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Posted at 6:02 AM ET, 06/21/2010

Lori's A.M. BUZZ

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning.

Today is the first official day of summer. And the Capital Weather Gang says, judging from our current weather patterns, it's going to be a loooooong one. Sigh. Today -- and likely every day this week -- temperatures will be in the 90's.

Tomorrow is the first anniversary of the Metro Red Line crash. Nine people were killed and 80 injured in the worst accident in Metro history. The Post will have extensive coverage of the crash anniversary including memorial services scheduled for Metro crash victims Tuesday.

The Associated Press reports that Maryland's two senators and Virginia Sen. Jim Webb are marking the one year anniversary of a deadly Metrorail crash by calling for passage of a bill establishing national safety standards for transit systems.

Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin are joining Webb at a news conference Monday to call on their colleagues to pass the legislation and affirm their commitment to reforming Metro. The Senate Banking Committee is expected to markup its legislation on transit system safety standards next week.

Crash aftermath. The Post's Ann Scott Tyson spoke with the families of Metro Red Line crash victims and how they are dealing with the loss of their loved ones. Profiles of the nine victims of the Red Line crash, include Jeanice McMillan, the Metro train driver whose brother hasn't ridden a Metro train since her death.

The Washington Examiner explores the question of whether Metro is any safer now. The Post will also examine how oversight of the transit system has changed in the year since the accident.

"Riot" at youth center? Authorities are investigating a possible Father’s Day disturbance at the New Beginnings facility, the youth center that was billed by Mayor Adrian Fenty as a more progressive approach to rehabilitating troubled D.C. youth. But the $46 million center has failed to live up to the fanfare. Just one day after New Beginnings opened last June, a juvenile resident escaped. Then, a few weeks later, six youths escaped from the facility. We'll have more on this developing story.

Trouble for Suburban Hospital's expansion? Will officials at Bethesda's Suburban Hospital have to revamp their expansion plans? A 162-page report says the hospital's effort to add to its Old Georgetown Road campus aren't in keeping with Montgomery County's plans to maintain the neighborhood's residential feel. The report's recommendations aren't binding,but do carry a great deal of weight with county planning officials, who will have the final say.

Mistaken identity. Maryland's BP Environmental Inc. has nothing to do with that BP (British Petroleum), but that hasn't stopped its owners from receiving threats and harassing phone calls -- all fallout from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Associated Press reports. Stop the madness, the other BP pleads.

The father of Virginia's first lady, Maureen McDonnell, passed away late Saturday night. Frank Gardner, 87, was an FBI agent and a former foreign service officer.

Stephen Strasburg = $$$$? The National's are selling out the stadium. Chefs are creating hamburgers in his honor. The Post's Thomas Heath tries to put a $$ value on the economic impact of pitching phenomenon, Stephen Strasburg on the D.C. region.

Born to run, swim, bike. Mayor Adrian Fenty was one of the more than 2,000 people who competed in D.C.'s first triathalon. He finished 16th in the elite Olympic category.

Bad for readers, good for eaters. The Borders bookstore on 14th Street NW will close its doors Sept. 1 to make room for a Clyde's restaurant, The Post's Jonathan O'Connell reports in Capital Buisness.

The end is near. That's it for now. Thanks for reading. Have a great day. Remember, drop me an email at aratanil@washpost.com if you see something you liked (or didn't) or have thoughts or advice on Lori's AM BUZZ. You can also follow me on Twitter. I'll be back this afternoon with highlights from the D.C. area blogosphere.

By Washington Post editors  | June 21, 2010; 6:02 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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