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Posted at 8:15 AM ET, 09/15/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Better chocolate?

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It was a late night last night for political junkies here and around the country, but at least it happens only once (or maybe twice) every four years. I'll highlight results from some of the top races. But for full election results, go to PostLocal.com.

The quick breakdown. Vincent Gray won the Democratic nomination for D.C. mayor and is virtually assured of becoming the District's new mayor. In the race to replace Gray as D.C. Council chairman, Kwame Brown handily beat Vincent Orange.

The race in Prince George's. In his third bid for the top office in Prince George's County, Rushern Baker is holding the lead in the county executive's race.

A nail-biter in Montgomery. The race for Montgomery County Council is another story. Six at-large county council candidates in Montgomery County were within a few percentage points of one another early this morning. So it's possible that one current council member -- possibly Duchy Trachtenberg (D-At Large) -- could lose.

Palin not a factor. And despite a nod from Sarah Palin, it looks like Robert Ehrlich, not Brian Murphy, will be Maryland's Republican gubernatorial nominee and will face Democrat Martin O'Malley in November.

Coming up.

Post-primary analysis. While Tuesday was a partisan primary, because there is no Republican nominee for mayor in a city that's overwhelmingly Democratic, Gray almost certainly will be the District's new mayor. We'll have more on PostLocal on how Gray might govern when he takes over in January. Of course, Gray's victory also raises questions about the fate of school reform in D.C. and of Fenty's controversial, hand-picked school chancellor Michelle Rhee. D.C. schools reporter Bill Turque will tackle this question. Post columnist Robert McCartney already has his answer: Gray should keep Rhee.

Another perfect '10.' September is quickly becoming my favorite month of 2010 -- at least weather-wise. The Capital Weather Gang predicts another lovely day, with temperatures in the low 80's, sunshine and low humidity. It's a '10' on their CWG scale. And there's more. Thursday should also be nice, though a shower may sneak in toward the later part of the afternoon.

Today's headlines.

How Fenty lost. Fenty launched his re-election campaign with all the advantages -- incumbency, a huge war chest ($5M in the bank) and a record he could boast about. But in the end, voters showed it's not just results. It's also attitude. We look at how Fenty lost re-election, just four years after winning a landslide victory over Linda Cropp -- a more experienced, veteran politician.

Mismarked graves at Arlington. Arlington National Cemetery officials have discovered that two bodies have been buried in the wrong graves. It's the first revelation of bodies being exhumed since the Army released an inspector general's report in June that found extensive record-keeping problems at the nation's premier military cemetery. A third body is set to be disinterred today at the request of family members who became concerned after finding discrepancies in the soldier's burial paperwork.

Adams Morgan death. One of two women struck by an alleged drunk driver in Adams Morgan has died. Julia Bachleitner was a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She was 26.

Other items.

Computer time = smarter kids? Kids, you might want to clip this article to show Mom or Dad the next time they tell you it's time to get off the computer. A study by a University of Maryland researcher finds links between student achievement and computer use. Girls and African-American boys seem to draw special benefits from computer time. African-American boys posted stronger reading scores, while girls saw boosts in reading and mathematics scores.

Better chocolate? It hardly seems possible that chocolate could be improved, but a group of scientists led by McLean candy company Mars is nearly done sequencing the genome of the cacao tree -- a feat that could result in higher quality, better tasting chocolate. It will also likely lead to an ample supply of the tree that produces the seeds that make chocolate.

That's it for now, but remember to check PostLocal.com for all your post-primary election news and analysis. And there are plenty of other non-election headlines you'll also want to read. Have a comment? Post below or email me at aratanil@washpost.com or you can follow me on Twitter. Have a great day.

By Washington Post editors  | September 15, 2010; 8:15 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Virginia, Weather  
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