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Posted at 5:47 AM ET, 08/19/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Power off, pressure on

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It hardly seems that fair yesterday's rains would fall during the morning and evening commutes, but good news on the weather front for Thursday: Looks like sunshine and humidity today. And despite two downpours, it appears only a few Pepco customers are still without power. But Post columnist Robert McCartney has some advice for Pepco customers who want to ensure there isn't a repeat of this summer's massive outages: Keep the pressure on. Pepco executives admitted during Tuesday's hearing before the Maryland Public Service Commission, McCartney notes, that they have one of the worst records among major utility companies when it comes to keeping its customers lights on. If Pepco customers want to ensure they have good service, they need to push the utility and state watchdogs to ensure the company improves its performance -- even after the lights have been restored.

Water, water everywhere. Except in McLean. We should note that a water main break has left a few hundred folks in McLean without water this morning, in an area that stretches from Springhill Road east to the Capital Beltway and from Lewinsville Road to Georgetown Pike. (WTOP)

Coming up:

Nooooooooo! Yes, kids, we hear you. Summer is over and now it's time to head, sigh, back to school. Students have already moved into the dorms at American University. And come Monday, their younger counterparts will be back in the classroom in the District and Prince George's County. To help you navigate the fall madness, we've created a special Back to School page that has all of the great coverage from our team of Post Education reporters, tips for ensuring you and your student are ready to hit the books, and -- don't miss this -- a digital countdown clock to the last official day of summer (sigh).

Back-to-school headaches. Unfortunately, it looks like scheduling problems have already begun in Prince George's County schools. Similar problems cropped up last year when students were returning to classes. (The Gazette)

A few sprinkles. We could be mostly rain-free until about Sunday -- though there is a slight (20%) chance of showers this evening. The Capital Weather Gang says temperatures today will be in the mid- to upper-80's and it'll be humid. Sounds like a pretty typical summer day in D.C.

Today's headlines.

D.C. mayor's race. This week, we launch the start of a series of articles designed to offer you more insight into the leading Democratic candidates for D.C. mayor, Adrian Fenty and Vincent C. Gray. In today's installment we look at Fenty's ambitious pledge to remake D.C.'s public school system -- a cornerstone of his re-election campaign. Questions have arisen about the fate of D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, should Fenty fail to win in November. Tomorrow, we'll look at Gray's record as chairman of the D.C. Council.

Stolen Metrobus. The D.C. teenager who donned a Metrobus driver's uniform, walked into a bus yard, stole a Metrobus and picked up a few passengers before crashing into a tree, said he plans to plead guilty in the July incident.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and thanks to all our readers who responded to our end of summer weather contest. The response was fabulous. For the record, the Capital Weather Gang says as of yesterday, we've had 53 days of 90+ degree temperatures. We'll let you know who wins the $25 Best Buy gift card next month. Have a great day and be sure to check back with PostLocal for more news and headlines throughout the day.

By Washington Post editors  | August 19, 2010; 5:47 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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