Lori's A.M. Buzz: Things to know today
Good morning. We're less than a week away from the Sept. 14 primaries in D.C. and Maryland. Early voting has been brisk in D.C. where about 8,000 people have cast their ballots. Maryland voters can also cast their ballots early. There is some good news from the Potomac (no, it doesn't involve sharks). And it looks like nice weather today.
A nice day. If Mother Nature taught us anything this year, it's appreciation for good weather. According to the Capital Weather Gang -- after a possible early morning shower -- today will be a day to appreciate. Temperatures in the 80's and despite the rain, low humidity. And possibly more good news on the horizon: Although it has been the warmest summer on record, opportunities for more 90+ degree days are likely over.
To ban or not to ban? After listening to public testimony Monday night, Loudoun County officials are expected to decide today whether holiday displays will be allowed on grounds of the county courthouse. Last November, a resident-led county commission decided to ban unattended holiday displays, but after public outcry, allowed as many as 10 groups to put up displays. In July, a request was made to reinstate the ban.
A bar tax in Virginia? Gov. Robert F. McDonnell is expected to unveil a proposal to impose a 4 percent tax on restaurants and bars -- an effort to make up for revenue lost from an effort to privatize Virginia's liquor system. Included in the 4 percent is a 2.5 percent tax imposed solely on restaurants' annual liquor receipts and a 1.5 percent tax imposed on restaurants and all stores that sell alcohol, including grocery stores. Sources say the new taxes would bring in $40 million in revenue.
Fenty leading among early voters? A chief strategist for D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray's campaign said Tuesday that D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty is likely leading among early voters, but that in the end, Gray would win the mayor's office.
Flier banned. A judge on Tuesday banned the distribution of a misleading campaign flier that first surfaced in Prince George's County last week. The flier implied that candidates supported people they actually opposed.
Progress for the Potomac.There's good news for the Potomac. A new study has found that the river is cleaner than it has been since the 1950's. (President Lyndon Johnson once labeled it a "national disgrace.") Underwater grasses, once choked out by mud and muck, have returned. But other pollutants still remain - making the river unsafe for swimming and its fish unsafe for eating.
Virginia's DMV changes ID requirements. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles announced Tuesday it will no longer accept federal work permit cards as proof of legal status for individuals trying to obtain a driver's license or identification card in the state. The shift comes after a Benedictine nun was killed and two others injured in an accident involving an illegal immigrant who was allegedly driving while drunk. Carlos A. Martinellly-Montano has been indicted on involuntary manslaughter and drunked driving charges.
Gaga over Gaga? We can't forget to mention that Lady Gaga was in town for a Monday night concert at the Verizon Center. The Post's Chris Richardsoffers his "first take" on the Click Track blog. We've also got video of
fans headed for the concert.
Got stress? You think you've got stress? Turns out D.C. is only the 15th most stressful city in Portfolio.com's recent rankings of the 50 most stressed-out areas. Detroit led the list followed by Los Angeles. The rankings were based on 10 measures, including unemployment, change in income, the number of residents living below the poverty level, the amount of sunshine, the ozone level, robbery and murder rates, mortgage affordability, commute times, population and the number of deaths from circulatory system-related diseases. (The Washington Business Journal)
That's it for now. Thanks for reading and get out and enjoy some sunshine today. Be sure to check back with us for updates and headlines throughout the day. Got a comment you want to share? Post below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow me on Twitter.
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| September 8, 2010; 5:53 AM ET
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