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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 12/10/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Stuff a truck near you

By Lori Aratani
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's Friday at last. How is it that the holidays seem to come so quickly, but the work week seems to pass so slowly? But never mind that -- we've got the weekend to look forward to.

Coming up:

Getting even warmer. We won't have bright sun today, but we will have warmer temperatures. The Capital Weather Gang says it should be mostly cloudy and in the low 40's on Friday. So if you've been going stir crazy during the day because it was too cold to go outside, here's your chance. There is a chance of rain over the weekend -- possibly starting Saturday night. Next week could be another cold one -- but weather patterns can change in three days, right?

Every donation counts. The Capital Area Food Bank is sponsoring an all-day "Stuff a Truck" event today at four locations in the D.C. area. The goal is to ensure that nobody goes hungry this holiday season. Officials are expecting a 25% increase in the number of people seeking food assistance this season, so every donation counts. Check out the Capital Area Food Bank's blog for information about donation sites.

Today's headlines:

Relief for Va. drivers? Some (hopefully) good news for Virginia drivers and commuters. Gov. Robert McDonnell said on Thursday that he plans to ask state legislators to immediately spend $400 million on roads and bridges while borrowing an additional $2.9 billion over the next three years for these and other transportation projects throughout the state. McDonnell said, "This is the best opportunity in modern Virginia history to build roads."

Back on duty in Prince George's. Seven Prince George's County Police Officers who had been on suspension have returned to duty in what officials said was an effort to clear those who were wrongly accused and put back to work those whose conduct did not warrant keeping them off the streets. A total of 39 other officers in the department remain suspended or on desk duty.

Va. Tech officials at fault in 2007 shooting. The U.S. Department of Education has found officials at Virginia Tech at fault for failing to issue a "timely warning" to the university community that might have prevented loss of life on the morning of the April 2007 shooting rampage by student Seung Hui Cho in which 32 students and faculty members at the Blacksburg campus were killed. The report affirms the findings of a preliminary investigative document, released in the spring.

In short. A D.C. woman delivered her child in a car on Interstate 295 after she said officials at Washington Hospital Center sent her away earlier in the day saying she wasn't ready to give birth yet. (Post); a fashion designer from Virginia has been found dead in a swank New York City hotel room. (Associated Press); investigators are hoping to search the smartphone of U-Va. student George Huguely, who is charged with the murder of his former girlfriend, fellow U-Va. lacrosse player Yeardley Love. (The Daily Progress)

Other items:

Bookworm alert! If you have a book lover on your gift list or if you're a book lover who'd like to drop some gift hints -- be sure to check out a special issue of Book World this weekend. It includes The Post's critics' top picks for the top 10 books of 2010 plus a guide to cookbooks and children's selections.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading. Be sure to check back for more news and headlines throughout the day. If you're out and about during the day, remember: you can get your news via PostLocal's Twitter feed. Have a great Friday and a great weekend. Back on Monday with more A.M. Buzz.

By Lori Aratani  | December 10, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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