WTOP's Bob Madigan

Sun Jul 08th, 2012

Bryce is going after all

The 19 year old Washington Nationals' phenom Bryce Harper did not get voted in to the All Stars Game by the fans. But he is going because he has been added to the All Star National League team to replace Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. Before that WTOP's Man About Town Bob Madigan learned Nats Fans were mostly philosophical.

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Sun Jul 08th, 2012

Freedom isn't free

It definitely is NOT FREE! And the sad cost can been seen in a photo essay put together by WTOP's National Security Correspondent J.J. Green. Click here to see it

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Sun Jul 08th, 2012

Fun on the 4th both free and otherwise

Heading down to the National Mall for the fireworks? Beforehand, The Hamilton Live is offering a FREE concert featuring Jonny Grave & The Tombstones Doors at 4:00pm; show from 5:00pm to 8:30pm. 600 14th Street, N.W. 14th & F. near Metro Center.

NOT free but for a worthy cause, The Save Historic Arlington House 4th of July Celebration For $250 a ticket you get to enjoy a Virginia barbeque and a rare offering to celebrate the founding of our nation and view the Fourth of July fireworks on the National Mall from this unique and unparalleled historical vista, overlooking the nation's capital.

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Wed Jul 04th, 2012

Pop quiz for the 4th

As we celebrate the Declaration of Independence, it might be time to see how well we might to in a test of our own citizenship. Click here to take the Toast.net Independence Day Quiz Tell me how you did and I will tell you my score!! bmadigan@wtop.com

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Tue Jul 03rd, 2012

Help our heroes

Among those of us still without power are thousands of lower ranking members of the military (as in the lowest paid). Because many have lost a lot of food to the power outage and heat Operation Homefront DC Metro Chapter stands ready to provide grocery gift cards and commissary food vouchers to any active duty military family, E6 and below to replace food lost due to power outages and high heat. In order to do this Operation Homefront needs our help. As an example A donation of $100 will replace a week's worth a groceries for a family of four. Click here if you wish to help Operation Homefront help our heroes.

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Tue Jul 03rd, 2012

Lion eyes spy a witch and a dresser

An amazing lion has taken charge at Imagination Stage with the Washington Ballet performing in a world premiere of Septeme Weber and David Palmer's The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. It's an epic adventure with terrible betrayals, great battles, heroic deeds, and noble kings and queens! Libretto and Lyrics by Janet Stanford with additional lyrics by Bari Biern; Choreography by Septime Webre & David Palmer; Music composed by Matthew Pierce; Directed by Janet Stanford. Now thru August 12 at Imagination Stage 4908 Auburn Avenue in Bethesda 301.280.1660

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Mon Jun 25th, 2012

How to avoid the mall but enjoy fireworks on the 4th

One way is to head to The University of Maryland and the City of College Park. Where they are working together to once again break out the red, white and blue for a fabulous Independence Day celebration. Concessions open at 5pm. A free concert and fireworks spectacular are on tap for Wednesday, July 4 beginning at 7pm at the University of Maryland in Lot 1 adjacent to Campus Drive off Adelphi Road. With great rock n roll and fun from The Fabulous Hubcaps. Fireworks start at dusk - about 9pm with a 30 to 40 minute program. In case of rain, the fireworks show will be on Thursday, July 5th.

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Mon Jun 25th, 2012

Known as a sex kitten in the 60's, she's picture perfect!

Today's 20 somethings seem intrigued by one of the last remaining icons of the 50's & 60's sex appeal stars. One reason they are finding their way to the Sofitel Hotel off Lafayette Square where Le Bar is the temporary home of "BB Forever: Brigitte Bardot, the Legend" featuring some of the best photos of the "Temptress of St. Tropez"

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Fri Jun 22nd, 2012

Steppin up with Step Afrika

The explosive dancers of Step Afrika! bring to the stage a fresh look at contemporary culture, music and style with the world premiere of Nxt/Step Step Afrika: Remixing the Power and International Influence of Stepping with Hip Hop, Multimedia and Rhythm. Step Afrika! Presents Nxt/Step thru July 1st Atlas Performing Arts Center 1333 H Street, NE

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Wed Jun 20th, 2012

Newsbabes!! And that is not a sexist comment.

