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Posted at 8:20 AM ET, 09/ 3/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: The funny side of Earl

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's not only Friday, it's the Friday before a three-day weekend. While some of you may have canceled beach vacation plans because of Hurricane Earl, we hope that no matter where you go, your weekend with be pleasant.

Coming up

Another day to sweat. We've gotten used to sweaty, so today's weather probably won't faze us much. The Capital Weather Gang says temperatures will be in the low 90's with moderate humidity. Hurricane Earl, which has weakened to a Category 2 storm, will likely ignore the D.C. metro area (finally, we catch a break!) but will hit Maryland's Eastern Shore. Ocean City officials have already closed its beaches to swimmers until Saturday. Check back with us: we'll be updating this story throughout the day and have reporters in the Outer Banks and Ocean City. And in case you missed it at 2 a.m., Post blogger Melissa Bell was up all night watching and blogging the storm. She even found the funny side of Hurricane Earl.

Beat the rush. Early voting starts today in Maryland. Residents can begin casting their ballots in the primary campaign for governor as well as county executive races in Montgomery, Prince George's and Anne Arundel, among others. County Council races are also on the ballot

Red Line station closures. It's going to be messy this weekend on the eastern end of the Red Line. A huge set of maintenance projects will shut down five stations -- Glenmont, Wheaton, Forest Glen, Silver Spring and Takoma. Stations will close at 10 p.m. Friday night. Normal service is scheduled to resume at 5 a.m. on Tuesday. Shuttle bus service will be provided, but WMATA officials recommend adding 40 minutes to your trip.

Get well soon. Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery today in Los Angeles, followed by several months of rehab in San Diego.

Today's headlines

More on Discovery gunman. Here are the latest developments in the Discovery hostage cases involving James J. Lee. Montgomery County police searched Lee's Silver Spring home and found four explosive devices, which were safely detonated. The weapons Lee brought into the building were not guns, but started pistols, which don't shoot bullets. In 2003, Lee was convicted of smuggling an illegal immigrant into the U.S. -- an action which seems counter to his stand calling for "stopping all immigrant pollution." Yesteday, the Discovery building reopened after bomb squads completed their sweep for additional explosive devices. Law enforcement officials also detailed for the first time, what happened during the four-hour hostage crisis.

Gray gets the nod. D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray picked picked up a major endorsement Thursday in his race to become D.C.'s next mayor. Councilwoman Mary Cheh, who represents Ward 3, said she'll support Gray in the Sept. 14 primary. Ward 3 includes many of the neighborhoods in upper northwest D.C. that are thought to be strongholds for Mayor Adrian Fenty.

A must-read. It's a bit unusual, but Ron Hillyer fans -- pint-size and full-grown -- are paying tribute to him by christening a school hallway in his honor. HIllyer was the longtime janitor at Janney Elementary School in northwest D.C. He retired this year after working for 32 years in D.C. public schools. Trust me, you'll want to read this story. It will make you smle.

Shark Week on the Potomac? Not one -- but two bull sharks caught in the Potomac in the last week. Both were around 8 feet long.

Other items

Fans of mummies should note: the Western Culture Hall of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History is closing for a three year renovation. That means, sadly, the hall's mummies will be going into storage -- though a few will be put back on display in the spring.

The kitchen sink. A new study out of Los Angeles found that one in seven household sinks would likely fail the same rigorous inspection test given to restaurants in the county. That kitchen sponge? Ewwwwww. In comparison, nearly all Los Angeles County restaurants — 98% — get A or B scores each year.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day. Check back with us throughout the day for updates about Hurricane Earl and everything you need to know for the Labor Day weekend.

By Washington Post editors  | September 3, 2010; 8:20 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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