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Posted at 5:47 AM ET, 08/ 9/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: New kid in town

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. Looks like the folks at have launched their new website. Welcome to the wonderful world of D.C. media. Now can you guys do something about the weather?

Speaking of which, today's forecast another 90+ day. But the Capital Weather Gang says might want to hold off complaining too much. Humidity will be relatively modest today compared to what we might have in coming days. Fair warning.

Coming up.

Save 6 percent on sweaters? Just a reminder that tax-free shopping week in Maryland continues. The promotion started Sunday and runs through Saturday. No tax on clothing purchases under $100. Shoes are included -- but sadly, accessories aren't. Still, maybe you'll have enough savings to spring for that belt.

School supply drive. While you're saving all that money on clothing, perhaps you'll have a little left over to help some other folks. The Montgomery County Public School system is sponsoring a back-to-school supply drive. Supplies can be dropped off today at five Whole Foods stores in the county. You can also drop off supplies on Saturday, Aug. 14, at Westfield Wheaton and Westfield Montgomery malls. Here are more details.. Also, Susie at Susie's Budget and Policy Corner has put together this great list of school supply drives in D.C. Take a look.

The headlines you need to know this morning.

Metro arrests. An out-of-control brawl on Metro late Friday night that began in a neighborhood near the Gallery Place Station, then moved onto a Metro train and spilled out into the station at L'Enfant Plaza, has customers and local officials asking questions about yet another aspect of Metro's safety. At least 70 people were involved in the fight that frightened regular riders and resulted in three arrests. Were you there? Share your photos of the fight or tell us what you saw.

Fairness in fare hikes? Questions are also being raised about whether recent Metro fare hike are hitting some commuters harder than others.

The power of Palin? Sarah Palin's endorsement will certainly get a candidate coverage -- but whether it will help Brian Murphy beat former Maryland Gov. Robert L. Elirich in the Republican primary is a whole other thing. Many political watchers say Murphy, a 33-year-old business investor from Montgomery County, still faces an uphill battle and Ehrlich's team said Palin's decsion to endorse his opponent may actually help his campaign in Maryland, where voters may prefer a more moderate brand of Republican.

The lights are out again? D.C.-area residents have had to deal with a lot of outages this year -- particularly those who are Pepco customers. But 12 since March? That's the experience of one apartment building in Bethesda, where the lights go out even when there are no storms.

A new waterfront. We'll soon get a peek at the redevelopment plan for Alexandria's waterfront area, The Washington Examiner reports. New pedestrian walkways and plazas as well as a new pier for this already popular spot.

Another new look. have you seen the new penny? (WTOP) I had to take a second look the other day because I didn't recognize the design. The cashier at Safeway and I admired it for a few moments before moving along.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day. Check back with us for more headlines and don't forget: You can email thoughts, comments and criticisms to

By Washington Post editors  | August 9, 2010; 5:47 AM ET
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