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Posted at 5:43 AM ET, 10/28/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: It's a classic

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. What's not to like about today? After yesterday's cloudy, wet, humid day (how is it possible I now have six new mosquito bites?) today will be a welcome change. The Capital Weather Gang says it will be a "classic D.C. day" -- and they're not being sarcastic. After a foggy start, temperatures will climb into the mid to upper 70's. There will be lots of sunshine and a slight breeze. Best yet -- remember how nice it was last weekend? Should be nice this weekend as well, whether you plan to restore sanity, keep the fear alive or run the Marine Corps Marathon.

Coming up:

Metro board scheduled to meet. Should be a lively gathering of Metro's board of directors today, given this week's headlines -- an Ashburn man arrested in an alleged plot to bomb the system and a reported "near-miss" in which a train was routed on to a track where workers were conducting equipment tests. The board's agenda also includes a look at a stepped-up efforts to recruit bus drivers.

Virginia teacher to be sentenced Kevin Ricks, the Manassas high school teacher who molested a former student at Osbourn High School and is accused of molesting numerous other students during his three decades as a teacher and host to foreign exchange students, is scheduled to be sentenced today in Prince William Circuit Court. This is the first of three criminal prosecutions Ricks faces thus far.

Levy trial continues. Testimony in the trial of the Ingmar Guandique, the man accused of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy, moves into its fourth day of testimony. Yesterday's witnesses included the man who discovered Levy's remains in Rock Creek Park, the year after she disappeared and several witnesses who recalled seeing scratches on Guandique's face around the time of Levy's disappearance.

Today's headlines:

Metro and an alleged bomb plot. We have more details about the Ashburn man accused of conspiring to bomb Metro stations around the D.C. area. Farooque Ahmed, 34, lived in a townhouse with his wife and young child and worked as a contractor for Ericsson, a telecommunications company. Neighbors said he was polite, but quiet. Unlike others recently arrested in connection with terrorism plots, intelligence sources say Ahmed does not appear to have received overseas training from al-Queda or any of its affiliates. Officials said at no time was the public in danger as a result of the alleged plot.

Johns Hopkins in D.C. District officials are expectedto approve a plan that will allow Johns Hopkins Health System to acquire Sibley Memorial Hospital. Approval could come as early as Thursday (today.) It will be the Baltimore-based system's first foray into the District and is part of a larger plan to give the medical system a toehold in the D.C. market. Last year, Johns Hopkins acquired Bethesda's Suburban Hospital.

Five days to go. With the election only five days away don't forget to check out ourVoters Guide. Also today -- profiles of the candidates to be Maryland's lieutenant governor, Democrat Anthony G. Brown and Republican Mary D. Kane.

In short. Two students who allegedly set up a drug lab in a freshman dorm room at Georgetown University, were released Thursday to the custody of their parents and will return to their homes in Massachusetts until their next court appearance in January. Authorities say that the 18-year-old found driving the missing Jeep of a slain American University professor is now a "potential" suspect in her slaying. D.C. Police are investigating a fatal overnight shooting in SE. (WUSA)

Other items:

Need financial advice? Michelle Singletary, whose popular Color of Money column is a practical guide to managing your finances, will be joined today at noon by Robert Reich, former labor secretary in the Clinton Administration, who is now a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. The chat begins at noon, but you can submit questions now.

Stuever on Obama on Stewart. The Post's Hank Stuever offers his take on the President's appearance on last night's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."

That's it for now. Enjoy your day. (Did I mention it's going to be a nice one?) Be sure to check back for more news and headlines throughout the day. We'll have the latest from today's Metro board meeting as well as updates from the fourth day of testimony in the Levy trial. Remember: you can become a fan of Post Local on Facebook (we'd really appreciate it) or follow us on Twitter.

By Washington Post editors  | October 28, 2010; 5:43 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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