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Posted at 5:51 AM ET, 08/ 5/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: 'Real' drama

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. Happy Thursday. Sounds like it's going to be a perfect day to . . . stay inside. Yes, the heat and humidity are back with a vengeance.

Capital Weather Gang says it's going to be a hot (in the 90's) steamy one with the added bonus of possible showers around the evening commute. They promise it'll be better come the weekend, but that just seems so far away. There is an area-wide heat advisory for most of the day since the heat index could push the 90-degree temperatures into the triple digits. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Today's agenda

"Real" drama, D.C.-style. It seems unavoidable, but that's the mark of a good publicity campaign. The "Real Housewives of D.C." premieres tonight on Bravo. I have friends who are huge fans of the New Jersey installment (and they loved Atlanta), but I've never tuned in. I figure I already have enough drama in my life. But as my friends say: What's life without a little drama? If you'd like a little company while you watch tonight, we'll have a live chat with Post Style editor Ned Martel starting at 9 p.m.

Taking a pass. One person who probably won't be turning in is Post columnist Robert McCartney who has a message for the show's producers in his column today.

Shopping holiday. Virginia's annual sales tax holiday kicks off on Friday for three days -- which means a 5 percent discount on clothing purchases under $100 and school supplies under $20. Granted, 5 percent isn't a lot -- but it does add up after buying a boatload of pens, notebooks and sneakers.

The headlines.

Same-sex marriage battle continues. It happened all the way across the country, but the decision could have implications here in D.C. A federal judge in California struck down California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage saying that it violates the constitutional right to equal protection. The judge's decision is another step in a battle that is likely to reach the Supreme Court. We want to hear from readers. Do you agree with the judge's decision? Here's what religious leaders are saying about the decision.

Do the numbers add up? The D.C. teachers' union is asking whether schools chancellor Michelle Rhee is using fuzzy math to calculate the number of teachers who are being let go from the school system as a way to polish her national image. While it was widely reported (and not disputed by Rhee's office) that 241 educators were being let go -- 165 due to poor performance -- the ultimate number of teachers let go could be lower.

Trouble for Fenty? Meanwhile, D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray scored a big victory on Mayor Adrian Fenty's home turf -- winning the straw poll in Ward 4, 581 to 401 The Post's Nikita Stewart reports.

Spared. The port-a-potties in Montgomery County parks have won a reprieve. In June, Parks director Mary Bradford had proposed doing away with the portable toilets as a cost savings measure. But the plan drew immediate criticism. Some folks even proposed allowing community groups to "adopt" port-a-potties. (The Washington Examiner)

Patience. No, it's not your imagination: those Metro gates are a little bit slower to open after you swipe your SmarTrip card. Dr. Gridlock explains.

Eat your veggies. Make an early trip to the local farmers markets today. Before you head out, consult our handy farmers market map with lots of details about our markets.

That's it for today. Thanks for reading. Remember: it's going to be a hot one, so it's a day to take it easy and limit physical activity. (Hmm, I sound a lot like my mom). Check on your elderly neighbors and hold on -- weather's supposed to be better this weekend.

By Washington Post editors  | August 5, 2010; 5:51 AM ET
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