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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 06/22/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning.

Hot spring, hot summer. The Capital Weather Gang says it'll be another hot one today (but tomorrow will be even hotter. Ugh.) CWG also offers us this tidbit: Spring 2010 was the hottest one on record. Seems like the perfect bookend to our once-in-100-years record-snowfall-Snowmageddon.

Metro -- one year after the crash. Today is the one-year anniversary of the Metro Red Line accident that killed nine people and injured 80 others. Metro officials have asked the public to pause for a moment of silence at 10:30 a.m. to remember the victims of the crash. Post reporters and photographers will cover three memorial services scheduled for today -- including one by the family of Veronica DuBose, which will be held near the crash site. This morning, Post staffer Jonathan Forsythe reports that the operator on the Red Line train he was riding asked for a moment of silence at about 6:30 a.m. "After about 10 seconds she came back on to say, 'Next stop, Rockville,'" Jonathan said.

On Monday, Capitol Hill lawmakers renewed their call for federal regulation of transportation agencies, but one year later, The Post's Ann Scott Tyson reports that the transit agency's safety record has worsened. Its general manager John B. Catoe, Jr. has left the agency, which is currently under interim leadership. Next month, the National Transportation Safety Board is slated to release its report on the Red Line crash. We'd like to hear your thoughts -- have you changed your Metro riding habits in the year since the accident? If you ran Metro what would you do to improve the system? You can offer your thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of this post -- or send them to postnow@washpost.com. We'll publish the most thoughtful entries.

Talk about Tysons The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will consider new building rules in Tysons that could transform the area into a "walkable city of high rises," writes The Post's Kafia A. Hosh. Congestion is so bad in Tysons that it has not two, but three rush hours (Tysons workers driving to lunch.) The meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. today at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway.

New bike lanes. Today at 2 p.m., transportation officials will christen new bike lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Chicken fried steak without the calories? Good news for those who prefer not to know how many calories are in that chicken fried steak. The Washington Examiner reports that officials in Montgomery County officials say they are delaying implementation of a menu-labeling law set to go into effect next month. Restaurants and diners will have until January to come to grips with their calorie counts.

If you want to get away -- Southwest Airlines is offering cheap flights (as low as $39 one way) from Dulles and BWI to a number of cities to celebrate it's 39th anniversary. There are restrictions (you can't fly until Sept.) but folks able to snag one of these fares probably won't be complaining.

Maryland and the environment. Two Maryland groups will release reports on the environment today. The Maryland League of Conservation Voters is scheduled to release its 2010 environmental scorecard mid-morning today. Another group, Environment Maryland will release a new online report on the Chesapeake Bay as well.

On that note, I'll let you get on with your day. Remember: it's a Code Orange day, which means air quality is far from ideal, so if you can, try to stay inside. Maybe do an indoor workout instead of that outdoor jog? Thanks for reading. Email is always welcome -- aratanil@washpost.com or you can post your comments below.

By Washington Post editors  | June 22, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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