Lori's A.M. Buzz: Maybe baby?
Good morning. And you thought yesterday was pretty nice? Looks like today will be ever better, weather-wise. The Capital Weather Gang predicts temperatures in the 80's with low humidity. Maybe a good night for a drink at a local rooftop bar? But enjoy it: temperatures could be back up in the 90's come Sunday.
Cub watch. Officials at the National Zoo are on baby watch. Shera, one of the female lions, could give birth anytime within the next 10 days. On Thursday, zoo officials said she had a good appetite. The zoo is posting updates here. You might recall that in May, Nababiep, another of the zoo's female lions gave birth to a male cub. It was the first lion cub to be born at the zoo in 20 years. But just a few days later, the cub died. A necropsy showed that the cub had inhaled a piece of hay that lodged in a lung and sparked pneumonia.
Who are these guys? Tomorrow, we'll have another in a series of stories looking at the major Democratic candidates for D.C. mayor. Friday's installment with focus on D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray and look at how his circle of friends and advisors might influence what kind of mayor he'd be. Gray is known as consensus maker -- but could his need to bring everyone to the table hamper his ability to make tough decisions? In the weeks leading up to the primary, we'll also examine D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty's record on crime.
Mike DeBonis takes a look at the potential for mayhem on primary day. Will the D.C. elections office be able to deliver reliable results with so many new voting rules and regulations (early voting, same day voting, etc.) in place for the very first time. And what will happen with the new voting technology D.C. will deploy for the Sept. 14 primary? All systems were go during a trial run Wednesday, but . . . stay tuned.
Strasburg watch. Nats' pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg is scheduled for a second MRI today with results due back on Friday. The pitching ace was placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier this week after being pulled from Sunday's game. Since then, there's been much debate about whether he should sit the remainder of the season out.
Numbers news. Two important events in the biz world: Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke makes a speech tomorrow in Wyoming that's being called the most important since the financial crisis. No doubt he'll be talking about the jobless statistics being released this morning. Come back later and check PostBusiness for details on those stories.
Metro fare changes. A new round of Metro fare increases starts Sunday -- just in time for your Monday morning commute. These new peak-of-the-peak fees will affect riders who travel during the busiest periods, between 7:30 and 9 a.m.
and 4:30 and 6 p.m weekdays. Also, if you're a SmarTrip card holder, Metro has also changed its policy on balances. Riders who have a negative balance on their cards will not be allowed to exit the station. So you'll need to be mindful of your balance. On the flip side the fee to buy a SmarTrip card will drop by half from $5 to $2.50 starting on Sunday.
Md. officials: eggs are safe. Maryland officials have stepped up their inspection efforts, but say no eggs from the Iowa plants involved in recent recalls have been found in the state adding that the plants involved in the recall are not registered to pack eggs for sale in the state. As many as 1,300 people are thought to have been sickened by eggs linked to the plants that have been infected by salmonella. (WTOP)
Egg farmer had history in Md. The egg farmer involved in the nationwide salmonella recall tangled with Maryland officials in the past. In the early 1990s, he ran two egg facilities on Maryland's Eastern Shore, and was charged with violating a quarantine for selling contaminated eggs.
Independents remain on the sideline. The D.C. Elections Board has ruled that Independent or unaffiliated voters in D.C. won't be able to cast ballots in the Sept. 14 primary. While this maintains a longtime District practice, the board's decision is a setback for Mayor Adrian Fenty's campaign. Fenty had hoped to sway independents into his column.
Ick. Here's a story that will make you squirm. D.C. ranks 9th in the nation among cities with bedbug infestations. Of course, this is according to a survey by the pest-control company, Terminix. New York, Philadelphia and Detroit were tops. Why do I suddenly feel itchy?
Weather contest. We had more than 100 entries to our end of summer weather contest in which we asked readers to predict how many more 90+ degree days you thought we'd get before the end of summer on Sept. 21. I had an email this week asking how many days we've had so far -- and I promise to get you an answer before the end of the week. I know as of Aug. 16, we'd had 52, 90+ degree days -- but we'll get you an updated total and let you know how many of you are still in the running for that $25 Best Buy gift card.
That's it for now. Thanks for reading and if you can, get out and enjoy the sunshine and low humidity. Given the crazy summer we've had weather-wise, you never know how long it's going to last. Check back with us throughout the day for more updates.
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| August 26, 2010; 5:54 AM ET
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