They are local female radio/TV news anchors who several years ago created Newsbabes Bash for Breast Cancer. Their 4th annual bash was held at the Historic Howard Theatre to help the the GW Mammovan provide free screenings to women in need.

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Wed Jun 20th, 2012

It is almost as if Ford's Theatre hasn't witnessed enough history

A new milestone was reached at Ford's with the 500th performance of the one-act, two actor, multiple character play "One Destiny. Despite the milestone the play will continue and continue to be only $5 dollars

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Wed Jun 20th, 2012

Spa culture opening to the world

The Washington Spa Alliance held it's 2nd Annual Symposium: "SPA and the NEW ECONOMY" at the National Press Club. Sheila Johnson founder of Founder & CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts and before that co-founder of B.E.T. was the keynote speaker.

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Wed Jun 20th, 2012

A long grueling campaign ends

and now we know who the winners are. They are people with blood cancers now and in the future because of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society's Man & Woman of the Year campaign.

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Mon Jun 18th, 2012

A dream that is real!

It's the Washington National's Dream Foundation. But what is it?? The answer is yours by clicking below and listening!

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Mon Jun 18th, 2012

A dream night after a nightmare afternoon

It is not easy to put on a party face after you and your team have lost a heart-breaker after 14 innings but the Washington National's DID just that for the 7th Annual National's Dream Foundation Gala at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor.

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Fri Jun 15th, 2012

People change?!?!? It can happen.

Witness what happened to an Evangelical Christian Mother who learned her adult daughter is gay. Above All Things: The Journey of an Evangelical Christian Mother and Her Lesbian Daughter' by Shari Johnson whose world turned upside down the night her 37-year-old daughter called and told her that she was gay. As she wrote in the Washington Post recently, "I had been an evangelical Christian for more than 30 years and thought that this was the worst thing that could happen to a parent, to a Christian, to me." This just couldn't be possible. Cholene had always been the hero-Air Force Academy graduate, second woman to fly the U-2 spy plane, captain for United Airlines - she cried, begged, pleaded with God to change Cholene, but he changed Shari instead. It seems that he was much more concerned about Shari's lack of love than he was about Cholene's homosexuality.

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Fri Jun 15th, 2012

Picture perfect fathers' day gift!

Jake McGuire, one of America's most accomplished photographers, is giving away a minimum of 500 free copies of his most popular photograph, "Marine One" so Washington families can give their fathers an eye-popping gift. The photo is a straight-on view of the Presidential Helicopter flying down the National Mall,it is McGuire's hottest selling image so he is making this signed, 11x14 gift-sized prints available for the next few days so families can thrill dad on June 17th. FREE!(The print is a $40 value.) Click here to see it. The photo is particularly dynamic because the heat from the turbine engines creates the mirage effect on the Capitol Dome. Free photos can't be shipped (proper packaging and shipping is too costly for a free photo offer.) He will have them for the next few days from 7-9 AM at Starbucks Lyon Village Lee Highway at Spout Run PKWY Arlington.

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Thu Jun 14th, 2012

What does Flag Day mean to you??

What is behind the significance of June 14th? Is it only observed in the U.S.? We learned some important lessons about the day at the annual Blinded American Veterans Foundation (BAVF) Flag Day Picnic.

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Thu Jun 14th, 2012

You never know what will pop up at a pop-up

A pop-up restaurant is one that just pops up where ever it can. Often in interesting places. Sometimes you never know what will pop-up.

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Wed Jun 13th, 2012

Pop-Up restaurants aren't about pop-overs

Nor is a Pop-Up restaurant a pop-off restaurant (that would be one run by Chef Gordon Ramsay). Join us as we head to a pop-up created by Aaron Silverman and his team for the Potomac Construction Services team.

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