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Posted at 5:47 AM ET, 10/21/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Good weather for free food

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. Looks like a lovely autumn day. Perfect for taking in the fall foliage, finding free food tonight in D.C. (read on!) or hitting the campaign trail -- just like candidates across the region are doing. Lots of action in the Maryland governor's race today and after three years, finally, some news about a hospital expansion in Bethesda.
And a quick thanks to all the folks who attend our Town Hall meeting last night on the future of D.C.

A nicer day. Some may prefer more sun, some may prefer warmer temperatures, but me? I'm really liking this current weather pattern. Sun and mild temperatures with a little breeze. What's not to like? The Capital Weather Gang gives today a "9" on their weather scale. It will be sunny with some midday clouds. Temperatures are expected to be in the high 60's with a slight breeze. Weekend update? No rain likely in the forecast through Sunday. It may be time to plan that fall foliage trip.

Coming up:

Racing to the finish. It's a busy day for Maryland's two major gubernatorial candidates, Republican Robert Ehrlich and Democrat Martin O'Malley. They start the day off at 8 a.m. with a radio debate on Baltmore's WOLB 1010AM. We'll have full coverage of the debate on PostLocal. Later today, Vice President Joe Biden will attend a luncheon for O'Malley in Chevy Chase and Bill Clinton will be at a Baltimore rally for O'Malley later this afternoon. Ehrlich has his own political heavyweight helping him out: former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani in Clarksburg on Sunday to campaign on his behalf.

The man who would be governor. Want to know more about Ehrlich and O'Malley and what their four previous years as governor might mean for Maryland's future? Read our profiles of Ehrlich and O'Malley.

Snowmageddon, the sequel? The press advisory says "Dress warm." We hope they're kidding. Metro officials are slated to discuss their winter weather plan today. Hard to believe we could have a repeat of "Snowmageddon" but then who thought we'd also have to suffer through 67 days of 90+ degree heat this year? As the Boy Scouts say: Be Prepared. We'll bring you details about how Metro plans to keep trains moving in the event of Snowmageddon, the Sequel.

Trash pickup in D.C. suspended.A reminder that there will be no trash pickup in the District today. D.C. sanitation workers have been granted the day off to attend the funeral of veteran DPW worker Larry Hutchins who was killed last week after being shot in a DPW yard as he was preparing for work. Police are continuing to search for a suspect.

Today's headlines:

Hospital expansion moves forward. A Montgomery County zoning appeals board has approved plans for Suburban Hospital to expand its Bethesda campus. A nearby neighborhood association, which as been fighting the plan for three years, was able to win some concessions: a number of hospital-owned homes slated for demolition will be spared, but the effort to grow the campus will move forward. That is, unless the homeowners association decides to appeal the board's decision in court.

Jury almost finalized. The judge in the trial of the man accused of killing Chandra Levy hopes to have a list of 40 perspective jurors sometime today.. Attorneys for both sides will then have the opportunity to dismissing 12 jurors each leaving 16 -- 12 jurors and four alternates -- to serve on the final panel. Opening statements in the trail of Ingmar Guandique are scheduled to begin Monday.

In short: Maryland's first slots casino took in a whopping $2 million in its first four days of operation. Metro officials now say that the search for a permanent general manager could stretch into next year. They'll begin interviewing candidates next week.

Other items:

You'll never sleep again. In honor of the season, the folks at Celebritology offer you, "The Eight Horror Movies Most Likely to Wreck A Childhood." The one that wrecked my childhood? "Nightmare on Elm Street." Shudder, shudder. Is the one that one that wrecked your childhood on the list?

Free eats A couple of eateries around town are opening their doors and celebrating by giving everything from crepes to frozen yogurt. Along free yogurt samples, Pinkberry, which is opening a branch in Fairfax Corner, has come up with a novel promotion: they've hidden ping pong balls around Fairfax and if you find one and show up at their Thursday event, you could win an iPad or yogurt party. It's random, but hey, could be rewarding in the end. Muncheez Mania, slated to open in Georgetown, is giving away free crepes until about 2 p.m. (WTOP)

More free fun. And speaking of free eats: Help us celebrate the launch of The Capitol Dish. The festivities begin at tonight at 5:00 PM at Dupont Circle's Public Bar, 1214 18th Street, NW Washington, DC 20036. We'll be offering free Smirnoff and Peroni while supplies last. Other drink specials are available from 5-8

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day. Be sure to check back with Post Local for more news and headlines. If you want to know what D.C.'s bloggers are writing about, check back this afternoon for my daily roundup of intriguing posts from the D.C.-area blogosphere. Trust me: It's fun and informative.


By Washington Post editors  | October 21, 2010; 5:47 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Virginia, Weather  
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