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Posted at 8:08 AM ET, 01/18/2011

Buzz: Ice, snow and school closings

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's a messy start to a short week. So without delay, here are the details.

School closures, delayed start for federal workers. If you've already looked out your window, opened your door or checked news alerts, you know it's messy out there. Federal government workers have a two-hour delayed start as do students in D.C. Public Schools. A handful of school systems -- including Montgomery and Fairfax have canceled classes all together. Check our school cancellations and delays.

It's a mess.The Capital Weather Gang says we'll have a mix of frozen rain and regular rain. In other words, a wintry mix of misery -- and it's likely to last for much of this short week. We may get a break and dry out briefly on Thursday. Cloudy today with temperatures in the high 30's and low 40's.

Getting help.
Here are some resources for reporting power outages and road issues (including downed trees). In addition, some resources for checking road conditions or reporting issues with snow or ice on the roads.

Coming up:

Cautious optimism. Prince George's County Council opens its 2011 session today with big dreams -- but unfortunately with a big budget deficit. County officials face a $77 million budget gap in their $2.7 billion budget. But while some of the more ambitious projects may have to be put off, there is hope that council members will be able to spur development near Metro stations and improve the area's public schools.

New daily newscast. We're launching a new feature for local readers today. Post Now Video featuring anchor Anqoinette Crosby, will be a short, daily newscast summing up the news of the day and offering you a guide to some of the most interesting features on PostLocal. It will be available daily at 11 a.m.

Today's headlines.

Lobby Day in Richmond. Monday was Lobby Day at the Virginia General Assembly. Just as lobbyists gathered last week in Annapolis to push for their pet causes in Maryland, advocates for a wide variety of causes gathered in Richmond to push for theirs. But the issue that seemed to dominate the day was the passionate debate over guns, intensified by the mass shooting in Tucson that killed six and injured several more, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

Bringing MLK's legacy home. Sometimes it takes more than just a book to make history come alive. In the case of eight D.C. area students -- a road trip to streets named for slain Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. has changed the way they think about King and his legacy. It's made the struggle for equality more personal. The teens and their leaders share their journey and their impressions in a documentary.

Fenty fans fined? The leaders behind the campaign to get D.C. voters to write in Adrian M. Fenty on their general election ballots last year may be fined $18,500 for improperly using the former mayor's campaign materials during their campaign.

In short. Three people have been interviewed by Metro board members for the permanent general manager's job at WMATA, including the current interim general manager, Richard Sarles (Post); Former Virginia Gov. George Allen is expected to announce soon that's he'll seek the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2012 (Post); Police in Morningside, Maryland said thieves have stolen plaques bearing the names of soldiers who fought in various American conflicts from the local VFW post. (NBC 4)

Other items:

Bargain gourmet. Cafe Milano? Art & Soul? If you've been eying a D.C.-area restaurant that's a little out of your price range, you may be in luck this week. Restaurant Week kicked off Monday with several D.C.-area eateries offering special three-course menus priced at $35.11 for dinner and $20.11 for lunch (note the price does not include beverage, tax and gratuity).

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and be careful if you're driving in to work. A reminder: here are some resources for reporting power outages and road issues (including downed trees). In addition, some resources for checking road conditions or reporting issues with snow or ice on the roads. Have a good day and be sure to check back with us for more headlines and updates on the weather and other local news.

By Washington Post editors  | January 18, 2011; 8:08 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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