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Cheat Sheet: July 19, 2012

Mach Tower closed to riders indefinitely

It’s been open for less than a year, but persistent maintenance and technical problems have resulted in the temporary closing of one of Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s newest attractions. Mach Tower, the ride that shoots passengers skyward at six feet per second and then plunges them 240 feet toward the ground, closed July 12, 2012, to review manufacturer-recommended changes to the ride. Although Busch Gardens has no official date for the ride to reopen, it is hoped that these changes will alleviate the down-time and service repairs that frequently shut down this attraction. (Source)

Obama campaign opens two more offices in Hampton Roads

With recent polls showing the race for the presidency as a dead-heat, the Obama campaign is stepping up its game in Hampton Roads. Last week President Obama visited five Hampton Roads cities in two days. Now three more campaign offices have sprung up in Virginia, with two of these located in Hampton Roads. Hampton and Portsmouth offices add to the list of 20 already in Virginia. The administration hopes that these community volunteers will act as a ground force by winning the president another term. (Source)

Ford recalls 2013 Escapes

Ford is recalling 11,500 of its 2013 Escape SUVs so that you won’t be escaping a car fire. Some vehicles’ fuel lines are defective, at times cracking and leaking fuel. The recall comes at the heels of three reported fires. So far no one has been injured as a result of these defective fuel lines, but Ford cautions owners to stop driving the Escape and use a Ford-provided loaner car while the problem is being solved. (Source)

2012 Emmy nominations announced

This year, viewers can expect to see many of the same celebrities and shows represented at the Emmys.  The AMC series Mad Men and FX’s American Horror Story received the most overall nominations, coming in at 17 apiece. Other historical favorites such as Modern Family, Downton Abbey and The Big Bang Theory will also be represented. However, a few new shows and faces will be in the crowd. Fans of Hatfields and McCoys, Homeland and a handful of new HBO shows will be making a first time appearance. (Source)

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