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Posted at 5:49 AM ET, 07/27/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Flashback to February

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. Scanning today's headlines is almost like flashing back to February: downed trees, collapsed roofs, power outages, emergency shelters. Utility officials say they've called in 350 crews from outside the area to help restore power, but it still could until at least Thursday for folks in the area to get their lights and air conditioning back.

Here's what we know as of this morning:

Water restrictions have been lifted in Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

The outage numbers as of 5 a.m. Tuesday: Pepco: 144,000+, Dominion Power: 300+, BG&E: 800+

The morning commute in Montgomery will likely be messy: 203 traffic signals are still out. Police officers are directing traffic at 60 intersections and temporary stop signs have been located at others. In the Distrct, 29 intersections are still without power; officers have been dispatched to help direct traffic.

Check here to find the addresses of cooling centers and emergency shelters that have been set up in the District, Prince George's and Montgomery counties.

Activities have been canceled at 59 campuses in Montgomery County because of the lack of power. A list is available here.

Also, here's a user-generated map of areas of storm damage. If there's a tree blocking a road or if you're still without power, feel free to add to the map.

The Capital Weather Gang says we're going to get another break weather-wise. It'll be mostly sunny with temperatures in the high 80s or low 90s. There's a 20 percent chance of showers. It'll be slight more humid than yesterday, but not nearly as humid as last week. Ahhhh.

In other news:

NTSB releases Red Line report. The National Transportation Safety Board is expect to announce today the likely causes of the June 2009 Red Line Metro crash that killed nine people, injured scores of other and caused more than $25 million in damage. Metro officials have already set aside $30 million to carry out NTSB-recommended changes -- but even they acknowledge -- costs could be much higher.

Arrests in Google death. Police in Oakland, Calif., say they have arrested two men in connection with the slaying of a Fairfax County man who traveled to the area to interview for a job with Google. (Fox 5) Jinghong Kang was shot to death on a dark street after handing over $17. He left behind a wife and three sons.

Medicinal pot legal. As of today, using medical marijuana is now legal in the District, reports The Post's Tim Craig, but it may take several months before those who have a prescription can purchase it from a city-approved dispensary. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and the Department of Health still need to establish regulations outlining who can bid for a license to open a dispensary. There had been some concern, but in the end Congress declined to overrule the bill, which was approved by the D.C. Council in May. Under the measure, those with cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS and other chronic ailments and a doctor's prescription, can possess up to four ounces of the drug.

D.C. Council Chairman's race. We've got the second of two profiles of the two major candidates in the race for D.C. Council Chairman. Yesterday, The Post's Ann Marimow wrote about Kwame Brown. Today, she looks at the candidacy of Vincent C. Orange who has represented Ward 5 for two terms. Despite some political missteps, he's viewed as hard-working and fiscally savvy, Marimow writes.

Heat can be deadly. The temperatures may have cooled slightly, but heat still remains a danger to many people, particularly the elderly and those with chronic health conditions. Virginia officials reported three heat-related deaths Monday, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to nine. Maryland officials reported one heat-related death for a total of 17 in 2010. The Post's Lena Sun writes about what some call the "stealth killer."

Movies under the stars. If you're still without power and looking for something to do this evening, here are a few options. If you're near downtown Bethesda, you can go to "Stars on the Avenue," the first of five nights of free movies. Tonight's event kicks off at 9 p.m. with a screening of "When Harry Met Sally," at Norfolk and Auburn avenues. And if you're the type who rolls out of bed in the morning and starts planning the night's activities, check out our Going Out Guide's new "Getting Up Guide" each weekday morning.

That's it for today. Thanks for reading and have a great day. Be sure to check back for updated headlines and the lastest news.

By Washington Post editors  | July 27, 2010; 5:49 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Virginia  
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