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Posted at 5:43 AM ET, 09/24/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: We have a winner

By Washington Post editors

Good morning. The Capital Weather Gang says some areas might hit the high 90's Friday afternoon -- just hope yours isn't one of them. Mostly, temperatures in the low-to-mid-90's and humid. A good day to take it easy and drink plenty of fluids. Saturday will be hot too, but there's a chance Sunday will feel more like fall. Weather fact: Today could be our 66th day of 90+ degree heat this year.

We have a winner. And speaking of 90+ degree days, we're happy to announce the winner of our Summer Weather Challenge. Eleven of the more than 100 people who entered our contest correctly predicted that we'd have 63 days of 90+ degree weather by Sept. 21 (the official end of summer). We threw all those names into a bowl and the Capital Weather Gang's Jason Samenow drew a winner. K.J. Blanchard wins a $25 Best Buy gift card. Two other citizen forecasters, Jason DuBois and Chris Riker, win Washington Post mugs. Thank you all for entering.

Coming up:

First Click. With the race for Maryland governor now heating up, we've got an easy solution for helping you navigate the headlines in a race that pits the state's former governor, Republican Robert Ehrlich, against its current governor, Democrat Martin O'Malley. First Click -- is a summary of Maryland Political news done by the experts on our Maryland Political team. It's your best bet for news about that race and everything else political in Maryland. Check it out.

Colbert reports to the Hill. Funnyman Stephen Colbert is set to testify before a congressional committee Friday on farm labor and immigration. He'll appear along with United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez. UFW recently launched "Take Our Jobs," a campaign that challenged U.S. citizens to replace immigrants in farm work. Colbert took them up on the challenge and the results were the topic of his show Thursday evening. (CNN)

Today's headlines:

Virginia execution. Virginia executed Teresa Lewis last night for conspiring to kill her husband and stepson for insurance money. The 41-year-old, who was pronounced dead at 9:13 p.m., was the first woman executed in Virginia in nearly a century. Despite pleas to spare Lewis (author John Grisham was among those who spoke on her behalf), Gov. Robert McDonnell and the Supreme Court declined to stop the execution. For her last meal, Lewis ate fried chicken, sweet peas with butter, German chocolate cake and drank a Dr. Pepper, officials said. Share your thoughts on Lewis' execution.

No word on Rhee's future. D.C. Council Chairman and the man likely to be the District's new mayor and D.C. Schools Chancellor met Thursday for about 90 minutes. Gray said they talked about school reform -- but did not talk about Rhee's future. For her part, Rhee said nothing. Emerging from the meeting, Gray appeared relaxed as he spoke with reporters. Rhee, looking grim and subdued, stood a bit away from Gray and said nothing. At one point she rushed to the elevators where she was followed by reporters -- still, she said nothing. Gray said the pair will likely meet again in the next two weeks. Contacted by phone after the meeting, she declined to elaborate on what the pair discussed.

The D.C. vote in depth. Meanwhile, Mike DeBonis takes a closer look at what precinct-by-precinct results of the recent primaries say about voting trends in D.C. Among his conclusions: Gentrification didn't matter, but having a base definitely does.

Traffic relief in Va.? Gov. Robert McDonnell said Thursday he'll spent $1.5 billion on traffic improvements in Virginia after an audit of the Virginia Department of Transportation found unspent money in several accounts. The 150-page audit, released Thursday afternoon, also made more more than 50 recommendations to solve such problems as taking months to hire consultants and poor communication between agency offices.

Wonk if you love it. Colleges and universities across the country and trying to carve out a niche that will help them attract the best and the brightest college or grad school-bound. American University has settled on a new identity: home of the "Wonk." Some think it's inspired -- others are rolling their eyes.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great Friday. Not to sound like your mother, but it's going to be hot out there so take it easy and drink lots of water.

By Washington Post editors  | September 24, 2010; 5:43 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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