- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 19, 2009



Science Center seeks moon memories

The Maryland Science Center is asking visitors to the Baltimore museum and its Web site to share their memories about the July 20, 1969, moon landing.

Monday marks 40 years since Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon after the Apollo 11 lunar landing.

The museum is posting where visitors were and what they were doing on the historic day in an exhibition on the second floor. People can also share memories on the Science Center’s Facebook page.

Comments will be accepted until July 24.



Bridal sale benefits charity

Brides-to-be who are looking for a good buy on a dress and who want to support breast cancer patients may find the right fit at a gown sale this weekend in Arlington.

The Brides Against Breast Cancer sale will be held Sunday at the Westin Arlington Gateway, offering about 1,000 dresses. Money raised goes to the Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation, which grants wishes to stage IV cancer patients and their families.

About 85 percent of the merchandise comes from manufacturers, designers and retailers. The remaining dresses come from individual donors.

Organizers say the dresses typically sell for between $400 and $800 at the charity event. They’re worth as much as $8,000.


Administration tour in Virginia

The Obama administration’s top energy and agriculture officials visited Southside Virginia for a rural community forum.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Energy Secretary Steven Chu met with local residents Saturday to discuss the administration’s efforts to rebuild and recharge rural America.

They pointed to funding headed Virginia’s way under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funding includes $94 million for weatherization programs, $70 million for renewable energy programs and $60 million to develop and implement energy-efficient projects.

For farming, they said, hundreds of millions of dollars are headed to Virginia for loans and development initiatives.


Hawaii Superferry moving to Virginia

The Hawaii Superferry’s two vessels are being moved from Honolulu to a Norfolk shipyard under the custody of the U.S. Maritime Administration.

Court records show that Hawaii Superferry owes the Maritime Administration, the bankrupt company’s main creditor, $136.8 million. Austal, which built both ferries under a $190 million contract, is owed $22.9 million.

The Maritime Administration has said it plans to repossess and sell the vessels.

Maritime Administration spokeswoman Susan Clark couldn’t say whether the Navy plans to look at the ferries while they’re stationed in Norfolk.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has said the military wants to lease two high-speed ferries to fill the gap before the first of 10 transport vessels are completed starting in 2011.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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