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

Quakes & tsunamis: D.C. area blogs

Good afternoon. A big news day here in the District and in Asia, where the death toll continues to climb in the Japanese quake and tsunami that followed. Several D.C. areas blogs have posts about the quake, which I've included in today's roundup. We also have a list of quake resources, which includes information on how to locate people in the quake area as well as details about how you can help quake victims.

By Lori Aratani  | March 11, 2011; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Va. family finds Jesus in a tree

Many have claimed to have found religion in nature. One Virginia family claims to have found Jesus in a tree -- literally.

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  | March 11, 2011; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Spring planting tips from a gardening meteorologist

With spring just about one week away, the Capital Weather Gang tells us this is the prime time to get planting.

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  | March 11, 2011; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Monkey in bra startles Va. workers

This Just In! The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports "Courthouse Workers Surprised by Monkey in Woman's Bra. "Authorities said a woman entered the Amherst County Courthouse on Thursday morning with a tiny monkey tucked into her bra, dressed in diapers and a pink and white dress." Of course it was. The monkey was identified as a 7-week-old marmoset. The woman's name was withheld. "For family reasons."...

By Susan Kinzie  | March 11, 2011; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Earthquake, tsunami: Tell us what you see

Tell us what you see in Japan via text, photo or video.

By Jane Elizabeth  | March 11, 2011; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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A.M. Buzz: Japan quake and tsunami, gay marriage

Good morning. It's Friday and clear skies are in the forecast. In D.C., tensions at city hall turned what normally would have been a low-key committee hearing into a tense debate over Mayor Vincent Gray's hiring practices. We've also got another look at discipline policies in Fairfax County Public Schools. And today could be a historic day in Maryland's state capital.

By Lori Aratani  | March 11, 2011; 5:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Brownies, beer & squid: D.C.'s blogs

Good afternoon. Well, the downpour seems to have dwindled to a trickle, but there's word we'll get much more rain -- and possibly thunder this evening, so we're not out of the woods yet. Bit of good news? Looks like the weekend will be clear. We're a week out from St. Patrick's Day and the D.C. area blogosphere has taken note. And spring is almost here, so gardeners around the area might want to take note of today's post from The Slow Cook.

By Lori Aratani  | March 10, 2011; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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D.C. is America's top 'Twitter Town'

What's D.C.'s newest honor? Survey says we're America's "Top Twitter Town."

By Katie Rogers  | March 10, 2011; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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A.M. Buzz: Rain, blue crabs, Easter Egg Roll

Good morning. It's Thursday. You will need an umbrella today and quite possibly an ark. Headlines today? While much attention in Maryland has focused on efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in the state, another issue is also stirring great emotion: the question of whether undocumented immigrants should received in-state tuition benefits at Maryland's public colleges?

By Lori Aratani  | March 10, 2011; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Local brews, fashionable duds: D.C. blogs

Good afternoon. Batten down the hatches -- it sounds like the rain is on the way, and it's expected to last through much of Thursday, according to The Capital Weather Gang. Fortunately, the temperature is almost always just right in the D.C. area blogosphere, where we have a fabulous selection of posts for this Wednesday afternoon. Read on. The Natural Capital reports that the D.C. Environmental Film Festival kicks off next week and includes several films with D.C. area roots, including one about a one-acre parcel inside the Beltway that's cared for by 89-year-old Charlie Koiner. Fashionable and frugal. Bloomies and Target coming to Georgetown? So says a report from Georgetown Dish via the Georgetown Current. The celebrations are already starting. From ARLnow.com --  some shots from the Mardi Gras/St. Patrick's Day parade in Clarendon Tuesday night. Clarendon Nights also has a few snaps. Extraordinary Observations -- usually a fan...

By Lori Aratani  | March 9, 2011; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Verizons cuts telephone time, weather service: Do you care?

After 70 years of offering weather (936-1212) and time (844-1212) by telephone, Verizon is pulling the plug on the services June 1.

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  | March 9, 2011; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Ocean City keeping wood boardwalk

The Ocean City Town Council has voted to rebuild the resort's deteriorating boardwalk with an all-wood deck.

