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Posted at 5:47 AM ET, 10/27/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Hold onto your hats

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. Showers, thunderstorms, strong winds. It's a mess out there. We're caught in a wet, muggy weather pattern. Even though it's raining, the Capital Weather Gang says temperatures will be in the upper 70's and may even cross the 80 mark today. And it will be windy -- so hold on to that umbrella or hood.

Be careful. Yes, folks, traffic is a bit of a mess. Remember to use caution when driving in wet weather -- slow down and be alert. We've got reports of accidents around the region. This one isn't weather-related, but two Brunswick Line MARC trains were canceled this morning (#878, #892) as police continue their investigation into a body found near the train tracks in Bethesda early Tuesday evening. Officials believe the person was struck by a train. We'll bring you additional details as we get them.

Coming up:

Georgetown drug lab case in court. The two students arrested in connection with a drug lab found in a freshman dorm at Georgetown University over the weekend will be back in court today. Authorities allege that Charles Smith, a Georgetown freshman, and his friend John Perrone were using chemicals and other substances to make the hallucinogenic drug dimethyltryptamine, or DMT, in Smith's top-floor room in the nine-story Harbin Hall. The two were friends and classmates at the same Andover, Mass., high school. A third student -- Smith's roommate -- was arrested, but later released by authorities. The pair were denied bail at their initial appearance on Monday.

Levy trial testimony continues today. The father of Washington intern Chandra Levy took the stand yesterday and described his frantic efforts to locate his daughter after she failed to return phone calls and messages. Robert Levy's testimony followed that of two female joggers who described harrowing encounters with Guandique while they were running in Rock Creek Park. Levy also spoke of Gary Condit, the married congressman with whom his daughter had a relationship. Condit is among those on the list to testify in the case.

Blue and Orange line work. Metro officials will hold a press conference today to outline plans for more closures on the Blue and Orange lines the weekend Nov. 5. We'll bring you the details.

Today's headlines:

Three shootings tied to the same weapon? Law enforcement officials have linked two shootings at the Pentagon and the National Museum of the Marine Corps to the same weapon and believe a third attack on a Marine Corps recruiting office in Chantilly this week may also be part of the same puzzling spree.

AU professor slaying. Police are still searching for clues in the case of an American University professor found slain in her Glen Echo home Monday. An 18-year-old man was arrested early Tuesday after he was caught driving Sue Ann Marcum's Jeep. Police, however, has not been able to find any links between Deandrew Hamlin and Marcum's slaying.

Gray meets with donors. With Michelle Rhee set to leave the D.C. School system, D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray has been working to reassure donors, foundations and philanthropists that reform in District schools will continue. Gray, the man likely to be the District's next mayor, met recently with donors in Georgetown.


In short. A Prince George's County narcotics detective has been indicted on charges that he resold guns seized from criminals. Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell has called for a review of the textbook approval process after controversy over a state history book that contained disputed information about the role of black Confederate soliders.

Other items:

Rate rollback. The Alexandria City Council voted Tuesday night to reduce parking fees by 50 cents in Old Town. Visitors will now pay $1.25 instead of $1.75 an hour. (NBC 4)

God bless Honus Wagner. A group of Baltimore nuns are holding a most unusual fundraiser. The School Sisters of Notre Dame are auctioning off a rare Honus Wagner baseball card in hopes of raising money to help their ministries in 35 countries throughout the world. The card -- which isn't in the best of condition -- is expected to fetch between $150,000 and $200,000. A brother of one of the nuns left the card to her after he died in 1999.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading; try to stay dry today. We'll have updates and new headlines throughout the day so be sure to check back. On Facebook? Think about becoming a fan of PostLocal. You can also get news updates via Twitter.

By Washington Post editors  | October 27, 2010; 5:47 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Education, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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