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VFW POST STUMBLES UPON POSSIBLE NATIONAL TREASURE
On Sept. 5, a small group of VFW Post 1503 members gathered to retire 215 torn, soiled and discarded U.S. flags collected over the summer. Flag collection and retirement ceremonies are conducted throughout the year as just one of many services the VFW performs in support of the local community. The ceremonies are simple, yet dignified, as prescribed by U.S. law, and there is seldom a point of excitement. That would normally be considered improper. All that changed on Sunday. (Inside NoVA)
JOB FAIRS HINT AT PICKUP IN PRINCE GEORGE'S LABOR MARKET
Almost 2,000 job-seekers and 25 employers filled the club level at FedEx Field in Landover on Aug. 31. That was just a day after 26,000 job-seekers and 80 recruiters filled the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex nearby.
The two job fairs hint at bright spots in the region's labor market: Despite a relatively high unemployment rate, there are employers looking to hire. (Gazette.net)
PALIN ROBO-CALLS MARYLANDERS TO ENDORSE MURPHY
Hundreds of thousands of Maryland voters will get a call from Sarah Palin on Monday, urging them to vote for business investor Brian Murphy in Tuesday’s Republican primaries.
Murphy, the underdog challenger to former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich, is releasing the robo-call to more than 250,000 likely Republican voters.
In a one-minute recorded message, Palin bashes Ehrlich’s record as governor, as well as the job of his Democratic challenger, Gov. Martin O’Malley. (Washington Examiner)
FALLS CHURCH: PIZZA CITY?
The City of Falls Church is known for a lot of things. Memorial Day Parade. Schools. Trees. Water battles. But when it comes to food, we've quickly become the epicenter for a pizza parlor uprising.
In the two-square miles that is the City of Falls Church, there are ten -TEN!- places where you can get a fresh, hot pizza pie. That's downright heaven for lovers of the slice living in, and around, these parts. It wasn't always a cheesy and crusty mecca, however. For a while, choices were rather limited. Sure, we've had a few other joints along the way. Charlie's Pizza had a brief run across from the Community Center, and how many can remember the Godmother's on S. Washington? But, aside from a couple here-today-gone-tomorrow-spots, since 1988 there were only two options for your pizza pleasure: Anthony's or Jerry's. Now, there's absolutely nothing wrong with those two locations- they have, and continue to, produce the goods. But, in an age where anyone who shops at Whole Foods considers themselves a "foodie," people were bound to long for something more than just sausage and pepperoni (ok, Anthony's has gyro meat too). (Falls Church News-Press)