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Posted at 5:43 AM ET, 09/22/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Librarians will survive

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. No need to check your calendar, it IS September even though today may feel more like August outside. It's Wednesday, so we're almost midway through the week and that much closer to Saturday when book-lovers of all types will gather on the Mall for the National Book Festival. But right now, we've got headlines to think about.

Coming up:

Like summer again. Let's see: hotter -- temperatures near 90 and slightly more humid with a 30 percent chance of showers this evening. Hey, Capital Weather Gang -- Can we exchange today's forecast for yesterday's? I'm not picky, I'll even take Monday's weather. No? Oh well, looks like it's going to be a long, hot rest of the week.

It's Car Free Day. The Post's own Dr. Gridlock has the scoop on activities and some advice on deciding whether car-free might work for you beyond just today.

First 'meeting' jitters? Vincent Gray -- the man who will most likely be D.C.'s new mayor -- and schools chancellor Michelle Rhee -- the woman with the Oprah stamp of approval -- will have their first meeting since the Sept. 14 primary on Thursday. Wouldn't you love to be a fly on that wall?

Today's headlines:

Payback time? There was a little tension evident at the first D.C. Council meeting since last Tuesday's primary election (has it already been more than a week?). Council members attempted to resurrect several bills Mayor Fenty's administration had rejected during the recess using "pocket vetos." In one instance, they were successful, approving a measure to block a settlement payment to one of the firms at the center of a special counsel's contract investigation.The firm in question is owned by Fenty's friend and fraterinity brother, Omar Karim.

Full of potential. There are 39 acres of land near Metro's New Carrollton station in search of the right developer. Officials in Maryland and with WMATA are looking to turn the collection of parking lots, vacant in Prince George's County since National Harbor.

Sad news. A cyclist, who was the Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate in Maryland, has died after she was hit by a car while riding in the Largo area. Natasha Pettigrew, 30, was training for a triathalon when she was hit at about 5:30 a.m. Sunday morning on Route 202. She was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center where she died late Monday night.

In short. D.C.'s state superintendent of education is stepping down; The Supreme Court has declined to block the Thursday execution of Teresa Lewis, the first woman slated to be executed in Virginia in nearly a century.

Other items:

They've gone viral! A group of librarians at the Rappahannock Regional Library in Fredericksburg, Va. are enjoying a bit of YouTube fame. A video they created has gone viral, attracting more than 35,000 hits. The nearly two-minute short, in which librarians perform to their own version of Gloria Gaynor's disco anthem, "I Will Survive," chronicles how they cope in a post-budget-cut world. It's great fun.(NBC 4)

Bye-bye bedbugs. And speaking of libraries. Officials in Frederick County announced that operations at all libraries in the county would return to normal today after bedbugs were discovered Friday in a recently returned children's book.The county's eight libraries and bookmobiles have been treated with a non-toxic chemical. (Frederick News-Post)

An app for that. Okay, Sunday's Redskins game was one fans would all like to forget, but it's too early in the season to give up. Show your support by downloading our new Redskins App. And a bonus: It's free!

Thanks for reading. Don't forget to check back for more news and headlines throughout the day. The Capital Weather Gang will have an updated afternoon forecast (will the rain predicted for this evening come during the afternoon commute?) Remember: Feedback is always welcome. Post below or send me an email at You can also follow me on Twitter Have a great Wednesday.

By Washington Post editors  | September 22, 2010; 5:43 AM ET
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I've been reading that there IS NO "non-toxic" chemical that is effective against these critters so how did the Frederick County Library find this miracle chemical and what exactly was it? Thousands of people and businesses would probably like to know before they have to spend thousands of dollars on bedbug-sniffing dogs, mattress encasement products, and exterminators with heaters.

Posted by: Nghbrhdwatch | September 22, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

how do you find a bedbug in a book?

Posted by: jiji1 | September 22, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

how do you find a bedbug in a book?

Posted by: jiji1 | September 22, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

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