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The following stories appeared on the Potomac KnowledgeWay's "Regional News" page during July 1998.

All links within stories are verified at the time of publication, but some may have changed or no longer be available.

Local Company Develops Online Celebrity Photo Gallery

July 31, 1998 - Tango Interactive, a Vienna-based Web site developer, recently designed "Legends Online" presented by Photo District News and Kodak Professional. The online gallery features photos of well-known celebrities by photographers Duane Michals and Hans Neleman. Visitors can search the site for their favorite works, view interactive movies and interviews with the photographers and learn about the creative process behind the photographs.

Legal Networking Available on

July 30, 1998 -, based in Bethesda, is an information and communications tool bringing together the top law students, law schools and legal employers. Legal employers can post announcements directly to the 14 participating law schools; career officers at law schools may create a calendar of upcoming events and interviews and post messages directly to students. Law students can browse law firms and the career opportunities available. is a password-protected site. Visit their demo page for contact information. was designed by Falls Church-based NMP, Inc.

Universal Intranet Document Publication Demo Available

July 29, 1998 - Alexandria-based Digital Paper, LLC, has developed "Intranet Docs," a product that allows customers to publish documents to intranet servers and distribute them universally via email or a standard Internet browser. The company also offers integration, product customization and consulting services. Information about their products and services, as well as a demo of "Intranet Docs," is available on their site.

Area Company Brings Russian News to the Internet

July 28, 1998 - Great Falls-based Russian Story, Inc., provides the latest editions of Russian periodicals online. Visitors, who are able to register on the site without charge, are able to preview a large selection of Russian newspapers and magazines. Those interested may then purchase and download their periodical of choice.

Local Book Store Chain Does Business Via the Web

July 27, 1998 - Olsson's Books and Records, based in Washington, has taken its offerings online. The chain's Web site allows visitors to tour through their selection of books and records and view their list of upcoming special events. Frequent shoppers may also sign up to receive their "Frequent Buyers Program" card. Visitors may submit orders for books or music via the site.

PetSage Offers Outlet for Pet Information Online

July 24, 1998 - PetSage, an Alexandria-based pet care organization, specializes in pet health care products and information. Visitors to the PetSage site can browse book titles focused on homeopathic remedies, first aid and nutrition for pets. Books and other products such as toys and health care products can be ordered via their Web site.

Legg Mason Tennis Classic Covered Online

July 23, 1998 - Legg Mason is once again holding its annual tennis tournament, the Legg Mason Tennis Classic. Tennis fans who can't make it into the District to watch the matches can keep track of the latest tournament news, special events and match results via the tournament's Web site. Visitors to the Web site can also find information about purchasing tickets to the event, learn about the tournament and keep track of upcoming matches. The Legg Mason Tennis Classic ends July 26.

DC Public Library Goes Online

July 22, 1998 - The District's Public Library system has gone online with its own Web site. The library system also boasts nine branches outfitted with new computers designed for Web access donated by Microsoft. The library system expects to have 12 more branches outfitted with Web surfing computers by the beginning of 1999. Visit the public library system's site at to access a calendar of events, library services, hours, job openings and more.

HOST Addresses Health Care and Information Technology

July 21, 1998 - On July 23-24, the Healthcare Open Systems & Trials Consortium (HOST) will bring together clinicians, technologists, representatives from government agencies and vendors to discuss the development of information technologies and their impact on healthcare. Speakers will address issues of concern to the healthcare and information technology communities. HOST is a nonprofit consortium based in Washington, D.C., which advocates the utilization of information technologies for improved healthcare delivery. For additional information about HOST and its events, visit their site at

Campaign Plans Online Safety Awareness Week for Kids

July 20, 1998 – The National "Kids Online Week", an effort of the America Links Up campaign, will take place September 14-20 in order to promote the safety of children online. Sponsored by a coalition of community, civic and corporate groups and the U.S. Department of Education, the America Links Up campaign will sponsor a national "Internet teach-in," broadcast from Baltimore, MD., designed to help Americans understand how to guide kids online. For additional information visit the Kids Online site at

Alexandria, Virginia Restaurant Now Accepts Reservations Over the Web

July 17, 1998 - Santa Fe East, a restaurant specializing in modern southwestern cuisine, located in Alexandria, Virginia, recently began accepting reservations via their Web site. On their virtual menu, visitors can browse prices, daily specials and read about each dish. Users can also view pictures of the restaurant and read reviews about the atmosphere and food. Visit their Web site for their location and directions.

