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Posted at 6:22 AM ET, 08/16/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Restaurant Week kicks off

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning It is indeed Monday (it comes around so quickly.) You'll want to grab that umbrella since we've got a 60 to 70 percent chance of showers today.

Upcoming.

Democrat, Republican? . . . Today is the last day for D.C. voters to change their party affiliation for the Sept. 14 primary election. Yes folks, in less than one month, we'll know whether Mayor Adrian Fenty has a shot at a second term or whether an entirely new administration will be taking control.

D.C. Restaurant Week also kicks off today. You'll be able to get a three-course lunch for $20.10 and a three-course dinner for $35.10 at dozens of D.C. restaurants including Cafe Atlantico, Art and Soul and Blue Duck Tavern (Obama and Michelle ate there!) Remember: tax, tip and drinks are NOT included.
Alexandria will host its own restaurant week starting Friday, August 20.

Today's headlines.

The forecast. Not a bad weekend at all, considering what we've been through this summer. Despite Sunday's gloom, most of my neighbors were smiling, pleased about a weekend when the temperatures were below 95. Today's forecast: sticky and damp. The Capital Weather Gang says temperatures will be in the upper 80s, low 90s with a 60 to 70 percent chance of showers.

A goodbye. A funeral mass has been scheduled for William Phillips, the lobbyist, lawyer and staffer to former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, who was among those killed along with the senator in a plane crash in Alaska last week. Phillips's 13-year-old son, Willy, survived the crash and will be returning home to Germantown this week. A funeral mass for William Phillips will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, August 20 at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 9200 Kentsdale Drive, in Potomac, Maryland. (Fox 5)

Metro and safety. Just in case you missed it, Richard Sarles, Metro's interim general manager, wrote this piece for the Post's Sunday Op-Ed page on efforts to change the safety culture at WMATA.This comes just a week after Metro's board met with members of the NTSB board to discuss changes in light of the 2009 Metro Red Line crash.

A different kind of green. Hundreds of D.C. area homeowners thought they'd save some money and reduce their carbon footprint by signing up for free home energy audits last year. Instead, they got an ugly surprise in the mail recently: Notices from the company that liens were filed against their homes because the contractor alleges District officials have not paid them for their work. Turns out, it's all a misunderstanding, District officials say, and will hopefully be resolved this week.

Eek a mouse! From the files of you know, but you really don't want to know. The Washington Examiner has pulled health inspection reports from area malls, including Tyson's, Ballston and Montgomery. And yes, it turns out there's more than just food in some of those food court restaurants.

A weather challenge.

How good are your weather predicting powers? Because weather has been on most everyone's mind so much this year, we thought we'd launch a contest to celebrate the end of summer. As of August 11, we've had 50 90+ degree days, which believe it or not, isn't a record. In 1980, there were 67 90+ days. Tell us how many 90+ degree days you think we'll have by Sept. 21. Send an email to aratanil@washpost.com with your guess. Whoever guesses the correct number of days will receive a $25 Best Buy gift card. In the event of a tie, we'll put all the correct answers into a hat and pick a winner. (If your work for the Post or any affiliated Post companies, you're not eligible to enter.) You'll have until Wednesday, August 18 to send in your guesses. Good luck.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and check back with us for more updates and headlines throughout the day. Thoughts, comments? Send me an email at aratanil@washpost.com or simply post your feedback below.

By Washington Post editors  | August 16, 2010; 6:22 AM ET
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