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Posted at 8:18 AM ET, 01/13/2011

Buzz: Metro, Mother Teresa, Stomp

By Lori Aratani
Washington Post editors

Good morning. We'll see lots of sun today, but sadly that doesn't mean we'll be basking in the warmth of its rays. The Capital Weather Gang says it will be  temperatures will be in the mid-to-low 30s. But take heart: on this day in 1912 the high was 8 degrees and the low was 13 below. So it could be worse -- a lot worse. The weekend should be fairly clear. Our next chance for snow will be Tuesday -- and even then, CWG says it looks like it will more likely that we'll get sleet and rain.

Coming up:

The business of legislating. We'll continue to bring you the latest news from Annapolis and Richmond as legislators in Maryland and Virginia get down to the business of, well, legislating. In Virginia, Gov. Robert McDonnell Wednesday night in a speech before a joint session of the legislature, urged legislators to put aside partisan rancor and act as statesmen during the 46-day session. In Maryland, lawmakers spent their evening moving between a series of receptions sponsored by lobbyists seeking to curry favor for their pet causes. Need a handy guide to what's going on? Want to track down your legislator?  Check our Maryland and Virginia legislative information pages.

Metro board meets. A number of Metro board committees, including WMATA's finance and customer service and operations committees, are meeting today. We'll bring you any new developments. The Metro board will also meet in executive session. Also, we may be close to learning who the finalists are for the General Manager's job, currently being filled on an interim basis by Richard Sarles.

Today's headlines:

Aging and independence. It was only a 40-minute drive between Jo Reinhart's home and that of her parents William. 85, and Betty, 79, Fresch, But when the elderly couple didn't call after several hours, Reinhart knew something was amiss. A passerby spotted the Fresch's red Honda Accord in a steep farm field in Frederick County. Not far from the car were the bodies of Betty and William. Authorities suspect they got lost and then froze to death after getting out of the car to find help. It's heart-wrenching story -- and a reminder of the difficulties that adult children face as their parents grow older. Parents demand to maintain their independence -- but children worry when there are signs their aging mother and fathers have grown frail or forgetful.

A 13th homicide in Prince George's. The medical examiner in Prince George's County has ruled that a woman found dead last Friday in the Capitol Heights area was the victim of a homicide, bringing the number of homicides in the county to 13 since Jan. 1. In the meantime, authorities offered more details about a Tuesday night killing in which a resident shot an intruder who was trying to break into his home in New Carrollton. Prince George's County Police believe the killing was justified.

Ah, Takoma Park. It's green vs. green in Takoma Park where residents are debating whether it's okay to cut down trees to make room for solar panels. The arguments: Trees absorb carbon, provide natural cooling, control erosion and take up stormwater. But the proposed solar panels could offset 7,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, whereas a tree could only manage about 50 per year. What to do?

Remembering. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Council member Marion Barry are among those honoring William Lockridge, a longtime D.C. community and education activist who died Wednesday at the age of 63. Lockridge was also a member of the D.C. State Board of Education representing Ward 8. "For decades he showed that he cared deeply for the District of Columbia and particularly for our children," Gray said in a statement.

In short. Fairfax County officials have agreed to pay $2 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of Salvatore J. Culosi, a 37-year-old optometrist, who was shot and killed by a SWAT officer in 2006 (Post); a Frederick County chemistry teacher is one of four finalists to become National Teacher of the Year (Frederick News-Post); two former employees have filed a discrimination lawsuit against George Washington University. (The Hatchet)

Other items:

Stomp @ Safeway. If you're looking for a little evening amusment (and need to pick up a loaf of bread) you might want to try and catch up members of Stomp, the high-energy group that blends percussion, comedy and dance into their routines. They'll be staging a number of mini-performances around the area today, including one this afternoon at Union Station and an evening gig at the Social Safeway. They'll be appearing at the Warner Theater later this month. (GOG Blog)

New faces. The National Cathedral will add carvings of Mother Teresa and Rosa Park to its collection. The works, expected to be completed by Easter, will be placed in the Cathedral's Human Rights Porch, which honors those who have fought for equality. (NBC 4)

That's it for now. Thanks for reading. We'll have more headlines and updates throughout the day so be sure to check back with Post Local. Have a question, suggestion, gripe or story idea? Post below or send us an email at

By Lori Aratani  | January 13, 2011; 8:18 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Education, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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