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Posted at 6:08 AM ET, 11/10/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Levy trial resumes today

By Lori Aratani
Washington Post editors

Good morning. Some may like it warmer, some may like it cooler, but I think today sounds like it will be a perfectly fine fall day. The Capital Weather Gang says it will be breezy but sunny with temperatures near 60 (and possibly even warmer.) Of course, my view may be colored by having made it through Snowmageddon -- not to mention our record-breaking summer heat -- but hey, we can't be too picky, can we? This isn't California after all (and I hear it's really cold there anyway. So there.)

Coming up:

Finally. A press conference and groundbreaking is scheduled today for D.C.'s long-awaited convention center hotel. The hotel, located across the street from the D.C. Convention Center, will be a $520 million, 14-story, 1,175-room Marriott Marquis hotel. The hotel is slated to open in the spring of 2014. A remarkable fact? It's taken officials 19 years, three mayoral administrations and nearly a half-dozen lawsuits to get to today.

Levy trial resumes. Testimony in the trial of the man accused of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy resumes today after a brief hiatus. Jurors will likely hear testimony from prison inmates who say Ingmar Guandique confessed to killing Levy. Jurors have already heard from a former cellmate of Guandique's who testified that Guandique confided killing her in Washington's Rock Creek Park. Similar testimony is expected this week. We'll have updates throughout the day on PostLocal.

Winning fashion? The Nationals are set to unveil their new uniform designs today at a "fashion event" at Nats Park. Mr. Sports Bog himself Dan Steinberg writes: "The team will hold a fashion show event at the stadium, and will show off at least three styles of uniforms. I've heard that, among other things, the gold accents and gold trim will be purged from the new designs, and the block NATIONALS on the home jersey will be replaced with a script Nationals. There will be other changes as well." The public won't have to wait long to get their hands on the new design: they'll be on sale starting Thursday. Meanwhile, in other baseball newsCamden Yards is getting an off-season makeover. (The Baltimore Sun)

Today's headlines:

A grand vision. The magnificent sculpture of the Grant Memorial just west of the U.S. Capitol would be refurbished, and the adjacent, often-filthy, Reflecting Pool would be changed into a pleasant water feature as part of a spacious "civic square." The National Mall could be getting a $600 million makeover under a plan signed Tuesday by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. The catch? No money exists for any of these projects, officials said, but the plan clears the way for fund-raising and detailed designing.

Looking for answers. The parents of a D.C. teenager who was shot and killed Tuesday night while walking home with a friend remind us that it's not just bad kids who died in sporadic outbreaks of violence in the District. Cynthia and Joseph Sharps say their 17-year-old son Joe Jr., a senior at Sprinarn High School, don't understand why someone would shoot their son. Police are investigating.

Metro bombing suspect enters plea. The man accused in an alleged plot to bomb Metro stations around the D.C. region, pleaded not guilty yesterday in a court apperance in Alexandria. Farooque Ahmed, 34, a telecommunications worker from Loudoun, was arrested last month in an FBI sting operation. He will remain in custody pending a trial scheduled for Apr. 11. According to court documents, a search of Ahmed's house turned up several guns, dozens of rounds of ammunition and $8,000 in cash.

In short. Students and faculty at American University gathered last night to remember Kogod School of Business Professor Sue Marcum, who was killed in her Echo Park home last month. (WUSA); D.C. homeowners get a foreclosure reprieve. (Washington Examiner); about 1,300 Maryland drivers could face having their licenses suspended or revoked. (Washington Examiner)

Other items:

Live long, be ugly? In a survey that measures 'well-being' -- factors that include life expectancy, education and income -- the D.C.-area comes out on top, ranking first among 10 metropolitan U.S. cities. However, perhaps less rigorous measure, D.C. ranks No. 6 of cities with the least attractive people. Ouch.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day. Be sure to check back for more news and headlines -- we'll have photos of the new National's uniforms and a poll for you on the best Major League Baseball uniforms -- as well as a daily roundup of intriguing posts from the D.C. blogosphere. If you're on Facebook, think about becoming a fan of Post Local. We'd really appreciate it.

By Lori Aratani  | November 10, 2010; 6:08 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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