Lori's A.M. Buzz: Cheesecake Day!
At last! A weather forecast to make you grin. The Capital Weather Gang says it will be "sunny and splendid" today with temperatures in the 80s (which, if you forgot, is about the seasonal norm.) So if you've been missing your daily dose of vitamin D, today is the day to get out.
Metro fare increase. Another Metro fare increase goes into effect on Sunday (that's August 1st). Officials announced Thursday that they'll delay the morning peak-of-the-peak charge that was slated to take effect, but riders will still pay an afternoon surcharge. Dr. Gridlock explains it all here.
Hands off. Today is the annual "Running of the Brides" at the Filene's Basement in Mazza Gallery. Brides looking for a bargain on their dream gown began camping out last night. We'll have video of the event (if the videographer survives) on the site later today, so be sure to check back.
And speaking of brides: Chelsea Clinton is supposed to be getting married on Saturday. The former first daughter may have done her best to keep details under wraps -- but it is, after all, a Clinton wedding in the age of non-stop social networking, so details are slowly leaking out: President Obama was NOT invited and Chelsea may wear Vera Wang (but probably not from Filene's Basement.) Meanwhile, a poll from our sister paper, The Express. Is the media making too much out of Chelsea's wedding?
More rain, more outages. Another storm swept through the D.C. area yesterday afternoon, knocking out power to several thousands households (who are now looking into buying generators) and disrupting the evening commute on the Red Line. But overall, this storm was far more mild than the one that hit us Sunday.
Montgomery officials demand answers. That's of little consolation to residents in Montgomery County, some of whom are still waiting for their power to be restored. The Montgomery County Council on Thursday voted unanimously to send a letter to the Maryland Public Service Commission asking for an investigation into Pepco's actions during and after the recent storms. “Our residents and businesses have suffered an unacceptable number and duration of outages for many years, outages that have harmed public health, public safety and the County’s economy,” reads the letter addressed to Douglas R.M. Nazarian, Chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission.
Trapped on the Red Line. About 41 riders were stuck for more than 2 1/2 hours on a Metro Red Line train north of the Silver Spring station after a live power line fell onto the tracks. It happened just a little before 4 p.m. No injuries were reported. WJLA has cell phone video from inside the train.
D.C. sniper speaks to Shatner. In a telephone conversation with Star Trek star Willliam Shatner, convicted D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo says there were two other co-conspirators who backed out at the last minute and that he and John Allen Muhammad shot 42 people. Law enforcement officials say he's lying. Malvo's newest story, set to air Thursday night on the cable channel A&E as part of the series launch of "Aftermath With William Shatner," is just one of several versions he's told in the year's since the shootings.
D.C. taxi drivers unhappy. More than a year after the switch from zones to meters, D.C.'s cab drivers are still angry. Now they're taking their fight to the Hill. Their beef is not the meters, said a spokeswoman for a group representing the drivers. No, it's Mayor Adrian Fenty they're upset with -- as well as the $19 cap on fares. (Washington Examiner)
A big step for the District. D.C. would be able to budget and spend its money without congressional interference under new legislation proposed by Rep. Jose E. Serrano (D-N.Y.) Congress still would have the power to enact laws affecting the District and block legislation approved by the D.C. Council, and would have oversight of federal money earmarked for the city. But Serrano, a member of the Appropriations Committee and chairman of the subcommittee that handles the District's budget, said the House and Senate would no longer have the power to dictate whether the city can spend local funds on controversial policies, writes The Post's Tim Craig.
From the Magazine. Less than a year in office and Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has been a big headline-maker. He's sued the Obama Administration over health care and taken on the EPA over climate change. The Post's David Montgomery profiles him. Here's a the piece set to run in Sunday's magazine.
Today is National Cheesecake Day and to celebrate, the Cheesecake Factory is offering 50 percent off of slices, our Frugal Friends in Northern Virginia tell us. Hmmm, half the price, double the slices? You do the math.
That's it for now. Thanks for reading. Enjoy the sun and have a great weekend. (And if your weekend doesn't look so great, consult the Post'sGoing Out Guide and make some plans!)
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