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Posted at 5:44 AM ET, 10/29/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Run, rally or eat candy

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. Friday at last. Just think: this weekend you can restore your sanity or keep your fear. Run a marathon or just watch people run a marathon. Don a costume and collect candy or just sit on the couch and eat candy. And don't even get me started on all the college football out there. Phew.

Brrrrrrr. After a couple of days of temperatures in the high 70's (high 70's in late October!), the mercury is going to drop about 20 degrees. The Capital Weather Gang suggests you grab a jacket. Today's temperatures will be in the mid to high 50's with a stiff breeze making it feel even chillier. Sunshine though. The weekend should be about the same weather-wise, though the winds will die down a bit.

Coming up.

And then we came to the end. Today is Michelle Rhee's last day on the job as D.C. Schools Chancellor, but she seems far from nostalgic. On Thursday, during a speech at a gathering of educators attending a College Board forum, Rhee was her outspoken self -- delivering a warning to ineffective teachers and the higher education programs that granted them their degrees. No word yet on where she'll land next -- but this is far from her last stop on the school reform express.

Nagivating traffic this weekend. Remember, there are two major events in D.C. this weekend. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's "Rally to Restore Sanity/Keep Fear Alive" rallies are scheduled to take place on Saturday. And the Marine Corps Marathon will kick off on Sunday. If you need to be in the victinity of either event, Dr. Gridlock has tips for navigating around the area. (Later today he'll have a post for those who want to get to the Marathon.) First, the Marine Corps Marathon. (Note: Metro will open two hours earlier to accomodate Sunday's expected crowds.) Here are a list of street closures for Saturday's pair of rallies.

A complete Sanity/Fear guide. The National Parks Service is expecting about 60,000 people to attend Saturday's "Rally to Restore Sanity/Keep Fear Alive" event. To help you prepare, we offer this handy guide, which tells you who's performing when, how to get there and what stations will be airing the festivities in case you don't feel like leaving your couch.

Today's headlines:

Metro and safety. Metro officials have their work cut out for them as they attempt to change the agency's approach to safety. A summary of a recent survey of workers has found that many Metro employees witness safety violations, but few report them to their superiors for a number of reasons. Some don't want to tell on their fellow employees, while others fear retaliation. But survey details beyond the summary that was presented at yesterday's board meeting, were not released. Metro officials said The Post would have to file a public records request if it wanted more information.

It's complicated. The District is now embroiled in a civil suit against the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. after the group was overpaid $250,000 in grant money. But it's not just the lawsuit that's raising concerns among city officials. The grant was given at a time when the council was cracking down on earmarks. Despite that, D.C. Council Member Harry Thomas (D-Ward 5) was able to push through the transfer of $1 million to the historical society. Council Member Marion Barry also allegedly intervened when an official with the historical society complained one payment was late. Thomas says the $1 million was not an earmark, but rather a transfer. Also complicating the issue: sources say Barry and the historical society's executive director, are romantically involved. Barry says, they're just friends.

Attacks linked. Authorities believe three recent attacks at military installations, including the Pentagon, are linked. Thursday, FBI officials said evidence collected at a Chantilly recruiting station match that, which was found at the Pentagon and the Marine Corps Museum. Law enforcement officials say they don't know what's behind the shootings, but have asked anyone with information to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-8477.

Other items:

The Great Pumpkin would not approve. "Projectile pumpkins" -- once a novelty -- have become a popular Halloween attraction. Owners of one Maryland pumpkin patch, allow visitors to use an air cannon to shoot pumpkins at a field of targets. (The Baltimore Sun)

New $1 coin. The U.S. Mint next month, is set to unveil a new $1 coin bearing the image of President Abraham Lincoln. Dollar coins have never been popular with the public, but Mint officials hold out hope that they still might catch on as an alternative to the less durable paper dollar. (The Washington Business Journal)

That's it for now. Thanks much for reading. Have a great Friday -- and a great weekend. Be sure to check back with Post Local throughout the day for more updates and headlines. We'll have full coverage of Saturday's "Restore Sanity/Keep Fear Alive" rallies -- but we're also asking you to help us report the event.

By Washington Post editors  | October 29, 2010; 5:44 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Education, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  
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