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Posted at 5:49 AM ET, 07/29/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: You be the editor

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. Looks like we'll be getting more rain today, but the Capital Weather Gang assures us this storm will be nothing like Sunday's downpour. Life is slowly getting back to normal. Click on the "outages by county" portion of Pepco's outage map, and it indicates fewer than 10,000 people are still without power. The utility has said it hopes to get everyone back online today.

Still in the dark? Pepco is asking residents who were told they'd have power restored but are still in the dark to call and make sure their address is still on the outage list. If you had power and then it went out, you should also call the utility 877-737-2662.

The Capital Weather Gang predicts temperatures will be in the low 90s with a 70 percent chance of showers (so grab the umbrella.) The good news is the showers mean the temperatures will drop. We might have some nicer weather Friday and Saturday, but Sunday -- not so great.

Coming today to

Teacher in court. A high school teacher who may have molested numerous students over a 30-year period appears in court today. Kevin Ricks is expected to plead guilty to molesting a 16-year-old student in Prince William County.That won't be the end of this story. On Wednesday, authorities announced additional charges against Ricks, connected to a search of his Maryland home that turned up diary entries, videos and photographs of former students naked or in sexual positions. A four-month Washington Post investigation published Sunday detailed a pattern of sexual abuse and international child exploitation by Ricks that allegedly spanned decades. We'll have updates on this story later today.

Arlington Cemetery hearings. A Senate subcommittee is holding hearing a hearing today on numerous reports of mismarked graves and poor record-keeping at Arlington Cemetery, the nation's premier military burial ground. Top cemetery officials have been subpoenaed to testify. We'll bring you details of what they say later today.

There's another mayoral debate between Mayor Adrian Fenty and D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray this morning at the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church on Massachusetts Avenue. It's sponsored by the DC Senior Advisory Coalition and AARP DC.

Chick-fil-A junkies camped out overnight in anticipation of the opening of the new Silver Springs store this morning. The Post's online reporter Mike McPhate is out there with them; come back later this morning for his video and report on those wild and crazy chicken fanatics.

Your chance to play Post editor. That's right. Readers will have until 4 p.m. today to vote on our coffeehouse reporting experiment story. On Wednesday, Post reporters were out at D.C. area coffeehouses looking for great stories. Not only did they find them -- they also made their deadline. Now you get a chance to help decide which of their stories will appear in The Washington Post tomorrow morning.

Today's headlines.

Storm death. The Post's Katherine Shaver profiles a Rockville activist who died after he was struck by lightning during Sunday's storm. Carl Henn, who championed environmental causes, was at a picnic when the storm hit. His was the fourth reported death tied to Sunday's violent storms.

Metro morning surcharge delayed. The Post's Dr. Gridlock reports that Metro officials will delay imposing a morning peak-of-the-peak surcharge that was slated to go into effect next week. The reason? Technology troubles. But afternoon riders will still get hit with the surcharge.

Atlas District robbery. A popular H Street shop owner was robbed and beaten during a mid-day robbery on Wednesday. Mo Abdi, who owns a clothing store on the revitalized street in Northeast D.C., is credited with helping bring new vibrancy to the area. He's expected to recover from his injuries. (NBC 4)

Charges in teacher killing. A 14-year-old boy has been charged in connection with the rape and killing of a teacher at Cheltenham Youth Facility in Prince George's County in February. Hannah Wheeling, 65, was a general studies teacher at the youth center.

Lead-foot drivers. Good news if you were caught going, ahem, a little too fast through one Maryland city. Brentwood, on the border of Prince George's County and northeast D.C., is refunding speed ticket fines due to an "internal error." (Washington Examiner)

That's it for today. Thanks for reading. Have suggestions on how to make this morning column better? Post below or message me at Remember to check back for updates and the latest headlines. Oh, and you can follow me on Twitter.

By Washington Post editors  | July 29, 2010; 5:49 AM ET
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