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Posted at 6:15 AM ET, 07/22/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: D.C.'s smart AND healthy

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. Yes, it's Thursday -- we're that much closer to the weekend.

Strange batch of headlines out there today. A Virginia man has been arrested for deploying a nail gun in a road rage incident in Prince William County. In Ashburn, a vandal (or some crazy teenagers) is spreading peanut butter on playground equipment, terrorizing parents whose children have severe peanut allergies. And in Baltimore, 16 manhole covers have gone missing from the same street. (The Baltimore Sun)

Could it be the heat is finally getting to folks?

Upcoming: For you Bethesda residents: the Montgomery County Planning Board will review the National Naval Medical Center projects this afternoon.

On a more serious note: A 20-year-old man who graduated from Oakton High School and attended George Mason University has been arrested as an alleged terrorist recruit. Federal officials said Zachary Adam Chesser was stopped in New York as he was on his way to allegedly joining an al-Queda-linked group in Somalia. Chesser gained notoriety in April after criticizing the creators of "South Park" for their depiction of the prophet Muhammad. Chesser will be in federal court in Alexandria today; come back here for the latest news.

Suspected serial killer. Prince George's police are offering more insight into what led them to suspect that a man already in custody is also linked to the killings of two mothers and their daughters in Prince George's. Federal officials raided the 27-year-old man's Largo home on unrelated gun charges and found other evidence linking him to the mother/daughter murders. He is not being identified because he has not been charged in the case. Authorities are awaiting an indictment, which could come sometime in the next few weeks.

They're charging me for what? Consumers with good credit are encountering a new dynamic in the charge card market: new fees even if you pay your balance in full each month or incentives for using your card more often. It's an effort by card companies to make up for revenue they used to get from interest rate hikes and late penalty fees -- both of which Congress clamped down on as part of its financial reform efforts.

Not so smarty pants. We might be the most well-educated area in the U.S., but according to a new report, the U.S. as a whole is falling behind other nations when it comes to young college graduates.

Please pass the tempeh. It's just too easy so we'll let you slip your own "pork" joke in here: PETA has named D.C. one of its "Best Cities for Vegetarians" -- apparently we do a mean tofu burger not to mention some darn good "chicken" nuggets.

Achoo. And if folks are sniffling and sneezing in your office (like they are in mine) it may be because it's yes -- summer cold season. Sigh. Isn't the heat punishment enough?

That's it for now. Thanks for reading. Keep checking back with us for more updates. We'll have a fun story about the House chief of staff who moonlights as a comedian (gotta have a sense of humor to work on the Hill) as well as daily updates from the pop culture, fanboy, sci-fi fest that is Comic-con.

By Washington Post editors  | July 22, 2010; 6:15 AM ET
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