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Why is Hostess shutting down?

The maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and many other packaged desserts you loved as a child asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to let it close.

Hostess Brands is blaming striking workers for crippling its ability to maintain production. The company is losing money, and no buyers have come forward to purchase it.

Hostess sent home all its workers at its 33 factories on Friday and stopped operations. It said it would keep its 500 bakery outlet storesopen for a couple days to sell its remaining goodies. A bankruptcy judge is scheduled to hear the motion Monday.

n What are the prospects for a Redskins win on Sunday?

The Washington Redskins are to slated face rookie quarterback Nick Foles instead of Michael Vick, who is out with an injury, when they play the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday afternoon.

While some fans might think this is good for the 3-6 Redskins, history tells us differently. The Redskins are the only NFL team to lose eight straight games against rookie quarterbacks since at least 1950, according to Stats.

n How old is Dulles International Airport?

The Northern Virginia airport on the outskirts of Herndon celebrated its 50th birthday on Saturday, commemorating the date five decades ago when President John F. Kennedy, standing outside the control tower, dedicated the airport.

More than 23 million passengers traverse the airport's iconic terminal each year. In 2011 a record 6.5 million international flights went through Dulles.

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Cathy Gainor

Deputy News Editor
The Washington Examiner