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Sept. 30, 2014
Ugliest American Accents
Gawker has created a bracket contest for America’s ugliest accent and Baltimore is one of the contenders. The Charm City is up against Boston for a spot in the next round.
Sept. 29, 2014
Tysons Job Expo
The Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce (TRCC) is producing the Tysons Jobs EXPO, the first event of its kind in Tysons, on Oct. 6-9.
Kids Test ‘Bendgate’ By Breaking iPhones
A pair of teenagers decided to test the iPhone 6 Plus bending rumors by going into an Apple store and doing about $2,500 worth of damage. Then they uploaded video proof of their crimes.
Pumped Up For Orioles Postseason?
Orioles postseason tickets will be available in limited numbers starting Monday morning. Not interested in tickets but still want to support the birds? Click here to find out how where #WeWontStop rallies are being held.
Iraqi Comedy Show Aims to ISIS
According to The Washington Post, the weapon of comedy has been unleashed against ISIS in the form of an Iraqi television show.
Sept. 28, 2014
The Baltimore Sun: Undue Force
A six-month investigation by The Baltimore Sun revealed that over the past four years, more than 100 people have won court judgments or settlements related to charges of police brutality or civil rights violations.
Sept. 27, 2014
National Public Lands Day
National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. NPLD 2014 will take place on Saturday, September 27.
Spa Creek Conservancy
Spa Creek Conservancy, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to stewardship of the Spa Creek Watershed through restoration, mitigation, preservation and education, is looking for members to participate as volunteers for environmental restoration projects, serve in leadership positions as officers or as committee chairs.
Sept. 26, 2014
Photo Map Highlights Each State’s Signature Food
Check out each state’s signature food item on this cool photo map.
D.C. Sidewalk Cafe Map
There’s been a huge increase in sidewalk cafes in D.C. over the past few years. Here’s where to find them.
Wearable Drone Camera
Lisa Baden Sings “Word Up”
Delayed and Cancelled Flights
Flights at both Chicago airports (O’Hare International and Midway International) have been halted Friday morning, due to a fire at Federal Aviation Administration radar facility in Aurora. Click here to see if your flight is affected.
Baltimore Low-Cost Water & Sewer Service Plans
Many Baltimore City residents live in homes that are 60, 80 even 100 years old, and the water and sewer lines on their property are often just as old and subject to wear and failure. When pipes break on a private owner’s property, the owner is responsible for the repairs. The national average cost for these repairs is estimated to be more than $2,200, and a sewer line replacement costs approximately $3,700. The city of Baltimore wants to let residents know the details of optional low-cost water and sewer line service plans available to Baltimore City property owners that would offer service coverage for water and sewer service line repair costs.
“You Poked My Heart”
Markoff’s Haunted Forest
Last year it was evil clowns, this year it’s “Markoff’s Inferno” at Markoff’s Haunted Forest in Dickerson, Md. It all starts October 3.
Sept. 25, 2014
Five Happiest States in U.S.
Wallethub has come up with a happiness metric that takes into account financial security, mental and physical health, job satisfaction, and feelings towards one’s environment, social life and community. The result: A state by state ranking of 50 states plus the District of Columbia in terms of happiness.
The next Open Enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act begins November 15, but some of you don’t have to wait. Registration for the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs is always open for low income full-time or part-time employees.
If you’re in Maryland, go to the Maryland Health Connection website.
In D.C., go to DC Health Link.
In Virginia, go to Healthcare.gov.
Redskins Fan Creates Site to Change Team Name
DskinDC is a new website created by a Redskins fan who wants the team to change its controversial name and mascot. Fans can go to the site and give their input on a new brand for the team.
Maryland Zoo Penguin for Life Contest
In conjunction with the opening of a new penguin exhibit on Sept. 27, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is sponsoring a contest where one lucky winner will receive a lifetime family membership to the zoo. The “Penguins for Life” contest will run from Sept. 15 to Oct. 31. Enter here.
Revert Back to iOs 8.0
Apple has issued an apology and a promised to correct problems with the iOs 8.0.1 update by putting out an 8.0.2 update to come sometime “in the next few days.” In the meantime, here’s how to reinstall iOS 8.0.
South Carolina Trooper Shoots Unarmed Man
Sept. 24, 2014
Budweiser Dog Commercial Goes Viral
iPhone 6 Being Shot
A Good Read
“Sitting on Top of the World” follows the story of the Walker brothers, whose lives changed forever when Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany.
Sept. 23, 2014
D.C. Bartenders Create Coaster to Prevent Date Rape
Baltimore Book Festival
The 19th annual Baltimore Book Festival is this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 26-28. New for 2014, the event moves from Mt Vernon to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, with expanded programming all weekend long. Also new, the festival opens from 10am to 4pm on Friday for the first ever #EpicBookFest, featuring specific programming for children and young adults. Other new elements include the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Stage and National Aquarium’s Ocean Exploration Stage. All Baltimore Book Festival programming is free.
Warren Commission Report Released Digitally
The U.S. Government Printing office has released a digital version of the entire Warren Commission Report. The release marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the report, which details the events surrounding President John F. Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963. The GPO site also contains recordings made to and from Air Force One from the time first word of the shooting came until it returned to D.C. with the body of the slain president, his widow and Kennedy’s newly sworn-in successor, Lyndon Johnson.
Sept. 22, 2014
Car Free Day
Car Free Day is an international event celebrated every Sept. 22 in which people are encouraged to get around without cars and instead ride a train, bus, bicycle, carpool, vanpool, subway, or walk. To participate, fill out the pledge form, then go car free or rely less on your car by going car-lite.
