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Posted at 5:43 AM ET, 08/13/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: A tweet new name

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's ahem . . . Friday . . . the 13th. But no worries. No nightmare storms in the forecast and hopefully, those still without power get their get their lights and air conditioning back soonest. After yesterday, today's forecast will seem downright tame: A 50 percent chance of light rain (make that 100 percent here @postlocal headquarters). The Capital Weather Gang says temperatures will be in the 80's, which will be a welcome change for our heat and storm-battered region.

Today's headlines:

Storm aftermath. Someday, D.C. weather will become something that we hardly think about -- but for now it remains front page news. Thursday was our third day of brief but violent storms in less than a month. As of this morning, there are still thousands and thousands of Pepco customers without power. We've also got the great tale of Bradley Broadus, who was thankfully was able to escape before a flash flood in Rock Creek Park swept away his minivan.

Flint serial killer. We're learning more about the suspected serial stabber who was taken into custody Thursday at the airport in Atlanta.It turns out that Elias Abuelazam, who police suspect killed five men and wounded 15 in three states, married, worked and lived in Virginia for a short time, But after a divorce in 2007, he lived a more nomadic life bouncing between Loudoun County, Michigan, Florida and Israel. Still a mystery is why he targeted mostly dark-skinned men in the suspected attacks.

Saving for a rainy day. As city revenues have declined, Mayor Adrian Fenty increasingly has turned to D.C.'s "rainy day" fund to fill the gaps. But the District's financial cushion is getting thinner, raising questions about how much will be left in the case of a fiscal emergency. Lots of cities are taking similar steps -- in D.C. it's not completely clear where the money is going.

You're fired. The decision to cut down hundreds of trees at Donald Trump's new golf course in Loudoun County, has some folks very concerned. Trump Corporation officials say the trees were "under stress" and had to go. And while county officials didn't oppose the plan, it's not clear they expected quite that many trees would be leveled.

On today's agenda.

Look up. Despite the rain, last night was an excellent night to see the Perseid meteor shower. If you managed to snap a few pictures of the meteor shower while stargazing (meteor gazing?)share them with other Post readers. If you didn't make it out, no problem. You'll have another chance to catch the meteor shower at its peak tonight. The Natural Capital blog has some recommendations for good meteor-watching spots.

Need a "Real Housewives of D.C." fix? Then we're here for you. "Real" "housewide" Stacie Scott Turner will be doing an online chat today at 1 p.m. Set your watches.

Lefties unite! It's National Left-Handed Day today. I'm sure it's just a coincidence that it happened to fall on Friday the 13th. Couple of pieces of left-handed trivia: the fear of left-handedness or things on the left (but probably not Democrats) is called Sinistrophobia, according to holidayinsights.com.

A programming note:

We've changed. If you follow us on Twitter, you may notice that we've had a name change. We're now @postlocal to match the name of our local news-focused homepage. Still the same great tweets -- just a new handle. And if you're not following us on Twitter, start today!

That's it for today. Thanks much for reading and we hope you have a great weekend. The forecast looks pretty good; get out and grab an ice cream cone (or frozen custard.) I'll be back on Monday with more Buzz.

By Washington Post editors  | August 13, 2010; 5:43 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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