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Posted at 5:52 AM ET, 08/23/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Wake up! Time for school

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. How did the summer fly by so fast? Seems like we were just programming our GPS units with destination "Ocean Beach." And now? Yes, kids (and parents), it is indeed the first day of school for thousands of you across the D.C. region. Students in Virginia schools and some other districts get a break until after Labor Day.

The 411 on school. Our team of education reporters has you covered with all the information you need to make sure everything goes smoothly. Watch for reports today at schools from the new Barack Obama Elementary School in Upper Marlboro to Wilson High School in D.C. And you'll find all kinds of info on our Back to School page: tips on how to pack a healthy lunch; where to go if your child needs tutoring or extra help; and a feature on Teach For America recruits who'll go from student to teacher in just five weeks

A Post poll. And we'd also like to hear from you. How much did you spend on school supplies this year? How does that compare to years past?

Minding your manners. Metro police have announced they're stepping up patrols on trains. The effort is designed to remind students as they head back to classes about proper train etiquette. (WAMU)

Check back with Post Local for more back-to-school coverage throughout the day.

Coming up.

Strasburg's arm. We're still awaiting word from the Nationals about the results of a MRI exam that pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg took Sunday after being pulled from the game. It's Strasburg's second MRI in less than a month. We'll bring you updates as soon as they're available.

Today's headlines

Fenty 2.0? Are we seeing a softer side of D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty? Six months ago, with a millions in the bank and national attention for his effort to remake the schools, Fenty seemed unbeatable. But recent polls show Fenty may be in for a closer race than he and his advisors ever anticipated. The mayor continues to emphasize his can-do record. But as The Post's Nikita Stewart writes, the mayor also is quietly reaching out to folks who have chafed at what some see as an imperious attitude. Will it be enough for him to beat D.C. Council Chair Vincent Gray? . One of Fenty's major supporters in 2006, Talib Karim, announced he is backing Gray in the 2010 race. In the Ward 8 Democratic straw poll held Saturday, Gray overwhelmingly beat Fenty.

River death. A 3-year-old boy died Sunday after falling into a Virginia stream near where it feeds into the Potomac River. The toddler had been out with family members, police said. The boy has not yet been identified.

Other items.

Good news if you've ever been hit by multiple late fees for one missed payment. New credit card rules went into effect Sunday that prohibit credit card companies from charging multiple fees for one late payment or for charging consumers for not using their credit card. (CNN)

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day. Check back with us for more back-to-school updates throughout the day as well as a roundup of chatter in the D.C. area blogosphere.

By Washington Post editors  | August 23, 2010; 5:52 AM ET
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