Sept. 20, 2014
Take a nature break with BBC Earth. An online view of amazing moments, and discoveries in nature.
Oscar Pistorius ‘The Verdict’ on NBC
NBC is doing something unusual with The Dateline documentary Oscar Pistorius “The Verdict.” It’s an online-only documentary.
The Saint of Auschwitz
The Saint of Auschwitz is about a Catholic priest who died protecting prisoners and infamous camp in Poland.
Sept. 19, 2014
Project Soulful‘s collective stories are those of homelessness, abuse and more. Project Soulful goes out into communities, visits homeless shelters, and transitional houses.
J.J. Abrams/Star Wars and Batman Mashup
J.J. Abrams made the internet very happy. The Star Wars director tweeted out a video that at first seems like Episode VII footage, but then becomes something even greater: A Star Wars/Batman mashup.
Papal Skullcap Auction
Want Pope Francis’ skullcap? It could be yours, if the price is right.
Sept. 18, 2014
Hamster Wheel Desks on the Rise
Dining Out for Life in Baltimore
Forty-five restaurants are participating in the 21st annual Dining Out for Life in Baltimore on Thursday. They will be donating a percentage of their proceeds to Moveable Feast, which provides nutritious meals to individuals struggling with AIDS, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other conditions..
Orioles Pep Rallies
The O’s want to generate excitement for the postseason, so a street team called “We Wont Stop” is hitting a bunch of different locations in the city for a series of rallies.
Sept. 17, 2014
Website Helps Americans Learn About the Constitution
It’s Constitution Day, but one survey found many American’s don’t know their nation’s history. The Civics Renewal Network is setting out to change that by offering free resources to educate children about the Constitution.
Armed Robbery Caught on GoPro
A man on a mission to visit every country in the world was recently on a bike tour of Argentina when he captured the terrifying moment an armed thief attempting to rob him in broad daylight.
Sept. 16, 2014
Online Country Club for the Affluent
A new online community called Netropolitan says it’s “The online country club for people with more money than time.” For a mere $9,000 you can meet others who want to chat about fine wine, fancy cars or lucrative business deals.
Sept. 15, 2014
AACPS To Request Extension of Immunization Deadline
Anne Arundel County Public Schools Superintendent George Arlotto will request the 45-day extension of the immunization deadline for students offered by the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The request means that no students will be excluded from school on Monday, September 15, because documentation of required immunizations is not on file with their school. For more info, click here.
Fake Maids Rob Wealthy in LA
A new video shows two women caught on camera robbing wealthy homes in Los Angeles while disguised as maids.
Sept. 14, 2014
Largest Dog in the World Dies
A Great Dane that claimed the title for the world’s tallest dog died last week of old age. Click here to see just how tall Zeus stood.
Sept. 12, 2014
Student Wants Cat, Lasers in Yearbook Photo
A 16-year-old high school student in upstate New York wants his yearbook photo to stand out from the rest. Draven Rodriguez, is petitioning to use this picture featuring a cat and lasers.
For every $100 in resource dollars donated to Brother’s Brother Foundation, only a single penny is used in overhead and fundraising.
Little Free Library
It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.
Sept. 11, 2014
11th Street Bridge Park Renderings
Four architecture teams submitted their design proposals for a park traversing the Anacostia River atop piers that held up the old 11th Street Bridge before it was replaced.
Police officers, firefighters, military men and women and the rebuilding of the World Trade Center are all subjects of documentaries airing on TV tonight on the Sept. 11 attacks.
Sept. 10, 2014
Star Spangled Banner Cam
If you can’t make it to the Inner Harbor or Fort McHenry for the Star Spangled Spectacular, you can visit virtually with the Star Spangled Banner Cam! Two cameras provide spectacular views of the fort and its surroundings.
Baltimore County Internet Essentials
Baltimore County Public Schools is teaming with Comcast to offer basic Internet at a lower rate for eligible residents. Click here for more information.
DuckTales Theme Song With Real Ducks
What’s the only thing better than the DuckTales theme song? The DuckTales theme song with real ducks!
Sept. 8, 2014
Montgomery County Public Schools Immunizations
It’s the last week for parents in Montgomery County to get their 7th grade students immunized against certain diseases or face being barred from school. Click here for more information.
Ray Rice Video
Leaked iPhone 6 Video
Just hours before Apple’s big iPhone 6 launch, video of a working 4.7 inch iPhone 6 has emerged from China.
‘The Walking Dead’ Trailer
Zombie-thriller TV show “The Walking Dead” returns on Oct. 12 on AMC. Click here to watch the trailer for the Season 5 premiere: “Hunt or be hunted.”
Sept. 7, 2014
National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month, reminding us that National calamities may strike at any moment, often unannounced, so advanced preparation can help ensure your family will quickly and safely recover. That’s why AAA Mid-Atlantic has created an easily accessible resource, a storm preparedness guide that includes important information for taking the necessary steps to be organized and ready for anything.
Utopia On Fox
Utopia is the name of the show. The plan is for 15 strangers to live together for an entire year. The idea is to create a new civilization. The three night premiere starts Sunday night on Fox, and viewers will have 24/7 access online.
There are 47 different digital video categories for the Streamy Awards. Some are: Beauty, Pranks and Live Events. Like the Streamy Awards which will be live streamed tonight from Beverly Hills. OWN debuts the Specials today about five young housemates – all of whom have intellectual disabilities.
