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Posted at 5:58 AM ET, 10/ 7/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Food trucks face off

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. Rallies, a town hall, a presidential rally and a food truck cook-off. So much going on. Fortunately, it will all be happening under sunny skies.

More of this, please. The morning will start cool, but that will soon give way to sunshine and a breeze. The Capital Weather Gang says we'll ease into temperatures around the low-to-mid-70s later in the day. But if you plan to stay late at work or hit happy hour before you head home, you might grab a jacket -- that is if you consider temperatures in the 60's chilly.

Coming up:

Obama at Bowie State. President Obama will be at Bowie State today -- part of a presidential effort to give two of Maryland's high-profile Democrats a boost as we move closer to November's general election. Gov. Martin O'Malley is hoping to win a second term by defeating Republican challenger (and former governor) Robert Ehrlich. And Sen. Barbara Mikulski is shooting for fifth term representing Maryland in the U.S. Senate. We'll be there at 1:50 p.m. when the rally kicks off. We'll also be live-blogging the event so be sure to check back.

Food truck face-off. If you've been intrigued, but haven't had the time to chase down one of D.C.'s new food trucks (they're all the rage, trust me) then here's your chance to corral them all in one place. The 2010 Curbside Cookoff kicks off today in the parking lot of the old Washington Convention Center. Twenty mobile food vendors -- selling everything from cupcakes to lobster rolls -- will be part of the two-day event. Not only will there be food, you'll get musical performances, graffiti art and assorted classes. It all kicks off at 11 a.m. Got a favorite food truck? Vote for it!

Town Hall in Ward 3. Vincent Gray, the current D.C. Council Chairman and the man likely to become D.C.'s new mayor, will host his second in a series of Town Hall meetings tonight in Ward 3. Tonight's meeting will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Columba's Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. Should be interesting since Ward 3 has long been considered Adrian Fenty's territory. Gray kicked off his "listening tour" Tuesday night with a meeting in Ward 5. We'll be there.

Today's headlines

Hit-and-run in Dupont. D.C. officials are investigating a hit-and-run incident in Dupont Circle this morning. Around 1:30 a.m. this morning, a woman was struck and killed along the 1300 block of Connecticut Avenue, NW. Officials said the vehicle then drove off. As of 7 a.m. the northbound lane of Connecticut Avenue outside and south of the Dupont Circle underpass was closed to traffic because of the police investigation. The Connecticut Avenue underpass and the outer southbound lane remained open for the morning commute. A cyclist apparently pursued the vehicle and was able to get a license plate.

Cheating scandal in Prince George's. The Prince George's County State's Attorney office has begun reviewing criminal cases linked to police officers under investigation for their possible involvement in a cheating scandal at the police academy. Glenn F. Ivey said its not clear whether the cases will stand or not, but given that the officers involved could face possible suspension of their law enforcement powers, he felt the review was necessary. The cadets in question graduated in July 2009. At least 34 of them face specific cheating allegations.

The sound of silence. The "Mosquito" noisemaker -- a high-pitched sound designed to deter young people from congregating in certain areas -- has been silenced in D.C. Merchants in the Gallery Place area of D.C. have decided to find other ways to deal with groups of young people who congregate in popular shopping, dining and entertainment area. The device was installed a little more than a month ago -- but drew complaints about age discrimination.

Other items:

Goodbye to the burrito man. Burrito fans and patrons of the burrito cart at 17th and K streets, NW, are mourning the passing of Carlos Guardado, the cart's proprietor, who died earlier this month of a heart attack. He was 48.Guardado had run his little cart, selling rice and bean burritos to the hungry masses for nearly 20 years, long before mobile food carts became chic.

Jon Stewart and the Mall. Jon Stewart has announced the location for his "Rally to Restore Sanity" rally scheduled for Oct. 30. It'll be at East Seaton Park and Henry Park, between 3rd and 7th streets NW on the Mall. Details appear to be coming together for Stewart's rally as well as a rival rally planned by Stephen Colbert. Both men have asked attendees to donate to charity -- Stewart to the Trust for the National Mall, which focuses on Mall restoration and Colbert to Donors Choose, which helps buy school supplies for students and teachers.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading. As you can tell, there's lots happening today so be sure to check back with Post Local for the most up-to-date headlines. We'll even tell you what's happening in the D.C.-area blogosphere. So click back.

By Washington Post editors  | October 7, 2010; 5:58 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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