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Posted at 8:09 AM ET, 02/ 3/2011

Buzz: Dan Snyder, Pepco, Terps vs. Duke

By Lori Aratani
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's Thursday. Should be sunny today, but the winter chill will continue so be sure to grab your scarf and gloves. Lots of great stories today -- including two about Pepco -- one that will make you grumble -- and another that will make you laugh. We've also got more on a new report that says D.C. Council members are among the highest paid in the nation. We're asking you to weigh in: How much do you think they should be paid? And for Virginians, we have this: Traffic relief may soon be on the way.

Sunny, but windy. Looks like the rains and warm temperatures melted most of the leftover snow. The Capital Weather Gang says it'll be sunny but breezy today, so temperatures are unlikely to climb higher than the upper 30's. Still, not a bad day. Unlike other parts of the country, we're not shoveling nor are we headed to the impound yard to locate our cars (that was last week). Friday should be sunny during the day with temperatures warming up slightly pushing the day's high toward the 40's.

Coming up:

The State of Maryland. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to give his State of the State Address today at noon. So what can we expect from the governor's fifth address? "New things? You won't see new themes," O'Malley said in an interview with The Post's Aaron Davis. "You'll see new actions, new ways to, you know, to make and to achieve our goals but the direction's been pretty consistent. . . . We have an obligation to lay out a prescription for how we get there." O'Malley said his mission for the coming year is to carry out Obama's national agenda and to work to spur job growth.You can see "word clouds" -- a visual representation of his previous speeches -- with Davis's story today.

Less congestion in Va.? Traffic relief could be on the way for thousands of Virginia commuters. The Virginia General Assembly is poised to pass Gov. Robert F. McDonnell's transportation plan -- a proposal that would allocated $3 billion over the next three years to help ease congestion on the state's clogged roads. The plan is expected to be taken up today in both the Senate and House of Delegates.

The Census and Virginia. A new batch of Census figures -- including population numbers for the local level -- is expected to be released today for four states, including Virginia. We'll look at some of the most interesting aspects of the Virginia numbers. Which areas in the state are growing? Has their been growth in the minority population in the state? Population figures for Maryland are expected to be released next week.

Today's headlines:

Hefty paychecks? A new report released Wednesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that D.C. Council members are the second-highest-paid-big-city-legislators in the country and that they spend more on staff and other expenses than their counterparts across the U.S. The data is already fueling debate over whether those salaries are justified. However, Council Member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) thinks council members are underpaid. Tell us how much you think D.C.Council members should be paid.

Not much to celebrate in College Park. All was quiet in College Park Wednesday night. Officials at the University of Maryland had made a special effort to avoid the kind of post-game mayhem that engulfed the area following last year's Terps victory over Duke in basketball. Their efforts were helped by the fact the Terps were defeated by the Blue Devils 80 to 62.

Higher Pepco bills? It's complicated, but it boils down to this, Pepco customers -- even those who have gone without power for several days -- could end up with higher bills because of a little-noticed decision by Maryland regulators that allows the utility to raise rates when electricity use drops.

Dan Snyder vs. City Paper. After demanding that the writer of an unflattering article be fired, the Redskins Dan Snyder has taken his battle to court. Late Wednesday night, Snyder sued the weekly newspaper and its parent company, Atalaya Capital Management.  Meanwhile, The Post's Gene Weingarten has a few things to say to Snyder in this memo.

In short. An ex-priest who taught at Georgetown Preparatory has been charged with inappropriately touching students at the school (Post); lawyers for Ingmar Guandique, the man convicted of killing federal intern Chandra Levy, are seeking a new trial for their client;  (Post); Dulles International Airport is one of the most expensive in the nation (Washington Examiner)

Other items:

What was he thinking? At last, a Pepco story that might make you chuckle. A Silver Spring man is in custody, charged in connection with 10 burglaries in the area. How did police catch him? Since the power was out at his home, he'd brought along his cell phone and was charging it at the scene of the crime when he was startled by the homeowner's son. He fled the crime scene but left the cell phone behind.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day. Be sure to check back with Post Local for more headlines and updates throughout the day. Want the latest weather forecast? Want to know if the Red Line is running on time? Want to know the latest on Dan Snyder and the Redskins? We're here to bring you those updates and more.

By Lori Aratani  | February 3, 2011; 8:09 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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