musicians

Sunday is the 25th annual The Washington Area Music Awards, known as the Wammies.

By The Associated Press  | February 20, 2011; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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