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Posted at 5:42 AM ET, 11/ 9/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Civil War day at PostLocal

By Lori Aratani
Washington Post editors

Good morning. If you don't mind a little chill, it looks like it's shaping up to be a pretty nice day. Lots ahead: Montgomery officials are changing the rules to allow Sunday sales of alcohol. There's a guilty plea in the death of a popular D.C. public school principal and the NTSB kicks off a two-day conference on aging drivers. Read on.

Sunny and "warm." If you like this current weather pattern, then you're in luck. The Capital Weather Gang says it will be with us for a few more days. It may not be as warm as it is in the midwest, where temperatures are hovering in the 70's -- but really, it's fall, so cool and crisp seems appropriate. It'll be sunny today with temperatures in the low 60's. There will be some wind but it won't blow as hard as it did yesterday.

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Fimian to concede in Virginia. A week after voters went to the polls, Republican Keith Fimian is expected to concede today in the race for Virginia's 11th Congressional District. The race was among the closest in the country, pitting Fimian against Democrat Gerry Connelly, who was seeking a second term in the district which includes parts of Fairfax and Prince William counties. In the end, less than 1,000 votes separated the two candidates, but it appears unlikely that Fimian will ask for a recount. In other news: Rep. Connolly was released from the hospital yesterday.

Helping older drivers. The NTSB kicks off a two-day conference today on aging drivers. It's an issue of growing importance. Currently, there are 30 million drivers 65 and older. In 15 years, officials estimate that 20 percent of the driving population will be in that age group. The question: how to keep all drivers safe, allowing all people who choose to, the ability to be able to get around independently. We'll be reporting on the conference this week.

It's Civil War Day on Post Local. We have two great Civil War historians scheduled to chat with readers today. At 11 a.m., Ed Ayers, a historian of the American South, author of 10 books and the president of the University of Richmond, will settle into our guest chair to answer questions. At 11:30 a.m., documentary film maker Ken Burns, who gave us the gift of the 1990 landmark PBS series "The Civil War," will be online for a video chat. Mark it down on your "To Do" list and submit your questions. Can't make the chat at 11 a.m.? You can always find it in our chat archives.

Today's headlines:

Guilty plea in killing of D.C. principal. A 19-year-old man pleaded guilty to the killing of D.C. Public Schools Principal Brian Betts. Under a plea deal Alante Saunders was sentenced to 40 years in prison -- part of a suspended life sentence. During the sentencing we learned new details about what happened the night Betts was killed. Betts arranged to meet Saunders in his home in Silver Spring, after speaking with him on a sex chat line. But when Saunders arrived at Betts' home along with three other men, something went wrong and Saunders shot Betts. Three other suspects are expected to accept plea deals in the case.

Metro and escalator brakes. Metro officials are being criticized by their own board of directors after the blog Unsuck DC Metro posted a copy of a draft report from a consulting company that identified problems with brake systems on WMATA escalators several weeks before six riders were injured after a malfunction at L'Enfant Plaza.

Sunday booze? Montgomery County residents will be able to buy liquor on Sundays as part of a six-month trial expected to begin in late November -- just in time for those holiday celebrations. Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett is expected to finalize an executive order allowing for the sales. (Washington Examiner)

In short. The Obama Administration has approved the construction of a wind farm off of the coast of Ocean City. (Washington Examiner); Police are investigating a 'road rage' incident near Quantico, which involved a gun and a cup of yogurt. Both drivers were arrested. (NBC 4); A two-month-old baby who was critically injured last month after his father allegedly shook him has died. (Washington Examiner)

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Dealbreaker? Hopefully this evening won't be a dealbreaker for Tina Fey, who is set to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center. She's the youngest person to be honored and only the third woman in the prize's history.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great Tuesday. Remember to check back with us for more news and headlines throughout the day. On Facebook? Then think about become a fan of Post Local -- we'd really appreciate it. You can also follow us on Twitter.

By Lori Aratani  | November 9, 2010; 5:42 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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