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Good morning. Happy November. It's the day before Election Day and we'll be with the candidates as they deliver their last-minute pitches for your support. In Montgomery County, the hottest issue is a proposed ambulance fee. And in some parts of D.C., races for seats on local Advisory Neighborhood Commssions (ANC) are becoming increasingly competitive as residents seek a greater voice in development in their areas. We'll have full coverage of today's campaign flurry -- as well as tomorrow's vote and Wednesday's aftermath.
Brrrr. If last week's balmy temperatures had you checking the calendar to see what month is really was, you won't have to check this week. Fall -- and cooler temperatures -- are definitely here. The Capital Weather Gang says it will be in the mid-50's today. Tonight, temperatures will drop into the 30's with frost warnings in some areas. Rain could arrive in the area Wednesday night.
Condit to testify? Testimony in the trial of the man suspected of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy continues today with several of Ingmar Guandique's cellmates expected to testify this week. The men allege that Guandique bragged about killing Levy while behind bars. Also on the witness list this week -- former California Congressman Gary Condit, with whom Levy was having an affair with at the time of her disapperance. We'll have daily updates from the courtroom as the testimony unfolds.
Free flu vaccinations. Montgomery County officials are offering a free flu vaccination clinic for children today at Albert Einstein and Gaithersburg high schools. No appointment is needed. The clinics will be open from 9 a.m. until noon. Officials will be giving children FluMist, which is inhaled rather than injected.
Move over Baltimore. Baltimore has long been the epicenter for politicians in Maryland seeking big bucks, but in this campaign cycle there's been a shift. The new campaign money capital of Maryland? Potomac. Former Republican Governor Robert Ehrlich and current Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley have collected more campaign cash from this zip code -- 20854 -- than any other in Maryland.
MARC train troubles. If you commute via MARC train -- particularly on the Brunswick Line, you've probably had a tough time getting into work over the past few months. Since Sept. 7, Brunswick Line trains have been delayed 285 times according to the Maryland Transportation Administration and riders are frustrated.
Sanity? Fear? It's the day before Election Day and the Monday after the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert rally on the Mall that either restored your sanity or kept your fear alive. CBS estimated that about 215,000 people attended Saturday's rallies, but already some are disputing that count. No matter how many people actually were there, it was a very busy day downtown. Here's our photo gallery of rally-related signs.
Metro sets a record. Thanks to the Rally to Restore Sanity/Keep Fear Alive event -- Metro set a ridership record on Saturday with more than 850,000 people using the transit system. (On a regular Saturday, ridership around 320,000.) But the day was not without problems. Four people were injured when an escalator malfunctioned at the L'Enfant Plaza station and there were complaints about jammed packed cars and stations.
Subterrenean dining? Developers are scheduled to meet Monday night with members of the Dupont Circle Citizens Association about plans to remake the tunnels located 20 feet below Dupont Circle into a thriving dining and arts destination. But will the idea fly? It was tried before in the mid-90s and failed to take hold. But times -- and developers have changed, some say.
That's it for now. Thanks much for reading. Bundle up and be sure to check back throughout the day for more news and headlines -- from the campaign trail, the courtroom and the Beltway.
Washington Post editors
| November 1, 2010; 5:51 AM ET
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