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Posted at 5:38 AM ET, 08/27/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Fingers crossed

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning.

Mother Nature rocks. Apparently, we've been living right. The Capital Weather Gang gives today's forecast a 9 on their scale of 1-to-10: sunny, warm, low humidity and very little chance of rain. Should be nice Saturday as well. On Sunday, the temperatures are expected to climb into the 90's -- but the humidity with remain low. Now if I could only get lottery numbers that looked that good.

Coming up:

Will he be back? We'll bring you word on the results of Stephen Strasburg's arthrogram as soon as we hear, so be sure to check back. The Post's Adam Kilgore tells us Nationals officials are expected to make the announcement between 9 a.m. and noon today. (BTW: for more Nats news you can follow Adam on Twitter @AdamKilgoreWP)

Weekend traffic headaches. Traffic-wise, it's going to be kind of a mess this weekend. There are three major rallies planned around the Mall, including the Glenn Beck/Sarah Palin rally slated to start at 10 a.m. Saturday on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. A counter rally led by Al Sharpton will take place nearby. In Prince George's County, eastbound Route 50 is going to be closed. There will also be Metro issues. Dr. Gridlock will have a full breakdown of the delays -- as well as suggestions for how to navigate them later today.

The debut. The first female coach of a varsity high school football team in the D.C. region (and one of only a handful to coach a varsity high school program nationwide) makes her debut tonight, when Northwest D.C.'s Calvin Coolidge High School faces off against Carroll High School. National attention will be focused on Natalie Randolph -- but Randolph's attention will be focused on her players in this opening match-up.

Today's headlines:

The Post's Tim Craig tells us more about D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray and how his friendships have influenced the type of man -- and the type of leader he might be. Gray, who is hoping to defeat Mayor Adrian Fenty in the race to be D.C. mayor, has deep roots in D.C. and friendships that have spanned decades.

Metro trial delayed. The trial involving the suit by survivors of the victims of the June 2009 Metro Red Line crash has been pushed back to 2012. The trial had been slated to begin in Sept. 2011, but on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton granted a motion to delay the trial four months until January 2012.The change was first reported by The Legal Times.

Safer driving? Metro officials have added cameras to buses so they can better monitor their drivers on the job. The new camera system focuses on drivers and activity outside the buses. If a driver makes an extreme movement -- such as turning the bus sharply or braking or accelerating quickly --the cameras capture the eight seconds before the incident and the four seconds after.

Suggestions please. D.C. officials need your help finding new sites for "slug" pick-ups. No, not some kind of wacky dating scheme -- rather spots where drivers who want to use high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes on their way into Arlington, the District or other destinations -- can safely pickup passengers without causing traffic backups. Even though "slugging" has been a commuting tradition since the 1970s, earlier this summer drivers picking up passengers along the 14th Street corridor near the National Mall were ticketed by police

A difficult gap. After two years of progress, new test score data shows that efforts to close the achievement gap between African-American and white students in D.C. public schools has slowed, reports The Post's Bill Turque.

Other items.

Apparently D.C.-area residents are pretty good when it comes to paying off those monthly credit card bills. A new survey says D.C. has the third lowest rate of credit card delinquencies in the country. (The Washington Business Journal)

That's it for now. Thanks much for reading. Have a great day -- and have a really great weekend. Check back this afternoon, when I'll share some of my favorite posts from the D.C.-area blogosphere. Looking for something to do this weekend? How about checking out H Street, NE to help boost your hipness quotient?

By Washington Post editors  | August 27, 2010; 5:38 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  
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