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Posted at 5:50 AM ET, 08/11/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: More on Metro brawl

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. We have more details on the plane crash in Alaska that killed former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens. At least three area residents were on board the plane. Two survived the crash but one person, a former Stevens staffer who lived in Germantown, was killed.

Metro police have announced changes in the way they manage large groups moving through the transit system, following a melee late Friday night that involved as many as 70 people and led to three arrests. And police have released video of one of the attacks in Leesburg that they believe is the work of a serial killer.


Who's in the money? We'll have more details on who's got cash and who doesn't in the days leading up to the Sept. 14 primary in D.C. Some candidates, including Vincent Orange, who's running for D.C. Council Chair, hosted fundraisers just hours before the midnight reporting deadline, hoping to pad money totals during this critical reporting period. Early indicators are that Adrian Fenty's fundraising slowed during this period. But the mayor did spend more than $1.8 million mostly on television ads in June and July. His fundraising may have slowed, but remember, Fenty entered the race with a huge war chest.

Other campaign news. The Vincent Gray campaign is warning voters that someone is using the campaign's number to make "prank" hang-up calls. (Post)

This morning, we'll have a story detailing a new report that looks at ethnicity and religion in marriage. In some case, it says couples who worship and pray together often have stronger marriages. We'll explain why.

Today's headlines.

More on the Alaska plane crash. We have extensive coverage of the Alaska plane crash that killed former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens and four others including William Phillips Sr, 56, a former Stevens' staffer from Germantown. Phillips' 13-year-old son survived. A Northern Virginia man, Jim Morhard, founder of Morhard & Associates, a D.C. lobby firm, survived the crash. Stevens, a colorful and combative man, was the longest-serving Republican in the Senate. But even though he lived in D.C. for much of his adult life, Stevens was not a fan of the District.

Metro police announce new policy. Just one day after D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier said she would not increase patrols around Chinatown following a weekend brawl that began in the neighborhood and spilled into two Metro stations, Metro police have announced they will change procedures. They will now escort potentially "disruptive" groups of individuals through the rail system. (Post) The Guardian Angels have also announced they will expand Metro patrols.(Fox 5)

What the reporter saw. As part of a new reporting experiment, a group of Post reporters were in Chinatown Monday night talking to folks about the neighborhood and about the tensions that might have led to Friday night's melee.

A look at the Ward 5 race. We have our second in a series of D.C. Council candidate profiles. Today, The Post's Ann Marimow writes about the race in Ward 5 and current incumbent, Harry Thomas, Jr.

More hot, more humid. Weather-wise, it's going to be a lot like yesterday with temperatures in the mid-90's and moderate humidity. The one difference? There's a 20 percent chance of showers in the forecast for late afternoon or early evening. (Capital Weather Gang)

What are the odds? We loved that Monday's date was 8/9/10. Now we love this story even more. Turns out a baby born Monday in Virginia has these lucky birth digits: 6-7-8-9-10. Fox 5 explains. Now, get this kid a lottery ticket.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading. Remember if you want to keep cool during this extended hot spell, D.C. officials have extended pool hours. We'll have more news updates throughout the day, so be sure to check back. And if you want to know what D.C. area bloggers are talking about today, we'll have our daily blog update this afternoon.

By Washington Post editors  | August 11, 2010; 5:50 AM ET
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THE GUARDIAN ANGELS!? GTFOH! I'm surprised they are still even around. They look more like Fred 'Rerun' Barry look alikes to me, w/ their red berets on... the non-factors that they have become. I bet law enforcement can't stand these meddelsome interlopers. Lol!

Posted by: The_Funknician | August 11, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe someone had enough time to count 70 people fighting, but not call the police. And what happens if the Boy's Scout of America come down into the METRO? Will they be escorted too?

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | August 11, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

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