Lori's A.M. BUZZ
Good morning folks.
A hot and steamy one for us today. The Capital Weather Gang says temperatures will climb into the 80's with a 60 percent chance of showers this afternoon. (We may even get some sprinkles this A.M.) But they say that Thursday and Friday will be better. Let's just hope they're right.
The Post's Tara Bahrampour offers a new spin on the debate over day laborer centers, which has resurfaced in Centreville. She talks to immigrant business owners at the shopping center where a developer has proposed plans for such a work center. The foreign-born business folks there find themselves split over whether the center is a good or bad idea. They know what it's like to struggle to make it in a new country -- but many are legal immigrants who completed the process for citizenship.
D.C. officials may be on the hook for millions in life insurance premium bills for city workers after discovering that seven years worth of payments weren't made by the Office of Risk Management. Attorney General Peter Nickles has ordered the inspector general to investigate.
Officials are working to ensure folks will be able to celebrate their 4th of July with the alcoholic beverage of their choice. D.C. has passed legislation that will allow liquor stores to open on Independence Day, which just happens to fall on a Sunday this year. In Virginia, a handful of ABC stores will also be open on the holiday. But just as both jurisdictions have loosened sales restrictions comes this news: Sober Rides, the program that offers free rides to folks who've had too much to drink, may not be able to operate on July 4th due to a lack of funding. Is it asking too much for folks to get together on this? If officials ease restrictions on alcohol sales, should they also do something to ensure the roads remain safe? Tell us what you think; comment below.
"Top Chef" premiers tonight. The Post's own Hank Stuever offers this preview of season nine, which premiers tonight at 9 p.m.on Bravo. Food Editor Joe Yonan will also be live tweeting the show @WaPoFoodLive.
Meanwhile, Washingtonian's Best Bites Blog offers this primer on Top Chef DC, set to debut on Bravo tonight. The magazine also will host a Top Chef viewing party at Good Stuff Eatery (the burger place owned by season-four's Spike Mendelsohn. ) Other Top Chef contestants expected to attend: Bryan Voltaggio (season six), Mike Isabella (season six), Carla Hall (season five).
Finally, a fortuneteller has won his battle with Montgomery County and will be able to open a shop after all. The county has long had a ban on such business saying they are "inherently fraudulent." But the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled in Nick Nefedro's favor on free speech grounds.
Ahead today: the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is hosting a conference on minority health disaparities in Baltimore. The goal is to improve outreach to minority communities and to examine how to close health gaps in those communities. Also, even thought it seems like he's been campaigning for months, Gov. Martin O'Malley makes it official today and files the paperwork to run for re-election. He faces former Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich, who has yet to formally file.
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