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Posted at 6:45 AM ET, 06/ 3/2010

Lori's A. M. Buzz

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning.

Ahh, June in D.C. Partly sunny and humid with temperatures near 90 and a 50% chance of showers in the evening, the Capital Weather Gang says. The stickiness will go away -- just in time for us to return to work on Monday. Ugh.

If you read the first part of Paul Duggan's fabulous reconstruction of the dispute that lead to the Southeast drive-by shooting in which three people were killed and six were wounded, you'll want to catch Part 2: Deadly Retaliation. Be sure to check out the interactive map and timeline.

Salary boosts are rare in the current climate where most school systems across the country are cutting staff rather than giving them raises. But under a new contract, D.C teachers' average annual salary will jump from $67,000 to $81,000. The key of course: will this agreement improve the quality of education for the system's 45,000 students? And what will happen to Chancellor Michelle Rhee and her ambitious push for reform, should her boss Mayor Adrian Fenty not be re-elected?

In brief: For you fashionistas, the Washington Business Journal reports that a Nordstrom Rack will open in Friendship Heights next year; the paper also notes that Moby Dick's House of Kabob is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month. Meanwhile, WJLA notes that the D.C. Council approved a measure that will require sidewalks on at least one side of every block in the District, but some residents in Northwest D.C. remain vehemently opposed.

Check back: We'll have more this afternoon on the meeting slated to take place between Mayor Adrian Fenty, Gov. Martin O'Malley and Gov. Bob McDonnell on strategies for saving the Chesapeake Bay. The trio will meet in Baltimore. We'll also bring you updates on the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee taking place at the Grand Hyatt near the Washington Convention Center. Semi-finalists will be announced tonight at 5:30 p.m.

This is a new feature so it will continue to evolve in the days and weeks ahead. Your feedback is important, so let me know how we can make Lori's A.M. BUZZ better. Seriously, I need the paycheck. Thanks for reading. Have a great day -- and remember you can email me at aratanil@washpost.com or follow me on Twitter @loriara.

By Washington Post editors  | June 3, 2010; 6:45 AM ET
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