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'Electrifying' Banks Impressing Redskins Coaches

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Brandon Banks has a bloodline for speed to offset a body not meant for football.

The undrafted Washington Redskins rookie is no longer just a long shot to make the team, not after his 77-yard punt return for a touchdown against Buffalo on Friday. The 5-foot-7, 151-pound receiver out of Kansas State flashed his 4.24-second speed down the right sideline before performing hometown buddy John Wall's signature dance in the end zone.

Yet, Banks is barely the fastest person in his family.

It wasn't until middle school that he could outrun his mother, Sharonda Banks, who reached the U.S. Olympic time trials over 200 meters in 1995. His half-sister Gabby Mayo was part of an NCAA record 400-meter relay team while setting a Texas A&M record over 60 meters. Several uncles also ran track in college.

"I was a track guy, but I loved football more than track so I chose football," Banks said.

L-3 Communications Acquires Ashburn’s Airborne Technologies

The defense contractor L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. announced today that it has acquired Airborne Technologies. Shortly thereafter, shares of L-3 increased by 11 cents in afternoon trading. Airborne Technologies is headquartered in Ashburn, VA.

L-3 stated that the deal to acquire Airborne Technologies, which helps make unmanned aerial systems for the Defense Department, was set up as an asset purchase for income tax purposes. Also, Airborne Technologies is anticipated to produce $20 million in sales for 2010. L-3 also remarked that the acquisition will augment its work in pilotless plans, a large demand by military at this time.

Haynesworth is Back and the Redskins Training Camp Continues

Today was the first day defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth fully participated in practice. The team is excited to have Haynesworth back.  The Redskins Training Camp that began on July 29 will continue through August 19 so you still have a chance to come check it out.

The practices are held at the Redskins Park in Loudoun County, VA. There are a total of 15 practices open to the public this year. Attendees have the opportunity to meet the newest players, including Donovan McNabb and Trent Williams. To fill out the training camp invitation and for a complete schedule with specific practice times you can visit: http://www.csnwashington.com/pages/trainingcamp

There is free admission and free parking! The parking lots open 90 minutes before the scheduled start time. Each practice is generally around 90 minutes to 2 hours.

Asburn to Host Chamber of Commerce Program

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce has 1,100 members, making it one of the largest chambers in the area. This Wednesday, August 11, the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce is holding its “State of the Loudoun Economy” program at 8:00 a.m. at the Belmont Country Club in Ashburn, VA.

The program will be led by Tim Hemstreet, who is the country administrator, as well as Stephen S. Fuller, who is the director of the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University. The chamber will be offering its outlook for the county.