NORTHERN VIRGINIA HOME SALES DOWN
Sun Gazette: "Home sales across the inner suburbs of Northern Virginia took a tumble in November compared to a year before, when first-time home-buyers were rushing to beat the deadline to qualify for a federal tax credit, but prices continues to climb out of the doldrums, according to new figures. A total of 1,260 transactions were reported across the region during the month, down 19.6 percent from the 1,567 sales reported in November 2009, according to figures reported by the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors."
PLANETARIUM SAVED, FOR NOW
wtop.com: "Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium, just hours away from missing its fundraising goal for 2010, was saved by a last-minute donation of $100,000. The Arlington County School Board cut the planetarium's budget last year and told it to raise $402,800 by June 30, or risk being shut down." http://www.wtop.com/?nid=726&sid=2219858
HARD CIDER MAKES A COMEBACK
Insidenova.com: "Once upon a time, apple cider was America's beverage of choice. Of course, there weren't a lot of choices in Colonial America. The water was iffy, and growing grapes was tricky. "If you take the consumption of Pepsi Cola and Coca-Cola today, you could equate that with ... the consumption per capita for cider at that time," said Tom Burford, nurseryman, orchard designer and apple historian from Lynchburg. "It was the drink."