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Posted at 8:03 AM ET, 11/29/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Did someone say snow?

By Lori Aratani

Good morning. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend and that you've managed to get creative with all those turkey leftovers. That is, if you had any. If you did, check out the winners of our Thanksgiving leftover recipe contest, announced early this morning. It's the start of a new week -- and soon -- a new month -- as the sprint toward the holidays continues.

Coming up:

A mixed bag. The Capital Weather Gang says today will probably be the nicest day this week, with plenty of sunshine, temperatures in the low 50's and 10-mph winds from the southeast. But the rest of the week? It's going to be cold and wild. There's even a small -- now we repeat -- small chance of a "winter weather." Yes, folks, we mean snow.

More shopping? For those of you who didn't get enough of Black Friday, no worries: it's Cyber Monday It's not an "official" day by any means, but a marketing campaign in hopes that you'll spend a bit more. In the meantime, The Post's Ylan Mui, whose job it is to chronicle the retail scene wonders: Do we really need special days to shop?

Little guys, big sales? For smaller merchants, it can be difficult to compete against all the retail giants -- but many local businesses are trying their best to distinguish themselves from the crowd.

Today's headlines:

Policing the police. Three Prince George's County Police officers arrested as part of a wide-ranging corruption investigation -- the one that also netted outgoing County Executive Jack B. Johnson -- are only a fraction of the total number of county offices being investigated for misconduct or violations. At least 46 officers have been either suspended or have been assigned to administrative duties. In 19 of those cases, investigators believe the officers may have committed a crime, officials say. Prince George's County Police Chief Roberto L.Hyland said the figures show that he has been aggressive about disciplining employees who misstep.

So close and yet . . . It all seemed so promising -- after years of fighting -- D.C. appeared on the verge of securing voting rights for its residents. "I really can't think of a scenario by which we could fail," Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said in November 2008. But with the Republican takeover of the House in January, the District's chance to secure voting rights appears to be over, leaving advocates uncertain of what their next move will be.

Donations lagging. Salvation Army officials report that Red Kettle donations are down this season. They say the drop is due in part to a new policy by Giant Food that limits the amount of time bellringers can be in front of stores. Red Kettles collected $158,375 between Nov. 12 and 20 this year, compared to $232,378 in the same week in 2009, the non-profit organization reports. (The Gazette)

In short. A man was stabbed Sunday afternoon as he was exiting the Georgia Avenue/Petworth Metro station, WMATA officals report. (WTOP); nine people in Reston have been hospitalized for possible carbon monoxide poisoning. (Fox 5); did you try to get online Sunday evening only to encouter error messages? Well, it turns out it wasn't you, it was Comcast. The cable company reported a Internet outages that stretched as far as Boston. (Post)

Other items:

Azalea outrage. A proposal to remove as many as 10,000 mature azalea shrubs from the grounds of the National Arboretum has ignited a "firestorm of dismay and rage" among azalea lovers and others in the D.C. area. Officials at the arboretum say they came up with the plans after they learned they will be losing an annual $110,000 private grant that funds two of the 20 gardeners who tend 15 plant collections and gardens.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day. Be sure to check back for more headlines and updates throughout the day. Also, if you're interested in what's going on in the local blogosphere, we'll have a roundup this afternoon of some of the most interesting posts from D.C.-area bloggers. Don't forget: You can also get Post Local updates via Twitter.

By Lori Aratani  | November 29, 2010; 8:03 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Virginia, Weather  
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