Lori's A.M. Buzz: Pepco brass in hot seat
Good morning. A better weather outlook today: hot, but not nearly as humid. In the meantime we've got a lot of news to cover.
A power meeting. Pepco officials will meet today in Baltimore with members of the Maryland Public Services Commission to discuss reliability and service issues in light of recent outages that left many in Prince George's and Montgomery counties in the dark for days. There have been at least three major outages in less than a month. We'll bring you the latest news from this meeting as it happens.
A Big Apple endorsement. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will make it official: He's endorsing D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty for a second term. The festivities take place today at New York-eatery Carmines, which recently opened in Penn Quarter. Sniffed a senior strategist for Vincent Gray's mayoral campaign: "We are happy to concede the Manhattan vote to him. We're going to keep focusing on the residents across all of DC's 8 wards." Also of note: There are 2,600 newly registered Democrats in the District.
Good news: today will be hot and dry (and you know what they say about 'dry heat.') But tomorrow? The Capital Weather Gang says it'll likely be the worst day weather-wise of the week. Temperatures will be in the high 80s or low 90s -- but without the humidity, it won't feel nearly as oppressive. So if you need a dose of Vitamin D -- today might be the best day to get it.
Gay marriage on hold in California. A federal appeals court has put gay marriages in California on hold until at least December. Many couples had hoped to be able to marry following a judge's ruling earlier this month that invalidated Proposition 8, the state's voter-approved ban on such unions.
A new leader for the Terps. University of Maryland announced late last night via email that it has hired a new president. It's Wallace D. Loh, currently the provost at the University of Iowa. Loh will take over on Nov. 1, replacing C.D. (Dan) Mote, who is retiring after 12 years. Loh, 65, was born in Shanghai and emigrated at a young age to Lima, Peru, following his diplomat father. After high school, he journeyed alone to the United States. He earned a bachelor's degree at Grinnell College in Iowa, a master's from Cornell, a doctorate in psychology from the University of MIchigan and a law degree from Yale. He served as dean of the University of Washington Law School, vice chancellor of the University of Colorado and a dean at Seattle University before becoming provost of Iowa's flagship university in 2008. (Post)
What's your rank? And speaking of higher-ed, U.S. News and World Report released its annual ranking of the county's best colleges. Eight D.C. area colleges including Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Unversity are ranked in the top 100. (Post)
If you buy your eggs at Safeway, you might want to check the label. An egg recall has been issued due to concerns about potential salmonella contamination. (NBC 4)
Failing to make the ballot. Two measures -- one that would have placed term limits on officials and one that would have scrapped a new ambulance fee -- have failed to make the ballot in Montgomery County. Proponents of the measures are crying foul, saying it's almost impossible for voter referendums to make it on the ballot in Maryland. (Washington Examiner)
A goodbye: Cleatus E. Barnett, one of the Metro system's founding fathers, has died at the age of 83. Barnett was instrumental in extending the system into Montgomery County -- and pushing for it to end at Shady Grove rather than Rockville -- as originally planned. (Post)
Strange but true. Two Herndon bartenders have been arrested for performing a 'fire breathing' trick -- one they say they've performed for 13 years. But Fairfax fire officials say the men's trick caused $200 in damage. The pair have been charged with three felonies. (WUSA)
How good are your weather predicting powers? To celebrate the end of summer 2010, we've launched a contest. As of August 11, we have had 50 90+ degree days. (The record is 67 in 1980.) Tell us how many 90+ degree days you think we'll have by Sept. 21. Send an email to email@example.com with your guess. Whoever guesses the correct number of days will receive a $25 Best Buy gift card. In the event of a tie, we'll put all the correct answers into a hat and pick a winner. (Sorry Post and Post-affiliated folks, you can't enter.) The rest of you have until Wednesday, August 18 to send me your guesses. Good luck.
Thanks for reading. Hope you have a great day. Remember: today might be the day to get out since the Capital Weather Gang says Wednesday could be the worst day of the week, weather-wise. Ugh.
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| August 17, 2010; 5:46 AM ET
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