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AREA BEACHES AMONG NATION'S CLEANEST
Whether you prefer boardwalks and taffy or birds and grasses, you'll agree the water at your favorite beach needs to be clean. Some of the beaches in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia are among the nation's cleanest.
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the state with the cleanest beach water is New Hampshire. Delaware is second. Virginia ranks No. 4 and Maryland No. 7 out of 30 states that take water quality samples. (WTOP)
U STREET RESTAURANT VIOLATIONS
Not sure if you all noticed, but now all of DC restaurants’ health inspections are available online, in a searchable database. I thought I could do the legwork for you and show you how U Street area restaurants fared.
Now, a note before I present you with this information: a lot of these are years old, so please don’t judge the restaurant solely based on these reports. I haven’t included restaurants that passed their health inspections with no violations (most restaurants listed below passed their inspections unless noted). (U Street Girl)
MARYLAND MAN YANKED FROM CRUISE SHIP
A 37-year-old financial analyst from the Baltimore area was hauled off a cruise ship in Bermuda and charged with importing marijuana.
Bermuda’s Royal Gazette reported that George Koumoulis, from Abingdon, Md., was busted with 7.66 grams of pot.
He had traveled to Bermuda last week on the Norwegian Dawn on a weeklong cruise from New York. (Washington Examiner)
HUMANE SOCIETY LOOKING FOR INFO IN NE ANIMAL STONINGS
The Washington Humane Society spread the word this afternoon that they are offering a $1,000 reward for information which leads to an arrest in two heinous animal murders. In the first case, an opossum and her ten babies were stoned to death in an alley behind 1026 16th Street NE; one month later, a cat was similarly found stoned on the 200 block of Maryland Avenue NE. (We'll spare you the horrifying image of the cat that the WHS included in its email to various police listservs. Ugh.) Residents of D.C. can call 202-BE-HUMANE, 24 hours a day, to report any animal cruelty or neglect, regardless of whether its related to these crimes or not.