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Posted at 5:41 AM ET, 07/19/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: About that quake

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. In the aftermath of Friday's *earthquake* centered in Maryland, authorities announced they received more than 20,000 calls and . . . zero reports of substantial damage. The quake might have measured only 3.6 but there were reports it was felt as far away as Delaware. In fact, last night's storms seem to cause more damage. As of this morning, several thousands of folks in Maryland are still without power.

Then there's weather . . . On a scale of 1 to 10, Capital Weather Gang gives today's "sticky and wet" forecast a 4 out of 10. So it could be worse (say a 2, but it could definitely be better -- remember that time when we had an 8 day?) Temperatures will be in the high 80's, low 90's with a 40 to 50 percent chance of showers.

Upcoming: Baltimore Congressman C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger is expected to announce funding for a new study of Chesapeake Bay microorganisms, The Baltimore Sun reports.

Investigation looks at police brass. The investigation into the alleged post-game beating of an unarmed student following the University of Maryland's victory over Duke last March in men's basketball is now focusing on whether officers received orders from higher up the chain of command that might have led to the incident -- or if any senior Prince George's officers attempted to cover up what may have happened that March night.

Excuuuseee me. I see them all the time on my daily commute: the seat hog and yes, these folks make me crazy. The Post's Ann Scott Tyson explores why people don't share, think their purses and bags are too special to sit on the floor or throw you nasty looks when you try to sit next to them on crowded trains and buses.

D.C. officers win suit. Five black D.C. police officers have won $900,000 in a civil rights suit after a federal jury concluded they were retaliated against for filing racial discrimination complaints.

With more than $700,000 in debts, D.C. Councilmember Kwame Brown's (D-At Large) finances are becoming an issue in his campaign for the chairmanship of the D.C. Council. Brown's Democratic primary opponent, Vincent B. Orange, Sr. the former Ward 5 councilmember, has begun raising questions about whether someone who has difficulties managing his own personal finances can manage the District's finances.

How clean is that kitchen? Ever wonder how clean your local pizza joint is (or maybe you just don't want to think about it). Still, here's a handy tool just in case . . . District officials have begun posting restaurant inspection records online. So far data from the last three years is available with more records being added. Our DataPost page also has health inspection records from Virginia-area restaurants available as well as data about other topics and institutions.

No quarters, no worries. Starting today, D.C. officials are launching several pilot programs designed to make it easier to pay for parking. Now if they could only launch a pilot program to make it easier to find parking.

Have a hankering for Italian? Today is the official opening for Spike Mendelsohn's new restaurant We, the Pizza. It's located next door to the "Top Chef's" earlier venture, Good Stuff Eatery on Capitol Hill. Menu boasts homemade gelato. Update, 11:50 a.m.:DCist reports that today's opening has been postponed. Ah -- another update: Capital Spice reports the new opening date is July 23.

That's it for now. Hope your return to the weekday routine goes well. Thanks for reading and have a great day.


By Washington Post editors  | July 19, 2010; 5:41 AM ET
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Comments

Is the whole point of your 'column' to cut and paste articles from elsewhere.... in the same newspaper?

Couldn't they replace you with that little animated paperclip avatar from Microsoft Office and save on your salary?

Imagine: The paperclip pops up and says "I see you're pretending to be a journalist..."

Posted by: gth1 | July 19, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the feedback. Lori's AM Buzz keeps evolving so I'd love to hear your thoughts on how the column could be more useful. You can post here or send me an email at aratanil@washpost.com

Posted by: baynews2 | July 19, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Re the earthquake, there's one thing that the USGS should have done and failed to. On their Earthquake FAQ page, in response to the question, "The earthquake was in my area, but I didn't feel it. Should I still fill out [the 'Did You Feel It?'] form?" the USGS says, "Yes. The more questionnaires that are received for your zip code, the more reliable the average intensity assigned to that zip code will be. In areas of lighter shaking, the *not-felt* responses are needed to prevent the average zip code intensities from being too high. [T]he *not-felt* area is also useful to delimit in order to understand the full extend of shaking effects." Unfortunately, nobody--including the USGS--publicized the USGS's desire to hear about the earthquake from *everyone* in the affected region. Perhaps the Post can assist with this role the next time there's an earthquake here.

Posted by: sburban | July 19, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

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