Lori's A.M. Buzz: News and shoes
Good morning. It's a news-filled Tuesday. We've got updates in the case of the American University professor found slain in her Glen Echo home as well as the latest headlines from the Maryland governor's race and the Chandra Levy murder trial. If you're looking for something fun: Zombies are scheduled to invade the Lincoln Memorial, Jon Stewart is in town taping several shows and -- break out your Jimmy Choos -- tonight is the annual High Heel Race in Dupont Circle.
Put away that jacket. I had just gotten used to the sweater-and-boot routine, but yesterday was just a tad too warm for both. I'm not complaining, it's just that wardrobe adjustments must be made. Looks like you'll be able to leave the jacket at home today, too. The Capital Weather Gang says temperatures are likely to be in the mid- to upper 70s. Some areas might actually see temperatures climb into the low 80s. There's a 30 percent chance of showers later tonight. Wednesday? Chance of rain climbs to 60 percent in the latter part of the day.
One more week. Just one week until Election Day. Remember, if you live in Maryland or D.C. you don't have to wait until Nov. 2 to cast your ballot. Both the District and Maryland are offering early voting options. We'll continue to offer you full coverage of who's campaigning where and for whom. This week, we'll also have profiles of the two candidates running for lieutenant governor in Maryland.
Levy trial continues. Testimony continues today in the trial of Ingmar Guandique, the man accused of killed Washington intern Chandra Levy. Yesterday began with opening statements from the two sides and was followed by testimony by Halle Shilling, who recalled being attacked by Guandique as she jogged during the evening in Rock Creek Park in May 2001 -- the same month in which Levy went missing. Shilling was able to fight off Guandique, who later served 10 years in prison for the attack on her and another woman also running in Rock Creek Park.
Do not panic. A gang of zombies is set to "invade" the Lincoln Memorial this morning. Yes, you read that correctly, a gang of zombies is set to invade the Lincoln Memorial early this morning. (I always thought of zombies as night creatures, but what do I know?) No official permits have been taken out with the proper authorities, but we're told that the invasion is part of a marketing stunt by cable's AMC network to promote its new series, "The Walking Dead," that premiers on Halloween, natch.
Alleged GU drug lab. Two of the students allegedly involved in the Georgetown University drug lab case appeared in court on Monday. Neither entered a plea. Both are honor roll students and friends who attended the same high school in Andover, Mass. Charles Smith, 18, is a freshman at GU. John Perrone, 18, is a freshman at the University of Richmond. A U.S. magistrate judge order them to remain in custody in the D.C. Jail until a detention hearing set for Wednesday. A third student, Smith's roommate at GU, was released after authorities decided not to prosecute him. Investigators said Smith and Perrone used chemicals and other substances to make the hallucinogenic drug dimethyltryptamine, or DMT -- described by some as "LSD for people in a hurry."
American University professor killed. An 18-year-old man is in custody after authorities found him driving a stolen car believed to belong to an American University professor found slain in her Glen Echo home on Monday. Authorities believe Sue Ann Marcum was killed in a burglary gone awry, but other than being found driving the stolen vehicle, it's not clear what role the teen may have played in the crime. Marcum was an accounting professor at the university, where she had taught since 1999. Prior to that she was tax director for Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus -- a job she'd often refer to in class -- much to the amusement of her students.
Last-minute measures. With their time in office almost up, Prince George's County Council members are weighing votes on a number of controversial bills including measures that would give developers tax breaks and grant pay raises to non-unionized county employees.
In short. Oops. I wasn't reading closely. Turns out the writer said a small section of the ICC LOOKED like it could open Wednesday. Quite different from actually opening. Sorry about the confusion
A small section of the ICC in western Montgomery County may open to traffic on Wednesday. (The Baltimore Sun); Metrobus system ridership is down -- a trend officials attributed to the recession and area unemployment. (Post)
Oh my aching feet. Tonight is D.C.'s 25th Annual High Heel Race in Dupont Circle. Festivities begin at 9 p.m. but street closures around the race course will start at 7 p.m. The race is a D.C. tradition featuring elaborately costumed drag queens racing up 17th Street, from Church to Q streets.
That's it for now. Thanks for reading and hope you have a great day. We'll have more updates throughout the day, included any new details that emerged in the case of the slain American University professor and the latest news from the trial of the man accused of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy.
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| October 26, 2010; 5:41 AM ET
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