Doritos Crash The Super Bowl Contest
Remember the Doritos Time Machine commercial from last year’s Super Bowl? It won the Doritos Super Bowl commercial contest and this year they’re doing it again – except this time, it’s bigger. The deadline for the Doritos Crash The Super Bowl contest is Nov. 9.
International Fusion Documentary Challenge
The 48 hour film festival is known for creativity through sleep deprivation. There’s a new quick turnaround film competition that might allow film makers to get a few winks. Here’s how it works: After signing up, you have 5 days to submit your 4 to 7 minute documentary in the International Fusion Documentary Challenge.
For another look at backstage life, Everyman Theatre in Baltimore features Rebecca Lachance, the understudy for the Carole King role in the Broadway musical Beautiful. She’ll be on the panel for Waiting in the Wings as part of the theatre’s upcoming production of The Understudy.
Paley Center for Media Offering Free Livestreams
From now until Sept. 15, the Paley Center for Media is offering free livestreams of panels with insights and maybe even some gossip about the new fall shows.
Sept. 6, 2014
Two lobstermen in Maine caught a pair of rare albino lobsters within a week. Just how rare are these colorless crustaceans? About one in 100 million, according to the Associated Press. Check out a photo of the lobsters here.
Operation Paperback collects used paperback and sends them to members of the military and their families at home and abroad. They also send books to VA hospitals. They do not collect romance or religious titles and often have special requests for non-fiction, science fiction and westerns. To donate books locally, email Sandy Marron at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept. 4, 2014
D.C. 2024 Website
Washington-area nonprofit DC 2024 has launched a website centered on building support for the 2024 Summer Olympics bid in the nation’s capital.
New York Daily News Unveils New Redskins Logo
The New York Daily News has unveiled the new logo it will use in place of the Washington Redskins logo from now on.
Sept. 3, 2014
Alcohol Delivery App
Now that the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has given the thumbs up to services and apps that will deliver booze straight to your doorstep, another is launching in parts of D.C. Drizly, a new smartphone app that claims to deliver booze to your doorstep within 20-40 minutes, will officially launch on Thursday.
Sept. 2, 2014
‘Madden 15′ Glitch Gives Titans 14-Inch Linebacker
A glitch in EA Sports’ newest Madden NFL game causes linebacker Christian Kirksey to appear about 14 inches tall.
Sept. 1, 2014
Girl Develop It
Girl Develop It is a nonprofit organization that exists to provide affordable and accessible programs to women who want to learn web and software development through mentorship and hands-on instruction. You can find out more about the D.C. Chapter and Baltimore Chapter online.
August 30, 2014
Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes Run
The Annapolis Run will take place on the Sunday before 9/11, Sept. 7, at the U.S. Naval Academy. The Arlington Run will take place on the morning of September 13th around the streets of Crystal City. Those interested in taking part in the run can register at the Travis Manion Foundation website.
Animal Planet’s ‘Labor Live’
The Animal Planet is taking the term Labor Day literally. They’re streaming the births of calves, lambs piglets and others all of it live. Labor Live is already underway.
Plaxico Buress is now featured on Vice Sports Meets. The digital series looks at the players, the fans and the management in the game beyond the game.
Vevo’s New Digital Series
Do you really care how musicians came up with their stage names? Vevo thinks you do. They’ve debuted a new digital series called “AKA.” First up, Iggy Azalea.
Oprah’s New Show On OWN
Oprah expands even further into the digital domain with a new show on OWN. On this digital series, “Who Am I” looks into the concept of self-identity. Celebrity guests will share the qualities that define who they are. Two shows are already posted with a new one coming up every Thursday.
August 29, 2014
Davidsonville Wildlife Sanctuary
Davidsonville Wildlife Sanctuary cares for injured and orphaned wildlife, returning them to the wild whenever possible. If they can’t be returned to the wild, the Sanctuary either places them in good homes or provides a home for them for the rest of their lives. The Sanctuary is run entirely by volunteers and they need some help! Anyone 18 and over who can commit to at least one morning a week is welcome.
Aug. 28, 2014
Legendary Surfer Rescue
Laird Hamilton, the 50-year-old surfing legend, rushed into the water to help a man who had lost his board amid unusually strong waves in Malibu, Calif.
Aug. 27, 2014
Help the House of Help
A shelter for homeless and battered women in Prince George’s County may be forced to close. House of Help organizers are trying to raise enough funds to prevent the building from being sold.
D.C.’s First ‘Smart Home’
In this $1.445 million townhouse, bill as Capitol Hill’s first “smart home,” every electronic device from the security alarm to the dishwasher can be controlled by one’s smartphone or tablet.
Aug. 26, 2014
Wires Down Video Challenge
All public and private elementary schools in the BGE electric service area are encouraged to create their own rendition of BGE’s ‘Wires Down’ commercial for the chance to win between $1,000 and $10,000. Click here for contest information, including official rules, downloadable entry kit and tips.
Best Guitar Riffs
What’s the best guitar riff ever? The BBC asked its radio listeners to vote for their favorite, and the results are in.
Donate to D.C. Public Libraries
Print out this image to get half of the proceeds from your Chipotle order donated to D.C. Public Libraries today.
Aug. 25, 2014
The United Sweets of America
If every state had an official dessert, what would it be? Click here to find out.
Maryland Food System Map
An interactive map and database of different farms, places to access nutrition subsidies, and places to buy local food throughout Maryland.
Aug. 23, 2014
Nepalese National Flag Formed by Over 35,000 People
More than 35,000 Nepalese came together to form the world’s largest human national flag in a bid to set a new world record. The current world record for the world’s largest human national flag was set in February 2014, when 28,957 people gathered in Lahore, Pakistan.
