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Posted at 8:11 AM ET, 01/12/2011

Buzz: Haiti, Sudan, and snowstorms

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's Wednesday and we have a lot of major stories to report. Today is the first anniversary of the quake in Haiti and we have a full package of stories examining what has happened in the island nation over the last 12 months and what more needs to be done. President Obama is headed to Arizona today and is expected to deliver remarks at an evening memorial service -- one of a half dozen such events that will take place this week. In the meantime, the parents of Jared Loughner released their first public statement since Saturday's shooting. Here's a full wrap-up of all the latest news from Arizona.

Coming up:

Cold and windy. Well, it could have been a lot worse. Snow crews were on high alert, schools closed early and we only ended up with about an inch or two of snow. But in Boston and New York, where residents only recently dug themselves out of a large dumping of snow, they could get anywhere from seven to 17 inches. Today, The Capital Weather Gang says it will be partly sunny but windy. As a result, it will feel a lot colder than the predicted mid-to-high-30's. Try 20's. Brrr.

Lawmakers go to work in Md., Va. Legislative sessions open in both Maryland and Virginia. In Virginia, Gov. Robert McDonnell will unveil a scaled back version of his plan to privatize liquor sales in the state. This time he is proposing to close all state-owned liquor stores and replace them with private retail outlets. Across the river in Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley says his proposed budget will contain no tax increases but urged legislators to keep an 'open mind' about tax increases.

An essential guide. Want to know more about the Maryland and Virginia state legislatures? Check out our handy guides designed to demystify the legislative process in Maryland and Virginia. Also included is a guide to the most significant issues on state lawmakers' agenda in 2011.

Today's headlines:

Arrests made, but killings continue. Prince George's Police have made three arrests in a series of slayings that have left residents rattled and law enforcement officials under growing pressure to stop the bloodshed. On Tuesday, two more people were killed in Prince George's though police officials say in one of the cases -- in which an intruder was killed by a occupant of a home in the Lanham-New Carrollton area -- the killing appears to be justified. In the other slaying, a University of Maryland student was slain in what authorities believe was a drug-related robbery. Officials continue to stress that those slayings are not random and that people are not in any added danger.

A chance for peace? They live here, but the ballots they cast this week could have a major impact 6,000 miles away. Sudanese refugees in the D.C.-region and across the U.S. will vote this week in Alexandria and at seven other polling places throughout the United States to decide whether southern Sudan should break away from the northern part of the country -- an act many hope will bring stability and peace to a region that has been rocked by death and violence.

In short. Montgomery County officials have received more than 1,100 rider complaints about Ride On bus drivers since July (Washington Examiner); alcohol sales are up 14 percent over last year in Montgomery County (The Gazette); authorities believe a car explosion that rocked Arlington Tuesday morning was accidental and likely caused by a tank of acetylene that had been stored in the trunk. (Post)

Other items:

A fab look for free. Looking for idea on how to redecorate on the cheap? Look no further than D.C.'s new mayor Vincent Gray, who wanted a new look for his mayoral digs, but had no money and very little time. Enter Trystin Francis, an event planner and Gray campaign volunteer with an eye for interiors. The story and video tour here.

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. Have a comment on a story? Post below or send us a message at

By Washington Post editors  | January 12, 2011; 8:11 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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