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Posted at 5:46 AM ET, 08/25/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Politics and weddings

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. We've got lots of news today: political news, school news and just plain interesting news. The race for D.C. Mayor just gets hotter and Michelle Rhee is back in the headlines -- but not for the reasons you may think. We're also approaching the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and as part of our coverage are asking folks who have done volunteer work down on the coast to send us your snapshots. We'd like to build a photo gallery of recovery efforts.

A nice day. I'm almost afraid to say anything because I might jinx it. But the Capital Weather Gang says we're about to enter a pretty nice stretch of weather: sunny with temperatures in the 80's and -- get this -- low humidity. After a summer of punishing heat, rain and humidity, Mother Nature is giving us a break. Note to Mother Nature: We appreciate it.

Coming up.

Debate wrap-up & a new Gray ad. We'll have a rundown of Wednesday night's debate between D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray, in a race that seems to get more intense as we get closer to the Sept. 14 primary. Meanwhile, Gray will unveil his first TV ad of the campaign season today. The focus: Fenty and cronyism. (Post)

It's good to be green. The orignial Kermit the Frog and nine of his friends from the show "Sam and Friends," which aired on WRC-TV in 1955, officially will become part of the Smithsonian's collection today in a cermony attended by Jane Henson, the wife of the late Jim Henson and "Today Show" weatherman Willard Scott. Even though Henson fashioned the original Kermit the Frog out of his mother's old green coat and a pair of ping pong balls, he looks just fabulous.

High school sports. Today's Post includes your essential guide to high school sports in the D.C.-area complete with team-by-team previews for public and private high schools. If you can't get ahold of the paper, check out our online site.

Today's headlines:

Much ado in Virginia. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is a busy man. On Monday, he issued a legal opinion saying that the state could more closely regulate clinics that offer abortions raising concern among pro-choice advocates. On Tuesday came word that he'd issued another opinion saying that local governments in the state do not have to ban holiday displays that include religious symbols. As you may recall, last year, Loudoun County officials banned displays of any type from the lawn of the courthouse in Leesburg. (Post)

A retirement. After 12 years as head of Maryland's largest school system, Jerry Weast has announced he's retiring at the end of the 2010-2011 school year. A search for a replacement will begin in December -- following school board elections in the fall. Weast has been called a "visionary" but the 62-year-old educator is not without his critics. Like him or not, MCPS remains one of the most desirable school system's in the region. A Post editorial about Weast's legacy in Montgomery. $$$$ for Md, D.C. Also, schools in D.C. and Maryland have won $325 million in federal Race to the Top school improvement grants. (Post)

Don't send a gift yet. D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and her fiance, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, announced Tuesday that they've changed their wedding date and ahem, downsized the guest list. According to Johnson: "Michelle and I have decided to change the date and location of our wedding ... and plan to have a private ceremony for our families in the near future. We apologize for any inconveniences we may have caused." (Reliable Source)

Other items.

A break for fire-breathers. We can all rest a bit easier now that felony charges have been dropped against two fire-breathing bartenders. The pair, who perform the trick at Jimmy's Old Town Tavern in Herndon, still face misdemeanor charges for their little fire show (which they've been doing for ages) but 35 years in jail? No longer on the table. Should we drink to that? (The Washington Examiner)

Saving fresh herbs. I feel like I drop a fortune on fresh herbs that often end up going bad before I use them. Enter Susan Belsinger. She's got tips for making fresh herbs last longer whether you grow them yourself or buy them at the store. Save the herbs -- save the $$$. Even my Dad can appreciate that. (Post)

Happy Hour benefit. If you're looking for something to do tonight and want to do something good - the Social Media Club of D.C. is hosting a happy hour at Busboys and Poets to benefit Gulf Coast families as we near the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Tickets are $10 prices and happy hour prices will be extended. (Social Media Club D.C.)

That's it for now. Thanks for reading. Check back with PostLocal for more updates and headlines throughout the day. Curious about the chatter in the D.C. blogosphere? Come back this afternoon, when I'll post my five favorite posts.

By Washington Post editors  | August 25, 2010; 5:46 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Virginia  
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