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Posted at 5:54 AM ET, 07/ 9/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: TGIF and I didn't melt

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's Friday and if you're reading this you have something to be thankful for: You made it through the week without melting, no easy feat given this week's triple-digit temperatures, power failures and water main breaks. Let's hope the locusts have taken the summer off.

Today's forecast: 90 and humid with a 50 percent chances of showers in the evening.

Here's what's happening today on PostLocal.com:

Hospital auction. United Medical Center -- formerly known as Greater Southeast Hospital -- is up for auction today. No buyers have yet emerged for the only D.C. hospital east of the Anacostia so it's expected that the city will run it until one can be found. Check back with us to find out whether a surprise buyer surfaces and other details.

For you baseball fans:
Stephen Strasburg pitches tonight against the San Francisco Giants at National Park. The Nationals Journal blog will have updates throughout the day, and we'll have our live score box running during the game.

UMd. students cleared. Three University of Maryland students who were arrested for excessive celebration following the Terps victory over Duke have been cleared.

Tai Shan turns 5. If he were here, there would probably be a birthday cake and all kinds of hullabaloo, but alas, Washington D.C.'s favorite panda Tai Shan, who turns 5 today, is now in China. But no worries. Thanks to the magic of technology, you can still send him birthday wishes. Awwwww.

And more headlines from around the region:

Consequences for parents? D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) said at a commitee meeting Thursday that he'll introduce a proposal taking a harder line against parents of chronically truant D.C. students. A possible plan might involve cutting families' public benefits -- something that one county in Arizona already does. But talk of such action has already drawn sharp criticism from advocates for the poor. Whether it's cuts to public benefits or something else, council members say action has to be taken after a spate of violent incidents involving juveniles over the last few months.

UVa. lacrosse killing. New documents unsealed in the death of Yeardley Love, a lacrosse player at the University of Virginia, reveal George Huguely -- her ex-boyfriend and the man accused in her killing -- knew she was injured and bleeding before he left her in her apartment. The Virginia medical examiner has officially ruled Love's death a homicide.

D.C. streetcars in jeopardy? There was much excitement about the return of streetcars to D.C. neighborhoods, but now comes word via the Washington Examiner that the District has lost out on a $25 million federal grant that would have helped fund the streetcar plan.

More animal talk. Paul, the psychic octopus who picked Spain to win over Germany in the semi-finals at the World Cup, has chosen Spain to win Sunday's final game against the Netherlands. Folks in Paul's home country of Germany were understandably not pleased with the eight-legged invertebrate's choice melting, no easy feat given this week's triple digit temperatures, power failures and water main breaks. Let's hope the locusts have taken the summer off.">(there was talk of grilling) but we'll see what happens come Sunday.

Meanwhile, D.C. chef Jose Andres was so pleased by Paul's predicting prowess (and Spain's semi-final victory) that he has taken octopus off all his restaurants' menus until further notice.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading. Hope you have a great day and an even better weekend. Got a thought you'd like to share about Lori's A.M. Buzz? Post a comment below. Or, if you're shy (or don't want to subject me to public humiliation) you can email me at aratanil@washpost.com

By Washington Post editors  | July 9, 2010; 5:54 AM ET
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