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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 01/ 5/2011

Buzz: Mega millions, Pepco & Congress

By Lori Aratani
Washington Post editors

Good morning. So did you wake up a mega-millionaire today? Me either, but there were at least two winners. Winning tickets were purchased in Idaho and Washington state. So if you've got friends or family in the West, perhaps it's time to give them a call. Just to, ahem, check in. Meanwhile, it's Wednesday and here's what's going on:


Coming up:

Bundle up. Remember how lovely it was to start the year with those balmy 50-degree days? It was nice while it lasted. The next few days will be colder, but it's looking less likely that we'll be getting any significant snow come Friday. The Capital Weather Gang says it'll be partly sunny, and if we're lucky temperatures will be in the low 40's with 10-mph breezes.

Pepco in Montgomery County. Montgomery County officials will hold a public hearing on Pepco service this evening in Rockville. Officials are seeking feedback from customers on their experiences with Pepco outages and their overall level of satisfaction with the utility's service. The hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Stella Werner Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Avenue in Rockville.


Today's headlines:

A grim start to the new year. One person was killed and three other wounded late Tuesday night in Prince George's County -- the same day that three other people were reportedly killedearlier in the day. Tuesday night's killing means that five people have been killed in the county since the start of the new year. It's a grim reminder of the challenges facing the new county executive and police chief.

Election season not over in D.C. D.C. has a new mayor and a new council chairman, but it turns out election season isn't quite over in the District. There's still an At-Large seat to be filled on the council (the one vacated by Kwame Brown, when he became council chairman). There will be a special election to fill the seat on April 26, but until then a high-stakes battle is breaking out between Democrats over who will be appointed to fill the seat until voters have their say. Some thought former D.C. Council member Vincent B. Orange might have the edge -- instead it looks like Sekou Biddle, a member of the State Board of Education might have the edge.

A new record. Officials at Washington Suburban Sanitary District said the agency set a new record in December 2010 for repairs to broken and leaking water mains in a single month – 647, surpassing the previous record of 608 set in January 2009. WSSC crews repaired 2,096 broken and leaking water mains in 2010, just 30 breaks shy of the all time record of 2,126 set in 2007. Between 2007 and 2010 WSSC experienced 7,728 breaks and leaks.

Congratulations. With the inauguration of the 112th Congress today, Maryland's senior senator celebrates a milestone today. Sen. Barbara Milkulski (D-Md.) is now the longest serving female senator in history. She was first elected to the senate in 1987 -- and back then one of only two women serving in the U.S. Senate.

In short. Former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty has a new gig (Post); the space that used to be home to the Thirsty Turtle, a College Park bar that shut down after a stabbing last October, may re-open as another bar (The Gazette); Maryland legislators are considering raising the tax on alcohol. (WTOP)


Other items:

A year of . . . I am a little weary of reading about people who do things for a year and then write a book about it, but this latest tale sounded intriguing to me. After he couldn't get a job after graduating from American University, Jason Paul decided he'd live his life via Craigslist. That meant finding jobs, friends and shelter via the online site. He spent 10 months living his experiment and is now home with his parents in Montgomery County. And yes, he's writing a book about it.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and be sure to check back for more news and headlines throughout the day. A reminder that The Post's food critic Tom Sietsema will be online today at 11 a.m. to talk restaurants, manners and all things dining. And if one of your new year's resolutions is to lose weight, perhaps you'll be inspired by this story about D.C.-area chefs who've managed to drop the pounds despite being surrounded by fabulous food all day. Have a great day.

By Lori Aratani  | January 5, 2011; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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