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Posted at 8:38 AM ET, 09/ 9/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: The view from your desk

By Washington Post editors

Good morning. If you want to add some cheer to what's shaping up to an already nice day -- grab a copy of The Washington Post's front page today (yes, you can get us in paper form as well) and check out the fabulous picture of Clear Meadow Farm in Maryland, where more than 300 acres of sunflowers are in bloom.

Coming up:

A really nice day. Yes, yes, we were off yesterday when we said it wouldn't hit 90. It was a bit hotter than predicted (95 at Dulles!) but you'll forgive us after today. The Capital Weather Gang says it's an almost "too-nice-to-stay-inside" day with temperatures in the high 70's or low's 80's. Plenty of sunshine and very little humidity. You might even feel a chill this evening.

Blue Ribbon Schools. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will announce 300 winners of the "Blue Ribbon Schools" award at 10 a.m. Schools Without Walls, on the George Washington University campus, is one of the winners. That's where Duncan will make his announcement, joined by Fenty and D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee.

Today's headlines:

Number-crunching. Two new polls show D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray continues to lead D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty as we move closer to the Sept. 14 primary election. But as The Post's Mike DeBonis explains, there is still good news in those numbers for Fenty.

A big-name endorsement? In the meantime, WTOP reports that D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty is seeking another high profile endorsement . . . from President Obama. Remember, a few weeks ago, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in town offering Fenty his endorsement, leading one of Vincent Gray's advisors to concede the "Manhattan" vote.

Vincent Gray and DHS. D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty has made a campaign issue out of D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray's tenure as head of D.C.'s Department of Human Services during Mayor Sharon Pratt's administration in the 1990s saying he was an ineffective bureaucrat who mismanaged funds. But is that true? A team of Post reporters talked with more than two dozen people about Gray's tenure. Most said he delivered incremental progress and was a hands-on manager. But others have a different view.

More changes to SmarTrip? Metro officials may be rethinking recent proposed changes to SmarTrip cards including plans to drop the price of the card and to prevent riders from carrying negative balances on it. (The Examiner via Greater Greater Washington)

Changing the culture. Two students from Churchill High School who were implicated last year in a grade hacking scheme, have launched a peer pressure awareness group at the Potomac campus. The pair, both seniors, told their classmates in a presentation last week that they were sorry for what happened last year.

Other items:

Always online. Good news for those who have to be "connected." Officials have announced there is now free Wi-Fi access on the National Mall.Officials said Wednesday the city has installed 220 free Wi-Fi hotspots that are accessible by any compatible computer or device. Now you can tell people your "office" has a view of the Washington Monument.

The VBR. You know, sometimes you don't want to read a book review -- you want to watch one. Now here's your opportunity. Post book critic Ron Charles' video book reviews. (He's got thousands of Twitter followers and is already developing a cult following on YouTube!)

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and get out and enjoy the sunshine. But when you're at your desk, don't forget to check back with us for more news and headlines throughout the day. This afternoon, I'll also have my daily blog roundup of what's hot in the D.C.-area blogosphere. Take care.

By Washington Post editors  | September 9, 2010; 8:38 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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