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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 10/ 6/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Is it boot time yet?

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. I'm back -- alas, didn't make it to California (long story) but it was nice to have a bit of a break. Hmmm, for some reason the theme to "Hawaii Five-0" is going through my head. Wonder what that's about? A big "thank you" to Jane Elizabeth and Monica Norton for filling in for me in my absence. Plenty of headlines today, so read on.

Coming up:

Boot weather? Ah, another cool and cloudy one today. It'll be in the 60's today with a 40 percent chance of light showers in the afternoon. The Capital Weather Gang says Thursday should be partly sunny and warmer (in the 70's) but it will be breezy so it might still feel chilly. My female colleagues and I have been debating whether it's time to break out the fall footwear -- namely the boots -- and judging from the past two days, I say most definitely. But what do you think?

Foursquare outage. Try to 'check-in' with Foursquare over the past two days? Exactly. The Post's Rob Pegoraro explains what happened in his Faster Forward blog and offers a great recommendation for a site to check out to see which sites are down in the social networking/blogging world.

Today's headlines:

Cheating at the police academy? Prince George's County could have more than 30 new police officers pulled off the street following reports of cheating at the police academy. Police Chief Robert Hylton has ordered an investigation into allegations that an instructor had been providing students with the answers to exams. Talk of alleged irregularities at the police academy first surfaced last year. There also are allegations of poor or corrupt record-keeping. In one case, four cadets failed basic survival training, but records detailing their progress in the area have been removed from their files.

Gray's Town HallsD.C. Council Chairman and the man likely to be D.C.'s next mayor, kicked off what will be a series of town hall meetings Wednesday night in Ward 5. The meetings are part of Gray's effort to bring together voters from diverse wards following the September primary in which he beat Mayor Adrian Fenty for the Democratic nomination. Ward 5 is friendly ground for Gray, who on Thursday will head to Fenty territory -- Ward 3 -- for the second town hall. Gray will hold meetings in all eight wards in the three weeks leading up to the November general election, which he is expected to win handily. You can follow columnist Mike DeBonis (@mikedebonis) on Twitter as he tweets the town halls. Check out last night's at #ward5.

D.C.'s budget gap. In the meantime, Gray and other council members announced they may be looking at a $350 million to $400 million budget shortfall before they approve the fiscal 2012 budget next year.

A sad reality. Funerals are a time to celebrate and mourn the dead -- but increasingly in some parts of the District, they're becoming a place for payback by warring gangs, authorities say. Last week's shooting death of 21-year-old Jamal Coates happened during a funeral for another shooting victim. In November, George Rawlings, also 21, was shot after attending the funeral for another young victim. Police and activists are increasing their presence at such events in hopes of deterring such violence.

Metro and Virginia. Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell's efforts to secure two state seats on the Metro board appears headed for defeat. Several members of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, including McDonnell's representative to the panel, said they expect the group to pass a resolution stating that all four of Northern Virginia's Metro board seats should remain under local control. You may recall in the summer, McDonnell threatened to withhold Virginia's share of Metro funding unless the state received two of the four seats on the board currently held by Northern Virginia representatives.

Other items:

Ben's veggie bowl? There's a new menu addition at Ben's Chili Bowl. The eatery known for the half-smoke has added a cholesterol-free veggie dog to its menu. This is not the first time Ben's has offered a meat-free selection on its menu, notes Ben's Big Blog. They've offered veggie burgers and veggie chili for years. (HT Fox 5)

That's it for now. Thanks much for reading and have a great day. Don't forget to check back with PostLocal throughout the day for more news and headlines. Want to know what's going on in the D.C. blogosphere? We'll have a roundup of our favorite posts from D.C.-area bloggers this afternoon.

By Washington Post editors  | October 6, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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Comments

I am glad that Ben's and other eateries are offering veggie options. Soy and veggie protein options are generally healthier and can be a good way to reduce calories and fat,esp in food that are spiced well(like chili). I am looking forward to trying out the veggie options at Ben's.

Posted by: 10bestfan | October 6, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

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