Animal Planet Producers Looking For Cats For My Cat From Hell Show
Animal behaviorist Jackson Galaxy says he can transform your cat back to the pet you love. Producers at Animal Planet are looking for more cats for the show “My Cat From Hell.”
There’s a new show coming to you tube that’s the “Dancing With the Stars” of golf. The PGA is looking for YouTube celebrities to pair with professional golfers for the upcoming show “Clubbed.”
Dr. Who Night On BBC America
Thanks to BBC America and PBS, many Americans want to know as much as possible about their shows from the British Isles. On Monday, the season premiere screens in movie theatres. To find out where, click here.
The War of 1812 Rock Opera
If you want to get off the couch there’s “1814! The War of 1812 Rock Opera.”
Young Women of Society
Young Women of Society is a youth development program based in Montgomery County, MD. Young women in middle school or entering high school, who are seeking resources and tools on how to become and remain great future leaders will be encouraged to attend the workshops. We will provide helpful information as well as opportunities for those interested and referred. Young Women of Society is designed to mold better sisters, daughters, and most of all greater women of society.
Aug. 22, 2014
D.C. Public Schools Create Guide To Discuss Michael Brown In The Classroom
Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri involving the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown have prompted a broad range of emotions across the U.S. While the facts of the case are still being sorted out by those in the criminal justice system, these events are teachable moments in classrooms across the District of Columbia Public Schools.
Maryland State Fair Begins Today
The Maryland State Fair begins today and runs through Sept. 1 at the fairgrounds in Timonium. For a full list of events and attractions that can be found at the fair, visit MarylandStateFair.com.
Ebola PSA Song
Korean Central Television Posts Video On YouTube
Aug. 21, 2014
Most Popular Beer In The World
A brew that you probably haven’t even heard of is the most popular beer in the world. The rest of the top 10 may surprise you, too.
How Much Social Security Will You Get?
Have you ever wondered how much money you’ll get from social security when you retire? There’s an easy way to find out online: SocialSecurity.Gov/MyAccount.
From the Family That Brought You ‘XMAS JAMMIES’ Comes…
Aug. 20, 2014
Average Cost of Beer Around the World
If you’re ever traveling across the world, you’re gonna want to make every penny count, so here’s an infographic on how much an average beer costs around the world.
Adorable Kids Reenact TV’s Grittiest Dramas
Aug. 19, 2014
Rose’s Luxury in D.C. was named the best new restaurant in America by Bon Appetit Magazine.
Thai Insurance Ad Is A Tearjerker
Aug. 18, 2014
Wish President Clinton a Happy 68th Birthday
Aug. 17, 2014
HOC Connects is a new pilot initiative of the Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) of Montgomery County. The goal of HOC Connects is to provide low and moderate income families with expanded access to the technology products needed to effectively compete in the workplace or the classroom. The HOC Connects pilot program will launch at Stewartown Homes on July 1, 2014.
World’s Most Pierced Man
A Dubai nightclub that hoped to feature a man who holds the world record for having the most piercings says he was refused entry to the Gulf city because of security concerns. Check out a photo of the man here.
Aug. 16, 2014
Lucia St. Clair Robson
Lucia St. Clair Robson is a historical novelist living in Annapolis, Md. She has been a Peace Corps volunteer in Venezuela and a teacher in Brooklyn, New York. The Western Writers of America awarded her first book, Ride the Wind, the Spur Award for best historical western of 1982; it also made the New York Times Best Seller List and was included in the 100 best westerns of the 20th century.
True Blood Auction
Arlene’s Wedding Gown, the Fangtasia throne and Vampire Fangs are all for sale. ScreenBid has over 1,500 items on the auction block. The sale starts Wednesday and ends just one day after True Blood ends its run after 7 seasons on HBO.
Iggy Azalea Hosts New Version Of Old MTV Show
Iggy Azalea is the host of MTV’s House of Style. Her first show featured designer Jeremy Scott of Moschino. The second episode, online now, features the making of video for Azalea’s Black Widow.
Michael Jackson’s New Video Premiered On Twitter
The late Michael Jackson has a new video that premiered on Twitter earlier in the week. If you haven’t already seen “A Place With No Name,” click here.
Arena Stage Holding Perfect Match Contest
Arena Stage wants to pay for your wedding. The winning couple gets a wedding package worth $80,000. The deadline is August 31st.
Aug. 14, 2014
College Park Speeding Crackdown
You can’t miss it if you’re driving along Route 1 in College Park. Signs are everywhere announcing the start of a massive safety campaign after three people were struck and killed by cars since January. Here is what you need to know.
New Michael Jackson Music Video
Michael Jackson’s posthumous album Xscape featured “A Place With No Name” — Jackson’s rewrite of America’s “A Horse With No Name” — and the newly released music video features some rare behind-the-scenes and outtake footage shot during production of his 1991 “In the Closet” video. Watch it here.
Aug. 13, 2014
Man Looking For Owner Of Camera Found On Metro
Chris Gaskill, a Virginia resident, is hoping to get a camera back to a family lost on the metro.
Aug. 12, 2014
Pro-Redskins Name Video
This video was posted on the team’s pro-name website, RedskinsFacts.com, with the description: “Many Native Americans do not find the Redskins name offensive, and instead are more concerned with other issues facing their community.”
Books on Classical Music and Musicians
Did you ever wonder what influenced a particular musician to compose a piece? Here are five books on classical music and musicians.
