Lori's A.M. BUZZ
In honor of "Dump the Pump Day" the D.C. Department of Transportation tweets that the Circulator is free all day today!
Lots of headlines this morning, so here's the lowdown.
Arlington National Cemetery officials have vowed to investigate why several headstones have been found submerged in a stream and lining a creek bed in the cemetery's northwest corner. A spokeswoman told The Post's Christian Davenport that cemetery officials don't know why the stones are there. This news comes a week after officials at the country's best-known military cemetery announced they had discovered more than 200 gravestones were mismarked or unmarked. We'll continue to update this story as we get more information.
Meanwhile, a Virginia funeral home has been fined $50,000 for mishandling hundreds of bodies awaiting burial at Arlington National Cemetery.
A 26-year-old Fairfax County man is stranded in Egypt after officials there discovered his name on a "no-fly list." Yahya Wehelie's 19-year-old brother was allowed to return to the U.S. but Yahya remains in Egypt. The brothers' parents, Somali immigrants, appeared at a press conference Wednesday where they emphasized the family's patriotism and disavowed Islamic radicalism. They noted their older son served in the U.S. Army in Iraq. The two brothers had been returning from a trip to Yemen where their parents say they had gone to learn Arabic.
The Washington Examiner reports that a Circuit Court judge has thrown out a class-action lawsuit involving speed cameras in Maryland. The suit contended that officials in Montgomery as well as Chevy Chase Village, Gaitherburg and Rockville are operating their speed camera programs illegally.
Meanwhile, Virginia is threatening to pull its share of Metro funding, which could put the transit agency's effort to buy 428 new railcars in jeopardy. Gov. Bob McDonnell (R)says it's about accountability and that the state won't pay its share unless it gets more representation on the Metro board of directors.
A big ew-w-w-w here: mice have been found in the food court at Pentagon City Mall, WJLA reports. And yes folks, there's video.
Ahead: Virginia officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the start of the Loudoun Tysons express bus. Service officially kicks off on Monday. Click here for more details, fare and route information. Across the river, the Montgomery County Council's management and fiscal policy committee will be considering a plan to construct a fiber optic telecommunications network in the county. They'll also discuss whether to to offer same sex benefits to fire and rescue department employees.
That's it for today. Thanks for reading. Remember: suggestions, thoughts are always welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check back here this afternoon when I'll again highlight my five favorite D.C area blog posts of the day.
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