Local Leads: 8/2/10

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It's 9:30 a.m. on a Friday, and a short line of cars has formed in the drive-thru of Java Divas coffee shop. Inside the small gray shed, barista Lauren Lucabaugh serves a frappuccino with a smile — and little else. The brown-haired, blue-eyed Lucabaugh sports a skimpy purple and black bikini, which her customer, Justin Hartman, glances at before thanking her for the cold coffee drink and driving off. (Baltimore Sun) (See our story on Java Divas from last year here.)

Fans of Middletown's and Urbana's farmers markets are probably familiar with Ray and Jan Wickline's Blue Faerie Farm. Many people call them "the purple potato people," for their unusual produce varieties. And that's not a bad thing, as far as Ray Wickline is concerned. The unusual produce varieties are intentional – a way to hook the customers. Though he says he eventually wants to focus on organic apples, the trees are still young. In addition to blue potatoes, the farmers grow a pink variety and a bean called dragon's tongue, which have purple stripes on their casing. (Gazette)

Fairfax County Public Schools may be making the move toward online textbooks, beginning with a pilot program this fall. As part of the yearlong pilot, social studies classes at six high schools and six middle schools will receive netbooks, online access to digital textbooks and other resources like instructional aides for teachers, said Peter Noonan, assistant superintendent for Instructional Services. (Fairfax Times)

Edge Shave Gel, which deals with irritation of the shaving kind, is out with a list of cities it calls the nation’s most irritating, and Washington is near the top.  The study, part of a branding campaign for the shaving products company, considered 11 different irritants in ranking cities, including humidity levels, weather conditions, traffic and airline delays, commute times, underemployment and allergies. (Washington Business Journal)

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