When There Is a Rock Creek Park in DC, Why Bother Heading to Virginia or Maryland?

Since, my return back to DC from Europe last month, I finally found some time to grab my digi and headed to our beautiful Rock Creek Park.  Honestly, can you find anything more beautiful than this at any of the parks in MD or VA? Read more of this post

Maryland Wins $115 Million Stimulus Grant to Expand Broadband

The state of Maryland has landed $115 million in new federal stimulus grants to extend broadband Internet service to rural and underserved communities across the state.

The funding, awarded by the Department of Commerce’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, will be used to build more than 1,200 miles of high-speed Internet line, linking together three independent broadband networks.

The project is aimed at bringing affordable broadband to more than 1,000 “anchor” institutions, including schools, libraries and emergency centers, in areas that until now have had little or no connectivity. Maryland officials say the funds are expected to create more than 800 new jobs now, as well as another 800 jobs in the future. Read more of this post

Awesome Washingtonian of the Day Sept 5, 2010

Name: Jason Shams
Live in: Awesome DC
Originally From: Rockville, MD
Profession: Iran Expert and Consultant, Freelance Journalist
What I love about DC the most: The parks and the politics
My Favorite Music: Radiohead – Jigsaw Falling Into Place Read more of this post

Vapiano Grand Opening in Bethesda

Vapiano is opening their first location in Maryland – Bethesda.

The sexy and ultimate “fuel stop for grownups” joint will be offering an urban upscale atmosphere in a comfortable environment where guests can relax and be themselves. Read more of this post

‘Race to the Top’ Education Funds Awarded Washington, D.C. and 9 other States

The administration awarded $3.4 billion to nine states and Washington, D.C. in a national competition to encourage school reform that spurred far-reaching changes in many cash-starved states.

The awards unveiled yesterday are part of the administration’s $4.35 billion “Race to the Top” competition, launched last year, a program that set in motion a national effort to tie teacher evaluations to student achievement, increase the number of charter schools and overhaul low-performing schools. Read more of this post

Washington, D.C. Not Branded as City of Politics, Corruptions, and Scandals anymore

Just to be clear, all three of them are still happening in DC, and they will continue to happen. However, given all the new Reality television shows which have invaded Washington, D.C., politics, corruptions, and scandals are the last thing coming to anyone’s mind these days.

Just in the last year alone, Washington, D.C., has played host to “The Real World” “Top Chef,” “DC Cupcakes“, the  up coming “Potomac River” and now the power-hungry White House-crashing cast members of “The Real Housewives of D.C.”

As a Washingtonian, I must admit that D.C. has suffered from a reputation of being a “9-5 city,” where most people live in Virginia and Maryland and commute in for work. Read more of this post

Veterans Affairs Okays Medical Marijuana For Veterans In Washington, D.C.

The Veterans Affairs Dept. has decided not to penalize veterans in Washington, D.C. and dozen other States who use the drug in states where its permitted for medicinal use.

Maybe when all fifty States allow medical marijuana, the federal government will finally legalize it because I doubt they could send federal officers to all states to attempt to uphold federal law when local law refuses to prosecute. I do not smoke, but do not mind those that do. Sure, smoking too much can make you stupid, but the little my friends smoke, it makes them much more laid back and relaxed. Read more of this post

Nationwide Unemployment Rates Down in June 2010

The jobless rate in 39 states and Awesome Washington, D.C. fell in June compared to the prior month, as the nation’s unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage point to 9.5%, according to the U.S. Department of Labor . Meanwhile, five states saw unemployment rate increases, while the rate was unchanged in six other states.

Nevada remained the state with the highest unemployment rate in the nation — 14.2% — a full percentage point higher than Michigan’s 13.2% rate, which declined again. Washington, DC and 16 states recorded jobless rates in excess of 10%. North and South Dakota continued to have the lowest rates in the country, at 3.6% and 4.5%, respectively. Read more of this post

Beatles Tribute Concerts in Awesome Washington D.C.

The world’s largest Beatles tribute festival, Abbey Road on the River, will bring five days of peace, love and rock-n-roll to National Harbor, Maryland, September 2-6, 2010.

The Labor Day Weekend music festival will draw thousands of Beatles’ fans to enjoy more than 50 bands performing on two indoor stages and four outdoor stages.

Original Beatles Drummer Pete Best will reveal to festival attendees stories about his time with the band, including many never-before-heard details. Festival attendees will hear more than 50 concerts daily from Beatles tribute bands, from Mop Tops to Sgt. Peppers, representing countries from around the world including Italy, England, Germany, Scotland, Canada, and the United States. Read more of this post

Did we piss off the Russians or the Iranian Mullahs? Earthquake in Washington, D.C.?

The Washington, D.C. area experienced a minor earthquake (3.6 magnitude) at 5:04 a.m. this morning.  Did the quake wake anyone up? Did you feel it where you are?

The epicenter of the quake was in Germantown, Maryland. Apparently the quake was felt all around the region, in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia and even West Virginia. No damage has been reported as a result of the earthquake. Read more of this post