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Posted at 5:44 AM ET, 09/29/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: A day for coffee

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. If you need mid-week jolt, it's National Coffee Day. D.C. Gastronome has some fabulous coffee factoids on her blog. The folks at Dunkin' Donuts are sponsoring a coffee fan contest -- but alas, no word yet on other free coffee promotions.

Break out the rain slicker. It's going to be grey and wet today with temperatures near or in the 70's. Even if we don't get showers this afternoon (there's about a 30% to 40% chance), the Capital Weather Gang says there's a 70% to 80% chance we'll get rain late tonight and into Thursday. Heavy rain. But look at it this way, at least you have a bit of time to prepare. The umbrella is already out (and hopefully next to the door so you don't forget on your way out), dig out the rain slicker and maybe even the wellies and you'll be set.

Coming up:

Montgomery and ambulance fees. A Maryland appeals court is expected to hear arguments today on efforts to put a proposed ambulance fee measure on the ballot in Montgomery County. An earlier appeal was rejected by a Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge. Opponents of the fee have argued that the standard for what constitutes a valid signature is too stringent.

Marylanders and gambling. We'll also have more news from our poll of Maryland voters. Today we looked at who voters in the state are likely to support for governor. Tomorrow we'll be looking at how the electorate is feeling about the expansion of slots in the state and whether they'd support other types of gambling, such as table games.

D.C.'s waterfront future. A community meeting is scheduled tonight at the Arena Stage on the future of D.C.'s Southwest waterfront. The developers of the waterfront project are expected to unveil a revised master plan Wednesday for a massive collection of hotels, apartment buildings and ground-level restaurants and stores. But that development could mean several folks who live on boats at the Gangplank Marina, could be displaced.

Today's headlines:

U Street shooting. D.C. police are still trying to unravel the mystery of a shooting and car accident that took place around lunchtime Tuesday afternoon along the busy U Street corridor in NW D.C. One man was killed, another injured and another is in custody. Sources say they believe the shooting took place at a funeral being held at 13th and U streets for Ashley McRae, a 21-year-old woman who allegedly was shot to death by her boyfriend earlier this month. The men may have been approached by a gunman -- or possibly more than one. Shots were fired and the two men fled in a car heading east on U Street hit another car -- flipped over and careened off a van before stopping. Police say the shooting may have stemmed from a dispute between rival gangs.

More children living in poverty. It's not surprising given the state of the economy, but it is still distressing to learn the number of children living in poverty -- particularly in the District -- is rising at an alarming rate. Last year, three of 10 children in D.C. were living in poverty, according to Census figures released Tuesday. Now about 43 percent of black children in the District are living in poverty compared to 36 percent in 2008 and 31 percent in 2007. Poverty is also rising in the suburbs with rates going up in Montgomery, Alexandria, Arlington and the northern half of Fairfax County.

O'Malley has the edge. A new Washington Post poll is giving Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley the lead in the race for the Maryland governor's office over Republican and former Gov. Robert Ehrlich. With less than five weeks before the November election, 52 percent of those most likely to vote support O'Malley, and 41 percent back Ehrlich. In May, likely voters were divided evenly between the contenders. Ehrlich however, does hold an edge among independent voters in the state.

More budget woes. D.C. isn't the only jurisdiction with budget woes. Montgomery County officials are looking at a potential $140 million budget shortfall in next year's budget.

Other items:

Four wheel food.Lobster rolls! Cupcakes! Once derided as "roach coaches" -- mobile food trucks are so "in" they might be on their way "out" soon. Post Food Editor Joe Yonan offers this cheat sheet on his favorites. Agree? Disagree? Ever wonder what it's like to work aboard one of these rolling kitchens? David Hagedorn did it and lives to tell the tale.

Got stinkbugs? If you've got a stinkbug problem -- and we're hearing lots of you do -- a Frederick County woman thinks she may have a solution for you. N. Sue Metzger has come up with a contraption for capturing stinkbugs that requires only ordinary household items to put together. (Frederick News-Post)

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and be sure to check back with us for more headlines throughout the day, including our First Click Maryland blog, which will continue its up-to-the-minute coverage of Maryland elections and politics.

By Washington Post editors  | September 29, 2010; 5:44 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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