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Posted at 5:54 AM ET, 06/23/2010

Beat the heat, watch the World Cup, and have an A.M. cocktail

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning.

Hot enough for ya? Yes, the heat index could hit triple digits today. For those keeping track, the Capital Weather Gang notes we're now in day 5 of our June heatwave. I know some folks love the heat and humidity -- the stickier the better. But for folks whose hair frizzes at just the hint of moisture in the air, I sympathize. Do your best to limit outdoor activity and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Dr. Gridlock also offers some great advice to getting around during heat waves -- whether by car, bus or train. CWG says we may get cooler temperatures on Friday, but right now that seems awfully far away.

Lots of transportation-related news this morning.

Ugly on I-270. Very messy commute for drivers on I-270 this morning. Lanes in both directions were shut after a tractor-trailer brought down power lines near Gaithersburg. As of 7:35 a.m., all northbound lanes have reopened and all but two southbound lanes are open. UPDATE 10:25 a.m: The shutdown of I-270 during Wednesday morning’s rush hour was caused when a water main break led power lines to sag into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer, authorities said via the Post Now blog.

More MARC problems. There were more problems for MARC commuters Tuesday evening, when the lines that power locomotive engines navigating the Union Station railyards went out. The result? Delays to all early-evening MARC trains passing through Union Station. Monday night, 900 riders were trapped on a MARC train traveling the same route for nearly two hours with no air conditioning after the train's engine failed. The feds are investigating.

Bus fares increase in Montgomery. Ride On fares will increase starting Sunday, The Gazette reports.

Metro funding threatened. Gov. Bob McDonnell is not backing down on his threat to withhold millions in Metro funding unless Virginia gets two seats on the Metro board. Democratic members of the Fairfax Board of Supervisors on Tuesday criticized McDonnell's threat to withhold Metro funding a "hostile action." The clock is ticking. The first installment of Virginia's share -- $12.5 million -- is due July 1. Without it, WMATA officials say they may not be able to purchase new rail cars.

Fire near Farragut West. Much excitement in downtown D.C. last night after a fireball erupted from a manhole at 18th and I streets, reports The Post's Martin Weil. No injuries were reported but there was much excitement around the scene. The fire apparently involved a transformer on a feeder line.

Should parents see teacher evaluations? D.C. Councilmember David Cantania says yes. The councilman would like D.C. teacher evaluations made public, reports WAMU.

Arlington headstones used for erosion control. Officials now say they knew about the the headstones found in and along a creek at Arlington National Cemetery. The markers were used for erosion control, reports The Post's Christian Davenport. But the cemetery's new management team was not aware the stones were being used that way and says the markers will be collected and disposed of properly.

World Cup. The U.S. faces Alegeria today at 10 a.m. in a must-win match. A victory by the Americans (0-0-2, two points) at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria would ensure a top-two finish in Group C and a berth in this weekend's second stage, writes The Post's Steven Goff. A bonus for you early morning soccer fans: a story on the merits of early morning cocktails (recipes too -- how can you possibly resist trying something dubbed the Corpse Reviver?) If cocktails aren't your thing, how about toasting the World Cup with some lovely South American wines?

That's it for now. Thanks for reading. I know it'll be tough but try stay cool today.

By Washington Post editors  | June 23, 2010; 5:54 AM ET
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