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Cheat Sheet: July 9, 2012

Smithfield Foods to open restaurant

The popular pork producing company, Smithfield Foods Inc., is set to open a restaurant in Smithfield on Tuesday. The grand opening will feature its own products and offer items such as sandwiches, salads, ribs and burgers. The restaurant will share the building with the company’s retail shop, the Genuine Smithfield Ham Shoppe, on Main St. (Source)

Snake on the loose in Yorktown 

Local officials don’t typically search for lost dogs and stray cats. Today, however, authorities and Animal Control officers are on the lookout for a Burmese python that may have escaped its enclosure. The 10 foot snake is believed to be near the Blackwell Trailer Court area of Oriana Road. Though it is not reported as being dangerous, officials advise residents not to approach the snake if they see it. Rather, they should immediately call Animal Control. (Source)

Washington Monument may be closed until 2014

One of Washington D.C.’s most popular monuments will remain closed to visitors this summer and beyond. The 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the Virginia and D.C. area last August damaged the prominent Washington monument’s exterior and part of its interior. Since the earthquake, the monument has not had any visitors. Now, the $15 million project will keep spectators away for another two years. So if you are planning a trip to our capitol, make sure you skip this construction zone. (Source)

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