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Posted at 8:40 AM ET, 07/ 6/2010

Lori's AM BUZZ

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning.

Hope you had a great 4th of July weekend.

Yes, it's really Lori doing Lori's AM BUZZ today. I spent last night trying to catch up on a week's worth of news and then remembered this handy little feature. Post Local's News Reload offers you a quick look at important local news stories you may have missed while you were away (or buried under paperwork, chores, etc.). I now know why my friends in Montgomery and Prince George's are grumbling about rationing water (the latest on that below) not to mention the Russian spy story. (Russian spies in Virginia!) Be sure to check it out.

Hotter and hotter. Of course, today's biggest story will hit you as soon as you step out your front door today. Having made it through 4th of July weekend, you probably didn't think it was possible, but yes, it's going to be even hotter today and tomorrow. But the Capital Weather Gang says we might get a break on Thursday. We feel your pain. If you don't have to work, the Going Out Gurus offer you some ways to keep cool, including the best pools in the area as well as a list of summer movies.

If you do have to be outside, remember to drink lots of water and try and stay in the shade. If you have elderly neighbors who don't have air conditioning, try and check in on them.

Power outage in D.C. We're hoping the 1,400 residents in NE and SE who lost power early Tuesday morning will have it back soon. Pepco officials say they're working on the situation. We'll keep you updated. Update 1:20 p.m. -- Pepco reports that only 50 customers were affected by Tuesday morning's outage. An error caused the utility's website to post incorrect information.

Vote: heat or snow. Of course, we forget: some of you might love the heat. Though others might be longing for the days of six foot snow drifts. (Snowmageddon wasn't that long ago folks.) Either way, cast your ballot in our (unscientific) heat or snow poll. Me? I'd take snow over heat/humidity any day.

Water rationing to end? Repairs to that damaged water pipe in Prince George's and Montgomery counties have been completed and water restrictions could be lifted as early as today. For now though, officials at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission are urging people to continue to cut back. They're serious: officials say 260 warnings have been issued and four people have received $500 tickets after being caught violating water restrictions a second time. Update, 8 a.m.: Water restrictions in both counties have been lifted.

The perfect apartment. As if looking for an apartment weren't already a drag. The Washington Examiner reports that rents in the D.C. region are rising.

Looks like Wal-Mart may be coming to the District. On the other end of the shopping scale, residents in Prince George's are hoping to lure a Nordstrom or a Saks Fifth Avenue to their community.

Alert: Elvis is missing. The Baltimore Sun reports that a seven-foot tall statue of Elvis has been stolen from the Happy Day Diner in Rosedale in Baltimore County. If you see Elvis -- oh, wait, nevermind.

That's it for now. A big thank you to my colleague Susan Kinzie, who helped keep AM BUZZ going while I was away. Remember: feedback is always welcome. You can comment below or send me an email directly at aratanil@washpost.com. Now that I'm back, I'll also be tweeting. Thanks for reading. Have a great day.

By Washington Post editors  | July 6, 2010; 8:40 AM ET
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