Historical Images Make Internet Debut

July 16, 1998 – Over 45,000 printed and unprinted images from the Farm Security Administration (FSA)- Office of War Information (OWI) photographic collection have made their Internet debut on the Library of Congress' American Memory Web site. The collection of photographs spans the time period from 1935-1944, the Great Depression to World War II. Visitors to the site can browse the galleries and search by subject or photographer, viewing thumbnails or full-size images.

The Second Annual "CivicNet '98" Starts July 27

July 15, 1998 - "CivicNet '98," a virtual conference on community and civic networking held on the World Wide Web, will take place July 27 through August 15. During the conference participants from around the world will focus on community building issues and discuss community experiences. Participants can also exhibit their community building products and services in the "Village Marketplace." Those interested in participating can register via their Web site. "CivicNet '98" is a production of Center for Civic Networking, Metasystems Design Group, Inc. and Association for Community Networking.

WETA Archives "This Week in Business" on the Web

July 14, 1998 - WETA-TV, a public television station based in Arlington, Virginia, recently archived its television program "This Week in Business" on their Web site. On the site users can access "RealAudio" and "RealVideo" versions, or transcripts of previous shows. Visitors can also view biographies of the show's guests and subscribe to receive show announcements via e-mail. The site was launched by digitalNATION an Internet access provider in Alexandria, Virginia.

E-mail Nominations for the "Northern Virginia Leadership Awards"

July 13, 1998 - Nomination forms for the 1998 "Northern Virginia Leadership Awards" are now available from Leadership Fairfax, Inc. (LFI) by e-mailing The awards, sponsored by LFI, will recognize individuals and organizations who have made a difference in Northern Virginia through their vision, innovation, courage and inspiration. The deadline for nominations is July 31. The awards will be presented at the "Northern Virginia Leadership Awards" dinner on Tuesday, October 20, at the McLean Hilton. LFI, based in Vienna, Virginia, works to build the community by providing assistance to leaders in the region including business, education, government and charitable organizations.

Greater Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Unveils Web Site

July 10, 1998 - The Greater Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, located in Rockville, Maryland, recently launched their new Web site. The Chamber focuses on the legislative, economic development and public policy issues of Montgomery county. The site posts area programs and events, provides links to local sites and displays information about its business community. Users can also search the contents of the site's membership database and add their own listings.

New Science and Technology Scholarships for Maryland Students

July 9, 1998 - The newly initiated "Science and Technology Scholarship Program" is available to Maryland high school graduates. To qualify, students must have at least a B average and enroll in a full-time degree program in a technology discipline at a Maryland higher education institution. The program also requires the recipients to work for one year in a Maryland-based company for each year the scholarship is awarded. The scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,000. The program is an initiative of the High Technology Council of Maryland, a non-profit consortium promoting the local technology industry.

Online Photo Gallery of the 1998 World Congress

July 8, 1998 - Allen Wayne Limited recently posted a photo archive of the 1998 World Congress on Information Technology on their Web site. The pictures include scenes of the exhibitions as well as the party and baseball game. The conference, held at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, was an international showcase of the information technology industry. Allen Wayne, based in Fairfax, Virginia, produces technical documentation and printed products.

VisualRoute Software Tracks Internet Connectivity

July 6, 1998 - Datametrics Systems Corporation, a producer of performance and capacity management software headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, is demonstrating its 'VisualRoute' software online. VisualRoute analyzes the paths of an Internet connection. The software graphically plots all network points of an Internet connection route across the world, giving Internet service provider identification and location. Download a free 30 day trial and try the online demo on their Web site at (

Health Program Over the Web

July 2, 1998 - The Teamwork Company, Inc., based in Annapolis, Maryland, encourages healthy living via the Internet through their Life Balance Program. The interactive program motivates members to exercise on their own while learning the fundamentals of fitness, nutrition, sleeping habits and stress reduction. Members can interact with professional coaches and trainers while tracking their daily progress and learning about health. Visitors to the site can take free health assessment tests and get tips on improving health.

Site Offers Voting Assistance

July 2, 1998 - The Women's Voting Guide provides an interactive, nonpartisan voting assistance tool. After indicating their state, congressional district and issues of importance to them, visitors then receive a personal voting guide indicating how U.S. State and House candidates positions compare to their own. The Women's Voting Guide is a project of the Women Leaders Online Fund, a nonpartisan non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C.

Plan a Visit to the Nation's Capital Online

July 1, 1998 - is celebrating Independence Day with the launch of "Washington Visitors Guide." This online guide provides information to enhance visitors' trips to the nation's capital. The site offers an insider's view of events in and around Washington on Independence Day and beyond. Users can find spots for viewing fireworks, concerts on the Mall, Metro information, discounts on theater tickets and more. The site will change regularly to highlight holiday and seasonal happenings in the Washington region.

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