By The Associated Press  | March 9, 2011; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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A.M. Buzz: Rain, bike summit, gay marriage

Good morning. It's Wednesday. Be sure to grab an umbrella before you leave the house today. Plenty of headlines across the region. In D.C., two people with strong ties to Mayor Vincent Gray, campaign consultant Howard Brooks and Lorraine Green are in the news. In Virginia, Fairfax officials are looking at the impact of the recent legislative session on the county. And in Maryland, debate begins today in the House of Delegates on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.

By Lori Aratani  | March 9, 2011; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Sonny Bono remembered: D.C.'s blogs

Good afternoon. After a bit of a break, we're back with more great posts from the D.C. area blogosphere. Judging from the headlines, it's been a busy few days. To that end, Greater Greater Washington offers some thoughts on government reform in light of allegations that money and the promise of a job were offered by Gray campaign officials to Sulaimon Brown. Did you know there's a Sonny Bono Memorial Park in D.C.? Well, now you do. With recent scandals rocking D.C. government, Greater Greater Washington urges folks to pause before they consider taking action. It's easy to demand pay cuts and term limits, but folks need to think through the impact of such reforms. From Rants and Ramblings, some photo love for the National's Teddy. Did you know that there's a Sonny Bono Memorial Park, right here in D.C.? Thanks to the 42 blog, now you do. Liz at...

By Lori Aratani  | March 8, 2011; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A.M. Buzz: Mardi Gras, UDC, gas prices

Good morning. It's a very newsy Tuesday. Pepco's new reliability plan may not be so reliable after all, according to a report by a team of independent consultants. On the D.C. government front: The D.C. Office of Campaign Finance has begun an probe of allegations of impropriety by members of Vincent Gray's campaign team involving a city job and political attacks on Adrian Fenty. And alas, traffic is worse in places like Los Angeles and New York, but we're still among the worst in the country when it comes to congestion, according to a new report. Coming up. The best day of the week? Looks like we'll be getting a rest between storms. The Capital Weather Gang says today should be nice -- perhaps the nicest we'll get this week. Temperatures will be in the low- to mid-50's with partly to mostly sunny skies. Looks like the next storm will...

By Lori Aratani  | March 8, 2011; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cheap gas: Where to find it in the D.C. area

Higher food and energy prices are taking a bite out of the benefits we were seeing from payroll tax cuts, according to the federal government. A spike in gas prices is largely responsible for the increase in the cost of energy. AAA reports the national average for a gallon of regular gas is now $3.38, which is up from $2.70 a year ago.

By Justin Jouvenal  | March 8, 2011; 2:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Washingtology: 5 favorite D.C. spots

Denise Rolark Barnes, the publisher of the Washington Informer, shares her favorites. At the top of her list is the Wilson Building.

By Kyle Balluck  | March 7, 2011; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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First glimpse of the new Washington Wizards logo?

First came news that the Wizards may revert to their old team name -- the Bullets -- and their retro red, white and blue color scheme. That these suggestions from nostalgic fans are "under consideration" by Ted Leonsis, wrote the Post's Michael Lee, is "enough to make some people woozy." Now, D.C. Sports Bog's Dan Steinberg is reporting that we may have our first glimpse of what the new Wizards logo might look like. Leonsis is remaining mum on the leaked logo, writing on his blog, "We won't get into confirming or denying the validity of any logo designs ... We will announce the specific date for our public unveiling soon ..." Twitter user Colin Wilcox was the first to come across the image -- plastered on the back of a jacket featuring the logos of all NBA teams. By Tuesday afternoon, the company that makes the jackets had...

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  | March 7, 2011; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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A.M. Buzz: ICC, gay marriage, mayoral scandal

Good morning. It's Monday, and the back-benchers are filling in for Lori Aratani as she enjoys one more day off. The rain has ended though it's left behind a bit of a mess. The Capital Weather Gang says it will be sunny and breezy today, with high temperatures moving into the low 50s.

By The Buzz bloggers  | March 7, 2011; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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