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Posted at 6:06 AM ET, 09/27/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Md.'s first casino opens

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's Monday and we've got rain and headlines.

Grab the umbrella. Record heat over the weekend and now - rain. Let's just hope 2010 won't also be the year of record rain. Seriously, an area can only take so much weather mayhem in one year. The Capital Weather Gang says it will likely be rainy for much of the day with thunderstorms in some areas. The silver lining? Cooler temperatures. Should be in the 70's today.

Coming up.

Happy Birthday. Google is 12-years-old today. Check out the birthday cake tribute by artist Wayne Thiebaud on the Google home page. Not as good as the site's Pac-Man tribute, but still fun.

Jackpot? Maryland's first casino complete with 1,500 slot machines will open today -- several days ahead of schedule. Hollywood Casino in Perryville, Md., is about 40 miles north of Baltimore. Here are some first impressions form a media tour of the facility last week. (Had no idea there was such a thing as "Sex and the City"-themed slot machines. Wonder if the payoff is a pair of Manolo Blahniks?) (WTOP, Post)

He's listening. If you've got a traffic gripe -- or a traffic query, Dr. Gridlock will be online today at noon to talk traffic, Metro and how to get from Point A to Point B, without losing your sanity.

Today's headlines.

Is that . . . ? D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee seems to be every where these days. She was on "Oprah" with Bill Gates. She's coming to a theater near you in the documentary "Waiting for Superman." And on Sunday, she appeared on "Meet the Press," where The Post's Bill Turque reports that she said school reform will continue in D.C. whether she stays on or leaves the city for other opportunities.

Big plans for Prince George's. The man likely to be Prince George's new county executive, Rushern Baker, has big plans for the county. He's hoping to improve the county's schools and to help citizens build better, stronger links to government. He's also pledged to establish an inspector general's office to root out mismanagment.

A mixed bag. D.C. officials say they'll likely be getting less revenue than anticipated from the five-cent plastic bag tax that went into effect in January. Bag use has declined so dramatically, that the District will only get about $1.5 million -- about half the amount they initially expected to collect from the tax. But officials say what may not be great for city coffers is good news for the environment. (The Examiner)

A mystery. The car was towed twice before D.C. police realized there was a body in the trunk. But how that body -- believed to be that of a convicted sex offender -- ended up in that trunk is, well, complicated. The Post's Paul Duggan unspools the "Curious Case of the Corpse in the Car Trunk."

Other items.

Suspicious chocolate. The canine unit of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office thought those giant bars of chocolate coming through Dulles International Airport last week smelled a little suspicious. Turns out the dogs were right. The "chocolate" was actually 21 pounds of marijuana concealed in 20 packages of individual chocolates. Estimated street value? $17,000. The "bars" were headed from Mexico City to New York.

That's it for now. Thanks much for reading and try and stay dry on this very wet and rainy day. Be sure to check back later for more news and headlines. Have a great day.

By Washington Post editors  | September 27, 2010; 6:06 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Virginia, Weather  
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