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Posted at 5:45 AM ET, 12/13/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: No, winter is not here

By Lori Aratani
Washington Post editors


Good morning. Winter hasn't even officially begun and a winter weather advisory was already issued for the D.C.region this morning. The Capital Weather Gang says it will be windy with a chance of snow showers today. Temperatures are going to be in the mid-to-low 30's. And it looks like it's going to last all week. CWG also says temperatures this week actually will be 15 degrees below average. Fifteen degrees!


Coming up:

Ruling in Virginia's health care lawsuit. Many observers believe a federal judge in Richmond, Virginia could be the first judge to strike down the nation's sweeping health care overhaul today. U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson will rule on the constitutionality of the health care overhaul -- one of 25 similar suits pending across the country that seek to challenge the federal statute. Either way, his decision, expected to come around mid-day, will almost certainly be appealed. The constitutionality of the law ultimately will be determined by the U.S. Supreme Court. We'll have full coverage of the ruling on PostLocal.com.

Alleged Baltimore bomber in court. A 21-year-old Baltimore man accused of trying to blow up a military recruiting center in Maryland is due back in court today. A detention hearing for Antonio Martinez is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in U.S. District Court. Martinez was arrested last week in a sting operation after he allegedly tried to detonate a phony bomb. He's charged with attempted murder of federal officers and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.


Today's headlines:

A new hospital in Montgomery? The costly, long-running battle over who will get to build a new hospital in northwestern Montgomery County may soon be resolved. Maryland's state health care commission is set to decide next month, which project, if any, should move forward. The new hospital would be the first built in Montgomery in 30 years and pits health care giants Adventist Healthcare and Holy Cross Hospital against each other. Each hopes to win approval for their project -- and observers say, it's highly unlikely that a state panel would approve both.

Plea deal in U-Va. lacrosse case? Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty in the case of George Huguely, the 23-year-old Chevy Chase man accused of killing his former girlfriend and fellow University of Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Love. Sources say there is a growing consensus that the case will be settled in a plea deal before trial. (Washington Examiner)

New ownership for Politics and Prose? Politics and Prose, a Washington, D.C., institution, continues its search for a new owner.  Current owner Barbara Meade said that a flurry of offers came in following the June announcement of plans to sell the store on Connecticut Avenue NW. Six serious bidders have emerged from the more than 50 offers made on the property. Meade founded the bookstore 26 years ago with Carla Cohen, who died in October.

In short. Firefighters rescued more than 100 dogs from a burning home in Calvert County. (Associated Press); Baltimore officials think they may have uncovered a possible dogfighting ring. (The Baltimore Sun);


Other items:

Man with a mission. He has more than 4,500 Facebook friends. More than 800 people follow him on Twitter. But Eric Sheptock is missing one thing in his life: a place to live. That doesn't matter to the 41-year-old former crack addict. He has dedicated his life to advocating on behalf of folks like himself -- the homeless.

No tracking. Support for an online "Do Not Track" -- similar to the "Do Not Call" registry already in place is gaining support among consumers and privacy advocates, but is being greeted with skepticism in the online industry, which prefers a self-policing model. (USA Today)

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day. Be sure to check back for more news and updates. A reminder that we'll have full coverage of the judge's ruling in the Virginia health care lawsuit as well as other headlines.

By Lori Aratani  | December 13, 2010; 5:45 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  Baltimore Sun, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Henry E. Hudson, Maryland, United States district court, Virginia, Washington DC, loris am buzz  
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Comments

Ah,yes-Georgie-Boy Huguley V, the murderer, will reap the benefits of his family's money and a plea deal will be cut. Hope this monster never gets our from behind prison bars.

Posted by: 10bestfan | December 13, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

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