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SUMMER IS TWO-THIRDS OVER
Sunday marks a milestone that carries special weight during this sweltering summer. Sunday falls just about two-thirds of the way between 2010's summer solstice and the autumn equinox. Although meteorologists consider summer to start June 1 and end Aug. 31, many view the steamy season to lie between June's solstice and September's equinox. By that standard, sometime Sunday afternoon, this sweat-soaked summer might be considered to be two-thirds over. In fact, Washington's weather pattern does appear to be changing, and for the cooler. So far, about two-thirds of the days between June 21's solstice and Sunday have had temperatures of 90 degrees or more.
HAYNESWORTH SAYS HE'LL BOYCOTT OFF-SEASON TRAINING
Albert Haynesworth took his most defiant stand yet against Mike Shanahan on Saturday night, saying the Washington Redskins coach underplayed the two-time All-Pro's medical condition in recent days and that he intends to boycott next year's offseason conditioning program as well. Speaking after the Redskins' 23-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Haynesworth also said that he shouldn't have been playing in the third quarter, when only backups were in the game. Haynesworth stopped practicing early Tuesday at training camp and did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. Shanahan gave varying explanations for Haynesworth's idleness each day. The coach initially said Haynesworth "just was sick," then said the cause was dehydration, then finally said it was "more of a headache than anything else."
TEEN PILOT FLIES SOLO TO CALIFORNIA
Nate Foster stares across the Westminster airfield, a yellow pencil tucked behind his ear and a notepad covered in hand-scrawled flight coordinates under his arm. He just received his pilot's license on Thursday, but the Reisterstown teenager has already turned his sights to distant horizons. While fellow seniors from Friends School squeeze in last afternoons at the beach before classes start Sept. 1, Foster will be flying to California by himself in a cramped, two-seat airplane. Foster, 17, says he was inspired by reading the book "Flight of Passage." In that memoir, pilot Rinker Buck describes how he and his brother, both teenagers, refurbished a Piper Cub and flew it from New Jersey to California in the summer of 1966.
OCEAN CITY HOTEL WEEK KICKS OFF
Hotels in Ocean City are holding the resort's first Hotel Week to encourage vacationers to visit during the end of summer.
The promotion, running from Sunday through Saturday, is aiming for the success of Ocean City Restaurant Week. Susan Jones, executive director of Ocean City's Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association says travelers continue to look for good deals. The offers of free and discount overnight stays are aimed at families with small children. Thirty-nine hotels are taking part in the promotion.
EXOTIC COFFEE COMING TO DC
Washington will be one of a handful of markets where Starbucks hopes to lure customers with ultra-premium coffees.
Starting Aug. 31, Starbucks locations in a dozen cities, including Washington, will start selling Starbucks Reserve, limited quantities of coffees sourced from exotic corners of the world. The first Starbucks Reserve is Galapagos San Cristobal, from San Cristobal, one of the oldest geological locations within the Galapagos Islands, says Starbucks. A half-pound bag of whole beans will sell for $12.50. A tall cup of Galapagos San Cristobal, brewed by the cup, will start at $2.95.
(WASHINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL)