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What Is 2014's Official Song of the Summer?

Summer Song 2014

Every summer has one: The song of the summer. That song you just can't stop playing. The song the radio won't stop playing. The song that's on in the club and at the beach and will remind you of this year—this summer—every time you hear it for the rest of your life.

So what is 2014's song?


"Fancy" by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX

Jenna Mullins: "Because I could not stop singing to myself anywhere I went: ‘Who dat? Who dat? I-G-G-Y" for weeks. WEEKS." Zach Johnson: "Because ‘Fancy' was so omnipresent, I learned that Iggy Azalea and Azalea Banks are indeed different people. Who knew?"


"Problem" by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea

Brett Malec: "Because despite having dance moves that make Rihanna giggle like a schoolgirl, her songs are so ridiculously catchy you can't help but love her. Also, she has the vocal chops to back it up (RIP, Mariah)."


"Bang Bang" by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj


Tierney Bricker: "Is ‘Bang Bang' still a summer song or does it count for fall? Anyway, that is mine. Even though the line, ‘She's got a booty like a Cadillac' just reminds me that I, sadly, have a booty like a Chevy. Also, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack is too legit to quit."


"Drunk in Love" by Beyoncé featuring JAY Z

Jenna Loomer: "Because watermelon is the fruit of the summer, obviously. Also, it's a song that everyone knows the lyrics, too, whether you are a Queen B fan or not. I can just picture driving down the road with my car top down and playing the song no matter where my road trip was taking me." Rose Fodulyan: "All songs Beyoncé. Obviously. And do I really need to explain myself here? If I had to pick one, it'd be 'Partition.' Or 'Drunk in Love.' Or 'Yonce.' I can't pick. I love them all."


"Stay With Me" by Sam Smith


Sydney Bucksbaum: "My song of the summer is literally anything by Sam Smith, because oh my god that voice. I have stayed in my car when a song of his comes on, even if I'm already at my destination just to hear the rest of it. No regrets."


"Drunk on a Plane" by Dierks Bentley

Marc Malkin: "Dierks is so friggin' hot, can't stop singing the song and the video is awesomely hilarious—and I don't even drink!"


"Rather Be" by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne


Elizabeth Freda: "It's the perfect song for a drive with the top down, heading down the highway. It instantly puts me in a good mood and makes me convinced I am the world's best dancer."


"Shower" by Becky G”


Mike Vulpo: "A song about dancing in the mirror and singing in the shower? How can this crazy catchy track not speak to you every freakin' day!"


"My Song 5 (Remix)" by Haim featuring A$AP Ferg


Lily Harrison: "I loved the original, but when Ferg comes on it breathes a whole new light to the track and I can't help but blast it with the windows down everywhere I go."


"Meanwhile Back at Mama's" by Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill


Rebecca Macatee: "Either ‘Meanwhile Back at Mama's,' because it reminds me of summers back home in the south. Or ‘Rude' by MAGIC! because it's so catchy and satisfying to sing along to." Some E! Onliners refused to acknowledge any summer songs of 2014...


"Summer Vibe" by Walk off the Earth


Nicole Pirshafiey: "Frankly, I'm grossly disappointed in this season's musical selections. "Rude" by MAGIC!? Hard pass. My actual fave summer song is "Summer Vibe" by Walk Off the Earth because nothing says summertime like Canadians pretending to be beach bums."


"Summertime" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince


Julia Hays: "I've made many a summer mix, but my all-time favorite jam is Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff. It's played on loop on Philly radio stations four months a year. I'm so obsessed with that song that a guy once texted me saying I was 'invited to a barbeque that's starting at 4,' and I replied with the next lyric of the song. Turns out that he was just inviting me on a date and didn't know it was a Will Smith lyric. Needless to say that was our first and only date. You need to know your Fresh Prince if you want to get with me." *** We're not here to pick The Official Song of Summer 2014™ for you (though if we had to pick one, we'd guess it's a toss up between Iggy Azalea and Beyoncé based on these votes alone).

Summer 2014 is the coldest in a decade

Summer 2014 is the coldest in a decade

The summer of 2014 has been one of the mildest on the books — and could be the first summer in a decade without a heatwave.

“It wasn’t clear if it was going to be a hot or a cool summer,” said National Weather Service meteorologist David Stark. “We started out the year very cool and it seems like we just continued that. It doesn’t look like we have any heat waves in the near future.”

Instead of searching for the skimpiest outfits to battle the sizzling sun, New Yorkers are reaching for their sweatshirts.

“It’s been so much colder this summer,” said Susan Vartholomatos, 51, who broke out her bikini for a beach day Friday afternoon. “In the morning, when I go out to my terrace, I need a sweatshirt.”

Vartholomatos said she wishes it was hotter, adding “I’d take heat and humidity over snow any day.”

Only four days have hit 90 degrees this summer, three in July and one in August, with the hottest temperature on the books clocking in at 91.

The last time the city went without a heat wave – classified as three consecutive days of temperatures higher than 90 degrees – was in 2004.

The cooler temps aren’t just affecting people looking to get a good tan. Beach businesses at Coney Island say they’ve taken a hit this season.

“This is the coldest I’ve experienced in a while,” said Ahmad Hussian, whose father owns a store called Sun & Fun on Surf Avenue. “Not a lot of people are coming here at all, but I have sold a lot of hoodies.”

Monica Ghee, who has been working a game called Coney Island High Striker for 45 summers, said the boardwalk clears out at night.

“It’s been a strange season,” she said. “There’s been no real summer so far.”

While a late summer heat wave is possible, forecasters at the National Weather Service say there’s a slim chance one will slip in the next few weeks.

Typically, the city sees at least 15 days that top 90 degrees with at least one heat wave mixed in.

“We haven’t even had a day where it reaches 100 degrees,” complained Naquan Gathers, who runs a Ghost’s Hole at Coney Island.

15 Things to do before Summer is over

Consider this your end-of-summer checkpoint.

Have you done all those sunshine-related things you were dreaming about back during the polar vortex? Or have you spent a few too many nights on the couch hitting "next episode" on Netflix?

Now that July is over, there's only so many days left in the sunny season to eat ice cream, wear shorts and partake in all those outdoor adventures that sums up summer.

Read on for 15 ideas that'll make your D.C. summer shine.

1 Hit the water for tubing at Harper's Ferry

August is your last chance to get a killer tan, but sitting in the sun can be a drag. The solution? Grab a tube and hit the rapids in Harper's Ferry.

The sun will tan you as you float down the river with friends, and small sections of rapids will keep you cool (and on your toes!) River Riders offers several packages for tubing, and LivingSocial has some great deals, too.

2. Watch a movie outdoors

Pack a junk food-filled picnic, grab a blanket and watch a film underneath the D.C. night sky. From "Frozen" sing-a-longs to old favorites, there's plenty of titles for every movie enthusiast. 

One outdoor viewing experience you won't want to miss is Screen on the Green, which shows movies against the illustrious backdrop of the National Mall. The festival begins with a screening of 1984's "The Karate Kid" (July 21) followed by "Lover Come Back" (July 28), "Key Largo" (Aug. 4) and "A Soldier's Day" (Aug. 11). For more options all around the DMV area, check out our full outdoor summer movie schedule.

3. Try D.C.'s finest fare at Restaurant Week

D.C. Restaurant Week is a great chance try amazing food at deep discounts! More than 200 restaurants are participating this summer, offering three-course lunches for just $20.14 and three-course dinners for $35.14.

Restaurant Week runs Aug. 11-17. Get more information and book tables online.

4. See the sights from atop the Capital Wheel

Have you seen the Capital Wheel from afar, but not taken a ride just yet? This summer is the perfect time. At 180 feet, the Capital Wheel gives riders a bird's eye view of the Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol and the Potomac River. It's the tallest observation wheel east of the Mississippi River.

You also get to ride in an air-conditioned gondola -- which is pretty cool. The wheel is open daily year-round and consists of 42 gondolas that seat up to eight people.

A ride in the Capital Wheel costs $15 for adults and  $11.25 for kids ages 3-11. If you want a trip in the VIP gondola (extra bucket list points), which features leather seats, a glass floor and a DVD player, seats are $50 per person.

5. Go to a county fair

You really can't let summer fade without getting your fix of fried dough, face paint and carousel rides. We're smack in the middle of county fair season, with the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair beginning Friday and running through Aug. 16. Other upcoming fairs: Prince William Fair (Aug. 8-16), Prince George's (Sept. 4-7), and more. See our list to find a county fair near you.

6. Stay cool with a brew at D.C. Beer Week

Get educated while you drink great beer! D.C. Beer Week aims to educate all on good beer -- "from conception to consumption" -- through various events and seminars Aug. 17-24.

The event has different activities every day, and takes place at various locations.Check out a full schedule of events online.

7. Cheer on the Nats from the stands

Mmm, a day at the ballpark. With hot dogs, nachos, beer -- and even some baseball -- catching a  Nationals game is an ideal way to spend a sunny afternoon. Grab your ball cap, check the summer schedule and cheer on the D.C. home team.

8. Go for a boat ride, or a bike ride or a hike

Just go outside. Just do it. Put your phone on silent and visit one of the area's nearby trails or national parks. There's dozens of spots to experience nature at its finest -- and these summer months are the perfect time to throw on your tennis shoes and get active.

Try parking at Fletcher's Cove, Carderock Recreational Area or the Georgetown Waterfront where you can rent a bike or boat by the hour.

Whether you're running down the C&O towpath or kayaking on the Potomac, an outdoor adventure is a stress-reducing summer activity that's sure to make you smile.

9. Visit a small town

Trade in the bustling city vibe with all its traffic, noise and crowds for a day of small town charm. Stroll down main streets, uncover hidden gems and and take in the summery smells, sights and smiles of a town that's not so big. You won't have to travel far to uncover a peaceful hidden gem near D.C.

Here's a few options: 

  • Frederick, Maryland was named one of the top 25 "Small Art Cities in the USA." Try a guided walking tour of the historic sites.
  • Cambridge, Maryland is known as "The Heart of the Chesapeake Bay." As the birthplace of Harriet Tubman, this town has a slew of historical stories to tell.
  • Washington, Virginia was first surveyed by a young George Washington. Along the rolling countryside, check out some fine dining, a bed and breakfast and a gallery of fine art.
  • Leesburg, Virginia is just about 20 minutes past Dulles International Airport. You'll get the feel for historic architecture and a chance to shop at the Leesburg Premium Outlets.

10. Visit the scary side of D.C.

Evenings are some of the only times you can catch a break from the city's August humidity, so don't spend them inside!

Try taking a "haunted" tour of the city instead! Hunt for ghosts and ghouls while you learn more about the city's scariest legends. LivingSocial has great deals on spooky tours of the city sure to leave you breathless.

11. Peek at a few lions, tigers and bears

Visit the National Zoo for your chance to hang out with all the animals, including a quite famous panda cub. Bao Bao is currently on exhibit and she makes for a perfect furry addition to your summer bucket list. Other than a panda sighting, the zoo has a full daily lineup -- including feeding the fish, elephant training demos, and seeing the newest and littlest lion cubs.

12. Take a tour of the Hillwood Estate and Gardens

Escape from some of D.C.'s tourist traps at the Hillwood Estate -- the home once owned by Post Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post.

Pack a picnic and lounge in the gardens, or explore the home's collection of Russian and European art and antiques. The mansion is open Thursday through Saturday, and suggests a donation of $15.

13. Ride the biggest coaster at King's Dominion

What summer is complete without the long lines and high-pitched screams that accompany an amusement park? Head out to King's Dominion for a day and let your inner-child soar.

14. Walk around the monuments at sunset

Whether you're brand new to D.C. or a long-time resident, a nighttime stroll around the National Mall memorials is a must-do pretty much every summer. Stand on the steps of the lit-up Jefferson Memorial and pose next to the 19-foot-tall Abraham Lincoln, all while watching the sun go down.

15. Reach for the beach

The beach doesn't just exist on your computer's screensaver. If you want a bustling beach scene, head to Ocean City for rides, arcades, minigolf, a host of stores, and that iconic three-mile boardwalk.

Or opt for a drive to Virginia Beach and enjoy restaurants, a round of golf, and the nearby state parks all while breathing in the ocean breeze.

If you don't want to brave the traffic on the Bay Bridge, opt for the much quieter (and closer) Sandy Point State Park on the Chesapeake Bay for a quick day trip.

25 Years Ago, Different Ebola Outbreak in Virginia

It had all the makings of a public-health horror story: an outbreak of a wildly deadly virus on the doorstep of the nation's capital, with dozens of lab monkeys dead, multiple people testing positive, and no precedent in this country on how to contain it.

Americans' introduction to the Ebola virus came 25 years ago in an office park near Washington Dulles International Airport, a covert crisis that captivated the public only years later when it formed the basis of a bestselling book.

Initially thought to be the same hyper-deadly strain as the current Ebola outbreak that has killed hundreds in Africa, the previously unknown Reston variant turned out to be nonlethal to humans. But the story of what might have been illustrates how far U.S. scientists have come in their understanding of a virus whose very name strikes fear, even in a country where no one has fatally contracted it.

Gerald Jaax, one of the leaders of a team of Army scientists that responded to the 1989 outbreak in Reston, Virginia, closely watched the meticulously planned transfers this month of two American aid workers from Liberia to a specialized facility in Atlanta, the first Ebola patients ever brought to the U.S. Jaax recalled his days urgently trying to corral the country's first known outbreak.

In the fall of 1989, dozens of macaques imported from the Philippines suddenly died at Hazelton Research Products' primate quarantine unit in Reston, where animals were kept and later sold for lab testing. Company officials contacted the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Maryland _ Jaax's unit _ concerned they might be dealing with an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever among the monkeys.

Initial testing revealed something much worse: Ebola, specifically the Zaire strain, which had a 90 percent fatality rate in humans. Four workers at the quarantine facility tested positive for exposure to the virus.

Amazingly, they never even got sick.

Researchers eventually realized they were dealing with a different strain, one now known as Ebola-Reston. Though its appearance under a microscope is similar to the Zaire strain, Ebola-Reston is the only one of the five forms of Ebola not harmful to humans.

But Jaax and his unit, including his wife Nancy , also a scientist, did not know that while at the monkey house. They just knew they had to clean it out, and do it while keeping a relatively low profile that wouldn't scare the neighbors.

``You could walk in and smell monkey everywhere,'' said Dr. C.J. Peters, who oversaw the Army's response to the outbreak. ``There was a little shopping center nearby. ... There was plenty of opportunity for trouble.''

While the Army scientists had strong protocols in place for studying viruses safely in a lab, they were not well prepared to stabilize and contain an outbreak in a private facility. At the time, Jaax said, nobody _ including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control _ had that kind of experience. In the Reston incident, the CDC took the lead in managing the human-health aspect of the response, while the Army dealt with the monkeys.

Back in 1989, there was concern that Ebola could spread through the air, said Peters, now a professor with University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Indeed, researchers concluded there must have been some sort of aerosol spread of the virus within the monkey house, Jaax said.

The Reston animals had to be euthanized from a safe distance _ ``monkeys are aerosol-producing machines,'' Jaax said. In his 1995 book ``The Hot Zone,'' Richard Preston described how Jaax modified a mop handle so it could be used to pin a monkey in its cage where it could safely be injected and eventually euthanized. Later, to disinfect the air, the team cooked formaldehyde crystals on electric frying pans.

Ebola is no longer thought to be an airborne virus; scientists say the disease can only be spread through direct contact with bodily fluids.

The Reston crisis also elevated Ebola into the public consciousness, albeit not immediately. In an era when the country was preoccupied with the AIDS epidemic, which hit 100,000 cases in the U.S. that year, the Army and CDC scientists carried out their tasks in relative obscurity .

It was only after ``The Hot Zone'' became a best-seller and focused attention on the public-health battle to confront emerging disease outbreaks that the Reston event became well known and Ebola became a household word.

``The big difference between now and 1989 is that nobody else knew what Ebola was,'' said Jaax, now an associate vice president at Kansas State University.

One of the most important legacies of Reston, Jaax said, was that none of the dozens who worked to contain the outbreak was exposed to the virus. The plans developed on the fly to keep the responders safe worked, he said, and provided a good blueprint for the protocols used to bring back the American aid workers earlier this month.

Dr. Amesh Adalja, senior associate at the UPMC Center for Health Security in Baltimore and an infectious disease physician, said the Reston responders' incorrect belief that they were dealing with a virus that was deadly to humans provided the ideal trial run for handling such an outbreak.

``It's like you're performing with a net underneath you, but you don't know it's a drill,'' Adalja said.

Ebola-Reston returned to the U.S. in 1996 in monkeys in Texas that had been imported from the Philippines. The Philippines has seen three outbreaks since the strain was identified, affecting primates, pigs and nine people. The workers who handled the animals developed antibodies, but did not get sick.

Hazelton abandoned the Reston facility in 1990, and the company was later swallowed up by a competitor. The monkey house was torn down a few years later. The new building there hosts several small offices and a day-care center.

Some of the office park workers are aware of the site's history; many are not.

Back in 1989, Vicky Wingert worked at the local homeowners' association, in offices across the street from the monkey house. She said nobody had any idea there was a problem until people showed up in hazmat suits. Even then, very little information trickled out, she said.

``At the time, it wasn't a big deal. Looking back, it probably should have been,'' she said.

Dog thrown from moving car on New Jersey highway


Investigators are searching for the person who apparently threw a dog out of a moving car on the Garden State Parkway.

Officials say the incident happened between noon and 1 p.m. Saturday, in the southbound express lanes of the highway near Exit 116 in Holmdel Township.

The Asbury Park Press reports the brown female mixed terrier was then struck by another car, leaving the animal seriously injured.

A good Samaritan saw what happened and stayed with the dog and also called state police.

A trooper took the dog to a veterinary hospital, where doctors were treating the animal for undisclosed injuries.

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Plane crashes after takeoff, killing 39



A regional passenger plane assembled in Iran crashed Sunday while taking off from the capital, killing 39 and injuring another nine onboard, according to a senior transportation official and state media.

The IrAn-140 operated by domestic carrier Sepahan Air crashed in a residential area near Tehran's Mehrabad airport. State TV said the plane's tail struck the cables of an electricity tower before it hit the ground and burst into flames. The official IRNA news agency said the plane suffered an engine failure before it went down.

Deputy Minister of Transportation Ahmad Majidi provided the casualty figures in an appearance on state TV. The channel earlier had reported that all 48 people onboard had died.

The crash happened shortly after the plane took off at 9:20 a.m. local time (0450 GMT), bound for the town of Tabas in eastern Iran.

Eyewitness Hassan Molla said he heard a roaring sound as the plane came in low overhead, one wing tilting.

"There was no smoke or anything. It was absolutely sound and in good condition" before the crash and what appeared to be multiple explosions, he said.

Members of the Revolutionary Guard worked to secure the crash site and security and rescue personnel combed the wreckage as onlookers gathered shortly after the plane went down. The plane's mangled but largely intact tail section was torn from the fuselage and came to rest on a nearby road.

State TV said the bodies of some of the victims were so badly burned that they could not be identified. They will be handed over to relatives after DNA tests are carried out to determine their identities, it said.

The IrAn-140 is a twin-engine turboprop plane based on Ukrainian technology that is assembled under license in Iran. It is a version of the Antonov An-140 regional plane and can carry up to 52 passengers.

A similar plane crashed during a training flight in the city of Isfahan in February 2009, killing five onboard, according to a report by state-run Press TV at the time.

Lawmaker Mehrdad Lahouti suggested Sunday that the earlier accident should have been a wake-up call.

"Lawmakers visited the production site of the plane and expressed concern about its (safety)," IRNA quoted him as saying. "This company should have not been allowed to operate the plane to avoid such a bitter incident."

An official for Sepahan Air told The Associated Press from the central city of Isfahan that the carrier is affiliated with the Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industrial Company, also known as HESA. The airline was set up in 2010 and has not had any previous crashes, said the official, who refused to provide his name.

HESA has ties to Iran's Ministry of Defense and is the company that assembles the IrAn-140.

Mehrabad, located in western Tehran, is the busier of two main airports serving the capital, and primarily handles domestic flights. Most international flights use the newer Imam Khomeini International Airport.

Iran has suffered a series of airplane crashes, blamed on its aging aircraft and poor maintenance. Many of the Boeing aircraft in state-run Iran Air's fleet were bought before the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution, which disrupted ties with the U.S. and Europe.

Iranian airlines, including those run by the state, are chronically strapped for cash, and maintenance has suffered, experts say. U.S. sanctions prevent Iran from updating its American aircraft and make it difficult to get European spare parts or planes. The country has come to rely on Russian aircraft, many of them Soviet-era planes that are harder to get parts for since the Soviet Union's fall.

In March of this year, a small plane belonging to the State Aviation Organization crashed while on a test flight near the tourist resort of Kish Island, killing all four crew members.

The last major airliner crash in Iran happened in January 2011, when an Iran Air Boeing 727 broke to pieces on impact while trying an emergency landing in a snowstorm in northwestern Iran, killing at least 77 people.

In July 2009, a Russian-made jetliner crashed in northwest Iran shortly after taking off from the capital, killing all 168 on board. A Russian-made Ilyushin 76 carrying members of the Revolutionary Guard crashed in the mountains of southeastern Iran in February 2003, killing 302 people aboard.

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