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March Madness Returns: Verizon Center Hosting 2013 Sweet 16 and Elite 8

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The Verizon Center has always been a favorite of the NCAA when it comes to March Madness, but it usually entails the tournament's opening weekend games.

Wednesday we learned the multipurpose Verizon Center has been chosen as the home of March Madness' East Region. The 2013 Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games will be held on March 28th and March 30th in Chinatown.

The 15-year-old Verizon Center has hosted one other regional final back in 2006. That year, the George Mason Patriots upset the Connecticut Huskies in overtime, prevailing to the Final Four.

Because Georgetown plays its home games at the Verizon Center, it cannot be selected to participate in the East Region. But if I'm still providing online commentary for WUSA-9, you can bet your life that I'll be seated in press row.

Army Ten-Miler 2012 Sells Out in Record Time

 

From Matt Hagan: Another record-breaking milestone! The 2012 Army Ten-Miler (ATM) filled its 30,000 runner field in a record time. ATM officials announced today that the 28th annual race shattered all previous race registration records for both the priority and general registrations. The highly anticipated race will take place on Sunday, Oct. 21 in Washington, DC at the U.S. Pentagon.

'Before I Die Wall' Brings Out Public Bucket List

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (WUSA) - It's kind of like a classroom chalkboard beckoning the bold children to scrawl out a crazy thought when the teacher leaves the room.

"I'm writing I want to be photographed in Vogue."

But it's those three words... "Before I die... " that really get people to grab the chalk and finish the sentence on a public chalkboard at Q and 14th Streets near Logan Circle, NW.

" I want to sit on a Glacier before they melt away."
"Visit every continent."
"I wrote to see the seven seas before I die."

A local couple put up the chalkboard in front of an old dry cleaners that under construction. They apparently did it without permission, but nobody seems to mind, so far.

Some people take the board and its question very seriously. One man wrote, "To stay sober."
A young women wrote, "To pay my parents back for the all the money they spent on my college."

5 Ways to Live Below Your Means (and Why You Should)

5 Ways to Live Below Your Means (and Why You Should)

As a nation, we are knee deep in debt. In fact, the average Maryland resident is carrying around $7,000 in credit card debt alone. Add in the mortgage, some car payments, and student loans, and it’s easy to see that consumers are barely hanging on. The problem, according to many financial experts, is that people are spreading their money too thin, leaving very little to save and get out of debt with.

“If you put all your earnings into your debt then you will have a difficult time ever getting ahead or saving for a decent retirement,” explains Brad Glickman, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER Professional, and President of Bernard R. Wolfe & Associates, Inc., a company specializing in offering wealth management strategies. “The good news is that it is never too late to make some changes that can have a meaningful, and lasting, impact.”