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Posted at 5:54 AM ET, 09/30/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Break out the hip boots

By Washington Post editors

Good morning. Yes, it's pouring out there and the heavy rains could continue into this afternoon. Depending on what happens later today, it's possible we could set another weather record -- this one for total rainfall at Reagan National. We'll have updates throughout the day on Post Local about the storm's progress, power outages, commute issues, flooding and big winds.

Your commute. if you're getting ready to drive in, here are some tips from Dr. Gridlock along with a video, courtesy of the Virginia Department of Transportation, on driving in the rain. There's also a list of emergency numbers to call if you spot blocked roadways, downed trees or experience power problems. We'll be tweeting any major incidents, and you can also check here for the latest traffic updates.

Help us. Let us know what you're seeing -- you can email postnow@washpost.com, tweet us @postlocal or send in photos.

Coming up:

Metro board meets. We'll have a report from today's Metro Board meeting in which members will discuss the transit agency's suicide prevention plan as well as some bus route adjustments designed to improve service between the Capitol Heights Metro station and 13th and H streets NW. The board also is expected to emphasize "safety" in a revised mission statement set for discussion. Here's the agenda of other items scheduled to be discussed.

The "E-Newseum?" Officials at the Newseum are expected to announce today that it has received a $5 million grant from Hewlett-Packard to create an exhibit to enable visitors to interact with news feeds on touch-screen and touch-activated walls, The Post's Howard Kurtz reports on his Media Notes blog.

Today's headlines:

Tour bus accident. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating what caused a tour bus crash Wednesday on I-270 in Bethesda that killed the bus driver and injured several others, including children. The accident tied up traffic on a busy stretch of roadway and also caused a secondary accident between two cars. The group had apparently spent the day at the National Zoo and the Smithsonian museums and was headed home to Pennsylvania when the accident happened.

U Street shooting. A 21-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with a shooting on U Street Tuesday that allegedly took place during a funeral for another D.C. shooting victim. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the incident has been linked to rival crews. The man killed in the incident has been identified as Jamal Coates, also 21.

Vegas on the Potomac? According to a new Washington Post poll, residents in Maryland say they not only support slots, but also would support legalizing Las Vegas-style table games, such as blackjack, craps and roulette at its new casinos. About 57 percent of registered voters surveyed said the arrival of slots casinos is a "good thing," while 32 percent say it is a "bad thing," the poll found.

Arlington opts out. Officials in Arlington voted this week to opt out of a federal program that allows Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to exchange information between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in hopes of reducing the problems associated with illegal immigration. Arlington officials say they think the Secure Communities Initiative promotes a "culture of fear and distrust of law enforcement that threatens public safety and makes communities less safe." (WTOP)

Other items:

A goodbye. Tony Curtis has died. Curtis was the star of "Some Like It Hot" (if you haven't seen it, put it in your NetFlix queue right now), "Sweet Smell of Success" and more than 100 other films. He was 85. He was the father of actress Jamie Lee Curtis.

A visit with Tai Shan. Tai Shan's departure earlier this year left fans of the American-born panda bereft. Would he miss his mother? Would he miss his fans? Would they love him as much in China as folks here did in the states? Those questions led four women to fly to China to find out. Not only did they spend thousands see Tai Shan -- they also got to clean up after him.

That's it for now, but be sure to check back for more headlines throughout the day. Will we break a rainfall record? What does Friday's forecast look like? We'll have these stories, plus more.

By Washington Post editors  | September 30, 2010; 5:54 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  
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