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Around Town

By Potomac Local News January 13, 2012 7:00 am

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021711 Around Town

Air Florida 30 years later 
This month and next, more than 2,600 jetliners will thunder down the same runway by the Potomac, bound for the balmy Florida sunshine. If you are on board one of them, escaping Washington in winter, take heart that your departure is far safer than it was 30 years ago Friday, when a combination of blunders catapulted a plane from that runway into the 14th Street bridge, The Washington Post reports.

Marshall runs against Allen
Del. Bob Marshall said Thursday he will run for Virginia’s open U.S. Senate seat, adding another candidate to the mix of Republicans challenging frontrunner George Allen for the party’s nomination, the Washington Examiner reports

23-year-old running for mayor 
Young entrepreneur Ryan Bullock has become the third candidate to announce a campaign for Fredericksburg’s mayoral office in the upcoming May municipal elections, reports Patch.com 

Amtrak starts upgrades
Amtrak says it will start receiving new electric locomotives and cars for its fleet this year, and will improve its service on the Northeast Corridor between Washington and Boston, reports the Washington Business Journal.

Air Force wants wearable computers
The U.S. Air Force is seeking input from businesses on developing a way to outfit warfighters with wearable computers, according to a request for information posted on FedBizOpps.gov, Government Computer News reported.  

Gov. McDonnell delivered the State of the Commonwealth Address
Click to read the text.

Metro riders could leave system
Metro riders said on Tuesday that the rising cost of using the transit system — combined with declining service — may force them to seek other transportation options, reports the Washington Examiner.

Lawmakers biker in Richmond
House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) said he has spoken to House Clerk G. Paul Nardo about proceeding with House business even if the Senate can’t organize. Nardo said that if the Senate did not organize then the House could pass their own resolution and still invite Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) to speak in the chamber, reports The Washington Post.  

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