Lori's A.M. Buzz
Good morning. We had actual rain last night -- at least in some places. And it felt marginally cooler.
It's Tuesday and we've got baseball's All-Star game scheduled for tonight in Anaheim, Calif. An Iranian nuclear scientist who said he was kidnapped by American agents has turned up in D.C. Another D.C. council member appears to be having trouble managing his finances and there was a second water main break in Potomac, not far from the July 7 break. But so far no mandatory water rationing is required.
Grab an umbrella. The rain was really hit-and-miss yesterday, but if you were like me, you definitely got hit (and cursed yourself for not bringing an umbrella to work). Be sure to tuck one in your bag today just in case. Capital Weather Gang says it'll be in the high 80's with a 70 percent chance of showers.
Umbrella advice? If anyone has any recommendations for a good, portable umbrella (big ones do the job, but are awkward to carry) please send 'em my way. I have been on an unsuccessful quest to find a good umbrella since I moved to D.C. Post your recommendations below or send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet . Thanks.
Speaking of water. Bottled water is back in Virginia state offices. Gov. Robert McDonnell has lifted a ban on the purchase of individual bottles of water by state offices. McDonnell's predecessor, Gov. Tim Kaine had discouraged the purchased of small bottles of water as part of a government resource conservation plan.
Dupont, the circle of hell? We're hoping Metro riders who use the Dupont Circle Metro station have better luck today because Monday was complete chaos. (I believe at one point our online site had a headline that included the phrase: "circle from hell.") There were broken escalators in the morning and then reports of a smoke coming from one of those broken escalators in the afternoon, which shut down the Q Street exit.
Foreign intrigue. An Iranian nuclear scientist who went missing after a 2009 trip to Saudi Arabia and claimed he was kidnapped by American agents has turned up in D.C., state television in Iran reports. Shahram Amiri reportedly at the Pakistan Embassy. The head of the Iranian office in D.C. said more details would be released, which we'll keep you up-to-date on.
Mystery in Lorton. We're following up on a story about possible human remains found Monday night in a wooded area in Lorton just off the roadway in the 10200 block of Furnace Road. Authorities are asking anyone who might have information to call 866-411-8477.
D.C. Council members and debt. Yet another member of the D.C. Council is reportedly having financial *issues.* The Washington Times reports that Michael A. Brown (D- At Large) owes the IRS $50,000 in back taxes. Brown said he's working to pay back the back taxes and that the last of the payment is due in August. Brown said his situation is no different than that of other folks who pay off taxes through installments. This new tale surfaces less than a week after D.C. Council member Kwame Brown (D-At Large), a candidate for D.C. Council Chair, admitted to having $50,000 in credit card debt he and his wife currently are working to pay off.
Sad update: The 11-year-old boy who was struck by a car in Georgetown Sunday, has died authorities reported. The boy was not identified but police did say he was from Texas and had been visiting D.C. with his family. The accident happened near Wisconsin Avenue and 33rd Street.
Water-cooler chatter. A New York man has filed suit claiming he owns Facebook, The Wall Street Journal reports. Facebook calls the suit "frivolous." An app for that? If you've ever thought of building an app for this or that, here's your chance. Google had released a tool it says allows almost anyone to build an app for the Android phone (Apple is much stricter when it comes to app development for their products.) A pilot group of testers included elementary, high school and college students with no programming background.
That's it for today. Thanks for reading. Suggestions, comments, critiques are always welcome. Post a comment below or message me at email@example.com. You can also follow me on Twitter. Have a great day.
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| July 13, 2010; 5:46 AM ET
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