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Posted at 8:18 AM ET, 01/ 7/2011

Buzz: Maryland packages, posses, snow

By Lori Aratani
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's a day for cold-weather lovers. We've got a dusting of snow in some areas, a bit more in others. There are delayed school openings in Maryland's Frederick and Howard counties. Snow crews were out early (3 a.m.!) treating roads in preparation for the Friday commute. Drive carefully and be sure to check back with Post Local for updates on conditions.

Coming up:

A chilly Friday. If the light dusting of snow this morning made your heart skip a beat (snow!), good for you. If the sight of even a flake of the white stuff made you shudder,  no worries. The Capital Weather Gang says it's unlikely to be there when you return this evening. Temperatures are expected to be in the high 30's today with about 10 mph breezes. This weekend, it's likely to just be cold with our next shot at snow coming on Tuesday.

Alleged bomber in court today. The Baltimore man accused of trying to plant a car bomb at a military recruiting station in Maryland is slated to appear in court today. Antonio Martinez, 21, is expected to plead not guilty when he appears in U.S. District Court for an arraignment. The 21-year-old Martinez was caught in an FBI sting operation. (Associated Press)

Suburban Hospital suspect to make court appearance. Montgomery County Police on Thursday arrested a 49-year-old Lanham man in connection with the killing of his supervisor Roosevelt Brockington at Suburban Hospital on New Year's Day. Authorities said Keith Little  may have been upset by a recent evaluation given to him by Brockington, which denied him a raise. Officials said Little allegedly stabbed Brockington more than 70 times in the Bethesda hospital's basement boiler room. Little is expected to appear in court today for a bond hearing.

Today's headlines:

Packages injure two Maryland state workers. Two Maryland state workers received minor injuries Thursday after opening incendiary parcels that were sent to state buildings -- one in Hanover and one in Annapolis. The parcels -- which officials cautioned were not mail bombs -- were addressed to Gov. Martin O'Malley and to Beverley K. Swaim-Staley, Maryland's Secretary of Transportation.  O'Malley told reporters Thursday night that a note inside the package contained a reference that may have signaled the sender's displeasure with overhead highway signs.

A seventh death in Prince George's. A 26-year-old D.C. man who was fatally shot on Thursday, is the seventh person to be killed in Prince George's County since the beginning of the new year. While law enforcement officials maintain the killings are targeted, that the victims likely knew their assailants and several of the incidents are believed to be drug-related, the slayings have unnerved residents in Prince George's.

A new D.C. Council member. The D.C. Democratic State Committee has chosen Sekou Biddle, a D.C. School Board member and Ward 4 resident, to fill the at-large seat on the D.C Council until a special election is held April 26. This is the seat that was vacated by Kwame Brown, who was elected chairman of the D.C. Council. Biddle bested former D.C. Councilman Vincent Orange -- who had been an early favorite for the seat.

My posse goes to college. A story to feel good about during a week where there's been a lot of grim news: 62 high school seniors from D.C. have received full college scholarships from the Posse Foundation. The Foundation recruits and trains outstanding students from urban schools and sends them to partner colleges and universities in multicultural teams of 10 students. (NBC 4)

In short. Officials at Adventist HealthCare are challenging a Maryland state official's decision that rival Holy Cross be allowed to build a hospital in northern Montgomery County (Post); a 19-year-old Northern Virginia man being detained in Kuwait says he has been tortured by security agents who want to know about his travels in Yemen and Somalia (Post); President Obama is in Landover today to visit a home improvement factory. (Associated Press)

Other items:

Fallout at NPR. The editor who fired NPR commentator Juan Williams has resigned after an internal review a found that the Washington, D.C.-based news organization mishandled the situation, which came after Williams made controversial remarks on a TV program in October. The NPR board also voted to cancel the annual bonus of NPR chief executive Vivian Schiller.

Gadget freak? 3D televisions. Robot suits. For you gadget geeks, here's a full report on some of the top tech products at CES 2011 in Las Vegas. Want to know more? The Post's Rob Pegoraro will be online today at noon, ET to answer your questions about what he's seeing at CES 2011.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and be sure to check back with Post Local for updates and headlines throughout the day. Have a question, comment or gripe? Post below or send us an email at

By Lori Aratani  | January 7, 2011; 8:18 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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