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Posted at 5:44 AM ET, 10/20/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Tomorrow will be better

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's Wednesday. (I know most of you folks know that, but sometimes I lose track.) Ever been interested in meeting reporters and editors from The Washington Post? Well, tonight you'll have a chance to meet several of my colleagues at a Town Hall meeting on the future of D.C. I've got details below.

A slight chill. It's getting . . . colder. Looks like today's temperatures are more likely to be in the mid- to upper-50's though there are some areas south and east of D.C. that might see temperatures climb into the low 60's. The Capital Weather Gang says there will also be a chance of showers this morning. Thursday? Right now Thursday looks like it's going to be just lovely. So there.

Coming up:

Suburban Hospital expansion? After years of debate, officials at Bethesda's Suburban Hospital are expected to find out today whether they'll be able to move forward with planned efforts to expand their campus. A Montgomery County zoning appeals board is scheduled to decide whether Suburban Hospital should be allowed to tear down 23 hospital-owned houses as part of expansion plans that are opposed by an adjacent neighborhood. We'll have details as soon as the board makes a ruling.

Let's talk about D.C.'s future. Wonder how the District might be governed differently under a new mayor? Will D.C. Chairman Vincent Gray, the man likely to be the District's new mayor, be able to make good on his campaign them of "One City?" Join Washington Post editors and reporters at a Town Hall meeting tonight to talk about these questions and more about D.C.'s future. The event will be from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Branch Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. If you have a question you would like answered by the panel or if you would like to attend, please e-mail spksbureau@washpost.com.

Today's headlines:

Rewriting history? A passage in a Virginia state history textbook used by the state's elementary schools says that thousands of African Americans fought for the South during the Civil War. There's only one problem: that's a claim that's been rejected by most historians but often made by groups seeking to play down slavery's role as a cause of the Civil War. The author of the book says she found the information about black Confederate soldiers primarily through Internet research, which turned up work by members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Joy Masoff isn't a trained historian, but has written several books.

Pentagon shooting.Authorities are still searching for the person who fired at least two shots at the Pentagon early Tuesday morning hitting windows on the third and fourth floors of the building. Officials believe the shots may have been fired using a high-powered rifle. The building was temporarily locked down and parts of nearby 395 were shut for a brief time as the investigation continued. Officials said they did not know if Tuesday's incident was connected to reports that surfaced Monday of bullet holes discovered in windows at the National Museum of the Marine Corps -- which is located about 30 miles south of the Pentagon.

Debate postponed. A third debate between Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley and his Republican opponent former Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich scheduled for this Friday, has been postponed so that the pair can attend the funeral of Betty Peebles, the co-founder of Jericho City of Praise. Watch for profiles of both candidates, tomorrow on PostLocal.

In short. Authorities have suspended the liquor license of a DC9, a District nightclub where a man was allegedly beaten by club employees. (NBC 4) Metro officials said a permanent general manager could be named by the end of the year. (WTOP) Do council members and the county executive in Prince George's deserve raises? (Post)

In closing:

Goodbyes. One of our favorite television dads has passed away. Tom Bosley, a Tony Award-winning actor, who played Howard Cunningham on "Happy Days" (a show that introduced such popular catchphrases as "Sit on it" to American pop culture) died yesterday at the age of 83 from lung cancer. His death comes just a few days after televsion mom Barbara Billingsley -- of "Leave it to Beaver" passed away.

That's it for now. Thanks much for reading. Have a great day and be sure to check back for more news and headlines throughout the day. Got a story tip or a comment? Post below or send an email to tellus@washingtonpost.com. And remember: you can become a fan of Post Local on Facebook.


By Washington Post editors  | October 20, 2010; 5:44 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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