University Mall Theatres Kickstarter
University Mall Theatres in Fairfax has started a “Save Our Butts!” kickstarter campaign to raise money for new seats. So far, the campaign has raised nearly $62,000 of its $100,000 goal. Click here to donate.
Aug. 9, 2014
The Preachers of L.A.
The Preachers of L.A. are going to the movies. Before the first episode of the second season airs on Oxygen on Aug. 20, they’re giving it the big screen treatment.
Cat Video Festival
The Animal Planet is live streaming the festival starting Thursday night including the Golden Kitty Award.
PBS Online Film Festival Winners Announced
The winners of this year’s PBS Online Film Festival are “Digging for Water” about hand digging a well in search of clean water in a small town in Haiti. The second winner is “My Dear Americans” about an Indian couple who’s celebration of the 4th of July is marred by racist graffiti at their home.
The auction house Christie’s is holding an online-only auction for one night’s stay at England’s HighCleare Castle, the setting of the series “Downton Abbey.” The winner gets to bring five friends who’ll share cocktails, dinner and breakfast, and the bidding starts at nearly $17,000. The auction ends Aug. 14 and the money will be donated to several armed forces charities.
Baltimore Humane Society Calendar
For just $25 your pet can share a place on the Baltimore Humane Society calendar’s back pages gallery of photos along with fellow pet owners. Click here to find out how.
Time-travel to America’s showbiz beginnings this summer … with a beach-read by the grandson of two legends: comedian Groucho Marx and songwriter Gus Kahn. Andy Marx has written a novel about how ambition and drive transform Eve Soloman and Alex Getz into Hollywood royalty.
Aug. 7, 2014
“House of Cards” Filming in D.C.
The wildly popular web series, “House of Cards,” staring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, will shoot scenes at various locations in D.C. from 12 to 10 p.m. Aug. 9.
Volunteering at Star-Spangled Spectacular
The Star-Spangled Spectacular is a free festival, to be held Sept. 10 through Sept. 16, that will celebrate the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem. Tall ships, Navy ships and the Blue Angels will come to Baltimore’s famed Inner Harbor to celebrate. To find out how to volunteer at the festival, click here.
Aug. 6, 2014
What $1 Can Buy Around the World
Don’t think you can get very far on a single dollar any more? Think again. When Lonely Planet asked its readers what $1 can buy in their neighborhood, the answers were astounding.
Kid Steals the Show During Interview At PA Fair
Aug. 5, 2014
America’s Most Dangerous States
Law Street took a look at the FBI’s violent crime statistics for American cities with more than 25,000 people to come up with a ranking of the most violent states.
Aug. 4, 2014
Jim Brady Remembrance Page
The Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence has created a page where visitors can share their remembrances of the former White House Press Secretary.
The 21 Germiest Places You’re Not Cleaning
Check out this Yahoo.com list of the germiest places/things that you’re probably touching… and not cleaning.
California Police Apprehend Giant Tortoise
A Los Angeles County, California police department had some fun on its Facebook page over the weekend, after officers took a 150-pound tortoise into custody after he was found roaming the streets.
Aug. 2, 2014
If you use online reviews to decide where to spend your money, Review Skeptic can help. The website is based on research at Cornell University that uses machine learning to identify fake hotel reviews with nearly 90% accuracy.
MDA Show Strength Telathon
This year’s MDA telethon will feature the top four performances ever on the Muscular Dystrophy fundraiser. They want viewers to choose which four they will be.
Baltimore Restaurant Week
Everything you need to know about Baltimore Restaurant Week going on now through August 10th.
Project Greenlight Returns to HBO
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are taking applications in their search for a new first time director.
Batman Poster/Trailer Contest
Fox is looking for Batman fans to design a poster and/or a trailer for their new fall series Gotham. The winner gets to go to the New York premiere of the show in September. The deadline is August 20th.
Blue-Eyed Boy: A Memoir
A Marine with 13 days left to serve in Vietnam hits a landmine, then endures three dozen plastic surgeries. Then the hospital says it’s time to leave and get a job. Despite disfiguring facial scars, he becomes one of the nation’s top reporters. Robert Timberg’s investigation of the Iran-Contra scandal for The Baltimore Sun resulted in the classic book “The Noghtingale’s Song.” His new book, Blue-Eyed Boy, is his personal story.
Aug. 1, 2014
Clinton Audio on bin Laden
The day before the terror attacks on September 11, 2001, former President Bill Clinton told a group of businessmen in Australia that he “could have killed” the man behind those attacks, Osama bin Laden, in 1998, but he decided against launching a strike out of concern for civilian casualties.
Baltimore Restaurant Week
Make your reservations now for the tastiest week of the summer — Baltimore Restaurant Week. Try something new this year, or visit an old favorite for another taste of what their chef is cooking up.
Craft Beer Month
Virginia is kicking off its third annual craft beer month. Events are scheduled throughout the state during August at breweries, restaurants and hotels to celebrate Virginia’s more than 80 craft breweries.
July 31, 2014
Foreclosure Help in Baltimore
Foreclosure rates are falling nationally, but it’s still an issue, especially in Maryland, ranked second worst in the country in June by BankRate.com.
July 30, 2014
Hellmann’s 3D Prints Selfies on Burgers
Jobs That Can Make You Happy and Rich
Most people believe “a happy career” and “a fat paycheck” are mutually exclusive, but online jobs community CareerBliss.com recently found these two things sometimes do go hand in hand.
Baltimore Humane Society Raffle
The Baltimore Humane Society is raffling off a pair of Ravens seasons tickets, a tailgate grill, an autographed 8×10 photo of Jacoby Jones, and some mystery prizes.
