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Posted at 8:20 AM ET, 09/ 7/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: School's in ... again

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. After all the heat and humidity we've suffered through, this weekend was a Labor Day weekend to remember. Low humidity, temperatures in the 80's and on some days -- a slight breeze to boot. Ahhh. Well, holiday is over folks. The Capital Weather Gang says it'll be slightly hotter (upper 80's, low 90's) but a bit of humidity will creep back.

Coming up.

School's in . . . again. For Virginia K-12 students, summer is finally over. They head back to school today, joining their counterparts in public schools in Maryland and the District -- many of whom headed back to class last month. Post columnist Petula Dvorak shares her back-to-school pledge: she's become a school volunteeraholic and knows she needs to stop. (Even her editor is worried about her!)

Advice for frosh. If you're a college student -- or a soon-to-be one -- don't miss The Post's Jenna Johnson's new "Dear Frosh" series, which kicked off this week. On her Campus Overload blog, guest writers offer words of wisdom for incoming college freshman and others on how to survive that first year. Check it out.

You are not alone. Remember those summer days when your morning commute was a . . . joy? Well, that's over. It's not just the day after Labor Day -- it's Terrible Traffic Tuesday. The kids may be out of your hair. But when you head into work today, you're going to be joined by 1.5 million people around the D.C. region who say they'll be driving into work alone this morning.

Today's headlines.

No holiday for candidates. Politicians were busy schmoozing over the Labor Day holiday. In the District, the Democratic candidates for mayor, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray, were campaigning Monday in Wards 4 and 5.

Maryland campaigns. In Maryland, the candidates for Prince George's County Executive, former state lawmaker Rushern L. Baker III and Sheriff Michael Jackson, were at Greenbelt's annual Labor Day parade (where the candidates outnumber the fire trucks). And in Montgomery County, two men who represent different generations of government service are battling it out for the single open County Council seat. Craig Rice, a former state delegate, and Royce Hanson, former chairman of the county's planning board, are fighting for the seat representing the upcounty region, which includes Damascus and Poolesville.

DCPS without Rhee? With polls showing D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty behind in his race for a second term, some wonder what this might mean for Michelle Rhee. Fenty's challenger, Vincent C. Gray, hasn't said whether he'll keep the headline-making chancellor on if he's elected and it's not clear whether Rhee would stay if she gets a new boss. The Post's Bill Turque looks at what D.C. public schools might be like without Rhee at the helm.

Other items.

Please pass the Tums. Alexandria's "Black Widow," aka Sonya Thomas, won the chicken wing eating contest at the National Buffalo Wing Festival held in New York over the Labor Day weekend. Thomas gobbled down 181 Buffalo wings (about 4.86 pounds of chicken) to capture the eating title. She beat champion eater Joey Chestnut, who most recently won the July 4th hot dog eating contest held at Coney Island. (Associated Press)

The class that ate your brain. In the spirit of back-to-school, we offer you this. The University of Baltimore has a new class offering this year: a course that looks at the role of zombies in American pop culture. (The Baltimore Sun)

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great (four-day) week. Check back with us for more news and updates from around the D.C. region. Have some thoughts about this blog or about Post news coverage? Feel free to post a comment below -- or message me at aratanil@washpost.com

By Washington Post editors  | September 7, 2010; 8:20 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  
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