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Posted at 5:54 AM ET, 07/14/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: The storm has passed

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. We're halfway through the week and hopefully more than halfway past the storms -- thunder! lightning! -- that rocked the area last night felling trees and causing power outages. As of this morning, there are still thousands of people without power - the bulk of whom are in Montgomery County. We'll keep you updated on the situation throughout the day.

On the agenda: A bit later today, we'll tell you about a report by American University's Washington College of Law that examines the working conditions and lives of migrant workers in Maryland's crab industry. We'll also be at the Smithsonian's American History Museum for an events that looks at advancements in auto safety. A featured "guest" will be the most crashed, crash test dummy.

Extreme heat, floods. Yes, THAT was a storm last night. Oh my. But don't worry folks, Capital Weather Gang says the worst may have passed and now we're entering a more typical summer in D.C. weather pattern, i.e. warm and swampy. (Yes, I know, exactly the words you want in your weather forecast.) Chance of p.m. rains dips to 30 to 40 percent, so I'll leave it to you whether the umbrella comes with you or stays at home.

Speaking of which. Thank you to the good folks who responded to my call for umbrella recommendations. One reader suggested I peruse Eddie Bauer's selection of umbrellas -- compact, sturdy and under $20, while others suggested a stop at Brookstone or City Sports. It'll be nice to finally be able to get through a storm that does not involve wrestling with an umbrella while getting soaked.

Mixed bag on D.C. test scores. A new batch of test scores released Tuesday showed that after two years of steady gains, elementary math and reading scores at D.C. public schools declined this year. Even so, Mayor Adrian Fenty and D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee tried to put a positive spin on the news, saying that fixing troubled schools is never easy. They also pointed out that scores for middle and high school students were up. We'll no doubt hear more about this since education is a centerpiece of Fenty's re-election campaign. Speaking of which -- a piece by Post reporters Tim Craig and Nikita Stewart looks at the different campaigning styles of Fenty and his opponent, current D.C. Council Chair Vincent C. Gray.

Teen sorry for taking bus. In an interview with NBC 4's Pat Collins, the D.C. teenager who allegedly stole a Metrobus and drove it into a tree, apologized for his actions. The 19-year-old, a student at Duke Ellington School for the Arts, didn't say why he took the bus, but said the incident has brought him "closer to my family and to God." It also appears that William Jackson has a relative who is a Metrobus operator.

A confession. A man already in prison for the murders of two people has confessed to killing five others between 1994 and 2000 -- one of the deadliest periods in D.C. history. Ronald T. Brisbon, now 35, said his victims included two teenagers he thought were in a rival crew and a mother of six he feared might testify in a case against his brother.

Business boom. Companies owned by minorities and women were growing fantastically a few years ago, according to just-released census figures. But what happened to them when the economy went bust? Reporter Carol Morello looks into that issue. You can look into it too, using our database.

Passport fees increase. If it's time to renew that passport, you'll be paying a bit more. WAMU reminds us that passport fees increased this week. The cost to renew an adult passport has increased from $75 to $110. The fee for a new adult passport jumps from $100 to $135.

Where's the love? A new Harris Interactive poll says the Washington Nationals as one of the least liked major league baseball teams (ouch!) Only the Houston Astros, Florida Marlins and the Toronto Blue Jays curry less favor, WTOP reports. But folks seem to like at least one National. Starting today, a rare baseball card featuring star pitcher Stephen Strasburg is on the auction block for the next two weeks. Opening bid? $9,000.

Thanks for reading. Hope you're in a cool place on this very steamy day. Remember, you can post feedback below or send me an email at aratanil@washpost.com.

By Washington Post editors  | July 14, 2010; 5:54 AM ET
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