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by ARLnow.com | August 10, 2012 at 9:24 am | 1,449 views | 15 Comments

County Fair Moves on From Embezzlement Case — All seems to be going well with the Arlington County Fair (photos, above) this year, despite the arrest and subsequent guilty plea of the fair’s now-former event manager on embezzlement charges several months ago. [Falls Church News-Press]

Rumsfeld to Attend Murray Fundraiser — Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is slated to be the special guest at a private fundraiser for Republican congressional candidate Patrick Murray next month. Murray is a retired U.S. Army colonel. [Patrick Murray for Congress]

Bike Trip Planner Released — Those wanting to plan bike trips around Arlington and D.C. can now do so via a new online bike routing tool. BikeArlington contributed knowledge of local bike routes to the free tool, which was developed by the nonprofit group OpenPlans. [Mobility Lab]

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  • Clarendon

    Rummy ! I love it when he talks about known kowns, and known unknowns, and unknown unknowns, and knowable unknown unknowns, and…

    • Novanglus

      Will Rummy say “We go to the polls with the Congressman we have, not the Congressman we need…”??

      Once again, no good choices…Moran=Congressman for life.

  • 1RLI

    Hmm, Bikeplanner may help with laying our running routes for marathon training. Will have to play with it more though, as first attempt told me going from North Arlington to DCA could not be done safely.

    • Enough already

      Have you lost your mind? Don’t let the cyclist know your planning on running on their bike trail

      • 1RLI

        LOL…

  • http://www.BikeArlington.com Chris Eatough

    1RLI, try a very small adjustment to your start or end point. The flag probably just landed on a small zone that did not have street data.

    • 1RLI

      Thanks…I’ll give that a try.

      • Sim City

        it’s pretty obvious that these algorithms never rode a bike.

        • http://www.BikeArlington.com Chris Eatough

          But that’s the best part about the tool. It takes input from cyclists and uses it to improve the results.
          If you get a result that doesn’t seem right, you can view the base map and usually there is a correction that can bring the map and the routing more in line with reality. The openstreetmap that is used as the basemap is here: http://www.openstreetmap.org/
          You can log in and start making improvements.
          This is truly a community tool. The more we use Bikeplanner and provide feedback, the more accurate it becomes!

          • flip

            Of course that means trusting the tool isn’t skewed by people that don’t like cyclists just inputting random route data…

          • http://www.BikeArlington.com Chris Eatough

            That’s right, flip. Thankfully, that is extremely unlikely. The openstreetmap data is known to be very reliable and sabotage is not an issue.

          • Sim City

            cool; didn’t know that

  • DarkHeart

    Glad to have the rain, but did it have to come in the middle of the fair?

  • Mary-Austin

    They are running tv commercials from 2011 with the same dates and everything. They might want to sort that out.

  • YTK

    County Fair Embezzlement Case – oh now I understand why it was so miserably blah at the Fair — not enough money to perk things up like before the Embezz..I hope they have better accounting measures in place this time.

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