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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 08/30/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: School's in

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. Lots of D.C. political news today. With a new Washington Post poll showing D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty trailing his opponent D.C. Council chair Vincent Gray, we're likely to see both men making headlines this week. A reminders: early voting begins today in D.C.

It was nice while it lasted. Well, the good weather couldn't last forever. Sigh. The heat and the humidity are back folks. The Capital Weather Gang says temperatures today will likely hit the mid-90's with moderate humidity. And it looks like it'll be hot all week. Silver lining? It might be cooler come the weekend.

Coming up.

Clemens to enter plea. Baseball star Roger Clemens is in court today in be arraigned on charges that he lied to Congress when he testified about steroid use. We'll be there and will bring you updates on this story.

Pepco heairng tonight.Members of the state body tasked with overseeing utility operations in Maryland will be in Rockville tonight for a public hearing on Pepco's performance during this year's summer storms. Considering many Pepco customers in Montgomery County experienced multiple outages and were without power for several days -- there's likely to be a lot of anger and frustration directed at the utlitiy. County Executive Ike Leggett is among those scheduled to testify tonight at the hearing, which begins at 6 p.m. Pepco officials recently released a plan for improving power reliability.

Metro fare increase. I know we keep saying it, but Metro fares increase today for those who travel during morning peak hours. Riders traveling between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. will pay a 20-cent surcharge. An evening surcharge went into effect earlier this month. Since Metro will no longer allow SmarTrip cardholders to exit stations with a negative balance at a still-to-be-determined date, we just want to make sure you don't get caught short.

Today's headlines.

D.C. mayor's race poll. A new Washington Post poll may spell trouble for Fenty's re-election campaign. While aany D.C. residents credit him for positive changes in the District -- many also say they're leaning toward supporting his opponent, Gray in the Democratic primary slated for Sept. 12. Of the Democrats surveyed, 49 percent say they support Gray versus 36 percent for Fenty. Gray's advantage swells to 17 points, 53 to 36 percent, among those most likely to vote in the primary.

Right direction, wrong candidate? So how is it possible that folks can credit Fenty with positive change -- yet not support him for re-election? The Post's Mike DeBonis explains the reasons -- and how listening is important even for politicians who get things done.

Are you my roommate? As part of an effort to set its four-year program apart from its community college program, UDC has opened its first live-in dormatories. UDC President Allen L. Sessoms said it's all part of an effort to create more of a community at a campus that has long been more of a commuter school.

Other items.

Silence is golden. Need a break from Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare? Well, there's an app for that. The Post's Michael Rosenwald writes about how to put your friends on a "virtual timeout" without them knowing it.

Four-legged college fund. A teenager from Mt. Airy set a state fair record selling his 1,280-pound Grand Champion Market Steer for $24,960. Jimmy Full, a member of Howard County's 4-H Beef Club said he'll use the money to pay for college. (The Baltimore Sun)

The Emmys. Here's a complete list of Emmy winners and photos -- and don't forget: we'll have an Emmy fashion chat today at 11 a.m. You can also vote on the best and worst dresses.

That's it for now. Thanks much for reading -- don't forget to check back here for more updates throughout the day.

By Washington Post editors  | August 30, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  
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