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Posted at 8:45 AM ET, 10/14/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: A gloomy forecast

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. Brrrrrr. An umbrella, scarf and rain boot kind of day. It'll be wet and chilly. The Capital Weather Gang says temperatures will be in the upper 50s. Some spots could get as much as an inch of rain. Be careful on the drive in. And if you have to walk, bundle up. Now for your headlines.

Coming up.

Ehrlich, O'Malley debate today. Republican Robert Ehrlich and Democrat Martin O'Malley, both hoping to return to the Maryland governor's office, will debate today at noon at The Washington Post. There's still time to submit questions for the two candidates in a race that's a rematch of their 2006 contest. There are multiple ways to be part of today's action. We'll be live streaming the debate, Mike DeBonis will be live blogging and I'll be live tweeting. Use #mdgovdebate as your hashtag.

Dislike. Though they've been around Maryland political circles for years, the two are far from chummy. Those testy exchanges in previous debates? The jabs and insults? Apparently, quite sincere. These men really don't like each other. The Post's John Wagner and Aaron Davis trace the roots of their animosity in this story.

Metro meetings. Metro officials are expected to take up a number of issues, including what to do with SmarTrip cards, whether to allow riders to exit with negative balances and the recent escalator and elevator audit during committee meetings today. We'll have a full report for you, so be sure to check back throughout the day. Today's meetings come on the heels of an in-depth audit from the Tri-State Oversight Committee, a separate agency that oversees the safety of WMATA. The 300-page document identifies some of the same problems we know plague Metro: track worker safety violations, deficiencies in reporting safety issues and violations, and a lack of proper training for workers.

Today's headlines.

School reform moves forward sans Rhee. The D.C. Council chairman -- and the man likely to become D.C.'s new mayor -- said Wednesday that school reform will continue despite the departure of D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee. Compared with previous meetings and this summer's mayoral campaign, the Wednesday press conference in which Rhee announced her resignation was a virtual love-fest for the schools chief, Vincent Gray and D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty. For her part, Rhee wasted no time sitting around following the announcement. In short order, she launched a new Web page and joined Facebook and Twitter. D.C. may be in her rearview mirror, but we certainly haven't heard the last of her.

Liquor privatization plan on hold? Gov. Robert McDonnell might delay his plan to privatize Virginia's state-run liquor stores after running into opposition from his own party. McDonnell had planned to call a special session next month to consider the plan, but now it looks as if he'll wait until next year's regular session. The tensions between McDonnell and Republican members of the state legislature have been brewing for weeks. McDonnell's top political adviser allegedly threatened to pull support from some legislators if they refused to support the plan.

A goodbye. Apostle Betty Peebles, the leader of the 19,000-member Jericho City of Peace church in Landover, has died. Peebles founded the megachurch with her husband, James R. Peebles Sr., in a District basement in 1964. James Peebles died in 1996. Betty Peebles was one of the few women to helm such a large congregation. She helped turn the church -- which later moved to the suburbs of Prince George's -- into a spiritual, social and economic force. Peebles was 76. She died of cancer.

Are you on Twitter? How has Betty Peebles’ death affected you or your community? Tell us in a reply by using #BettyPeebles on Twitter.

In short: D.C. police are still searching for a suspect responsible for killing one man and wounding another in an early morning shooting Wednesday at a D.C. Department of Public Works facility. D.C. officials are set to unveil their plan for the redevelopment of Walter Reed.

Other items.

A scary span. If a drive over the Bay Bridge gives you the shakes, the folks at Travel and Leisure magazine agree. They've named the span one of the "scariest" in the world. Yes, the WORLD. The magazine says the bridge made the list because of frequent storms that (gulp!) limit visibility. Here's a full list of the world's scariest bridges. (WBAL)

Good eats. The Post's Fall Dining Guide by Tom Sietsema will be out this weekend, but we'll have an online preview for you tomorrow. Maybe you'll be able to get a jump on those weekend reservations. Meanwhile, here's Tom's recent review of Estadio.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading. Lots going on, so be sure to check back with us for more news and headlines. Curious about what folks are saying in the D.C. area blogosphere? I'll have a roundup of intriguing posts from area bloggers this afternoon. Thoughts? Comments? Post below or send me an email at aratanil@washpost.com.

By Washington Post editors  | October 14, 2010; 8:45 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Education, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  
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