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Virginia History Textbook Said To Contain Big Lie

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) - It's well known, thanks to the movie Glory, that black soldiers fought for the Union. In the Confederate Army, historians say thousands of slaves worked as laborers, not as soldiers, but a new fourth grade textbook, "Our Virginia: Past and Present," has a different take.

"The people in Richmond who approved this book should be fired," said Jeremy Mayer, George Mason University Public Policy Associate Professor. "What do you have a credentialling board for textbooks for if not to catch howling errors?"

He and many historians are outraged about this line in the book, "Thousands of Southern blacks fought in the Confederate ranks, including two black battalions under the command of Stonewall Jackson."

The "hidden" snack inside your Halloween pumpkin

If you’re carving up a pumpkin for Halloween, you’ve got a great snack just begging to be made!  The seeds inside the pumpkin are delicious when baked.  Sure you can purchase pumpkin seeds at most grocery stores, but it’s more fun to make your own!

Scoop the seeds from the pumpkin and place in a colander.  Thoroughly wash and remove all the stringy fiber from around the seeds.  This takes time—be patient!  Once cleaned, dab the seeds with a paper towel to remove moisture.

Place the seeds on a flat baking sheet, drizzle with two tablespoons of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of salt and bake at 350° for 12 to 15 minutes.  The baked seeds will be crispy and delicious.  Eat alone or sprinkle over soups and salads.

To learn more about fall vegetables and great recipes, follow this link:

http://www.mrsrobinsoncooks.com/news/october2010.html

McLean Green Day: Organic Food, Fitness, and Fun

McLean Green Day: Organic Food, Fitness, and Fun
Brought to you by The Brooksfield School
Saturday, October 23
9:00 a.m. to Noon
1830 Kirby Road, on the grounds of St. Dunstan's Church

With the goal of educating the McLean community about sustainability and green living, McLean Green Day will showcase vendors, builders, architects, nutritionists, farmers and businesses that provide local, green or organic products. The Brooksfield School wants to share our excitement about sustainability and highlight how our individual actions impact our environment and the ways we can reduce our carbon footprint. 

Embassy Suites Hotels’ Facebook Community Selects Harry Potter Über Fan

From Embassy Suites Hotels:

Potter Fanatic Surpasses Other Finalists Online to Receive $10,000 Reward

McLEAN, Va. – (October 20, 2010) –Today Embassy Suites Hotels released the results of its Über Fan Contest, announcing Chicago-based Harry Potter devotee Ashley Demma as the grand prize winner.  The upscale all-suites hotel brand’s Facebook community of over 40,000 followers voted to crown Demma as the biggest die-hard fan, who edged out four other finalists for the top honors.  The contest invited consumers around the country to share their most extreme fan moments for the chance to be deemed the ultimate “über fan” and pursue their passion through travel with a $10,000 cash prize, 20 free nights at any Embassy Suites and an iPhone 4 to document the experience.

Leesburg Executive Airport Hosts 2010 Open House and Air Show on Saturday, October 23, 2010

Free event promises fun for the whole family

Bloomingdale's 13th Annual' Love Where You Live' Charity Event

Bloomingdale’s will host Love Where You Live on Thursday, October 20 and 21, 2009 from 10am-10pm in its three area locations: Chevy Chase, Tysons Corner and White Flint.  Dedicated to supporting six of the Washington, D.C. area’s prominent non-profit organizations, this charity event features live entertainment, fashion events, culinary demonstrations, incredible discounts, and more, as well as focuses on giving back to the community.  This year’s charities include Autism Speaks, U.S. Dream Academy, National Capital Area of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Junior League of Washington, Family Support Center and Choral Arts Society.

The Halt to Foreclosures will have an impact to DC area homeowners

Recently, there has been a halt to foreclosures on homes where the mortgages have fallen into default. The onus has been put on the lenders to prove that they have the right to foreclose. Judges have started dismissing foreclosure actions against homeowners as it has become clear that the banks do not have clear title or standing to foreclose.

What this means to struggling homeowners is that they now have an opportunity to challenge banks that may not have been helpful in the loan modification process. Very few homes have been successfully modified under the HAMP program and the blame for this is being laid right at the banks front door. From the entire modification process being characterized as unhelpful to downright deceptive, this moratorium on foreclosing will give homeowners a chance to negotiate favorable terms with their lenders.