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September 10, 2010

Thumbs up to The Maryland Theatre, which will celebrate its 95th anniversary tonight with a dinner and concert featuring the Temptations and Four Tops. Here's to 95 more years.

Thumbs up to the faculty, staff, students and parents at Grace Academy and Broadfording Christian Academy in Washington County. Nearly 50 Chinese and Korean students will spend the school year at the two schools. They will live with local families. The interaction between the international students and those at the host schools will be an invaluable experience. The world needs more of these exchanges.

Thumbs upto Jennie Gabler, an English teacher at Greencastle-Antrim High School, who was recognized as the Pennsylvania English Teacher of Excellence by the National Council of Teachers of English. Congratulations.

Thumbs down to the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla. Pastor Terry Jones, who heads the 50-member Christian Church, wanted to host a Quran burning today to commemorate the 2001 terrorist attacks. Whatever happened to "love thy neighbor as yourself"?

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Thumbs up to Hub City Softball and the City of Hagerstown's recreation department, who are sponsoring today's Hub City Home Run Derby at Municipal Stadium. The event is a fundraiser for a U.S. Marine Corps unit in Afghanistan. Among the members of the unit is Sgt. Justin A. Langlotz, a 2003 graduate of Washington County Technical High School.

Thumbs up to the organizers of last weekend's two-day Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Air Show and Open House at the West Virginia Air National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing. The event brought an estimated 80,000 people to the base, as well as many types of aircraft and aerial performers.

Thumbs up to Bob Walton, who has been chairman of Maugansville Pride Day for 30 years and has been involved with the Maugansville Ruritan for nearly 40 years. Walton's service to Maugansville has earned him the unofficial, but well-deserved, title of mayor.

Thumbs down to Nike, which was behind the decision for the Virginia Tech football team to wear all-black "Nike Combat" uniforms for the Hokies' season-opening game against Boise State. These black uniforms seem to be the wave of the future in college sports, but to have Virginia Tech wear these uniforms just three years after the worst shooting rampage on an American college campus was beyond inappropriate.

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