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Posted at 8:15 AM ET, 09/10/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: A perfect 10

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's going to be another nice day today. We've got lots of headlines to cover.This is the last weekend before next Tuesday's primaries in the District and Maryland. And tomorrow is the 9th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Coming up:

Remembering Sept. 11. A number of events are being planned to commemorate the 9th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Post reporters will be in New York, in Shanksville, Pa. where First Ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush will visit on Saturday. President Barack Obama will attend a memorial service at the Pentagon. Other events are scheduled for Saturday in the D.C.-area including the 9-11 National Day of Service and Remembrance and the 6th Annual 9/11 Global Unity Walk . We'll have full coverage online Saturday and Sunday and in Sunday's print edition.

A perfect 10. No, you're not dreaming. Yesterday was lovely and today -- well, today's going to be even better. At least that's what the Capital Weather Gang says. They've given today a perfect "10." In a region that's grown accustomed to weather around "3" that's a wonderful thing. Temperatures should hover in the mid- to upper-70's with a slight breeze. Saturday is going to be lovely as well, but Sunday -- well, there's a 50 to 60 percent chance of showers, especially in the morning.

Voters guides. To help you understand the candidates and where they stand, we've published a series of Voters Guides for Maryland and the District, with mini-profiles of candidates in races ranging from county council to mayor to governor. Much has been made about voter confusion in the District over At Large council candidate Michael Brown, who some are confusing with the other Michael Brown who sits on the council and isn't up for election.This guide is designed to help you sort that all out.

Today's headlines.

The man behind the mayor One of Mayor Adrian Fenty's closest advisers is a man he's known all of his life. Peter Nickles, who serves as D.C.'s attorney general is considered to be Fenty's protector and enforcer. And while some say he has helped bring much needed change to the city, critics believe he has mishandled cases and made some decisions biased toward the mayor.

Early voting. More than 8,000 people have cast their ballots in the District, but early voting doesn't seem to be a big hit in Maryland, where only about 2 percent of voters have cast ballots. (The Gazette)

Sept. 11 through young eyes. Post columnist Petula Dvorak writes about a diverse group of students at Centreville High School, who were in elementary school when the Sept. 11 attacks took place and suggests that maybe the adults and the pundits who have been engaged in a debate over the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero and Muslims here in the U.S. and around the world, take a lesson from these students.

Metro Access incident. A fourth MetroAccess driver has been charged with sexual assault following an incident in August in which a male driver allegedly grabbed the breast of a female passenger as he was helping her exit the bus. This latest incident has raised questions about the screening process the contractor that provides the drivers uses to screen employees. Officials at MV Transportation maintain that drivers must undergo background checks prior to being hired. But Peter Benjamin, chairman of Metro's board of directors, questions whether the California-based firm is being careful about who it employs.

Metrobus fire. Metro officials have pulled 100 buses from their 1,500 bus fleet after one vehicle caught fire while traveling on the Beltway near Springfield on Thursday. Officials suspect a problematic part may have contributed to the blaze.

Student sues DCPS. A student has filed suit against D.C Public School system alleging that officials suspected but did nothing to stop a teacher from having sex with her. The student, now 20, became pregnant and gave birth to a daughter. D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee denies the allegations saying that school officials acted quickly to discipline the teacher once they learned of the relationship.

Other items:

Texting help to the Phillips. The Phillips Collection is asking for donations to help them rebuild following a fire last week that caused about $250,000 in damages. Donors can give $5 or $10 via text message.(WTOP)

A fashionable evening. I mentioned this in Thursday's afternoon blog roundup, but tonight is Fashion's Night Out in the District and around the country. FNO is a charity effort designed to promote American designers and fashion. Shops and boutiques around D.C. are hosting special events and promotions. I'll be in Georgetown tonight doing a bit of reporting, so if you see me, please say hello.

That's it for now. Check back with us for more headlines throughout the day. Have a thought or comment you'd like to share? Post below or send me an email at aratanil@washpost.com. Have a great day -- and get outside to soak up some Vitamin D.

By Washington Post editors  | September 10, 2010; 8:15 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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