Gambling, federal contracts, a walk in a park

Good morning and what a nice start to the week — if you can take a walk today, do so.


Women and minority small business owners say they see signs — including more aggressive outreach efforts — that the government is more interested in doing business with them. Still, getting that federal contract is a lot of work. BTW, If you care about local business, the Capital Business tabloid, which publishes every Monday, is online here.


(Lucian Perkins/The Washington Post)

A popular Manassas Park water park is still closed and a chemical leak that resulted in a dozen swimmers getting sick is still under investigation.

Tomorrow is World Blood Donor Day; enter your zip code at the American Red Cross web site and you’ll find the nearest blood donation center.

We’ll have more on PostLocal, as well as on our Twitter feed @postlocal, and Facebook page.

Patricia Sullivan covers government, politics and other regional issues in Arlington County and Alexandria. She worked in Illinois, Florida, Montana and California before joining the Post in November 2001.

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