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Posted at 6:08 AM ET, 07/ 8/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Emmys, Fringe and tests

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning.

They say it'll be "cooler." Well, sort of. The Capital Weather Gang says it'll be in the low 90's today, which wouldn't normally seem cool but given the last three days, we know that beggars can't be choosy. Just think how happy we'll be when it's only 86.

Couple of news stories to watch out for:

Emmy nominations are expected to be announced around 8:30 a.m. Here's a link to a live webcast of the Emmy announcement. Also, just after the nominations are announced, Post staffers Lisa deMoraes and Jen Chaney will post their impressions (the big surprises, who got snubbed, and more.)

Spy swap. There's also talk that the Russian spy swap (so Cold War!) could happen as early as today. We'll keep you updated.

U.Va. lacrosse death. The Virginia State Medical Examiner has ruled that Yeardley Love, the University of Virginia lacrosse player who was allegedly killed by her ex-boyfriend George Huguely in May, died of blunt force tramua to the head, The Daily Progress reports. The medical examiner's office also said Love's death officially has been ruled a homicide.

Brown grass is in. Just a day after county-wide water restrictions were lifted, residents of Rockville are dealing with new mandatory restrictions on outdoor water use after a water main break in Potomac Wednesday afternoon. According to witnesses, the break sent a huge geyser shooting into the air, WJLA reports.

Don't get sick. If you end up in a hospital in Maryland, you might be paying a few hundred dollars more for that stay. The Baltmore Sun reports that the state agency charged with setting rates has approved an increase in what hospitals can charge insurance companies and patients.

No. 2 pencils ready? D.C. students will take more tests, under a new plan by Chancellor Michelle Rhee. Eventually, every student from kindergarten to 12th grade will take some form of standardized test. This is likely to fuel debate about the value of so much testing. Under the No Child Left Behind law, students in grades three to eight are tested yearly; high school students are assessed at least once.

A Lucky split. A judge in Calvert County has ruled that a divorcing couple will have to split custody of their dog, Lucky. Gayle and Craig Myers will each get six months with Lucky. Generally, under Maryland law, if a divorcing couple can't agree on what to do with jointly owned marital property, it must be sold. But retired Prince George's County Circuit Judge Graydon S. McKee III felt that didn't seem right in the case of this canine.

Something different. The Capital Fringe Festival starts today. The Post's Going Out Gurus offer a breakdown of the must-see Fringe shows and events. The festival, which began in 2005 and runs through July 25, is a chance for artists to "do their thing" without boundaries or parameters. Even if you don't think it's your thing, you should check it out. Lots of the events are free, so what do you have to lose?

Thanks for reading. Have a great day.

By Washington Post editors  | July 8, 2010; 6:08 AM ET
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