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Posted at 8:12 AM ET, 12/ 2/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: World Cup of fun

By Lori Aratani
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's December all right. All you have to do is step outside and you can feel the chill. The Capital Weather Gang says we'll start the morning with sunshine, but clouds will gradually move in mid-day. Temperatures will climb into the low 40's (if we're lucky). And -- there's slight chance of snow flurries on Saturday.

Coming up:

Metro board meets. Metro's board is scheduled to meet today and the discussion is expected to revolve around a plan to replace more than 1,700 track circuits -- part of a recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board in the aftermath of the deadly accident on the Red Line in June 2009. The project would cost about $60 million. (WAMU) We'll have a full report on the meeting later today.

TSA screenings. It's a topic that garnered huge headlines as millions of people traveled for the annual Thanksgiving holiday -- TSA screening and so-called "enhanced pat-downs." We'll be at the Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation's hearing scheduled for today on international aviation screening standards.

World Cup alert. It's Decision Day. The World Cup sites for 2018 and 2022 will be announced today at 10 a.m. EST at the Newseum. The Post's Cindy Boren reports on the hijinks leading up to the announcement: "The British say the Spaniards are trying to derail their bid for 2018 with an attack on Brit papers' investigation into FIFA. British Prime Minister David Cameron and David Beckham have arrived for the announcement and the bid by their country focuses on the transformational power of the game. Prince William has promised an "extraordinary" Cup, although, let's face it, this is also the guy who scheduled his wedding on the same day as the NFL Draft," she writes. Read more about the fun here and be sure to check back with us for the results and a video of the announcement.

Today's headlines:

D.C., lead and the water supply. A distressing report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control said that despite efforts to remedy the problem by replacing lead pipes, the water in almost 15,000 D.C. homes may still be contaminated by dangerous level of the metal. In addition, the report said, children living in the District were exposed to an increased risk of lead poisoning from 2000 to 2006 as an inadvertent result of efforts to disinfect the water supply. The findings are a sharp reversal by CDC, which initially said there was no evidence of measurable or significant harm to public health. George Hawkins, the general manager of D.C. Water, said that in households where small children, pregnant women or inviduals with compromised immune systems live, the water should be tested.

The CDC report. Here's a list of areas in D.C. where pipe replacement occurred or was planned that might be affected, according to the report. Also, you can read a copy of the report here.

Tysons toddler death. The Fairfax grandmother, who allegedly threw her granddaughter from a 50-foot high walkway at Tysons Corner Center killing the child, may have been close to a breakdown, a friend and a family member said. Carmela Dela Rosa had been stressed and depressed, they say. There was tension between her and her son-in-law, the father of the child, two-year-old Angelyn Ogdoc. Dela Rosa had also recently lost an older brother.

D.C. club to reopen. DC9, the popular nightclub near U Street, NW, that was shut down by D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier following the Oct. 15 death of Ali Ahmed Mohammed, who died during a physical encounter with five men who worked at the club following a brick throwing incident, will be allowed to re-open this month.

In short. D.C. Mayor-elect Vincent Gray apparently had his credit card stolen on Thanksgiving -- a 22-year-old store clerk allegedly used Gray's credit card to buy nearly $40 in cigarettes and liquor in Southeast Washington. (Post); Gray's lunch with Obama went swimmingly as they dined on beef and broccoli and gumbo, talked voting rights and early childhood education. (Post)


Other items:

Foodie alert. Foodies and fans of Bryan Voltaggio's Volt restaurant in Frederick may soon have a second dining option. Voltaggio said he is scouting for a second location in downtown Frederick for a restaurant that would be "more casual and family-oriented." (Frederick News-Post).

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and be sure to check back with us for more updates throughout the day, including the World Cup announcement follow-up stories on the CDC report on possible lead contamination in the water supply of 15,000 D.C. homes. Have a great day.


By Lori Aratani  | December 2, 2010; 8:12 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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