Lori's A.M. Buzz: Protest over DC9 death
Good morning. It's Monday. Should be a nice day today, but you might want to break out your scarf. Hope you took advantage of your extra hour yesterday. In case you missed it, be sure to check out our special section on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Now on to today's headlines.
Hang on to your hat. It's going to be sunny, but windy today (the result of being caught between a high pressure and a low pressure system) so the Capital Weather Gang says it's likely to feel colder than the predicted high temperature around 60.
Protest over DC9 case. Family, friends and suporters of Ali Ahmed Mohammed -- the man who died after employees at a D.C. nightclub allegedly chased him, held him down and punched and kicked him, after he reportedly threw a brick through the club's window -- will hold a protest on the steps between D.C. Superior Court and the D.C. Police headquarters today at 11 a.m. The five men charged in the incident were scheduled to appear in court todya, but on Friday, District prosecutors dropped the charges in the case.
The pressure's on. He's still just the mayor-election, but already the expectations are high for D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray. He promised to bring jobs to a city at a time when a sluggish economy had saddled him with yet another budget deficit. And barely a week after he was electedhe's facing criticism from some of the very folks who supported his election.
A cautious second term. In Maryland, as Gov. Martin O'Malley prepares for a second term, there are few signs he'll pursue an ambitious agenda. Rather, given the current economic climate and O'Malley's style of governing, he's likely to pursue a more low key vision for the state -- one of economic stability with an eye on preparing the state for the "new economy." Stay tuned.
Longer school day in D.C.? D.C. school officials are considering a longer school day for students in the District. Turns out D.C. public school students have the shortest school day in the region. A proposal being considered now would add 30 minutes a day to the school schedule.
A church split. A battle for control over the assets and management of Jericho City of Praise has broken out -- just a few weeks after the passing of the mega church's co-founder Apostle Betty Peebles. At the center of the dispute is Peebles' son Elder Joel R. Peebles an assistant pastor at the church and members of Jericho's board. More than 15,000 people are members of Jericho City of Praise.
In short. Gas prices are likely to go up in the next few weeks. (WTOP); Be careful when driving particularly in more rural areas. It's deer mating season, a time when deer versus vehicle accidents become far more common. (Frederick News-Post); Students who attend magnet schools Montgomery County may have to pay fees for taking the bus, under a bill being considered. (The Gazette)
I Do in the ICU? It wasn't the Annapolis Yacht Club as they had planned. In fact the Anne Arundel Medical Center was a far cry from the venue this bride and groom had planned. But the wedding was still a very sweet affair. "It came natural — we just said, 'bring it here,'" said Michelle Donovan, clinical director of critical care services, who said that a nurse threw out the idea as word of the canceled wedding spread among the staff. "Whether it's a hamburger or a wedding, we try to meet the patient's needs."(The Baltimore Sun)
WP app. The Washington Post has a new iPad app -- and even better - it's free. Download it now.
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