Little Girl Doesn’t Want Her Baby Brother to Grow Up … Ever
Women Run Over By Train and Survive
July 29, 2014
Redskins Training Camp Schedule
Practices listed here are open to the public and free of charge. Practice dates are subject to change without notice (especially in the event of inclement weather). Gates will open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. on all open practice dates, unless otherwise noted.
July 28, 2014
Watch Metro Grow
The Metro system opened in 1976 with five stations on the Red Line. Now, it will have 91 stations on six lines. Here is an animated slideshow of Metro’s evolution over 38 years.
Air Conditioning Repair Costs
Checkbook.org has rated more than 200 D.C.-area heating and air conditioning contractors.
It’s been called “the Onion of the Entertainment Industry,” which means satirical website Hollywood Swine has a lot to live up to.
July 27, 2014
Washington International Piano Festival
Catholic University of America is holding a piano festival beginning Sunday featuring performances by guest artists and young musicians, a piano competition for young pianists and performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
July 24, 2014
The 25th Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale this weekend will be delicious for all, and education for others.
‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Trailer
Here’s the just-released, too-hot-for-TV trailer for the much-anticipated movie.
‘I’m on Vacation’ Video
YouTubers Rhett & Link have a new song called “I’m On Vacation,” and it’s the perfect summer anthem for anyone desperate to leave the 9 to 5 grind behind.
July 22, 2014
Obamas Moving to L.A.?
Some loose-lipped realtors are spreading the rumor that President Obama and his wife are in the middle of buying a home in Rancho Mirage. Check out the photos of the potential new Obama homestead.
Prince George’s County Redevelopment Study
It’s no secret that some parts of southern Prince George’s County are hurting for economic redevelopment opportunities. This study sheds more light on just how isolated economically some residents are, and the impact it’s having.
July 21, 2014
What happens when dad gets home from work and his little daughter is there to greet him in the driveway? A pretty hilarious dance-off.
July 18, 2014
The Income Happiness Line
This map shows the income for each U.S. state beyond which the residents there don’t really get happier, just richer. As you can probably guess, the cutoff is a lot higher where cost-of-living is higher, like in Hawaii, New York and, yes, D.C.
Take MTA to ArtScape
July 17, 2014
Maryland Lyric Opera
Students and veteran singers are preparing for a weekend of performances at the Maryland Lyric Opera.
Baltimore Graffiti Warehouse
Battle Against Hunger
A charitable organization backed by Vietnam veteran Charles Inman, who was recently buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
July 16, 2014
Metro Blue Line Petition
Metro riders have created a petition in hopes of preventing Blue Line service from being cut in order to accommodate the soon to open Silver Line.
Best Used Cars for Teens
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has a new list of recommended used cars for teens.
Save Piscataway Drive
A change.org petition to save Piscataway Drive following a highly publicized slope failure.
July 12, 2014
Capital Fringe Festival
The Capital Fringe Festival is underway in D.C. this weekend. The festival, which showcases unique and contemporary performances, will soon end its nine-year run at The Shop at Fort Fringe.
Lone Ranger Auction
A & S Antique Auction Company is taking bids today for the original Lone Ranger’s costume worn by Clayton Moore in the 1950s series, including the Colt pistols made especially for Moore.
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Jerry Seinfeld’s online series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” is up for an Emmy, so of course “The Soup” host Joel McHale made a spoof.
To promote “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Marvel has launched Galaxy Getaways, a site masquerading as an online travel agency. The film, which hits theaters in August, follows a space adventurer who is the object of a manhunt.
In Between is WeTV’s latest online series that keeps you up-to-speed on the off-camera lives of some of you’re favorite reality stars.
July 11, 2014
What Foods Are Trending Online?
Cronuts, ramen-crusted chicken wings, juicing… Are you paying attention to what food trends are hot online? If you want to know about the next big thing before your friends, check out this article on FoodBeast.com to find out how.
Kitten Boom at Baltimore Humane Society
The Baltimore Humane Society currently has dozens of kittens up for adoption. If you’re looking for a furry friend, visit BHS Tuesday through Sunday between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. For more information, visit their website.
July 10, 2014
Most Common Restaurant Complaints
Are you a negative Nancy when it comes to restaurant dining? Do any of these common complaints hit a nerve with you?
Sky Diving Proposal
A firefighter proposed to girlfriend during a sky dive, but then dropped the ring mid-air. Don’t worry… it was a prank. It wasn’t the real ring.
Suburb of the Future
Salon takes a look at Arlington, which the magazine dubs “The Suburb of the Future.”
Baby Couldn’t Wait
A father recorded his child’s birth in the parking lot of a hospital.
July 9, 2014
‘Hunger Games’ Teaser
Lionsgate has released a new glimpse into the latest installment of the “Hunger Games” franchise.
Edgar Allan Poe House
The Edgar Allan Poe House in Baltimore has reopened on weekends, after being closed to the public in 2012. Since that time, the non-profit group Poe Baltimore has worked to bring the national landmark back to life.
Yellow Cards For Social Violations
Taking a cue from World Cup refs, comedian Yoni Lotan decided to dash around the streets of New York City to charge pedestrians with various penalties.
A toddler learns to walk using prosthetics and his family has created a fundraising page to help with his medical expenses.
July 8, 2014
World’s Tallest Water Slide
Humans officially took the first plunge down the 170-foot Verrückt at Kansas City’s Schlitterbahn Waterpark.
