Lori's A.M. Buzz: Busy day in court
Good morning. Already, it's shaping up to be a busy news week. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is in court today arguing on behalf of the health care lawsuit he's filed against the Obama Administration. Also, the trial of the man police believe killed Chandra Levy begins today. And, we've had another hit-and-run accident in Montgomery County -- this one in Rockville, in which two teenagers have been injured.
A nice day. The day will start off sunny, but the clouds will slowly move in. Still, it'll be closer to normal, temperature-wise, than it has been in several weeks. The Capital Weather Gang says temperatures will be in the mid-to-high 60's with a chance of a sprinkle but not until late -- after midnight. And we'll have a bit of a breeze -- around 10 mph.
Chandra Levy trial begins. Nine years after a young federal intern went missing after going for a jog in Rock Creek Park, the trial of her suspected killer is set to begin today. Ingmar Guandique, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, is suspected of raping and murdering the young intern. Chandra Levy became a household name in part because she was a young California girl was having an affair with her local congressman, Gary Condit. We'll have full coverage of the trial, including mid-day updates. Jury selection in the case begins today and is expected to span the entire week. Also, we've got complete package of stories, including a timeline and an interview with Levy's parents Susan and Bob. from their home in Modesto. No matter the trial outcome, they say, their life will never be the same.
Virginia's health care lawsuit. Arguments for and against Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's lawsuit against President Obama's health care reform measure are set to be heard today in a courtroom in Richmond. A judge will determine whether the suit will be allowed to move forward. Virginia's lawsuit is separate from one that has been filed by attorneys general from 20 other states. In total, about 15 suits have been filed across the U.S. in an attempt to block implementation of the law. In Virginia's suit, Cuccinelli argues that a provision that requires almost all Americans to buy health insurance is unconstitional.
Historic library re-opens. The Georgetown Library reopens today, three years after it was destroyed in a devastating fire. A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. The 1935 Georgian revival structure that housed the library burned on April 30, 2007 -- one of two Washington landmarks lost to fire that day. A blaze also gutted Eastern Market on the same day. Architects have worked hard to re-create the look of the original structure, both inside and out.
U Street club case. Five men have been charged with aggravated assault, in connection with the alleged beating of a man who witnesses say, threw a brick through the window of DC 9, a popular U Street-area nightclub, when he was refused entrance. About 60 supporters of the men, which include the co-owner of the club, were at a court hearing on Saturday. Authorities initially filed second-degree murder charges against the men in connection with the incident that happened early Friday morning. But those charges were reduced Saturday because results of the autopsy on the victim, 27-year-old Ali Ahmed Mohammed, has not yet determined a cause of death.
Pershing Park protests.Taxpayers already have paid out more than $10 million to settle lawsuits related to a series of 2002 World Bank and IMF protests in Pershing Park but hearings this month in the matter could result in a criminal probe of police conduct. Among those who have been called to testify before U.S. Magistrate John F. Facciola are former D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsey.
O'Malley gets the nod. The Washington Post's Editorial Board has endorsed Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley in the Maryland Gubernatorial race over former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R). The endorsement is a reversal from four years ago, when The Post sided with Ehrlich. Interested in other Maryland political headlines? Check out "First Click" -- a complete summary of what's happening in Annapolis and beyond.
In short: Two teenagers were injured early Monday morning in Rockville, when a car collided with their scooter. Authorities say the driver left the scene of the accident. (NBC 4)
Have a seat? No it turns out some workers -- including a growing number at AOL -- prefer to stand rather than sit in their cubicles and offices. They say standing helps keeps them alert, makes them more creative and productive. While some experts say standing can be beneficial, others say, it can lead to health problems, including back issues.
A different kind of buzz. You may soon be able to get more than just a caffeine buzz at your local Starbucks. The Seattle-based chain is experiementing with shops that offer beer, wine and locally made designer cheeses. You can get a preview of one such shop in, of course, Seattle. (USA Today)
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| October 18, 2010; 5:56 AM ET
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