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Posted at 5:51 AM ET, 11/ 4/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Goodbye to a D.C. officer

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. Hard to make this one sound good. It's going to be soggy, wet and cold. Temperatures will be about 10 degrees below normal. The Capital Weather Gang says the rain should continue for much of the morning with spotty showers in the afternoon. The high today will be in the 40's but may possibly climb into the low 50's. Good news? The weekend should be dry, plus you'll get an extra hour of sleep on Sunday with the shift back to standard time.

Coming up:

Remembering a fellow officer. A funeral is scheduled today for the first D.C. police officer to die in the line of duty since 2007. Officer Paul Dittamo died Oct. 30 after the car he was driving crashed into a utility pole. The funeral procession for Dittamo may cause some traffic issues. It will depart from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Lake Ridge, Va., at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday for the District, and will travel past the 7th District police station where Dittamo was assigned and then return to Virginia to the burial site in Manassas. Expect street closures and heavy traffic along the route, (Dr. Gridlock has a list of streets and roads affected.) We'll be there as officers from around the region say goodbye to one of their own.

Metro talks budget, SmarTrip. Metro's Finance and Administration and Customer Service and Operations committee meet today to discuss a variety of topics including the 2012 budget, bus performance and the ever-so- complicated SmarTrip card price change plan. Be sure to check in with us -- The Post's Dr. Gridlock will be live-blogging the discussions. Meeting begins at 9:30 a.m.

Today's headlines:

Red or blue? Blue two years ago, more red on Tuesday. Is purple an option? Virginia continues to be a state in play as Republicans and Democrats assess their political fortunes following Election Day.

Motive remains a mysteryThe puzzling attacks on military buildings in Northern Virginia continue. A fifth shooting -- this one at a Coast Guard recruiting office in Woodbridge either late Monday or early Tuesday -- has been linked to four others in the area. Authorities say the shooter may have a grudge against the military -- has urged the person or persons to come forward to talk out their issues. No one has been injured in the shootings, which appear to take place when the surrounding area and buildings are unoccupied.

Can you hear me? Efforts to expand cellular service on Metro are being slowed by another WMATA project: the push to maintain and implement safety improvements in the system.

Let change begin. D.C.'s mayor-elect Vincent Gray unveiled his transition team Wednesday and it includes some famliar faces: former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams and economist Alice Rivlin -- two people credited with helping the District climb out of the financial crisis of the 1990s. Former George Washington University president Stephen Joel Trachtenberg and Barbara Lang, president and chief executive of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, will tackle economic development and have been asked to find ways to address the city's record unemployment immediately.

In short. Slots could come sooner rather than later after proponents of a casino in Anne Arundel County won approval from voters on Tuesday to build a casino at Arundel Mills mall. Looks like a temporary casino could constructed whle work begins on a permanent building. (The Baltimore Sun); Laurel Park may fold operations following the vote to approve slots at Arundel Mills mall. (Washington Examiner); A horse was shot and killed in Howard County on Halloween night, part of what officers think may have been number of disturbances. (NBC 4)

Other items:

Clara Barton's house. More than a decade after it was discovered, Clara Barton's Washington D.C. home may be on its way to becoming a museum that honors her and her work during the Civil War. An open house hosted by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine is scheduled for Thursday at the site, 437 Seventh Street NW.

Facebook in your pocket? As if it isn't already everywhere, Facebook has announced plans its founders hope will help it dominate mobile platforms as well. Its first step: free jeans. (LA Times)

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day. Be sure to check back with us for more news and headlines throughout the day. Curious about what's D.C. area bloggers are saying? Check back this afternoon when we'll have a roundup of chatter from the D.C. blogosphere.

By Washington Post editors  | November 4, 2010; 5:51 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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