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Posted at 5:49 AM ET, 02/ 4/2011

Buzz: Super Bowl guide, census, Fenty

By Lori Aratani
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's Friday -- the day before the start of a big weekend for sports and political junkies. The Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers face off on Sunday. Sunday is also the 100th anniversary of the birth of President Ronald Reagan. Three new documentaries will air this month that examine the 40th president's legacy. Meanwhile, closer to home, The Post's Mike DeBonis takes a closer look at a report released this week that says D.C. Council members are the second-highest-paid big-city legislators in the country. He explores whether D.C. residents are getting for their money's worth.

Coming up:

Aren't you glad you're not in Chicago? Shouldn't be a bad day weather-wise. The Capital Weather Gang says it'll start out sunny this morning with clouds moving in in the afternoon. Temperatures will be a bit warmer, edging closer to the 40s. You might need an umbrella if you plan on being out and about on Saturday. There's an 80 to 90 percent chance of precipitation in the morning -- maybe flakes, maybe freezing rain, maybe rain. But it won't be anything like what you're seeing in the midwest.

It's Super Bowl weekend. Even if you're not a football fan, don't root for Green Bay or Pittsburgh, don't like guacamole, you may find yourself sucked into the madness. For you (and for those who really do care about the game) we offer this complete guide to the Super Bowl. Places to watch the game, commercials to look out for, how to translate the peculiar language of Pittsburghers and Wisconsians.  Also, here are "Five Myths About the Super Bowl." Bet you didn't know it wasn't called the Super Bowl until 1969. Try rolling that little factoid out at your Super Bowl party.

Today's headlines:

N. Va. leads state's growth. Virginia -- particularly Northern Virginia, has grown dramatically over last 10 years, according to new Census data released on Thursday. The state now has more than 8 million residents -- and boasts a population that is the most diverse in the state's history. Northern Virginia cemented its position as the state's growth engine, responsible for half of the state's increase of 922,000 people in the past decade. See our interactive map for more Census facts. Here also are Census snapshots from five Northern Virginia cities: Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William.

Five charged in missing D.C. mom case. Three teenagers and two adults have been charged in connection with the slaying of a 19-year-old D.C. mother who had been missing since Aug. 4. The family of Latisha M. Frazier had distributed photo fliers around the city in hopes of finding her. Court papers in the case alleged a particularly brutal end for Frazier. Another teen, 17-year-old Johnnie Sweet, allegedly lured Frazier to his apartment and ordered his friends to beat her. Sweet was upset with Frazier because he suspected she stole $200 from him. Frazier's body has not been found.

A greener and richer Maryland? In his fifth State of the State Address on Thursday, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley urged lawmakers to back a $100 million venture capital initiative he hopes will lure new business to Maryland. He also sought to shore up his "green" credentials, urging investment in off-shore wind farms -- an initiative that will also create jobs in the state -- and a ban on the installation of septic systems in major new housing developments. O'Malley says the systems leak sewage into the bay and water tables.

In short. Former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty has another new gig: he's been hired on as a consultant for the language learning company, Arlington-based Rosetta Stone (DC Wire); tolls on Maryland bridges, highways and tunnels could increase an average of $.75 under a plan being considered by the Maryland Transportation Authority  (Post); Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will ask the Supreme Court for an expedited review of the state's lawsuit against the federal health care overhaul. (Post)

Other items:

A last supper. A bald eagle, who was enjoying a tasty meal of fresh deer carcass on the tracks between Wilmington, Del., and Baltimore, had an unfortunate meeting with an Amtrak train.

This could come in handy. Tired of shoveling? Here are some tips for buying the best snow blower from the folks at Consumer Reports. (WTOP)

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day. Check back with PostLocal throughout the day for more updates and headlines. Got your Terrible Towel? Is your Cheesehead ready? The Post's Redskins writer Rick Maese will be online at noon, ET, to talk Super Bowl.

By Lori Aratani  | February 4, 2011; 5:49 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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