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Posted at 6:26 AM ET, 12/29/2010

Buzz: Cheetahs, fires, and bedbugs

By Elizabeth Flock
Elizabeth Flock

Good morning. I'm Elizabeth Flock, pitching in on Lori's A.M. Buzz while Lori's away.

Capital Weather Gang's forecast for today is no wind, and warmer times ahead. Phew. Yesterday, they told us the last time Reagan National topped (or reached) 50 degrees was the first day of December, when the high soared to 65. Now it may be the last day of the month (Friday) when we finally reach or surpass 50 again. But at the least the wind is gone.

Need to know:

Many errors have been spotted in Virginia history texts.
Historians have found dozens of errors since Virginia officials ordered a review of textbooks by Five Ponds Press, the publisher responsible for a controversial claim that African American soldiers fought for the South in large numbers during the Civil War. One error they found: New Orleans began the 1800s as a  U.S. harbor, instead of as a Spanish colonial one. Take the quiz to see if you can correct the errors.

District resident blames fire on Pepco. Downed power lines may have caused a home fire for a family that claims Pepco did not respond to their call for four hours.

Want to know:

A cheetah foster family. Cubs at a Smithsonian research center are being followed closely by researchers, because they are among the first to be raised by the same mother as non-siblings. Zazi, mother to a 2-week-old unnamed female cub, has adopted a 3-week-old male cub. See photos here.

Bedbug summit in DC. Yes, that's right. A summit for bed bugs. The Federal Bed Bug Work Group is hosting its second national summit Feb. 1-2 in Washington to brainstorm about solutions to the resurgence of the tiny bloodsuckers. The summit is open to the public. (We know you'll mark it on your calender now.)

2000 D.C. residents pick up tickets to mayor-elect Gray's inauguration ball. And there are still more left. Go-go godfather Chuck Brown and R&B crooner Raheem DeVaughn will play at the. black-tie event.

Did Hillary Clinton just rob a Va. bank? A gun-toting man who robbed a Sterling bank on Dec. 27 while wearing n a Halloween-style mask grabbed authorities attention. Wait until you see the mask.

Around the web: Md. man who shared in Pulitzer Prize dies at 81 (WTOP); Md. Lawmakers Consider Tax Increases (WAMU); Shuttered School To Reopen For Displaced Students (WAMU); 84-Year-Old Woman Attacked on Christmas Eve (FOX); DC Anti-Gang Youth Boxing Program Shut Down (FOX).

Gearing up for New Year's Eve? Our going out guide has rounded up the best places in DC to get a glass of bubbly. We're talking Aperols, Bellinis, and Pear Blossoms.

That's it for now. Check back with us for more news and headlines throughout the day.

By Elizabeth Flock  | December 29, 2010; 6:26 AM ET
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