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Free Admission for Veterans and Members of the U.S. Military at Madame Tussauds on Veterans Day

This story comes to us from Gladwyn Lopez:

In celebration of the brave men and women in the U.S. armed forces, past and present, former U.S. Army Ordnance Captain, current Mrs. Maryland America and 1st Runner-Up in the 2010 Mrs. America pageant, Raquel Riley Thomas, will sign autographs, take pictures and greet visitors in celebration of Veterans Day at Madame Tussauds Washington D.C., on Thursday, November 11, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., 1001 F Street, NW (at F and 10th Streets).  For the entire day admission will be free for all veterans and members of the U.S. military (valid veteran/military ID required), and friends and family members will receive $5 off admission.

Comedy Central Hits the Road and Comes to DC

The Countdown to Sanity and/or Fear Rally hits its 3 day mark today, as Comedy Central prepares for this "big tailgate disguised as a rally." So is this about politics or is it just part of a Comedy Central stunt? Opinions go both ways.

Yesterday, WUSA9's reporter Lindsey Mastis had the chance to talk to Larry Wilmore, one of the Daily Show's correspondents at the Shakespeare Theatre in Chinatown. The Shakespeare Theatre is hosting Comedy Central this week and audience members were lining up outside early yesterday afternoon for the taping of the Daily Show. Tonight's special guest is President Barack Obama.

Dr. Aziza Shad To Receive “Relentless For A Cure” Award

This story was sent to us by Lisa Pagano of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will present Dr. Aziza Shad with the second annual  “Relentless For A Cure” award at the Light The Night Walk on Saturday, October 16 in Washington, D.C. The award was established in 2009 to recognize an individual who has exhibited a lifetime commitment to the LLS mission – to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s Disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

“We are pleased to honor Dr. Shad, a longtime friend of LLS, with the Relentless For A Cure Award,” said Donna McKelvey, National Capital Area Executive Director. “Dr. Shad’s development of a Pediatric Care Clinic to provide on-going care for pediatric cancer survivors and her work to improve the survival rates of children diagnosed with cancer directly impacts the LLS mission.”

FedTalks 2010 A Smashing Success

Tuesday, October 12 the Shakespeare Theatre Company played host to FedScoop's FedTalks 2010.  FedTalks 2010 event was an all-day conference geared toward sharing unique ideas about the interaction between technology and government.

Speakers at FedTalks included several big names including Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post, Craig Newmark of Craigslist, and Ana Marie Cox, founder and editor of Wonkette.com.

Peter Corbett of the D.C. based iStrategyLabs and Virginia Congressman Jim Moran also discussed the future of technology in government. 

Verizon Center, Patriot Center Introducing New, Interactive Technology

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Mosquito Device Removed From Chinatown Metro Station

WASHINGTON (AP) --The company behind a high-tech sound device that aimed to keep teens from loitering in a Washington neighborhood has squashed use of the controversial product.

   The device, called "The Mosquito," costs about $1,000 and emits a high-pitched beeping sound that only young people can generally hear. The sound is annoying and encourages teenagers to move along.

   The device was installed outside the Chinatown entrance to the Gallery Place Metro station, a popular teen hangout. Dave Moss, director of development and operations for the National Youth Rights Association, filed a complaint with the D.C. Office of Human Rights about the device. Officials there told Moss in a letter they were investigating his complaint and Moving Sound Technologies, the company that installed the device, had removed it voluntarily.

Man Achieves Goal, Sets Guinness World Record for Longest Shish Kebab

We posted a previous blog about a man trying to create the world's longest shish-kebab at the Turkish Festival in Downtown.

Well, Murat Aksu did just that.

On October 3rd, Aksu set the Guinness World Record for the longest shish kebab.   The record length came in at 18 feet 7 5/8 inches or 5.68 meters. 

Aksu said that the kebab was measured three times after it was cooked for accuracy by three professional surveyors from Bowman Consulting, a Virginia certified surveying company.

Take a look at the photo above to see Aksu standing next to his gigantic meat creation.