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Posted at 5:52 AM ET, 11/16/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Get ready for TGIBF

By Lori Aratani
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's always good to take those rainboots out for a spin every once in awhile and if it keeps us from having to take the snow shovels out for a spin, I'm all for it. There's plenty happening today. Will there be more arrests in the sprawling corruption probe in Prince George's County? Stay with us and we'll keep you informed.

Coming up:

A soggy start. Well, it was good while it lasted. Those picture-perfect fall days give way to rain for most of the day and evening Tuesday. The Capital Weather Gang says we could get as much as a half-inch. Temperatures will be in the mid-to-high 50's. The sunshine should return on Wednesday.

TGI(Black)Friday. OK, so we're 10 days early. But you need a head start on holiday shopping and we're going to help. See our ongoing Black Friday coverage with tips and news about the latest deals and predictions.

Close to the end. Closing statements in the case against the man accused of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy are scheduled for today. Yesterday, the prosecution dropped two charges -- attempted kidnapping and attempted robbery -- against Ingmar Guandique because the statute of limitations had run out. Guandique did not take the stand; however, a cellmate took the stand Monday and contradicted the prosecution's star witness -- another fellow inmate -- saying he'd never heard Guandique speak about Levy.

Plug ins? Mayor Adrian Fenty is scheduled to unveil D.C.'s first electric vehicle charging station today. It will be located at the Franklin D. Reeves Center on 14th St. NW.

Today's headlines:

Corruption probe in Prince George's. Monday was a busy day in Prince George's County where nine people, including three police officers, were arrested in a sprawling corruption probe in the county. On Friday, County Executive Jack B. Johnson and his wife Leslie Johnson were arrested at their home and charged with evidence tampering related to land deals in the county. On Monday, federal officials conducted numerous searches and made numerous arrests around the county on charges involving drugs, guns, black market alcohol and cigarettes.

Reaction in Prince George's. Residents around the county have been shocked and troubled by the arrests. Incoming County Executive Rushern Baker, set to be sworn in Dec. 3, has remained mum, saying only that his focus is on education, economic development and ending the county's reputation of "pay for play."

Work permits not acceptable in Va. Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles does not have to accept federal work permit cards as proof of lawful presence in the United States for the purpose of issuing a driver's license, permit or special identification card, according to an opinion issued Monday by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Planning for the 'Big One.' Federal officials have unveiled a $9 million plan to protect the Mall from flooding. The project will create a levee that would be erected across 17th Street below Constitution Avenue in the event of a huge flood. Once built, however, it will alter the landscape of the Mall west of the Washington Monument.

In short. Authorities are seeking the public's help in identifying a baby girl who was found Sunday in a church parking lot. (Post); officials are offering a $20,000 reward to anyone who can identify the unknown person who shot at military buildings in Northern Virginia five times between Oct. 16 and Nov. 2. (Post); two people were injured in an early morning crash in Alexandria. (

Other items:

Finally. After months -- years -- of speculation, Royal officials announced today that Prince William is engaged to longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton. The palace says they got engaged last month during a vacation in Kenya. They are due to marry next spring or summer in London. Both are 28 and met while students at the University of St. Andrews.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day -- despite the rain. Be sure to check back with PostLocal for the latest updates on news related to the corruption probe in Prince George's County, closing arguments in the Chandra Levy case and other news and headlines. On Facebook? Think about becoming a fan of PostLocal. You can also get updates and headlines by following Post Local on Twitter.

By Lori Aratani  | November 16, 2010; 5:52 AM ET
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