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Posted at 8:10 AM ET, 01/ 4/2011

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Write this headline for us

By Lori Aratani
Washington Post editors

Good morning. Looks like another pleasant but slightly chilly day. The Capital Weather Gang says it'll be partly sunny with temperatures will edging up into the high 40's with a slight breeze. Snow showers remain a possibility for Friday. Enjoy this weather pattern -- there's a chance it'll get colder and windier come this weekend.

Coming up.

Gray joins protest. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is expected to join Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton on Capitol Hill this morning to protest an effort led by Congressional Republicans to reduce Norton's role in the House of Representatives. (WAMU)

Let the legislating begin. After a day of reorganization and reassignments, the D.C. Council is set to meet today to begin the business of legislating. On Monday, newly sworn-in Chairman Kwame Brown sought to put his imprint on the council, selecting a new chairman pro tempore (Mary Cheh, D-Ward 3) and naming Tommy Wells (D - Ward 6) to replace Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) on the Metro board.

Gambling on slots. Maryland's second casino is set to open today at a racetrack just outside Ocean City. Officials say the Ocean Downs Casino will feature 750 slot machines, as well as shopping and dining. It's expected to generate an estimated 250 new jobs. (Washington Examiner)

Today's headlines:

Getting Metro moving. Could there be hope for those who arrive at a Metro station only to discover the escalator is out of service . . . again? Metro officials have appointed a senior level official to oversee escalator management for the system with the goal of speeding up repairs. One of Rodrigo Bitar's priorities in the coming months will be implementing a series of recommendations by an outside consultant who studied the system's chronic escalator issues.

More Metro.
Other Metro-related headlines:Metro riders urged WMATA officials to do away with the new random bag search program, which launched last month. The comments came during a Riders Advisory Committee meeting Monday night. 

A mysterious death. Officials in Newark and Delaware are investigating the mysterious death of John Wheeler III, a former Army officer who served in Republican administrations and helped lead efforts to build the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington. Wheeler's body was found in a Delaware landfill on Friday and officials say his death was a homicide.

Concern over cancer. A report by Maryland public health officials indicates that certain cancers appear to occur at younger ages among people living near Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., than in people statewide. Officials were prompted to examine rates because of concerns about Agent Orange testing and industrial chemical dumping at Fort Detrick decades ago, and said they will continue to study the issue. (WAMU)

In short. D.C. officials may offer amnesty for those with outstanding parking tickets. Before you get too excited, please note that you'll still have to pay the fine -- officials, however, will waive any additional late fees (Washington Examiner);  new allegations of OT abuse in D.C.'s Fire and EMS department (Fox 5).

Other items:

Geek alert. The big Consumer Electronics Show is slated to begin in Las Vegas this week and iPad style tablets are expected to dominate the showroom floor. We'll have reporters at the show, live blogging and offering you a look at what are expected to be some of the hottest tech products in 2011. Can't wait? Post Tech offers this preview video of Motorola's entry into the tablet market.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and check back with us throughout the day for more headlines. Stay warm and have a great day.

By Lori Aratani  | January 4, 2011; 8:10 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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