Lori's A.M. Buzz: Weekend perfection
Good morning. It's Friday and for some of you it's the start of a three-day weekend. (Lucky dogs.) And if you happen to work at the Commerce Department, looks like you're getting an extra day home after Thursday night's fire at the Herbert C. Hoover Building downtown. But whether you get four days or two days, weather-wise, it's going to be a weekend to remember.
Even more fabulous. Another day like Thursday -- only better! The Capital Weather Gang says it'll be sunny and clear with temperatures in the high 70's possibly tipping over into the 80's. And the weekend also will be lovely. Think of it as a barbecue- kickball-get-out-of-the-house-and-enjoy stretch of weather. And file this memory away for when it's December, it's dark and we're freezing.
Tea Party gathers. More than 2,000 Tea Party activitists are expected to gather at the two-day "Virginia Tea Party Patriot Summit," which kicks off today in Richmond. Among those scheduled to give speeches: former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.). Organizers also say they'll hold what they're billing as the first 2012 presidential straw poll (never too early to start thinking about the White House). We'll be there today and through the weekend so check back for more coverage.
A bunch of hacks. A University of Michigan professor, whose students successfully hacked a trial run of the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics' online internet voting system, is set to testify today before the D.C. Council's Government Operations Committee. J. Alex Halderman likely will detail how his students were able to exploit vulnerabilities in the D.C. system. Perhaps he'll also explain how they were able to program it to play the University of Michigan's fight song.
Blue/Orange Line work. A reminder: This is the weekend Metro employees will be doing major work on the Blue and Orange lines that will involve service interruptions. Metro officials suggest adding an additional 40 minutes to your travel time. Shuttle buses will be deployed to fill in the gaps in service. It all starts tonight around 10 p.m.
Cheating scandal update. Prince George's County Police Chief Robert Hylton said 32 officers accused in a cheating scandal will not be suspended because it was an instructor -- not the officers themselves -- who is to blame for the alleged impropriety surrounding the final exams. He said an audit found that an instructor -- out of laziness -- recorded perfect scores for officer who didn't necessarily receive them.
Arrest in Dupont hit-and-run. D.C. police have arrested a 30-year-old Montgomery County woman in connection with a hit-and-run accident that took place early Thursday morning in Dupont Circle. Jorida Davidson has been charged with DWI. The victim has been identified as 24-year-old Kiela M. Ryan of Howard County. She was apparently stepping out of her car on Connecticut Avenue near N. Street when she was struck by a dark-colored SUV. A cyclist spotted the SUV and was able to record the license plate, which led officers to Davidson.
Obama at Bowie State. A few folks had to be taken to the hospital due to exhaustion and heat-related issues, but overall Obama's appearance at Bowie State on Thursday on behalf of Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley went off without a hitch. An estimated 7,000 people, mostly students, turned out. Meanwhile, O'Malley's Republican opponent Robert Ehrlich spent his day in Potomac at a luncheon with more than 100 women.
Metro wants feedback. Metro is conducting a rider survey, which asks general questions about system usage but also tries to determine if riders are familiar with changes coming to the Roslyn station next year (the changes are part of an effort to ease congestion in that part of the system.) Dr. Gridlock has more details.
And then we came to the end. The Reliable Source ladies offer you a complete rundown of the "Real Housewives of D.C." following last night's season finale. How "real" was it? Would you watch another season? Are we just glad its O-V-E-R?
Is Reykjavík in your future? If you suddenly get the urge to visit the country that brought us Bjork and a volcanic eruption that caused massive chaos after it grounded thousands of trans-Atlantic flights last spring, here's your chance. Starting in May, Icelandic Air will offer direct flights from Dulles International Airport. It's the airlines' first foray back into the Washington market after pulling out of BWI two years ago. Sidenote: I once went many years ago and had a fabulous time.
That's it for now. Thanks for reading. Remember to check back later for headlines from the Tea Party gathering in Richmond, details from today's "hacker" hearing in D.C. and other happenings throughout the day.
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| October 8, 2010; 5:50 AM ET
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