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Posted at 5:42 AM ET, 09/14/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: All over but the voting

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. The wait is over. It's primary election day here in D.C., Maryland (and in other spots around the country.) Election officials in Maryland and the District are in for a busy day -- and possibly a long night. We'll be with the campaigns all day today and late tonight as the returns roll in. Not a D.C. or Maryland resident? No worries, there are plenty of non-campaign-related headlines from Virginia, including the bizarre story about a neighborhood speed bump that allegedly caused one neighbor to kill another. Read on.

Coming up:

A sunny stroll to the polls. There may be a little cloud cover for those headed to the polls early, but the day should turn out to be just lovely. The Capital Weather Gang says it'll be in the low-to-mid-80's with a slight breeze from the northwest. Most importantly: It'll be dry. (No more of that steamroom-y feeling when you walk out the door.)

Primary day. D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty held a rally at his campaign headquarters early this morning (5:30 a.m.), made an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and then, along with wife Michelle, cast his ballot. Meanwhile, D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray was up early and cast his ballot at around 7:30 a.m. We'll be live blogging both the D.C. and Maryland races today so you'll have the most up-to-date information as we get it. . .

Today's headlines.

Speed hump death? A neighborhood dispute over a speed hump may have turned violent in the Burke area of Fairfax where one neighbor is accused of shooting another in the head. To the dismay of some of his neighbors, Stephen A. Carr worked diligently to have a speed hump installed on the street that ran in front of his home. One neighbor -- David A. Patton was so upset about the hump, he confronted Carr and was charged with misdemenor assault. His trial was set for Thursday. But Sunday night, witnesses say, Patton allgedly burst into Carr's house, tied up Carr and Carr's girlfriend, then shot Carr.

Adams-Morgan dog-shooting. The owner of a dog attacked by another dog -- one that was later shot by a D.C. police officer -- is defending the officer's actions. Sheila Martins said while she didn't see the incident in question because she was getting help for her dog, Sushi, she believes “police did the right thing because at that moment, the dog, it wasn’t controllable.”

The only woman on Virginia's death row. Teresa Lewis is a Bible-reading grandmother. She's also the only woman on the state's death row. Next week, she could also become the first woman in nearly 100 years to be executed in Virginia. In 2003, she plead guilty to capital murder in connection with a case in which she conspired with two men -- including one she was having an affair with -- to have her husband killed for insurance money. Her husband's son was also shot that night. Some believe she's a manipulative mastermind who deserves to die, but others say she should be spared because she was the one who was manipulated. Author John Grisham has written an Opinion piece about the case.

Metro adds hybrids to bus fleet. Good news for Metrobus riders. WMATA has added 48 diesel-electric hybrid buses to their fleet. The hope is that the new vehicles will improve reliabiilty and reduce breakdowns.

Bus strike in Prince George's County. People who depend on bus service in Prince George's County are struggling to find other ways of getting around town after drivers walked off the job Monday.They are seeking better job security and improved health insurance coverage. Veolia Transportation, which operates the bus system, brought in drivers from other areas. Still, bus service remains spotty. Riders should call 301-324-2877.

Other items:

Are the Nats cursed? A pair of writers at The Baltimore Sun have a theory for why the Nationals aren't doing so well. The team may be cursed by the ghost of John Wilkes Booth -- the man who shot President Abraham Lincoln. They make their case here.

A surprising result. Researchers at the University of Virginia found that using hand sanitizer doesn't necessarily stop folks from getting colds and the flu.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading. Check back with us throughout the day and night for campaign updates and other news. You can also get your updates by following us on Twitter @postlocal. Want to see something cool? Check out our Twitter map of election Tweets.


By Washington Post editors  | September 14, 2010; 5:42 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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