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Weekly Washington: Jon Stewart Cometh (and he cleans up after himself)

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c
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All of DC is excitedly awaiting the dueling Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert Rallies. It looks like the Rally to Restore Sanity will be on the Mall between 3rd and 7th Sts (between the National Gallery of Art on the north and Air and Space and Museum of the American Indian on the south). And all of us who visit the Mall frequently owe Jon Stewart a big thank you for calling for donations to the Trust for the National Mall. I think this is the first time I've ever seen a rally (of any political bent) take the time to recognize that the "people's place" is not a communal dumping ground for the people's trash. (We Love DC)

While we wait for the restoration of sanity and fear, Transformers 3 kicks off filiming in DC next weekend. Michael Bay and company will blow some stuff up from October 11th through the 15th on the National Mall. I cought part of the filming in Chicago this summer and was truly disappointed at the lack of actual destruction. Lots of folks in tight t-shirts acting self important, crowds waiting in a festive-like mass, and then a weak little squib.  (DCist)

Philadelphia is set to resume Duck Boat tours in March following a fatal accident this year. Family members of the two victims urge them not to, citing unresolved safety concerns from a 2002 National Transportation Safety Board report. (CNN)

It's about time, but it's still going to be a pain in the rear. The Park Service is set to shut down access between the Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial later this month as they embark on a $31 million restroration project. Key among this: providing a water filtration system to improve the water quality of the Reflecting Pool, which contains more than the recommended levels of stank come August. (DCist)

The National Capitol Planning Commission examines the three security options for the Jefferson Memorial. All involve cutting down the famous cherry trees to some extent. Hey, maybe we could desiginate the trees as worthy of protection and create and even more giant wall surrounding them! (GGW)

New cracks were found in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, but don't bother to try to find them yourself. It took a team of geophysicists to find this batch. As they continue to study the problem, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial fund will buy several more blank panels to have on hand if they ever need to be replaced.

Oh, and Cultural Toursim DC aparently has no standards when they ask for insiders to pick their top five sites.

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