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Posted at 6:11 AM ET, 10/11/2010

'Transformers' land in D.C.

By Washington Post editors

Good morning. Those of you who get Columbus Day off will have another day to bask in mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures. And I do mean warm. The Capital Weather Gang says it will be in the mid-to-high 80s today. There's a very small chance of hitting 90, which would mean breaking the record for the most 90+ degree days in a year. But more likely, it will be a warm -- but not a record breaking warm day. Whether you're off or at work, you'll want to know today's headlines -- so read on.

Coming up.

Ehrlich and O'Malley debate today. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and his Republican challenger former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich, will face off in their first debate of the 2010 campaign season. The debate will be aired tonight at 7 p.m. on WJZ, Channel 13 in Baltimore. You can submit questions or read questions that have been submitted by the public for the two candidates. We'll have full coverage of the fireworks. The Post's John Wagner also offers this guide for what to watch for in tonight's debate.

More than meets the eye. If you spot Autobots or Decepticons battling it out on the streets of Arlington today, don't panic. The world is not ending, rather, filming for "Transformers 3" is just beginning. Michael Bay's popular movie franchise based on the Hasbro toy will be filming all week, in and around the D.C. area. Dr. Gridlock details street closures and possible spots for Transformer (and human star) gazing.

Did you spot an Autobot or a Decepticon? Let us know. Here's a map of Transformer sightings around the area. Use #transformers to tell us where you are and what you saw!

UPDATE, 11:30 a.m.: Here's a map of some current Transformer spottings:

Today's headlines.

Is this why there are so many lawyers in D.C.? Here is a startling statistic: From 2007 to 2009, the District paid more than $50 million in legal settlements, according to a database of city records obtained by The Washington Post. In that period, Montgomery County - which has 972,000 residents vs. the District's 599,000 - paid $8.5 million in settlements. The cases involve suits ranging from tourist tripping on broken sidewalks to poor patient monitoring at St. Elizabeth's Hospital.

BRAC may not = $$$. Even with 3,000 jobs being relocated to Andrews Air Force Base as part of the Base Realignment and Closure process, it's unlikely that Prince George's County will see the same economic boom that other areas have experienced as a result of BRAC, officials say.

Achieving economic security? A new study by a District'-based non-profit that looks at what it takes to have "basic economic security" in the D.C.-region has drawn some interesting conclusions. D.C. is the cheapest place to live if you're single -- but once you have children, you'll be more likely to achieve basic economic security if you move to Prince George's County. Still -- as many people know -- it's not cheap to pay for the essentials and still be able to put a bit aside for a rainy day particularly in this region. A single parent with one child, would have to make an estimated $62,000 to achieve basic financial security in Prince George's.

Va. AIDS funding running out. Virginia health officials are facing a $12.6 million shortfall in a program that provides uninsured or underinsured patients with drugs to help fight HIV and AIDS. The deficit is caused in part to a weak economy and a growing number of patients in need. (The Examiner)

Other items.

Fries with your deposition? Steptoe & Johnson, a prominent D.C. law firm is suing the Rouge States burger joint in Dupont Circle, alleging that fumes from the eatery are making them ill. Employees say they've suffered from debilitating headaches, nausea, watery eyes since Rogue States began selling burgers and fries. The odor was so pervasive that one of the firm's lawyers threatened to leave if his secretary's complaints were not resolved. A three-day hearing was held last week and the judge is set to rule in the matter this week.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day (or day off.) Be sure to check back throughout the day for more news and headlines. Feedback? Comments? Feel free to post below or send me an email at aratanil@washpost.com

By Washington Post editors  | October 11, 2010; 6:11 AM ET
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