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It's Time to Make Sense and Cents

Gerry Connelly is sounding like a parrot of the party of his perennial opponent, Keith Fimian. (Maybe that's the point.) But he is wrong. The home mortgage deduction needs to be put on the "Supercommittee"'s table.  It should be phased out and eliminated completely as a relic of a time when such ownership was the American Dream. It no longer is...and look at where that delusion got US. At its worst, people with no assets or jobs were put into houses that were more than they needed or could budgetarily swing,  just to keep the economy going via the homebuilding sector. And now they are either stuck, or already foreclosed on and displaced.

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Oktoberfest comes to National Harbor

Oktoberfest comes to National Harbor

On October 24th and 25th, receive a souvenir tasting mug and enjoy Das Best Oktoberfest, Maryland's largest beer festival at National Harbor.

The show features over 200 International Beers and Wines, Oompah bands, live music, German food, German performers including cultural dancing, accordion sing-alongs and carnival games. The show has hundreds of arts, crafts and other exhibits. The two-day celebration of Germany's annual beer extravaganza offers different admission packages and specials. Two day VIP admission is $85. VIP admission is $55 on Saturday and $45 on Sunday and can be purchased in advance only.

More Than 100 Authors To Highlight 2011 National Book Festival

More Than 100 Authors To Highlight 2011 National Book Festival


This notice comes to us from Jennifer Clark:

An unprecedented 112 authors, poets and illustrators will speak and meet with their readers at the 2011 National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress. The event, to be held Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25 on the National Mall – rain or shine – also will offer more authors and activities for young readers than ever before.

The event is free and open to the public. Saturday hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday hours will be from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Authors’ speaking and book-signing schedules are available on the festival website, www.loc.gov/bookfest.

House of Positivity

                                                                          A Chuckle Each Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Most of us know that exercise is good for your health, mentally and physically. Experts are saying that laughter, too, is good for your well-being. There are many benefits that laughter triggers such as strengthening your immune system, boosting your energy, diminishing pain, and protecting you from the damaging effects of stress.

In fact I just attended a Laughter and Resilience workshop and I have to say that I left with a smile on my face :-)).

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Adoptive Family Helps Ireton Lineman Overcome Hip Degeneration

ALEXANDRIA, V.A. (WUSA) -- At six feet, 220 pounds Ireton lineman, Josh Reed, is smaller than many of his opponents, but the Cardinals' junior standout is resilient and determined, making him a force on the field.  That strength  comes from his supportive family and Reed's will to overcome physical hardship for his love of football.

Roy and Mary Reed adopted Josh when he was an infant and it was a tough transitional period for the family.

"It can be difficult when you've got a baby who's particularly sensitive and cries a lot," said Roy Reed, Josh's father. 

But the Reeds were devoted to their son's care and helped him become a part of their blended family, as Josh has six siblings, three of which were also adopted.

"I feel like we're closer than what a regular family would be," said Josh.

Mom Drops 60 Pounds In Office Weight Loss Program

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- Many businesses offer different types of benefits but a local Northern Virginia has added a little something extra to help keep their employees even healthier.

Jennifer Wiley works full time and is a busy mom. Both things kept her from putting herself first.

"I never thought I would have been as heavy as I had gotten to be and I was absolutely miserable with myself," Jennifer says.

She also said she had gotten to a weight that kept her from doing pretty much anything, even walking up the stairs or playing with her son.

But now Jennifer is 60 pounds lighter and together with her co-workers they are celebrating a big milestone. The group as a whole has lost a ton and a half, 3000 pounds

Va. Board Approves New Regulations For Abortion Clinics

(WUSA) -- Thursday, Virginia's Board of Health voted to impose strict new regulations that many abortion providers say will force them to close their clinics.

After three hours discussing the regulations and a 90-minute public hearing, the board voted 12-1 Thursday to pass the temporary regulations.

Last winter, The General Assembly passed legislation requiring the board to adopt strict abortion clinic regulations. With this vote Thursday, the Commonwealth has followed the lead of South Carolina, Texas and Kansas -- slapping strict new regulations on abortion clinics.