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Posted at 8:15 AM ET, 01/24/2011

Buzz: March for Life, SOTU speakout

By Lori Aratani
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's Monday. A couple of commute alerts. A water main break has closed the inner loop of the Beltway at Central Avenue in Largo so avoid the area if you can. Also, it appears to be a rough morning for Metro and Metro commuters; there are reported delays on all but the Yellow line.

Sunny, but chilly. The good news? Mostly sunny today. The bad news? It's going to be cold. The Capital Weather Gang says we'll see the sun, but it unlikely to warm us up very much, Temperatures are expected to be in the high 20's or low 30's. But on Tuesday, you might be able to peel off at least one layer -- temperatures could climb into the 40's.

Coming up:

March for Life. The 2011 March for Life will take place today in locations around D.C., and as a result, there will be several street closures. The Youth Rally and Mass for Life will be held at around 9 a.m. at the Verizon Center. At about 11 a.m., marchers at the Verizon Center will head to the National Mall. They will go south on 7th Street NW, which will be closed to traffic during the event, as will all streets that lead directly to it. The streets will reopen as the procession passes. The March for Life rally on the mall will begin at about 11 a.m. between Fourth and Seventh streets.

Allen to seek former seat. Former Virginia Gov. George Allen (R) is expected to announce today that he will run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Jim Webb (D). Allen's decision sets up a possible rematch between the two men should Webb decide to run for re-election. Allen will announce his candidacy to supporters through an email and online video.

Be part of the State of the Union address. The Post is assembling a special panel of commenters to share their thoughts during President Obama's State of the Union address tomorrow night. Be sure to sign up today.

Today's headlines:

Bracing for criticism. In the coming weeks, officials in Virginia are bracing for a scathing report that criticizes their efforts to care for the developmentally disabled individuals in the state. While some jurisdictions have shifted away from large institutional settings, Virginia has yet to make the transition to smaller facilities. State officials, however, acknowledge there are issues and have begun to allocate money to improve services. About 36,000 people with developmental disabilities receive services though state and local programs in Virginia.

The family of a  missing D.C. women received grim news Sunday: A 23-year-old man had been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in connection with Latisha Frazier's disappearance. The young mother's body, however, has not yet been found. Authorities say they believe Frazier had been killed following a dispute on Aug. 2.

Residents sue Montgomery College. Three Montgomery County residents have filed a lawsuit demanding that officials at Montgomery College stop offering giving illegal immigrant students the same discounted tuition rates offered to any student who has graduated from a Montgomery public school within the previous three years.

In short. Two people were found dead in a car in the Lamond Riggs neighborhood of NE D.C. Sunday night; (Post); two college students are expected to plead guilty to manufacturing a hallucinogenic drug in a Georgetown dorm in October (Post); a thief allegedly stole more than $600 worth of razors from the CVS store at the Watergate complex. (GW Hatchet)

Other items:

Fitness guru, Jack LaLanne who prodded Americans to get off their couches and exercise long before the WII, Jane Fonda and leg warmers became vogue, has died at the age of 93. LaLanne's workout show was a television staple from the 1950s to the '70s. LaLanne and his dog Happy encouraged kids to wake their mothers and drag them in front of the television set.

Because he could. With the help of his computer, a Frederick County high school sophomore has calculated pi to three billion digits (plus two) for good measure. Manbir Gulati, 15, is a sophomore at Gov. Thomas Jefferson High School in Frederick.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day. Be sure to check back with Post Local for updates and headlines throughout the day. Have a news tip, a comment or question? Email us at If you're one of those folks who's always on the go -- try following our Twitter feed @postlocal -- news updates in bite sized chunks.

By Lori Aratani  | January 24, 2011; 8:15 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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