Lori's A.M. Buzz: Bike share gets rolling
Good morning. What a great weekend. Sunny, warm. The nice weather will continue today and for much of the week, but alas, it's Monday, so most of us are back at work. But it is shaping up to be a newsy week -- the D.C. Council will meet for the first time this week after last week's elections and D.C. will be host to the first-ever Distracted Driving Summit (put down that Blackberry), so things will be plenty busy.
Sunny and warm. It's going to be a nice start to the week, weather-wise. In fact, it's going to be nice all week (until Saturday -- but that's so far away we really don't want to talk about it yet.) The Capital Weather Gang says it will be sunny with daytime temperatures in the high 70's, low 80's. How do we know we're moving closer to fall? Evening temperatures are much cooler -- we're talking 50's in the city and 40ish n the suburbs. So, grab a sweater if you're going to be out and about tonight.
Bike share launch. It will be perfect weather for today's official launch of the Capital Bikeshare Program, which officials with the D.C. Department of Transportation and Arlington County say is the "largest and only year-round bike share program in the U.S." The Commuter Page blog has the details on the 10:30 a.m. ceremony at scheduled to be held at Tingey Plaza -- behind the U.S. Department of Transportation Headquarters at 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE.
How Fenty lost black support. Here'a another excellent post-mortem on how D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty lost the mayor's office by losing key support in the black community. D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray, who beat Fenty, has said one of his goals will be to unite the city. Both men are promising a smooth transition when Gray, the likely new mayor (there is no Republican nominee on the ballot in November's general election) takes office in January.
On the rebound. If you've been through Georgetown lately, you'll notice there are a lot of empty storefronts -- but officials there say after a bumpy 2009, things are starting to pick up, reports Danielle Douglas in Capital Business. The addition of an Apple Store, plus a handful of other retailers is sign that the popular shopping area may be on the rebound.
New approach to crime? In addition to a new county executive, residents in Prince George's County will likely also see a change in the area's top law enforcement ranks. A new state's attorney and a new sheriff, say they've got new ideas for tackling law enforcement challenges in one of Maryland's largest jurisdictions.
Times have changed. Takoma Park -- long a dry town because of its Seventh Day Adventists' roots -- is changing. A proposal before the city council to allow beer and wine sales at spots other than restaurants is hardly raising an eyebrow in a town known for its quirky nature and civic activism. An intriguing history lesson on how and why Takoma Park remain "dry" for so long.
Here's the story of a lovely lady . . . The Reliable Source reports that D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) got married over the weekend to interior designer Michele Seiver in Georgetown. The pair, who dated for three years, are sometimes called D.C.'s version of the 'Brady Bunch' since they'll be a blended family -- three boys and three girls. Congrats!
Chickens in the city? Prince William County could become the latest D.C.-area jurisdiction to allow regular homeowners to keep chickens. The debate has been going to for more than six months -- but a vote could happen Oct. 5. About 50 people have been lobbying for the change, including one man who was forced to get rid of his chickens after an incident with the neighbor's dog. (The Examiner)
That's it for now, but it promises to be a newsy week so be sure to check back with us throughout the day for more headlines. If you'd like to find out what's happening in the D.C.-area blogosphere, I'll have a summary of some of the most intriguing posts this afternoon. Thanks for reading and have a great day.
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