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Posted at 8:18 AM ET, 10/22/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: A day to say goodbye

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. We interrupt this blog entry for an important announcement: After historic snowfall and historic heat, weather forecasters are saying we're unlikely to see a repeat this winter of the heavy snow that crippled the D.C. area earlier this year. Thank you Mother Nature. We now return to your regular blog post.

Grab a jacket. It's going to be about 10 degrees cooler today than it was on Thursday, with moderate breezes blowing through. The Capital Weather Gang says temperatures will be in the upper 50's or low 60's. But this weekend, it's going to warm up. We may even see the thermometer hit 70.

Coming up.

Saying goodbye. A funeral service will be held today for Betty Peebles, the co-founder of Jericho City of Praise, one of the largest megachurches in the country. Peebles and her husband, James R. Peebles, Sr., founded the church in a northeast D.C. basement. Its congregation now totals more than 19,000. One sign of Peebles's influence: candidates in the Maryland gubernatorial race, former governor Robert Ehrlich and Gov. Martin O'Malley, canceled a radio debate scheduled for today to attend Peebles's funeral. We'll have full coverage of the services.

Vote early, but not often. Early voting begins in Maryland today. Voting centers will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., but will be closed on Sunday, Oct. 24. Here's some information on how the process works as well as a list of voting sites by county. Early voting began on Monday for residents in the District. In a story this weekend, we'll take a look at how early voting affects turnout as well as the impact it has had on how candidates campaign.

Foodie alert. It's a big weekend for Prince George's County officials and foodies. The county's first Wegmans grocery store will open near Fed-Ex Field on Sunday. Officials in Prince George's are hoping the Wegmans opening, combined with the 2008 opening of National Harbor, will help build cache for a community some overlook.

Today's headlines.

No expert review. There was a review panel that approved a 4th-grade history book in Virginia that some say includes inaccurate information about black soldiers and the Confederate Army. But no historian was on the three-person panel, state education officials said Thursday. Teachers around the state have been instructed not to teach a passage that says thousands of black soldiers fought for the Confederacy, because many historians don't believe it's a true statement. State education officials are now rethinking the process that resulted in the book landing in thousands of classrooms.

Will these charges stick? The man known as the "Teflon Defendant" because of his ability to avoid convictions on a series of violent criminal charges, including murder, has been indicted on drug charges stemming from a recent arrest in Takoma Park. Friends and family say Corey Moore is the victim of unjust arrests and overcooked prosecutions. Authorities believe otherwise. We'll see what happens with this latest case.

Metro's snow plan. On Thursday, Metro officials announced a new plan to avoid weather-related system shutdowns like those that crippled the transit system during this past season's heavy snows. Forecasters are not expecting heavy snows this winter.

In short. A software glitch involving SmarTrip cards may have cost Metro $500K in revenue. (The Examiner); Civic activist and former D.C. School Board President Peggy Cooper Cafritz has filed a $30 million lawsuit against D.C. Water in connection with a fire that destroyed her home in 2009. (NBC 4)

Other items.

Celebrate weather. If you're curious about weather, you're in luck. The Capital Weather Gang reminds us that this weekend is the D.C. WeatherFest, part of the larger Celebrate Science Expo on the National Mall. It's the nation's first national science festival and will feature more than 1,500 interactive exhibits and 75 stage shows. WeatherFest will take place in Mellon Auditorium, directly across from the National Museum of American History, which is about two blocks from the Federal Triangle Metro stop.

Zombies in Silver Spring. If weather isn't your thing, maybe zombies are? Saturday is Silver Spring's annual "Zombie Walk" through downtown streets, followed by a screening of "Dawn of the Dead" at AFI Silver. Silver Spring Singular has this handy FAQ about the 2010 walk.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day. Be sure to check back with Post Local today for coverage of Apostle Betty Peebles's funeral and for more news about the Maryland gubernatorial race. We'll also have weather and traffic updates throughout the day, so take a moment to click.

By Washington Post editors  | October 22, 2010; 8:18 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Virginia, Weather  
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