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Posted at 5:57 AM ET, 11/ 5/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: What to do with your hour

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's Friday. It's also the weekend when we switch the clocks back an hour, which means an extra hour of sleep (or for the more ambitious, an extra hour.) Not sure how to spend that time? Here are some thoughts for fall-ish tasks you can do to fill the time.

Chilly and gray today. Well, we got a good soaking Thursday. It rained when I woke up, got to work, left work and was still raining when I went to sleep. Less of that in Friday's forecast, but you're still going to need a jacket. The Capital Weather Gang says temperatures should climb into the mid-50's. It'll be windy, so it might feel even colder. There's a small chance -- about a 20 to 30 percent -- that showers will continue in some areas but they should be long gone by evening. Saturday's also going to be cold, but dry. Fall is definitely here, though for some of you, it may feel more like winter.

Coming up:

Remain calm. Do not panic if you see snowplows on the streets of D.C. on Friday. It is a drill. Yes, people, a drill. After last year's historic snowfall, officials in D.C. simply want to make sure they're prepared for a possible sequel. (Officials in Montgomery County also took the winter weather equipment out for a spin on Thursday.) In their 2010-2011 winter weather outlook, the Capital Weather Gang said it's highly unlikely we'll see the same kind of snows we did late last year and earlier this year. Phew.

Orange/Blue line disruptions. A reminder that there will be closures on the Orange and Blue lines starting Friday night. The Orange Line's Minnesota Avenue, Deanwood, Cheverly, Landover and New Carrollton stations will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday. At the same time, no Blue Line trains will operate between Stadium-Armory and Benning Road.

"Driving While Black" case. The Maryland Court of Appeals is scheduled to hold a hearing today to determine whether to uphold a lower court's ruling to force police to turn over documents relating to the long-running legal battle known as the "Driving While Black" case. As part of the case, the NAACP wants to inspect the documents to determine whether state police are properly investigating allegations of racial profiling by troopers but state police argued that the documents are confidential personnel records.

Today's headlines:

Former cellmate testifies. For the first time in eight days of testimony, prosecutors yesterday linked Ingmar Guandique to the attack on Washington intern Chandra Levy. Guandique's former cellmate testified that Guandique told him that he killed levy. The pair had shared a cell in Kentucky in 2006. A second inmate is scheduled to testify next week when the trial resumes.

Escalator accident. Metro officials said Thursday that a preliminary investigation indicates that brake failure, coupled with passenger overload from Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert rally crowds, may have been at the root of an incident Saturday at L'Enfant Plaza in which dozens of passengers were injured. Metro is currently examining maintenance records for the escalator.

In short. A Maryland couple has filed a $2 million lawsuit against the management of their apartment complex saying the company failed to address a bed bug infestation. (The Baltimore Sun); The National Parks Service has proposed building a screening center beneath the Washington Monument. (Washington Examiner); Mayor-elect Vincent Gray is being criticized for not attending the funeral of D.C. Police Officer Paul Dittamo, held Thursday. (Post)

Other items:

Run baby, run. Now this makes me feel like a slacker. One of the Chilean miners arrived in New York City on Thursday, but not to sight-see. Nooooooo. Edison Pena, the 12th miner to be rescued from the mine, will be running the New York City Marathon. That's right -- after spending 69 days underground, Pena is running a marathon. (USA Today.)

E.T. in Centreville? Some folks in Centreville think the blue light they spotted in the sky Wednesday night was a UFO. And they have video. (Fox 5)

That's it for now. Thanks for reading, and stay warm today. If you're a Civil War buff, you're in luck because this Sunday we'll be publishing a special section on what the Civil War means to Americans 150 years later. Can't wait until then? Here's a preview.

By Washington Post editors  | November 5, 2010; 5:57 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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Saw Pena on Letterman last night - absolutely delightful young man. Funny, occasionally silly with appropriate turns of "deep", and ever so ready to do the talk show tour. I hope he runs a decent time!

Posted by: merzydoats | November 5, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

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