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Posted at 5:50 AM ET, 07/12/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Fake driver, real humid

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. Yes, it's Monday -- already. Sigh.

But we've got all kinds of intriguing headlines for you today: Fake Metrobus drivers, college presidents bonding with their students and possible trouble for D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty in Ward 4 -- an area that many consider critical to his re-election chances. And we can't forget: Spain won the World Cup.

The weather. Today's forecast in four words: muggy, warm AND wet. Sounds like all the ingredients for a summer day in D.C. The Capital Weather Gang says temperatures will be in the high 80s with a 60 percent chance of afternoon/evening showers.

Fake driver, real bus. He was in uniform and he seemed to know the bus route -- very well. One of the passengers aboard the Metrobus driven by an impostor driver said she had no idea he wasn't a real Metro driver -- even after he hit a tree. William Jackson, 19, is currently in custody, charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and fleeing the scene of an accident. A Metro spokeswoman said the transportation agency will review its policies to prevent such an incident from happening again. Authorities said Jackson is fascinated by buses.

Student bonding. It's not just enough to be the president of a university or college these days. You can't just "friend" your students, you've got to be their friends. The Post's Jenna Johnson and Daniel de Vise outline all the ways in which college presidents are showing off a less stuffy side (no streaking involved, thank you very much. No one wants to know THAT much about the head honcho).

Water away. Mandatory water restrictions have finally been lifted in Rockville. The city had imposed the restrictions on Wednesday after a 24-inch water main broke.

Keeping it cool. D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh (D - Ward 3) has introduced emergency legislation to prevent utility companies from shutting off power during extreme heat emergencies, the Washington Examiner reports. If passed, the legistlation would be in place only for the remainder of this summer.

For you history buffs: Maryland is preparing to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, The Baltimore Sun reports. Yes, we know it's two years early, but just ask Martha Stewart: It takes time to plan a good party.

'Top Chef' delays opening. The opening of Spike Mendelsohn's newest restaurant, We the Pizza, originally scheduled for today has been pushed back a week to July 19, City Paper's Young and Hungry blog reports.

That's it for now. Check back with us throughout the day for more headines. Have a great day.

By Washington Post editors  | July 12, 2010; 5:50 AM ET
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