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Posted at 8:15 AM ET, 01/21/2011

Buzz: Snow fail, Shriver funeral, Va. Tech

By Lori Aratani
Washington Post editors

Good morning. There's plenty happening this third Friday in January. Police in Alexandria and Silver Spring are looking for suspects in two separate hit-and-run incidents, including a  fatal one, that took place early Friday morning. The snow appears to have passed us by but is causing havoc in other parts of the Northeast. If you're planning to fly somewhere today, Dr. Gridlock says you might want to check with your airlines before heading out the door.

Snow? What snow? Looking out my window this morning, I don't even see a trace. But I can hear the wind. The Capital Weather Gang says it's going to be mostly sunny today but windy with temperatures in the low- to mid-30's. Enjoy it because it looks like Saturday is going to be even colder with temperatures hovering in the 20's. Next chance for snow? Possibly early next week.

Coming up:

Coming home. An Alexandria teenager who was barred from returning to the U.S. from Kuwait after his name was placed on the no-fly list arrived this morning at Dulles International Airport. Gulet Mohamed, a 19-year-old U.S. citizen, was detained in Kuwait last month at the behest of the United States, according to his attorneys. They allege that Mohamed was beaten by Kuwaiti officials who questioned him about his travels in Yemen and Somalia after he left the United States in March 2009.

Two hit-and-runs. Authorities in Alexandria are searching for the driver of a black sedan that struck a man on King Street early Friday, fatally injuring him, then left the scene. Police said the fatal hit-and-run occurred around 12:10 a.m. The victim was identified as Melbourne Clyde Leach Jr., 26, of Alexandria. (Post) In Silver Spring, police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who allegedly struck a cyclist at around 5:15 a.m. Friday morning on Colesville Road. near Lorain Drive.

A goodbye. Today, members of the public are invited to gather in Georgetown to remember R. Sargent Shriver, the first director of the Peace Corps, a former ambassador to France and a Kennedy in-law, who served in three presidential administrations. Shriver died this week at the age of 95. The wake will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown. A private funeral mass will be held on Saturday at Our Lady of Mercy in Potomac, Md. Shriver will be buried in the same cemetery as his wife, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, in Hyannis, Mass.

Today's headlines:

Reaching troubled students. The troubled background of the suspect in the shootings in Arizona earlier this month has once again raised questions about what schools can do to monitor unstable students. It's an issue that has been a concern in Virginia since the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech. But experts say that while efforts have been made to reform Virginia's system, more work still is necessary to ensure trouble students don't fall through the cracks.

Borders in trouble. As someone who loves books, libraries and bookstores, I'm sad to read that the Borders chain is in deep trouble -- and may be forced to shut down several stores in the D.C. region and across the country. Chain management is still negotiating with creditors in hopes of striking a temporary deal. A number of factors are to blame, including, some analysts say, -- the chains' own failure to innovate.

A 'no confidence' vote. The union that represents the majority of Metro Transit Police officers has passed a resolution of "no confidence" in current Metro Police Chief Michael Taborn. The two-page resolution said Taborn had not paid enough attention to officer safety, among other complaints. The vote is believed to be a first for the Transit Police.

In short. A state commission in Maryland has backed Holy Cross' plan to build a hospital in northern Montgomery County;  (Post); a hawk that apparently flew into the main reading room of the Library of Congress is causing concern among staff and visitors. (WTOP); officials with the D.C. Department of Health, hosted a 'Bedbug Summit' on Thursday. (WUSA)

Other items:

Music to someone's ears. Here's something a little different for your iPod. The Post's pop music critic Chris Richard recently wrote about the musical stylings of Metro escalators and as part of that asked readers to contribute their personal remixes of the strange sounds that those moveable stairs make. The response was overwhelming. Here are some of our favorites.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and remember, it's Friday. Be sure to check back throughout the day for more headlines and updates, and don't miss our midday Post Now video show with anchor Anquoinette Crosby.  And on Sunday, we'll be debuting our revamped Sunday paper (you know, that thing you used to read with your coffee before the internet came along) which will feature expanded arts coverage, revamped business coverage and a special KidsPost section for our youngest fans. Be sure to check it out.

By Lori Aratani  | January 21, 2011; 8:15 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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