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Posted at 6:56 AM ET, 06/ 2/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: An introduction

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning!

Welcome to Lori's A.M. Buzz and to The Washington Post's new local page. Let us know what you think. I hope you'll also check out my colleague Mike DeBonis' new local politics blog, called DeBonis. He explains the name (original, we know) and more in his inaugural post. Give it a click.

Let's run down some of the more interesting headlines of the day.

In Wheaton, folks are excited about cheap toilet paper, but less excited about the cheap gas they might be getting if Costco seals a deal to bring the big box discounter to Westfield Wheaton Shopping Center. Across the river In Centreville, some residents are concerned about a proposed day laborer center. A two-hour meeting Tuesday night turned ugly with booing and shouts of "You lie!" Proof that Arizona isn't the only state where the debate over immigration is taking place.

Meanwhile, if you've got a few spare bucks: Zipcar is planning an IPO, according to the Washington Business Journal. A would-be gun thief got an ugly surprise when he tried to break into a Manassas gun shop, the Examiner reports. And finally, if you believe in heaven and hell, you know where a man who robbed a poor box and then assaulted several friars in Ellicot City could very likely end up spending eternity.

Today will be a big day for D.C.'s 4,000 teachers who are expected to ratify a contract that will change the way they're paid (raises) and managed (evaluations will take student test scores into account). Not everyone is thrilled about the new deal -- except maybe Michelle Rhee. Be sure to check back with us later today -- The Post's Bill Turque will bring you reaction and details of what the new deal will mean for the system and its controversial chancellor.

The Metro board also will meet this evening to talk about the system's capital budget. The discussion will touch on what needs fixing in the system: buses, bus garages, the Red Line between Dupont and Silver Spring and the Blue, Yellow and Orange lines between Ronald Reagan Airport and Stadium Armory stations -- the list goes on. Meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. We'll be there.

Now let me tell you a little bit about A.M. Buzz.

The deep dark secret of this new blog? I’m not really a morning person. That photo? Shot in the afternoon after downing several cups of highly caffeinated tea. My favorite button on the alarm clock is the snooze bar.

You might be like me or you might be one of those folks who wake up ready to conquer the world. Either way, my goal with A.M. Buzz is to deliver news and information that’s interesting, informative, useful, entertaining or even – gasp – fun. I’ll get you ready to face the day, let you know if you need to grab that umbrella before you rush out the door and offer previews of what Post reporters have on their daily calendars.

By way of background, I’m a native Californian who’s been a reporter at The Post for five years covering a wide variety of topics including the horror of having to friend your parents on Facebook) and the scramble by Japanese officials to get young people to eat rice. Currently, I manage social networking for the Post’s Local News staff.

I hope you’ll help me with A.M. Buzz by telling me what you, your co-workers or neighbors are talking about. Don’t be shy (of course, Post readers are rarely shy). Post a comment or message me at aratanil@washpost.com if you spot a typo (spellcheck isn’t foolproof and neither am I). You can also follow me not just in the a.m., but all day on Twitter @loriara

By Washington Post editors  | June 2, 2010; 6:56 AM ET
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