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Posted at 8:25 AM ET, 08/31/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: A weather rerun

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's going to be another hot one. For those keeping track (and who entered our summer weather contest), we've now had 56 days of 90+ degree weather. That's just 11 shy of the 1980 record of 67 days. Will we break it? We're just two weeks away from the D.C. primary, but with early voting now allowed in the District, nearly 1,100 people have already cast their ballots. We're with the candidates for the Democratic nomination for D.C. mayor during this final stretch and will bring you daily reports.

A weather rerun. It'll be a lot like yesterday: temperatures in the mid-90's with low to moderate humidity. The air quality won't be the best (it's a Code Red day in some areas), but some light breezes may help a little. Hurricane Earl? Well, the Capital Weather Gang says it looks like a looming cold front may knock Earl back into the ocean so we'll have to wait and see.

Upcoming.

Endorsement in Prince George's. Glenn Ivey, state's attorney for Prince George's County, is expected to announce at a press conference today that he's endorsing Rushern Baker for county executive. (WTOP)

Hearing for suspected serial killer. In Michigan, a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Elias Abuelazam, the man some have dubbed the "Flint serial killer." Abuelazam, who lived in Northern Virginia, is suspected of attacking 18 men and killing five. Leesburg police believe he may be responsible for three attacks in their community.

Good time to buy/sell? We'll also be getting some regional details on where housing prices stand. The D.C. area has generally fared better than other regions due to a stable federal workface. But these days, it's hard to know which way the economy is headed. We'll have the report for you around mid-morning.

D.C. Mayor's debate. Mayor Adrian Fenty and D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray will debate at noon on Wednesday at the Newseum in an event sponsored by The Washington Post. Tickets are no longer available, but you can watch the debate live on our Web site.

Today's headlines.

Brown tops Orange in poll. A new Washington Post poll has Kwame Brown (D-At Large) with a significant double-digit lead over Vincent Orange in the race for D.C Council chairman. With just two weeks to go in the campaign, Brown leads Orange by 22 points among the Democratic voters surveyed.

At Large confusion? In the meantime, incumbent Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) is trailing shadow senator Michael D. Brown for the At Large council seat by 17 points. Even though Brown has raised no money for his campaign, according to recent campaign finance reports, some theorize that voters may be mixing him up with current At Large council member Michael A. Brown, since he included no middle initial on his ballot listing.

Settlement on checkpoints. D.C. officials have agreed to end a program that used checkpoints to screen people going in and out of D.C. neighborhoods during spates of violent activity.
Some residents and activists said the controversial checkpoints infringed upon the Constitutional rights of those who drove through them. As part of the settlement filed Aug. 26, three plaintiffs who were stopped at a checkpoint in the summer of 2008 were each awarded $3,500.

Pepco complaints. Residents and politicians in Montgomery County had their opportunity to air complaints about Pepco service during a hearing before the Maryland Public Services Commission. More than 200 folks attended the hearing, held Monday night in Rockville. (Another is scheduled for this Thursday in Prince George's County.) The takeaway: it could take months for the commission to pinpoint Pepco's shortcomings and even longer for the power delivery systems to be fixed. But Pepco is trying. The utility company has issued a beefed-up five-year plan for improving reliability and last week unveiled a Web site where customers could monitor its progress.

Va. DMV issues. Gov. Robert McDonnell has called for an investigation into the computer problems that have crippled operations at several state departments and, since last Wednesday, have prevented the Department of Motor vehicles from issuing new licenses or renewals for thousands of Virginia residents.

Other items.

Weekend getaway. The Automobile Association of America says 788,000 folks from the D.C. area are expected to travel 50 miles or more during the upcoming Labor Day holiday. But with Hurricane Earl looming, those numbers could drop as people choose to stay closer to home. (WTOP)

A new reality television show chronicling the freshman experience at Georgetown University may hit the airwaves this spring. The show is the brainchild of two Georgetown University students and will focus on four primary cast members. When completed, it will air on GUTV. (The Hoya)

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day. Check back with us for updates throughout the day about the D.C. mayor's race and other news you want to know.

By Washington Post editors  | August 31, 2010; 8:25 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Virginia, Weather  
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