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Posted at 8:11 AM ET, 01/25/2011

Buzz: Snow, SOTU and Oscars

By Lori Aratani
Washington Post editors

Good morning. A little less mayhem this morning than on Monday. But the after-effects of yesterday's massive water main break that shut a section of the Beltway near Prince George's County down for hours remains. Nearly 400,000 residents in Prince George's County remain under orders to boil their water before using it.

Heat wave! Well, not exactly shorts and sunblock weather, but compared to what we've been shivering through over the past few days, Tuesday will seem almost balmy. The Capital Weather Gang says there will be variable clouds, but temps will be in the mid-to-high 40's. Wednesday, however, has the potential to be messy.  Sleet, snow, rain? The pattern is still too unsettled to tell, so stick with PostLocal for the latest.

Coming up:

CIA leak case in court. Jeffrey A. Sterling, a former CIA officer accused of leaking classified information about spying efforts against Iran is expected to appear in federal court in Alexandria Tuesday for a detention hearing. Sterling, 43, has been charged with 10 felony counts including obstruction of justice and unauthorized disclosure of national defense information. Earlier this month he pleaded not guilty to the charges.

SOTU tonight. Republicans and Democrats sitting together? Supreme Court Justices gone AWOL? Tonight, President Obama is expected to deliver his State of the Union Address. Ever wonder what ever happened to those ordinary folks who get a nod in the president's speech or even a chance to sit next to the First Lady during the address? Well, we tracked down 38 of them for an interview. Go here to see full coverage of the State of the Union address.

Oscar nominations. Will "The Social Network" dominate or will "True Grit" surprise us all? Oscar nominations are announced this morning at 8:30 a.m. ET. Our Celebritology bloggers offer their predictions and invite you to offer yours as well.


Today's headlines:

The return of vouchers in D.C.? House Speaker John Boehner is expected to introduce a bill on Wednesday that aims to revive a school voucher program in the District, nearly two years after Democratic opposition to the program led to its phaseout.

Settlement in dog shooting. Prince George's County officials have reached an agreement in a civil suit brought by Cheye Calvo, mayor of Berwyn Heights, in response to an incident in which members of a county sheriff's SWAT team stormed the mayor's home looking for drugs, fatally shot the family's two dogs and held him at gunpoint. Although county officials declined to comment on the amount of the settlement, Calvo said the settlement will include an agreement by the Baker administration to change how county law enforcement officers conduct such operations.

A Civil War fake? A Civil War historian from Prince William County is being accused of altering a significant Civil War document. Officials at the National Archives alleged that Thomas P. Lowry altered the date on a pardon written by President Abraham Lincoln that saved a Union soldier court-martialed for desertion from execution -- just hours before Lincoln was gunned down at Ford's Theater. The document was the largest find in Civil War history in a generation. Lowry, a retired psychiatrist who discovered the pardon in an unsorted file box, has denied any wrongdoing. He said he was pressured by federal agents to confess.

A goodbye. Samuel F. Yette, the first black correspondent for Newsweek magazine and a former professor at Howard University, died Jan. 21 at the age of 81. Yette was an influential -- and sometimes incendiary -- voice on civil rights.

In short. Prince George's County recorded its 15th homicide of 2011 after a man was shot and killed while sitting in a car Monday evening in the District Heights area (Post); thousands of abortion opponents gathered Monday on the Mall for the annual March for Life (Post); the U.S. Postal Service is set to close 2,000 sites over the next two years. (Post)


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And in an "only in D.C." twist, the Going Out Gurus offer a list of the best bars to catch the president's address.  (Somehow I don't see folks packing the bars in say, Los Angeles, to do the same thing -- but that what sets us apart, eh?)

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and be sure to get out today and enjoy the 40-degree weather (especially because Wednesday has the potential to be cold and wet). Check back with PostLocal for more headlines and updates throughout the day. And Post Now anchor Anqoinette Crosby brings you news via video beginning at 11 a.m. 

By Lori Aratani  | January 25, 2011; 8:11 AM ET
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