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Posted at 5:33 AM ET, 07/20/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Say cheese! Now pay up.

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's Tuesday. The Montgomery County Council will be taking a look at possible station locations for the Purple Line. Opponents of a plan to build a casino at Arundel Mills are scheduled to appear before Maryland's highest court today. It's also the 41st anniversary of the moon landing.

Today's weather? Much like yesterday -- sticky, temperatures in the mid- to low-90s with about a 30% chance of showers in the late afternoon. Take heart: it could be hotter come Friday and Saturday, Capital Weather Gang says.

Early morning back-up on Connecticut Ave. Connecticut Avenue near Calvert Street was closed early this morning due to a person threatening to jump from the bridge that connects Woodley Park with Dupont Circle. The situation was resolved without incident, but the closures affected one of the main commute arteries into (and out of the District.)

More heat-related deaths. The heat continues to take its toll. Virginia reported two more heat-related deaths yesterday, bringing the state's total for the summer to five. Maryland has reported 13 heat-related deaths, while the District has reported one.

A sign of the times. A small 'Tent City' encampment is developing in the woods not far from a Wal-Mart in Charles County, WJLA reports. Some of the occupants are folks who've lost their job as a result of the economic downturn. County officials and property owners say they haven't had any trouble with the encampments so will let them be for now.

Breakthrough in murder case? Investigators in Prince George's say an inmate already in custody may be linked to a pair of mother, daughter killings in the county last year -- and could possibly be tied to other unsolved killings. Police say they know of no known links between the suspect and the victims.

If you drive through Arlington, you might want to take note that police have set up cameras are four intersections designed to catch red light runners. Starting at midnight on Wednesday, the cameras will start snapping pictures. If you get caught, it's a $50 fine. The cameras are stationed at these intersections: northbound North Lynn Street at eastbound Lee Highway; southbound Ft. Myer Drive at westbound Lee Highway; northbound North Glebe Road at Fairfax Drive and northbound Washington Boulevard at Lee Highway.

Smarter SmarTrip cards? Metro on Monday announced enhanced online features for SmarTrip card users, which include the ability to track your usage via iPhone and Blackberry.

Policing dicey intersections. In other traffic safety news, we heard from the District's Department of Transportation that officers were ticketing pedestrians who weren't obeying traffic lights Monday afternoon near 14th and U. Were you one of them? Dr. Gridlock notes in the comment portion of that blog post, that that intersection is one of the more dangerous in the District. Lots of traffic and lots of pedestrians make for a dicey combination when folks are in a hurry.

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By Washington Post editors  | July 20, 2010; 5:33 AM ET
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