New Harry Potter Story
It’s not a full book, but J.K. Rowling has offered Harry Potter fans an updated glimpse into his adult life with a new short story.
July 7, 2014
Maryland Bay Plate
Help the Chesapeake Bay Trust name the blue crab on its Bay license plates by voting in their “Name Our Crab” competition.
New Era Vending Machines
There are a growing number of companies working to create vending machines that dispense your favorite treats, such as pizza, french fries, cupcakes and frozen yogurt.
Viral Video Star Meets Celine Dion
Richard Dunn isn’t all by himself anymore — the star of the viral lip-syncing video featuring Celine Dion’s “All By Myself” finally met the singer.
Kids React to Game Boy
The latest episode of the Fine Bros web series about kids reacting to old technology features youngsters who are adorably awestruck by Nintendo’s Game Boy, a handheld video game device.
Severe Beating of Palestinian-American Teen
Fifteen-year-old Palestinian-American Tariq Abu Khdeir was welcomed back home after he received a brutal beating and four days in detention. The assault, he says, happened when he was caught up in the middle of last week’s riots.
Planes Narrowly Avoid Collision at Airport
Two passenger planes narrowly avoided a collision Saturday at Barcelona’s El Prat Airport.
July 6, 2014
Montgomery County Geotrail
The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection has launched Caching the Rain, a stormwater awareness program where residents can learn how to reduce stormwater pollution and improve water quality through a family-friendly outdoor scavenger hunt.
July 5, 2014
Tuff TV Commercial Competition
Tuff TV, a digital broadcast channel aimed at men is looking for the best 30-second commercial promoting the channel.
Our War Monologue Competition
Arena Stage is looking for original monologues for their upcoming theatrical event “Our War” as part of the National Civil War Project.
July 4, 2014
Battle of Monocacy
The National Park Service will host events this weekend to commemorate the historic Battle of Monocacy in Frederick, Maryland. About 200 re-enactors will provide infantry and artillery demonstrations at the Monocacy National Battlefield.
“Catching the Rain” Geotrail
The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection has launched a new educational program entitled, “Caching the Rain,” a stormwater awareness geotrail. County residents of all ages who follow the local geotrail can learn how to reduce stormwater pollution and improve water quality through a fun, family-friendly, outdoor scavenger hunt. Click here to get started and learn about the Caching the Rain Geotrail.
July 3, 2014
Bastille Day Celebrations
The Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, Bailliage des Baltimore, the Baltimore chapter of the world’s oldest international gastronomic society, and the Lord Baltimore Hotel will host a culinary celebration on July 13, in honor of Bastille Day.
The Alliance Francaise de Washington has a list of events going on in the nation’s capital to celebrate Bastille Day.
4th of July Pub Crawl in Baltimore
July 4th weekend is the peak of the summer and nothing sounds better than spending it outdoors walking around the historic neighborhood of Fells Point. This year, enjoy Independence Day like you’ve never experienced it before, with the Red, White and Brew Pub Crawl.
July 2, 2014
Pride of Baltimore
Pride of Baltimore II is a reproduction of an 1812-era topsail schooner privateer. She is Maryland’s working symbol of the great natural resources and spectacular beauty of the Chesapeake Bay region, and a reminder of America’s rich maritime heritage. The ship is owned and operated by the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Pride of Baltimore, Inc.
Iranian Version of Modern Family
Iran’s version of the TV hit Modern family is nearly identical to its American predecessor. There’s just one big difference: there are no gay characters.
July 1, 2014
Baltimore County Summer Reading
Beat the heat and get hooked on a new book at Baltimore County Public Schools’ libraries. Twelve Baltimore County schools are holding off-season hours to encourage reading over the summer months.
June 30, 2014
BET Awards Winners
The BET Awards were held Sunday. Here’s a full list of the winners.
What Kind of Fireworks Are Legal Where You Live?
Independence Day is Friday. If you’re planning on celebrating at home, check out what’s legal where you live.
June 29, 2014
If a bully ever kicked sand in your face, this may be your favorite beach read this summer. Like our first love, we always remember those who bullied us in school. Entertainment Weekly reporter Anthony Breznican’s book “Brutal Youth” is the absorbing true-to-life story of brutality in a parochial school, set in the 1990s. It’s a story of bullies of all ages and genders, and of those who have the courage to stand up for their victims.
June 26, 2014
Bone Marrow Drive For Mix 106.5’s Maria Dennis
There Goes My Hero Foundation will be conducting a bone marrow drive in honor of Mix 106.5’s Maria Dennis tonight in Baltimore. Get all the details by clicking here.
QuidCon is the annual conference of the International Quidditch Association, now in its third year. It’s in D.C. this weekend. Register here.
Free HIV Tests
Walgreens is offering free HIV tests in honor of National HIV Testing Day.
June 25, 2014
Hunger Games Trailer
June 24, 2014
“The Lion King” Crazy Facts
35 of the most interesting substantiated facts about “The Lion King” in honor of the movie’s 20th anniversary.
“Frozen” Meets “Star Wars”
June 23, 2014
Meet “Pig” The Unusual Dog, A New Internet Sensation
Read more about Pig on AL.com.
Pearl Jam Does “Let It Go”
“Watching Game Of Thrones With People Who Haven’t Read The Books”
June 21, 2014
CrowdRise, a fundraising website that helps non-profits raise money through “crowdsourcing,” is holding a competition until July 3 to collect donations for groups that support veterans and military families.
41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards
For the first time ever, the Daytime Emmy Awards won’t air on TV. Instead, it will be streamed online here.
