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Posted at 5:41 AM ET, 01/ 3/2011

Buzz: Dulles tolls, textbooks, more snow

By Lori Aratani
Washington Post editors

Good morning. Welcome to the first Monday of 2011. Isn't it nice to have had an extra day to recover from New Year's Eve festivities? Wherever you were and whatever you did, I hope you had a wonderful holiday. Are you ready for 2011? Well, here we go.

Coming up.

Sunny, but cooler. Sunshine will replace those gray skies -- but that trade-off will be cooler temperatures. The Capital Weather Gang predicts that today's highs will be in the mid-40's. And I know it's only Monday, but there's a chance we could see some light snow on Friday.

Fee increase on the Dulles Toll Road. Dr. Gridlock reminds us that commuters returning to work Monday are being charged an extra 25 cents at the main plaza on the Dulles Toll Road. As of New Year's Day, the fee for cars is $1.25. The car toll at the ramps remains 75 cents.Here are other traffic and transit updates for the first full week in January.

New textbook scrutiny in Va. Virginia Del. David Englin is expected to introduce a bill today that would overhaul the state's textbook adoption process following high-profile incidents in which historical inaccuracies were found in state history textbooks, including a controversial assertion in a fourth-grade history text that thousands of African American soldiers fought for the South during the Civil War. The assertion is often made by Confederate heritage groups but is rejected by most historians. The legislation would shift the responsibility of vetting textbooks from panels consisting mostly of school teachers to the publishers.

Education on the agenda. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is set to host an education forum today in Bowie. (Bowie Patch)

Today's headlines:

The Gray era begins. Today's is Vincent C. Gray's first full day as D.C.'s new mayor. The former council chairman, who was sworn in Sunday before a crowd of more than 3,500 people at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, wasted no time in preparing D.C. residents for what could be a difficult year ahead -- saying in a 10-minute speech following his swearing- in that a tax hike could be possible given the size (an estimated $440 million) of D.C.'s budget deficit.

Photos and a chat. It wasn't all budget talk though. Here are some photos from yesterday's festivities. And a reminder: The Post's Enterprise Editor, Marc Fisher, will be online today at 11 a.m. to talk about his Sunday Outlook article in which he offers Gray some surprising advice -- including taking a page from Marion Barry's administration.

A violent start to the new year. Six people were shot in D.C. on Sunday in two separate incidents in the District -- a sign that even as D.C. embarks on a new era with the swearing-in of a new mayor, many of the city's old problems persist.

Victim of hospital killing identified. Montgomery County Police have identified the hospital worker who was killed Saturday at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda  but are releasing few details about his assailant. Roosevelt Brockington Jr., 40, of Lusby, Md. was a lead engineer in the hospital's plant operations department.An official news release said Brockington suffered "trauma to the upper body" and a family source said they understood he'd been stabbed three times. We'll bring you more information on this story as we learn more details.

In short. First Lady Michelle Obama may be a champion of school gardens, but in Montgomery County -- school-based farming is being greeted with far less enthusiasm by school officials (Washington Post); in hopes of improving reliability, Metro officials have reorganized their escalator division (Washington Examiner)

Other items:

Save on that burn? Just in time to help you fulfill that new year's resolution: an app that rewards you with discounts for exercising. Nexercise is the brainchild of two Silver Spring entrepreneurs.

Well, that's it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day. Be sure to check back for more updates and headlines throughout the day. Looking for an easy new year's resolution to fulfill? How about becoming a fan of Post Local on Facebook or following our Twitter feed? Both will help you be smarter and more informed about events around the D.C. region. Doesn't get much easier than that.

By Lori Aratani  | January 3, 2011; 5:41 AM ET
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