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Posted at 5:34 AM ET, 02/ 7/2011

A.M. Buzz: Warm weather, Honest Tea, more

By Lori Aratani

Good morning. It's Monday. Hope you had a good weekend -- and had a chance to get out and enjoy Sunday's fabulous weather before settling in with the guacamole and hot wings to watch the Super Bowl. It's still early, but already we're chasing reports of a hit-and-run accident early this morning in NE that sent three people to the hospital. We're also looking into reports of a body found near the Branch Avenue Metro station. We'll bring you more details as they become available.

Coming up.

Cloudy but on the warm side. Looks like it's going to be a pretty mild day. The Capital Weather Gang says we aren't likely to see a lot of sun -- but it will be on the warmer side with temperatures in the mid-to-high-40's -- maybe even hitting 50 in some areas. Looks like we have about a 60 percent chance of precipitation tonight -- which could be rain, but might also include a bit of snow mixed in.

Thoughts on D.C. snow response? D.C. Council member Tommy Wells is scheduled to hold a public meeting Monday on the city's response to the recent snowstorm. The hearing of the Committee on Public Works and Transportation, is scheduled to begin at 10:00 am in Room 123 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW. City leaders and members of the public have been invited to testify.

The best and worst Super Bowl spots. And for those of you who prefer analyzing the commercials rather than the actual game, Ad Age's Brian Steinberg will be online today at 1:30 p.m. ET to chat about the best and worst spots. Get a jump on the pack and send in your questions now. Also, here's The Post's Hank Stuever's take on the who Super Bowl show. One of Hank's favorites? The Volkswagen/Darth Vader commercial.

Today's headlines.

Maryland wine lovers rejoice. You can have wine shipped to your home if you live in D.C. or Virginia -- but in Maryland, if you're caught will an illegal wine shipment, you could face up to a $5,000 fine and five years in prisom. Still, the law hasn't stopped enterprising oenophiles in Maryland from smuggling bottles of their favorite shirazs or zins into the state. Now, they may no longer have to rely on friends or office addresses in Maryland and D.C. The Maryland legislators are considering a bill that may allow residents to receive shipments at home -- and for the first time in many years -- it looks like the measure might pass.

Va. pastures are becoming bedroom communities. Census figures released last week show that population growth is not only changing the face of Virginia - making it more diverse than ever before -- the explosive growth is also changing the character of some of it more rural areas such as Prince William County. The county has become a majority minority county. And its open space are now dotted with new housing developments. And traffic -- don't even mention traffic to some longtime residents. A look at how growing diversity and population growth are changing one area in Northern Virginia.

School funding in D.C. An analysis of D.C. Public School spending by Senior High Alliance of Parents, Principals and Educators (SHAPPE), a District advocacy group, has found vastly different levels of financial support for schools within the DCPS system. Take the case of School Without Walls and Cardozo High School -- campuses that are 2 1/2 miles apart in Northwest Washington. School Without Walls receives $10,257 per student; Cardozo, $7,453 per student. School funding is complex and while there are no guarantees that equal levels of funding will result in equal student outcomes SHAPPE believes its important for parents and school officials to be aware of the differences.

In short.Coca-Cola may acquire Bethesda-based Honest Tea. (Capital Business); Eleven hospitals in Maryland, including Suburban Hospital in Bethesda and Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, are among the top hospitals in the country according to a new national survey done by HealthGrades, an independent health care agency. (The Washington Business Journal); D.C. police picked up more than 3,700 D.C. Public School students for truancy in the first semester of this school year. (Washington Examiner)

Other items.

Monday morning quarterbacking. For your Monday morning post-Super Bowl chatter we have Christina Aguilera seemingly unable to remember the lyrics to "The Star Spangled Banner." (Seriously, doesn't practice time before the big event include actually reading the lyrics?)

You've got . . . Huffington Post. AOL will acquire liberal-learning Huffington Post for $315 million. Founder Arianna Huffington, who made the announcement on her site Sunday night, will become president and editor in chief the Huffington Post Media Group,

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and be sure to check back with Post Local throughout the day for more headlines and updates. We've got a full schedule of chats today -- ranging from Super Bowl commercials to Ronald Reagan's legacy on the occasion of his 100th birthday to Dr. Gridlock on traffic. Check out the schedule -- there's certainly something sure to be of interest.

By Lori Aratani  | February 7, 2011; 5:34 AM ET
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