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Aug 30, 201204:43 PM

Cheat Sheet: August 30, 2012

Amtrak begins serving Norfolk in December

Amtrak trains are set to begin serving Norfolk passengers on December 12, about 10 months ahead of schedule. Ticket sales commenced this morning with non-holiday tickets at $38 for a one-way trip to Washington D.C., $73 to Boston, $63 to New York and $51 to Philadelphia. The trains are set to leave Norfolk around 5 a.m. on weekdays and 6 a.m. on weekends. They will return around 9 p.m. on weekdays, midnight on Saturdays and 9 p.m. on Sundays. (Source)

American Music Festival taking place this weekend

If you don’t have any Labor Day weekend plans, have no fear! The Virginia Beach Oceanfront is hosting many free concerts in the 19th annual Verizon Wireless American Music Festival. Over the course of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, more than 30 bands of all different genres will take the stage. Bands such as O.A.R., Cheap Trick and Train are set to perform this weekend, though tickets are required for those shows. Other prominent musicians that are performing for free include Family Stone, Carbon Leaf, Blue Oyster Cult and the Marvelettes. (Source)

Flooding prevalent in Gulf states

Hurricane Isaac is now a tropical storm, yet extensive flooding and power outages pervade the southern United States. New Orleans has been spared major damage, though floodwaters have surged into suburban neighborhoods. Other cities such as Slidell and LaPlace, which do not normally flood, are under water. Mandatory evacuations for 50,000 to 60,000 people that live along the Tangipahoa River began today. At least 600,000 Louisianans are currently without power. (Source)

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