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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 09/16/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: D.C. vote, 48 hours later

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's the day after the day after primary election day in the District and Maryland. Winning candidates including Vincent Gray and Rushern Baker are looking forward and those who were defeated -- Adrian Fenty in D.C. and Duchy Tractenburg in Montgomery -- are pondering their next moves. There's also a new cost estimate for the second phase of Metro's Silver Line extension to Dulles that's raising concern. And have your heard of the Redskins-themed corn maze? Oh my.

Coming up:

A possible sprinkle. Ah, into every forecast -- a little rain must fall. The Capital Weather Gang says you might want to grab an umbrella on your way out this morning since there's a chance of showers in the evening. If you forget, don't worry. It's not expected to be a flood -- maybe a quarter inch. Temperatures will be in the 80's -- and while that may seem cool to us, given recent temperatures -- it's still above our seasonal norm.

New figures on poverty. The Census Bureau is scheduled to release new data on poverty in the U.S. this morning that is likely to show more Americans struggling to live at a time of record unemployment and overall economic gloom. We'll have a story explaining what the new numbers mean for local communities.

Rhee on the silver screen. This morning, we'll also have a review of the new documentary "Waiting for Superman," which had its D.C. premier last night. The documentary focuses on school reform and includes interviews with D.C. School Chancellor Michelle Rhee and other educators around the country. It opens Sept. 24.

Grandma Bee vs. the bureaucracy. We'll have an update on Grandma Bee, the 97-year-old Silver Spring woman who was forced from her home after a violent storm in August caused a nearby storm drain to back up and flood the home she's lived in for 50 years. But her family's effort to have the home fixed have been stymied. The county and the state are fighting over who was responsible for the mishap. .

Today's headlines.

Fenty, Gray speak. Both D.C. mayor candidates Vincent Gray and Adrian Fenty held press conferences yesterday to reflect on Tuesday's election results. Fenty said that, after a 10-year run as a city councilman and then mayor, he would be stepping away from politics. Gray said he would spend the next two months (he faces only nominal opposition in November's general election) working to unite the city. He said he'll hold a series of town hall meetings in all eight wards and unveiled a website where residents can leave him messages. You can see D.C. mayor election results here.

Rhee's fate? The other question on many minds following Fenty's defeat was would become of his handpicked schools honcho, Michelle Rhee. Two D.C. Councilmembers -- Mary Cheh and Tommy Wells -- urged Gray to keep Rhee on through the 2012 school year. Rhee, herself spoke briefly Wednesday, saying she was devastated by Fenty's loss and made it clear she has little interest in serving in the Gray administration.

Montgomery & Prince George's. There will be a new face on the Montgomery County Council. Hans Riemer was the second-highest vote-getter in the race for an At Large seat. Councilwoman Duchy Tractenburg lost her bid for a second term after being target by the county's powerful unions. Meanwhile, Rushern Baker is poised to take over as county executive in Prince George's and some analysts are saying this could mark a change in leadership style for the county.

Speaking of In and Out. The Post's Style section has produced a special edition of our popular "in and out" lists, in honor of this week's election results. Bald pates or sleek mustaches: in or out? You can add your favorite ins-and-outs, too.

The Silver Line. The second phase of Metro's Silver Line extension that will link Falls Church, Dulles Airport and Loudoun County could cost $1.3 billion more than orginially estimated -- news that could mean higher tolls for folks who use the Dulles Toll Road. The new estimate was presented Wednesday to members of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

Suburban Hospital expansion. Montgomery County's zoning appeals board announced Wednesday it needs more time to decided on whether to approve Suburban Hospital's plan to expand its Bethesda campus. A new hearing and vote has been scheduled for Oct. 20.

Other items:

A "corny" Redskins tribute. Now this is pretty impressive. A Maryland farmer has built a giant Redskins corn maze on his farm in Frederick County. It's 14-acres in the shape of the Redskins logo. Folks are welcome to wander through it when It opens Sept. 25. (NBC 4)

'Top Chef' restaurant to be auctioned. The Baltimore steakhouse opened by former 'Top Chef' contestant Timothy Dean is expected to be auctioned off today in a foreclosure sale. Dean had hoped appearing on this season's "Top Chef" episode would give his eatery a much-needed boost, but it didn't happen. But there could be hope: Even though the auction house lists the sale, Dean's lawyer denies it's going to take place. (The Baltimore Sun)

That's it for now. Thanks for reading. For those keeping track, we'll announce the winner of our Summer Weather Contest -- How many 90+ degree days, next week. Have a great Thursday.

By Washington Post editors  | September 16, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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