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Posted at 5:42 AM ET, 11/12/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Best TGIF weather ever

By Lori Aratani
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's Friday and the forecast is for a beautiful day. Sounds like it will also be a nice weekend for a hike, dinner on the patio or even that short walk to the coffee house.

Just lovely. And it just keeps getting better. It does, really. The Capital Weather Gang is predicting a gorgeous blue sky with temperatures in the low to mid-60's. This weekend? Even nicer. Nice enough for outdoor dining, even. Enjoy.

Coming up:

Still few answers. Saturday is the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of David A. Masters, a carpenter from Fredericksburg who was shot by a Fairfax County Police officer while sitting in his truck. Masters, who suffered from bipolar disorder, had earlier stolen some plants from a landscaping shop was was being pursued by police. Master's ex-wife and daughter plan to place flowers near the intersection of Route 1 and Fort Hunt Road, where he was shot. The case remains unresolved.

Your inner Olympian. With forecasters predicting a picture-perfect weather weekend, the timing couldn't be better for Saturday's opening of the ice rink at the Sculpture Garden. And bonus: We Love DC reports they'll be giving out free hot chocolate this weekend. So dust off the triple axle, it's time to start training for 2014.

Today's headlines:

Nurses strike. Nurses at Washington Hospital Center, who have been at odds with management over wages, benefits, staffing and other issues, said they will stage a one-day strike the day before Thanksgiving. (The union representing the nurses is required by law to give 10 days notice prior to a strike.) Union officials say the strike will help call attention to working conditions that are putting patient care at risk at the area's largest hospital. Hospital officials say they have a contingency plan and patient care will not be affected by the planned walkout.

What travel ban? Despite the D.C. Council's ban on travel for District employees -- part of an effort to address an estimated $175 mllion budget shortfall -- records show workers are still taking trips to spots including Boston and Las Vegas, costing taxpayers nearly $70,000. (WAMU)

The downside of social networking. Officials at T.C. Williams High School are investigating the person or persons behind a page that recently popped up on Facebook, which included vulgar descriptions of female students. The page has since been taken down as was a second page that popped up, which featured a picture of school principal Suzanne Maxey.

Honoring our veterans. A Virginia teenager has done what officials at Arlington National Cemetery are still struggling to get done. Ricky Gilleland, 16, has created Preserve and Honor, a website documenting graves at the nation's premier military burial ground. He and his mom spent the summer at Arlington National Cemetery taking pictures of the front and back of the gravesites in section 60 where the most recent are buried. He formed a database and turned it into an easy-to-use website. (WUSA)

In short. Nine people were injured in a Metrobus collision in Wheaton. (Post); Intersex fish are now turning up in lakes on Maryland's Eastern Shore. (The Baltimore Sun); Montgomery County officials face a $200 million gap in next year's budget. (Post)

Other items:

Unbreakable bonds. Former shipmates during the Vietnam War -- who last saw each other when they were in their 20's --met again for the first time in more than four decades here in D.C. and had their own Veteran's Day celebration. Some of the veterans are gray-haired now with a little extra weight around the middle, but the bonds they forged while serving as sailors remain strong.

Happy trails D.C. It sounds like it will be a great weekend for a hike. The folks at Cultural Tourism DC along with the Tenleytown Heritage Trail Working Group are hosting the official unveiling of the Tenleytown Neighborhood Heritage Trail. Saturday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m. at Fort Reno Bandstand on Chesapeake Street between 40th Street and Nebraska Avenue Northwest. This event, which will also include a community celebration, is free and open to the public.

That's it for now. Have a great Friday and a great weekend. Get out and enjoy the sunshine if you can because you never know when Mother Nature is going to change her mind. And be sure to check back with PostLocal throughout the day for more news and headlines. Curious about the D.C. area blogosphere? i'll have a roundup of some of the most interesting blog posts in this very space this afternoon.

By Lori Aratani  | November 12, 2010; 5:42 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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