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Posted at 8:11 AM ET, 10/15/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: D.C. drivers courteous?

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's Friday at last and it appears that we have finally fallen into a fall weather pattern. Time for boots, scarves, pumpkins and hot chocolate. It's also election season and we've got analysis and headlines from Thursday's Maryland gubernatorial debate.

A blustery day. Most of the rain may have departed (sorry Boston) but the winds have blown in (har har). The Capital Weather Gang says we still might get a few sprinkles, but, for the most part, today will be windy with temperatures in the mid- to upper-60's. The winds should stay with us through the weekend, though are likely to calm come Sunday. Perfect pumpkin patch weather.

Coming up.

Levy Trial preview. The trial of Ingmar Guandique, the man authorities believe killed federal intern Chandra Levy, is set to begin with jury selection on Monday. Levy disappeared while jogging in Rock Creek Park in 2001. Her case drew national attention, in part because she had been having an affair with then-Rep. Gary A. Condit (D-Calif.), who represented the district that includes her home town of Modesto. We'll have full coverage of the trial, including a story in this weekend's paper about the Levy family and their long journey to find justice for their daughter.

Developments in the Levy case. In a hearing Thursday, defense attorneys asked that first-degree murder charges be dismissed against their client because D.C. law enforcement officers, posing as a Latino woman, wrote to Guandique while he was in prison in California, hoping to extract information about Levy's killing. The judge refused to dismiss the charges.

Got quarters? If you're looking to indulge your inner gamer, you're in luck this weekend. More than 3,000 gamers and spectators are expected to attend Major League Gaming's pro versus amateur video game competition at Gaylord Convention Center. Among the games featured: Halo 3, StarCraft 2, Super Smash Brothers Brawl, Tekken 6 and World of Warcraft. (I Spy Things DC)

Today's headlines

Ehrlich vs. O'Malley. The 4th of July is a distant memory for many of us, but yesterday at The Post, there were plenty of fireworks. Verbal fireworks that is. Republican Robert Ehrlich, the former governor, was in attack mode from the very beginning of the hour-long session. Ehrlich charged that Democrat Martin O'Malley, the current governor, supported an organization that offered services to illegal immigrants and that O'Malley's policies have made it difficult to do business in the state. For his part, O'Malley highlighted his record, said he had worked hard to steer the state through difficult economic times and pointed to innovative partnerships. What should you believe? We fact-check some of the sound bites from Thursday's debate.

No cheaper SmarTrip card. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but if you were hoping for a break on the cost of your SmarTrip card, it looks like it's time to give that up. A Metro board panel has backed away from a plan to cut the cost of a SmarTrip card from $5 to $2.50 because of concerns it would allow passengers to manipulate the system and could result in Metro losing millions in revenue.

The new face of D.C. schools. We're learning more about Kaya Henderson, Michelle Rhee's interim -- and possibly permanent -- replacement as D.C. schools chancellor. Unlike Rhee, who was a newcomer to the District, Henderson has lived in D.C. for almost all of the past 17 years. She studied a Georgetown University, lived on Capitol Hill and has owned a home in Northeast Washington since 2001. In the years before she became deputy chancellor, she was active in community organizations such as D.C. Voice, a group advocating for improvements in the school system.

Other items..

Yum. For you dining pleasure, Tom Sietsema's 2010 Fall Dining Guide is out. A little steak perhaps? Some grilled musubi? Or maybe a tortilla Espanola at Estadio? It's all here...

Seriously? A new survey says drivers in D.C. are among the most courteous in the country and among the least prone to road rage. Seriously. (WTOP)

Have good manners. Speaking of driving, officials in Alexandria have launched an effort to encourage taxi cab drivers to be more, ahem, polite. The Alexandria City Council will hold a public hearing on Saturday on the measure, which would require taxi drivers to be polite to any "city official or member of the public."
(The Examiner)

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day. Be sure to check back with Post Local for more news developments throughout the day. (What can we say? Stuff happens.)

By Washington Post editors  | October 15, 2010; 8:11 AM ET
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Seriously? A new survey says drivers in D.C. are among the most courteous in the country and among the least prone to road rage. Seriously. (WTOP)
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LOL -- something is seriously off in their survey methodology.

In 25 years in DC I've noticed improved driving manners twice: 1) after a horn honker was shot in the head back around 1990 and; 2) in the weeks after 9/11.


Posted by: Gidgmom | October 15, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Weren't the results of that survey to be released last April 1st? DC drivers courteous? They are the complete opposite of courteous - and I don't simply mean discourteous; they are: rude, oblivious, aggresive, dangerous, thoughtless, haphazard, surly, inconsiderate, obnoxious, ignorant, unstable, moronic and ....................... Infinity

Posted by: CubsFan | October 15, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Well, the study "methodology" was to ask whether the survey participants saw motorists talking on mobile phones, or eating and drinking behind the wheel. As a measure of establishing courtesy, that is crap. It might be a measure of whether DC drivers are distracted or attentive, but it is no indication of courtesy.

A better study would have asked drivers to report the number of times they were tailgated, cut off, given the finger or whatever, bumped by another car, and so on.

Posted by: kgirl2 | October 15, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Well, the study "methodology" was to ask whether the survey participants saw motorists talking on mobile phones, or eating and drinking behind the wheel. As a measure of establishing courtesy, that is crap. It might be a measure of whether DC drivers are distracted or attentive, but it is no indication of courtesy.

A better study would have asked drivers to report the number of times they were tailgated, cut off, given the finger or whatever, bumped by another car, and so on.

Posted by: kgirl2 | October 15, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Seriously?

Then how do we explain the fact that nearly all area drivers accelerate whenever they see somone signal a lane change?

Whether it's on the Beltway or on a city street or suburban road, the "me first" mentality kicks in whenever someone flips on a turn signal. That's why many don't signal when they change lanes.

Posted by: ceefer66 | October 15, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Seriously?

Then how do we explain the fact that nearly all area drivers accelerate whenever they see someone signal a lane change?

Whether it's on the Beltway or on a city street or suburban road, the "me first" mentality kicks in whenever someone flips on a turn signal. That's why many don't signal when they change lanes.

Posted by: ceefer66 | October 15, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

That is hilarious. The driving is atrocious. That is why you have to be aggressive and give no quarter - no retreat, no surrender.

Posted by: mjwies11 | October 15, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

The driving survey must be a late April Fools joke. The methodology is cell phone use and eating? Drive any highway at rushway. Everyone is drinking coffee and on the phone. Maybe both. The Baltimore finished ahead of us as more courteous further proves what a joke that is.

I'm from CA originally. Less middle fingers here than there, but way more passive-aggressive behavior.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | October 15, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Lori, I hope you are prepared to testify in the Chandra Levy murder trial since you seem to know that Chandra was jogging in Rock Creek Park on the day she disappeared, something that has not be substantiated anywhere. Nice job prejudicing the case. Should be a big help in getting an unbiased jury.

Posted by: johnsig | October 15, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

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