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Posted at 6:16 AM ET, 06/25/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Hot. Summer. Interns.

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning.

Looks like we’re going to get a break from the heat. The Capital Weather Gang says temperatures will drop nearly 10 degrees. A helpful north wind may help make things feel a bit more bearable. But still: It’s summer in D.C.

We’ve been trying to get creative with the hot weather stories. If you’re game, you can take our poll on what item is likely to melt first in record-breaking heat.
Then watch our video -- shot in the blazing sun on The Post's rooftop deck -- to see the a time-lapse video of various items melting (chocolate, ice cubes, one of our interns. . . . ).

Speaking of interns and videos: This week’s record-breaking temperature had folks at the National Zoo scrambling to keep the animals cool. Post intern Naomi Nix captured their efforts in this video. You can keep your own animals cool today -- just take them into the air-conditioned office. Yes, it's Take Your Dog to Work Day. Hey, Capitol Hill dogs do it every day.

It's karma. From the files of “what goes around, comes around,” comes this Montgomery County story about a lawyer who spent years scamming his clients out of money – only to end up falling victim to an overseas scam himself. The Post’s Dan Morse writes: “Three years into his own scheme of dipping into clients' funds, Maryland malpractice lawyer Bradley Schwartz received an e-mail from a man claiming to represent a company in Singapore, offering him legal work . . .” Clearly, nobody ever warned him about those overseas emails. Such scamming -- especially involving elderly victims -- unfortunately is not unusual, as you can see in our collection of sad tales.

A star is born. Michelle Rhee is the subject of a new documentary by the makers of the Academy Award winning film, “Inconvenient Truth,’’ which was screened this week at Silver Docs. The Post’s Bill Turque, who has covered Rhee’s administration since almost the beginning, was there and shares his impression of Rhee’s silver screen debut. We also have coverage of other films being screened as part of the annual film festival. In other D.C. school news: The Washington Times reports that the D.C. Council is considering tightening school truancy standards.

Digging deeper. Starting Sunday, you’ll be paying more to ride Metro. WMATA’s board of directors made it official Thursday. It will be the first in a series of fare hikes. The increases will hit riders on all lines and services, including rail, bus and MetroAccess, the service for disabled riders. Rail fares will increase about 18 percent overall, with the peak rail boarding fare going from $1.65 to $1.95. The bus boarding charge will go up 20 percent, from $1.25 to $1.50 for SmarTrip users and from $1.35 to $1.70 for cash customers. A second set of fare increases will go into effect Aug. 1 but will involve only rail fares.

One other note: Metro’s board also approved plans to allow DVD kiosks in Metro stations.

Wone verdict soon. The judge in the Robert Wone conspiracy trial said she expects to issue a verdict next Tuesday. Attorneys for both sides made their closing arguments Thursday.

Getting a charge. Maryland will install 64 charging stations for electric vehicles, The Baltimore Sun reports.

Put down the sparkler. WJLA reports that Prince George’s officials are offering a fireworks amnesty program until July 14.

That's it for now. Thanks so much for reading. I'll be gone next week at a conference, so another Post staffer will be filling in. Have a great weekend (hydrate! hydrate!) and don't forget to check back for updates on other Post stories including a plan by Montgomery County officials to sell naming rights to porta-potties.

By Washington Post editors  | June 25, 2010; 6:16 AM ET
Categories:  Loris AM Buzz  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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The zoo animals link just goes to the Obama/Medvedev burger vid. Boo! I want animals! *stomp, stomp*

Posted by: cbr1 | June 25, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Is that headline your idea of clever? Tepid. Stupid. Pathetic.

Posted by: Tess6 | June 25, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

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