World’s Ugliest Dog
It may not be the best title to have, but a new pet has been crowned the “World’s Ugliest Dog.” Check out his photo here.
June 20, 2014
DC Crime Map
Check out this interactive DC crime map, which is maintained by the DC Police Union. You can use it to find the latest crime information, statistics and data for your neighborhood.
“Restaurant: Impossible” Volunteers
The Food Network Show “Restaurant:Impossible” is seeking volunteers in Falls Church on June 26 and 27. Click here for more information.
A German ad agency has created a series of shocking images of kids whose eyes are replaced by screaming mouths as part of a campaign to urge parents to pay attention to what their children are doing online.
June 19, 2014
Maryland Therapeutic Riding
For nearly 20 years, Maryland Therapeutic Riding has offered horseback-riding programs for children and adults with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, ADHD and autism.
Do More 24
Do More 24 — a one-day, 24-hour event — raises much-needed funding for local nonprofits that create opportunities for underserved populations.
Where Your Politics Say You Should Live
Research firm Clarity Campaigns has created a questionnaire determining where a person should live based on their politics, down to the Zip code.
Amazone Fire Phone Workshop
Amazon and MoDev are hosting an Amazon Fire Phone & TV Workshop on July 12 in Arlington, Virginia, where developers in the D.C. metro area can get a unique opportunity to jumpstart their app development efforts.
June 18, 2014
AFI DOCS Film Festival
The 5-day documentary film festival is meant to showcase films that inspire change. Spike Lee and Ken Burns are among the festival board members.
Baltimore Schools Survery
The Baltimore County Public Schools “2014 Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey” results are in. The response was tremendous — an 800 percent increase over previous Stakeholder Satisfaction Surveys. Click here to see what students, parents/guardians, staff and the community think about their schools in four key areas: Academics, Safety & Security, Communications and Organizational Effectiveness.
The Wounded Walk
A 2,700-mile walk across the United States to raise awareness for wounded soldiers.
June 17, 2014
Astronauts Chat with Kids from Space
Students and teachers at Colvin Run elementary in Vienna, Va. will be chatting with Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman, who are orbiting the Earth aboard the International Space Station. The space chat will be streamed live online.
June 16, 2014
Dog Loves Watching World Cup
Georges the dog spends hours watching World Cup games, and gets very excited about it.
Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman Sing at a Children’s Hospital
Celebrity couple Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban visited Melbourne’s Monash Children’s Hospital last week to visit patients and lift spirits.
June 14, 2014
Got an idea for a reality show? The Talpa Media Group wants to hear it. They’re holding it’s “Pitchfest” again. The deadline is Friday for the first round.
World Pup Competition
Similar to the Superbowl Puppy Bowl the network is asking viewers to vote for their favorite pup representing most of the countries in the competition. They have brackets too. And of course there’s the live Puppy Cam from the Washington Animal Rescue League. Voting ends July 10 with the winning pup.
June 13, 2014
‘Dad Dancing’ with Jimmy Fallon and Gov. Chris Christie
In honor of Fathers Day, Jimmy Fallon and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie showed the evolution of “Dad Dancing.”
June 12, 2014
Books for International Goodwill
Books for International Goodwill has been “Spreading Literacy by Keeping Books Alive” for more than 15 years, providing recycled used books to schools and libraries in Annapolis and around the world.
World Cup Out Of This World
Astronauts are getting in on the World Cup. Who knew you could play soccer in space?
“No Diggity” Jessica Rabbit Style
Postmodern Jukebox with Ariana Savalas cover Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” with vintage style. Seriously, think Jessica Rabbit.
June 11, 2014
Solar Flare on the Sun
The sun is hitting its stride. Earth’s closest star shot off yet another powerful solar flare today (June 11) after producing a pair of major solar storms Tuesday.
Sickweather, a Baltimore-based company, provides online reports and an iPhone app that scans social networks for indicators of illness, and maps real time data on more than 23 different symptoms and illnesses.
‘All By Myself’ In The Airport
What is a man to do when left alone overnight in the Las Vegas Airport? Shoot a music video, naturally.
Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” Is Now “I’m So Pregnant”
A band of mothers got together to parody Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” in their own “I’m So Pregnant”
June 10, 2014
The Bottle Boys Cover ‘Billy Jean’
The Bottle Boys believe that “Everything can be played on bottles” and in their latest video, they tackled a Michael Jackson classic inside the Mariendal Kirke in Denmark.
June 9, 2014
Sir Mix-A-Lot Performs With The Seattle Symphony
PSY Puts Out New Music Video Featuring Snoop Dogg
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Job Fair
The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a career fair for veterans with specialized IT experience on Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria. Click here to register.
June 6, 2014
Sharknado 2 Trailer
June 5, 2014
Most Expensive Colleges in Each State
Click here to enlarge the map and see the full list of the college in each state with the highest out of state total cost.
June 4, 2014
Pepco Live Wire Demonstration
Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.
June 3, 2014
Metal History of Video Games
It’s a head banging education on video games.
June 2, 2014
“Millennial Week” Kicks Off in D.C.
Millennial Week is a weeklong series of events, starting June 2 in D.C., focused on the impact the generation is making on culture and society.
Woman Drags Baby On Wedding Gown Train
A Tennessee woman reportedly attached her newborn to the train of her wedding gown and dragged the baby as she walked down the aisle. Visit Buzzfeed.com to see photos.
June 1, 2014
Smartphones are supposed to make life easier. But a university student claims an Android app he created can take photos and videos with your phone without displaying any notification and the program will not be displayed on the list of installed applications.