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Posted at 5:45 AM ET, 07/15/2010

Lori's A.M. BUZZ: Smarty pants edition

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning.

Ahh, weather. It's another one of those D.C. summer days that brings out all the "S" words: swampy, sweltering, sweaty, stifling, sigh. Today's forecast: mid-90's and humid. The good news? Less humid today than the Capital Weather Gang says it will be on Friday.

Coming up: Cleveland Cavalier Delonte West is expected in court today in Prince George's County to enter a plea on weapons charges. The NBA guard was arrested back in September after three loaded guns and an 8 1/2-inch bowie knife were found in his car during a traffic stop on the Capital Beltway. He was riding a three-wheeled motorcycle called a Can-Am Spyder.

It's National Ice Cream Month and the blog Dining in D.C. reports that tonight Kimpton Hotels around town are offering ice cream sundaes with all the fixings for $3 to $5. All proceeds go to Dress for Success -- a non-profit group that helps low income women prepare for the workforce. Think of it this way: you're not just eating ice cream, you're doing it for charity. The sacrifice!

The ballots are being counted . . . Today's the day we announce the winner of America's Next Greatest Cartoonist Contest.. Be sure to check back to see which of our five finalists will be the big winner.

We're SO smart. No really, we are -- and we have the advanced degrees and diplomas to prove it (more than one-fifth of D.C. area residents have graduate or professional degrees). A study by the Brookings Institute used 2008 Census data to determine that the Washington region was the most well-educated of 100 metropolitan areas. Of course, we knew that (but then smart people know it's not good manners to brag.)

Be careful. Maryland has reported its 13th heat-related death this year, far surpassing last year's total of six deaths. It's a good reminder to all of us to check on elderly relatives and neighbors as well as others who might be vulnerable. Even when it's not triple digit heat, sensitive folks are still at risk. And we need to watch out for ourselves as well. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Costly, faulty breathalyzers. Nearly a dozen drivers have filed nearly $1 million in lawsuits against the District following word that breathalyzer tests for nearly 400 drivers were inaccurate, the Washington Examiner reports. Freeman Klopott writes: "The suits allege that in most cases the 12 drivers would have received lighter sentences had the breath analyzers not inflated blood alcohol levels by as much as 30 percent."

Water main mystery. Rockville officials say they still don't know what caused a second water main break. Repairs to the main -- located one block away from an earlier break that happened on July 7 -- are continuing, The Gazette reports.

Final Red Line crash report. NTSB officials confirmed Wednesday that they will issue their final report about the probable cause of the June 2009 crash on Metro's Red Line that killed nine people, including a Metro train operator, during a meeting on June 27.

That's it for now. Be sure to check back for news highlights and updates throughout the day. The Post Now blog is a great source for the latest D.C. area headlines. I'll be back this afternoon with a selection of fun reads from the D.C. area blogosphere.

By Washington Post editors  | July 15, 2010; 5:45 AM ET
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