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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 06/10/2011

Hubris in politics, costs of school and waiting for the river

Good morning and welcome to your Friday.

Sweat-er weather: We know Thursday was one for the record books in terms of heat; here’s hoping the forecast is right and the temp drops 10 degrees to the low 90s.

Legacy of hubris. Before he left office under a cloud, Prince George’s County executive Jack B. Johnson ordered up 275,000 copies of a commemorative booklet to — him. One quote, from many: “We visualized and shaped our own destiny.” Mmmm hmm.

Under pressure from irate parents, the Fairfax County School Board agreed to scale back its practice of forcing transfers for students having disciplinary problems.

Pay to play. Prince George’s County schools will charge youths who want to play sports a $50 athletic fee next year, which raise about $300,000 annually.


Empty property along the Alexandria waterfront. The City of Alexandria wants to redevelop the waterfront area. (Tracy A. Woodward - THE WASHINGTON POST)
River views to come: Alexandria hopes to move ahead with its vision of a continous riverfront park now that 38 years of litigation have ended. But there are both civic activists and private property owners (including the Washington Post) to deal with first.

Weekend picks: The Capital Pride festival, the U.S. Open, Fairfax County’s fair... what’s not to like? Or take in an art exhibit of liberal Dems by a local artist at the Woman’s National Democratic Club.

Finally, how adventurous of a foodie are you? Sure, you have tried escargot and tripe soup but how about Rocky Mountain oysters? Going Out Guide alerts us to the Testicle Festival this weekend in Arlington.

We’ll have all the news as it develops at PostLocal, on our Twitter account @postlocal and Facebook (where we’re called PostLocal, oddly enough). Have a great weekend and see you back here Monday.

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