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Posted at 8:15 AM ET, 01/11/2011

Buzz: Snow, Metro, and a penny thief

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. For all you folks hoping for a snow day, sorry to disappoint. We'll get a healthy dose of the white stuff -- but it won't start falling until later this afternoon (just in time for the evening commute). Lots of headlines ahead of us this morning, so let's get to it.

Coming up:

Snow. The Capital Weather Gang says we'll start the day cool and cloudy with temperatures in the 30's. The snow will hit us this afternoon. The southern suburbs are likely to be hit first with snow starting as early as 2 p.m.; D.C. around 4ish. Snow is likely to continue this evening and into the early morning hours, so those of you hoping for a snow day may get your wish on Wednesday.

The latest on the Arizona shootings. After leading the nation in a moment of silence for the victims and the families of the Tucson shootings, Obama is expected to fly to Arizona on Wednesday. Meanwhile, suspected gunman, Jared Loughner appeared in court for the first time on Monday. In additional to five federal counts, including two charges of murder, he's expected to face additional charges. Meanwhile, doctors report that Rep. Gabrielle Gifford's condition has not changed since Sunday. Be sure to check for the latest updates on the shootings in Arizona.

Personal and political. WIth the legislative sessions set to open in Maryland and Virginia on Wednesday, we take a look at a state senator in Maryland whose push to legalize medical marijuana in the state has become even more personal. Not long after the medical marijuana bill failed last year, State Senator Jamie Raskin, who represents Montgomery County, was diagnosed with colon cancer. In Virginia, The Post's Rosalind S. Helderman, examines Democrats' strategies for countering Republican governor Robert McDonnell's ambitious legislative proposals, including a plan to sell of state-owned liquor stores and a revamp of how the state pays for its public universities.

Today's headlines:

Mystery surrounds lobbyists' death. A lobbyist married to a key White House aide was found dead in her sport-utility vehicle at the couple's home on Capitol Hill. The SUV had been heavily damaged in a fire in the garage of the home. The body of Ashely W. Turton, 37, was found after firefighters extinguished the blaze. No cause of death has yet been determined. Authorities said Turton's death might have resulted from the low-speed crash, an unknown medical situation preceding it, the fire, or some combination of the three. Turton was married to Daniel A. Turton, the White House's deputy director of legislative affairs for the House of Representatives.

An unhappy milestone. Officials in Prince George's County are grappling with an unhappy milestone -- as of Monday, there have been 10 killings in 10 days in Maryland's second largest county. In the latest incident, the victim -- a man in his 20's -- was stabbed during a fight in a supermarket parking lot in the 2400 block of East University Boulevard in the Adelphi/Lewisdale area. A second man was also attacked, but is expected to survive. Police think the men may have been mistaken by their assailants for members of a rival gang. In response, the department's interim chief Mark Magaw ordered the transfer of 19 officers into the criminal investigations and narcotics divisions.

In short. Transportation executives from the District, Maryland and Virginia issued a seven-page plan that lays out substantial changes in how Metro is run, including redefining the roles of the general manager and board of directors (Post); Maryland's public schools are number one in the nation according to a report by Education Week (Post); police are looking into why a woman might have fallen from a five-story building at Georgetown University . (WUSA)

Other items:

A penny thief. A thief broke into New Creation Baptist Church in Wheaton over the weekend and stole 40,000 pennies the congregation's children had spent 10 months collecting as part of the "Penny Project." The pastor's goal had been to collect 100,000 coins and donate $1,000 to an organization that helps poor children. It wasn't a huge sum of money, but it was a way to show the children that every little bit mattered. To add insult to injury: The intruder appears to have gone into the church freezer, pulled out hamburger meat and cooked a meal.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day. Be sure to check back for updates and headlines throughout the day. If you're on Facebook, think about becoming a fan of Post Local. You can also get your news updates via our Twitter feed.

By Washington Post editors  | January 11, 2011; 8:15 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Education, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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