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Posted at 5:47 AM ET, 09/ 1/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Happy September!

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. Happy September. It's a new month, but today's weather is going to feel a lot like the old month (but thankfully not like July.) The Capital Weather Gang says temperatures should be in the 90's today and it will feel slightly more humid than Tuesday. Hurricane Earl has been downgraded to a category 3 hurricane and while some coastal cities may get hit, it looks like we'll be spared.

Caution in Virginia. Earl may not hit hard, but Va. Gov. Robert McDonnell isn't taking any chances. He's expected to declare a state emergency today -- a precursor to summoning emergency help should it become necessary. The National Weather Service has declared a hurricane watch for Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth and other coastal areas in the state.

What about you? Even if it looks like the D.C. region will largely be spared, are you doing anything to prepare for the *possibility* of Earl? Let us know.

Coming up:

He said, he said. It's debate day for D.C. mayoral candidates Adrian Fenty and Vincent Gray. With Fenty trailing in a recent Washington Post poll, could today's debate scheduled for noon at the Newseum give him a last-minute boost? Or will the Post-sponsored debate solidify Gray's already significant lead? There are no more tickets available for the debate, but you can watch it live on PostLocal.com. And if you
feel like talking? The Post's Mike DeBonis will be online taking your questions and offering post-debate analysis at 1:30 p.m.

Apple product announcement. Much speculation about Apple's scheduled announcement today. There's chatter about the next generation iPod iTouch but much of the speculation has focused on an Apple TV set top box that could retail for just $99. Other possibilities? Stay tuned. We'll bring you the news as soon at it happens.

Strasburg surgery. National's pitching ace Stephen Strasburg is slated to have Tommy John surgery on Friday in Los Angeles. He'll do his rehab near San Diego (his hometown) and it all goes well, he'll be able to throw again in four months.

Today's headlines:

Can you hear it? Business owners at Gallery Place -- recently the scene of a brawl that spilled onto a Metro train and resulted in three arrests -- have a new strategy for keeping the teens who congregate nearby in check. They've installed the Mosquito -- a device that emits a high-pitched sound that only young ears (teens through about 25-year-olds) can hear. It's been tried in other places before. Other strategies to keep teens away have included blasting Barry Manilow songs.

D.C. tourist arrested. A tourist from Michigan has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty after leaving his two dogs in a hot car while he and daughter were inside the Holocaust Museum. One dog died and a second dog is being treated at a nearby animal hospital for heat stress. A sad reminder that not to leave pets in the car on hot days -- even if you think you'll be right back.

Still no fix in Va. Problems with the state of Virginia's computer system enter the seventh day this week -- and officials say they have no timetable for repairs leaving the motor vehicle department, the state board of elections and the department of taxation off-line and unable to process a growing pile of paperwork.

Other items:

Another software glitch. Virginia officials aren't the only ones with technology *issues.* If you were hoping to save a few dollars on that SmarTrip card, looks like you'll have to wait a little longer. Metro officials announced that a previously planned price cut that would have reduced the price of the plastic card from $5 to $2.50 starting Aug. 29, has been delayed due to a software glitch. (WTOP)

A new look. The Oval Office has had a makeover. We've got details and before-and-after photos.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading. Remember, check back with us for news about Apple's latest product launch and updates on the computer issues in Virginia. And don't forget about the D.C. mayor's debate today at noon followed by Mike DeBonis' post-debate chat at 1:30 p.m. We'll also have all the latest headlines and a roundup of what D.C. area bloggers are talking about on this first day of September. Have a great day.

By Washington Post editors  | September 1, 2010; 5:47 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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