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Posted at 6:19 AM ET, 12/28/2010

A.M. Buzz: A cleaner Chesapeake?

By Elizabeth Flock
Elizabeth Flock

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

At last, some relief from the cold. Temperatures could go up to the 40s today and for the rest of the week. We hope that will lead us into a warm January. That's much needed after yesterday, dubbed "the windiest day of the year."

2010: The year in review. From Snowmageddon to the tea party rally to the Metro Red Line crash anniversary, be sure not to miss our look back at the events and people that shaped the Washington region in the past year.

Need to know.

Rhee hire to exit D.C. schools. Despite assurances from former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle A. Rhee that the management team she assembled would remain intact until the end of the school year, the system's chief operating officer will leave next month. The "seamless transition" Rhee promised may have been only that--a promise.

Don't put gift boxes on curb. Yes, you heard it right. Police warned this week that burglars use the boxes to assess what goodies lay in wait inside. We know it's fun to make the neighbors jealous, but you'll only tempt a thief with that empty iPad or flat-screen TV box.

Want to know.

Signs of improvement in the Chesapeake Bay, but it's still a system out of balance. A new report found that the Bay is showing that despite some signs of improvement, it remains plagued by dead zones, fish kills and pollution. When will we hear something different?

Travelers still marooned in New York. Thousands of travelers trying to get home after the holiday weekend remain stranded in cold New York airports, stuck buses, and unmoving subway trains in New York, stranded by the weekend blizzard. Some people are enjoying their extended holiday, others not so much.

In short. A girl is shot with a pellet gun by her relative; Metro will be open til 3 a.m. on New Year's Eve; Amtrak cancels some Tuesday service; Former Montgomery County officer found guilty of felony theft.

Don't miss our end-of-the-year coverage, released today. Check out a word cloud of the hottest topics this year and our best multimedia work in 2010. Or take our quiz on how well you were paying attention.

That's it for now. But we're here 24/7, so be sure to check with us for more news and headlines throughout the day.

By Elizabeth Flock  | December 28, 2010; 6:19 AM ET
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