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REDSKINS GAME DAY
The week leading up to the Dallas game is a flurry of activity in every corner of Redskins Park, from the locker room to the owner's office to the video room. Days start early and end late. Trying to distance themselves from a disappointing stretch of team history, standing at the start of the Mike Shanahan era, the Redskins prepare for a game they hope will set the tone for the weeks, months and years to come.
Mayor Adrian Fenty is confident he's going to win, but not just in Tuesday's primary - he's talking about Sunday. Fenty has made a friendly bet with Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert on the outcome of Sunday's Redskins games against the Dallas Cowboys. "Mayor Leppert better deliver on the barbecue he owes me after we win," says Fenty. What if the Redskins don't win Sunday night?
"Hypothetically, you know if the Redskins were to lose, I of course would send Ben's Chili Bowl hot dogs. But we're not going to lose so I'll just eat them." He doesn't just have a good feeling about Sunday's game, he's got a good feeling about this entire season, and beyond.
TRACKING CHIPS IN RECYCLING BINS
Alexandria residents soon will have to pay for larger home recycling bins featuring built-in monitoring devices. The City Council added a mandatory $9 charge to its residents' annual waste collection fee. That cash -- roughly $180,000 collected from 19,000 residents-- will pay for new larger recycling carts equipped with computer microchips, which will allow the city to keep tabs on its bins and track resident participation in the city's recycling program. "If you know who's participating in the programs, you can focus your education and outreach to those who are not participating," said Stacy Herring, Alexandria's recycling coordinator
FREDERICK WORKERS CAN'T CALL AND DRIVE
Frederick County government is taking steps to reduce employee cell phone use while driving. The county commissioners unanimously approved a new policy last week that goes beyond a state law slated to take effect in October. That law bans the use of cell phones except with hands-free devices. There is already a law prohibiting text messaging while driving. Under the new policy, employees will be prohibited from making calls while driving, except in emergencies. It will apply while employees are on duty or taking calls related to county business, even if employees are driving their own private vehicles.
OFFBEAT SOUPS AT SEAFOOD FEST
Joan Sheckells never thought to combine the two until Saturday, when she tried an off-menu creation by the chefs of Buddy's Crabs & Ribs during The Capital's 20th annual Crab Soup Cook-off. "It's different from anything I have ever tried before," the Kent Island resident said while raving about the gazpacho. "It is a really fabulous soup." About 1,200 people attended yesterday's cook-off, which was part of the 43rd annual Maryland Seafood Festival at Sandy Point State Park. There, they sampled 17 soups from 13 Maryland restaurants and catering companies. Unlike past years, however, there was more on the menu than just the traditional offerings of cream of crab and vegetable crab soups. For the first time, organizers added an alternative crab soup category, allowing area chefs to showcase some of their more offbeat recipes.