Lori's A.M. Buzz: Lottery winner, for a sec
Good morning. Another great day (sunny and in the 80s) filled with interesting headlines. The D.C. Council will meet for the first time since last week's primary elections and D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee got a nod from Oprah. There's also more troubling news out of Arlington National Cemetery, where more mismarked graves and at least one empty burial plot have been found.
SO close. Now this just seems so unfair. Due to a computer glitch Sunday, the wrong winning lottery number in the Powerball drawing was displayed for a bit of time. Winners who had "14" as one of their numbers thought they'd won, but alas, the magic number was "13." Ironic, eh? (NBC 4)
From bake to broil? We're getting spoiled by all this nice weather, but if Mother Nature has taught us anything this year, it's not to take a nice day for granted. Today will be lovely. But the Capital Weather Gang says we could be back to broil on Wednesday with a 90+ degree day. Summer over? Not here in the D.C. area.
An awkward gathering? The D.C. Council will hold its first meeting since last week's primary election. Talk about awkward. The current council chairman -- and the man likely to be D.C.'s new mayor -- Vincent Gray will preside. But watching him closely will be council membere Kwame Brown, who's likely to be the new council chairman come January. And yes, there's D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, whom Gray defeated last Tuesday. Will there be extreme politeness? Deep, meaningful silences? We're there to capture it all.
More Arlington mix-ups. There is more troubling news out of Arlington National Cementery, where officials say a grave site in an area where two presidents and 11 Supreme Court justices are buried was marked but contained no remains while another had a body but the wrong headstone.
Seal of Oprah. D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee got an important endorsement Monday from none other than Oprah Winfrey. Rhee appeared on the talk show with Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates and director Davis Guggenheim, as part of a promotional push for the new education-themed documentary "Waiting for Superman." Oprah dubbed the tough-talking schools chief a "woman warrior" and said that Rhee "singlehandedly turned the D.C. public school system upside-down," firing "over 1,000 teachers and principals" reports The Post's Bill Turque, who also helps clarify some factual points about some of what was said during the segment.
The Metro boss search. The head of San Francisco's municipal transit system is one of the candidates for Metro's top job, WTOP reports. Nathaniel "Nat" Ford is one of 20 or so candidates being looked at for the general manager's job formerly held by John Catoe, who stepped down in April. San Francisco's system -- the seventh largest in the country -- includes streetcars, light rail vehicles, buses and the city's iconic cable cars. Metro is the country's second-largest system in the U.S.
Strasburg's recovery. You'll have to excuse pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg -- in San Diego starting his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery -- if he's feeling a bit grumpy and isn't returning phone calls or texts, The Post's Dave Sheinin writes. The guy just wants to pitch and at a minimum, Strasburg, 22, is still more than three months from the day when he is permitted to throw a baseball again. I'd be grumpy, too.
Eww. Library officials in Frederick County temporarily closed the book drop at the Urbana branch and suspended inter-library loans Friday after an alert worker spotted bedbugs in one of the books. Library officials say material from the book drop and some material and carts from the building's circulation room have been locked inside a truck parked outdoors. They plan to let the sun bring the truck's internal temperature to 120 degrees for at least 30 minutes. They say that will kill the bedbugs. Guess hot weather is good for something.
Leave the car, take the iPad. Wednesday is Car-Free Day in the D.C. region and several local businesses have stepped up to donate prizes for those who leave the car at home. Among the items you can win: an iPad. The day is part of an international push to encourage folks to consider alternatives to driving to work. The WashCycle blog has more details.
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| September 21, 2010; 5:54 AM ET
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