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Posted at 8:18 AM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Got an emergency?

By Lori Aratani
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's a wild morning out there already. There's a tornado watch, a flood watch and a wind advisory all in place so do be careful on your commute in. Already we have reports that more than 5,000 Pepco customers are without power, while more than 12,000 customers of Dominon Power in Virginia are also in the dark. Dr. Gridlock offers this handy list of emergency numbers in case you see down trees or have issues with power. We'll be monitoring traffic, weather and power outages, so be sure to check back with Post Local throughout the day.

Coming up:

Mr. Gray goes to the White House. D.C. Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray heads to the White House today for lunch with President Obama. Basketball is not on the agenda (and Gray really is more of a softball kind of guy). The meeting is billed as a "getting-to-know-you" session for the pair who have only met "fleetingly" in the past. As of Tuesday, Gray was said to still be working on talking points but subjects likely to come up are D.C. voting rights, federal funding for early childhood education (a major component of Gray's education agenda) and the planned relocation of the Department of Homeland Security to the St. Elizabeth's campus in Southeast D.C. We'll have more on Gray's discussion with his most famous constituent as well as details about what they ate.

Vigil in Dupont Circle. It's World AIDS Day today, an event which which aims to raise awareness and increase prevention of HIV and AIDS. This year's theme is "Building on Success." Locally, the Whitman-Walker Clinic will hold its annual candlelight vigil at Dupont Circle beginning at 5:30 pm. The vigil is co-sponsored by the DC Center for the LGBT Community. Thanks to the Borderstan blog, which has more details.

In pictures. Also, here's a gallery of photos from around the world of countries preparing for World AIDS Day events.


Today's headlines:

Tysons' toddler death. Fairfax Police are still trying to understand what prompted a 50-year-old grandmother to allegedly throw her 2-year-old granddaughter 50 feet to her death from a walkway to parking garage at Tysons Corner Center on Monday. Neighbors and friends describe Carmela Dela Rosa as a doting grandmother. One neighbor said she was the kind of person who would organize barbecues and bring food around as neighbors dug themselves out of last winter's severe storms. Some, however, say Dela Rosa suffered from depression. Dela Rosa has been charged with murder in the case.

In short. The teenager whose body was found in a trash recepticle in Columbia Heights on Monday has been idenfied as Ebony Franklin, 17, a student at Cardozo High School and a resident of Capitol Heights . Ebony was reported missing Saturday by her mother. (Post); the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics is considering expanding its early voting program. (Washington Examiner); a pit bull puppy was stolen from the Washington Humane Society. (Fox 5)


Other items:

Pinball wizard alert. For all you "pinheads" out there, the National Pinball Museum is set to open Saturday, Dec. 4 in Georgetown. Here's the story on the man behind the museum and some behind the scene photos of last minute work being done on the museum.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day. Be sure to check back for more news and weather-related updates throughout the day. We'll also have the scoop on D.C. Mayor-elect Vincent Gray's lunch at the White House.


By Lori Aratani  | December 1, 2010; 8:18 AM ET
Categories:  Loris AM Buzz  | Tags:  Tysons Corner Center, Vincent C. Gray, White House, World AIDS Day, loris am buzz  
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