Lori's A.M. Buzz: The final weekend
Good morning. It's the end of a very busy week -- and the end of summer for thousands of students across the D.C. region, who will return to classes on Monday. Check out our handy 2010 back-to-school guide. But take heart: you still have one more summer vacation weekend to enjoy -- and, according to our countdown clock -- 24 more official days of summer.
U-Va. vs. Cuccinelli. It's going to be a very busy day at the University of Virginia. A judge is expected to decide today whether university officials will have to turn over documents related former university professor Michael Mann's research on global warming. The university is fighting the effort by state attorney general Ken Cuccinelli saying it exceeds his authority under state law and intrudes on the rights of professors to pursue academic inquiry free from political pressure. Cuccinelli, a vocal skeptic of global warming who is suing the Environmental Protection Agency over the issue, contends that Mann may have committed fraud by knowingly skewing data as he sought publicly funded grants for his research. A rally in support of academic freedom will be held at the University this afternoon. Check back with us for coverage of the judge's decision.
Saying goodbye. A funeral mass will be held today for William Phillips Sr. of Germantown, a lawyer, lobbyist and former aide to former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens who was killed in the same Aug. 9 plane crash that took the life of his former boss. Phillips' 13-year-old son, William Jr., survived the crash. He and his two brothers, Andrew and Colter, spokes to ESPN earlier this week about their father. We'll have coverage of the services on PostLocal.
Are you a die-hard Redskins fan? Do you love them even when they don't win? Then here's your chance to share your passion with the world (or at least washingtonpost.com readership.) Our sports section is looking for two fan voices for its Redskins blog. Intrigued? More details here.
The forecast. Sunny and humid with temperatures in the 90's -- in other words, a pretty darn typical D.C. summer day. Given what we've been through weather-wise this year, that's not a bad thing. The Capital Weather Gang rates the day a 7 on their handy 1 to 10 measuring scale. Agree, disagree? You can vote here.
Pepco has a plan. After spending Tuesday on the hot seat, Pepco officials on Thursday released a five-year, $250 million plan for improving service to its customers. Utility officials say they will spend part of the money on tree trimming, but will also study distribution lines to see how they can more quickly pinpoint the causes of outages and fix them. (Fox 5)
Pepco hearings in Montgomery. The Maryland Public Services Commission, the state body charged with assessing the performance of state utilities, has scheduled a second hearing Aug. 30 in Montgomery County -- one of the counties hardest hit by outages during recent storms. (Post)
Egg recall. A nationwide egg recall has been expanded and now includes eggs purchased in Maryland. (Post)
Dogfighting ring? D.C. police and officials from the Washington Humane Society raided a SE home they say is the site of an alleged dogfighting ring. They found seven pitbulls -- some of which were just puppies, as well as items humane society official say are used for dogfighting. (TBD.com)
Wheaton gets Costco. Wheaton will get a Costco store but whether customers there will be able to buy cheap Coscto gas along with their jumbo jars of spaghetti sauce, remains in question. Costco and Montgomery County officials have reached an agreement that could mean a new store could open in early 2012 in the space formerly occupied by Hecht's at Westfied Wheaton Mall. Debate over the proposed 16-pump gas station will continue. (Post)
That's it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great Friday. A note to the folks who entered our summer reading contest: You should have received an email from me confirming that I received your entry. If you didn't -- please resend your guess. I'm a little worried that some emails may have been caught in my spam filter.
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| August 20, 2010; 6:06 AM ET
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