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Posted at 5:42 AM ET, 01/19/2011

Buzz: Inauguration day in Maryland

By Lori Aratani
Washington Post editors

Good morning. You might encounter some fog as well as a few slick spots on the commute in this morning, so please be careful. We have delayed school openings in Howard and Prince William counties. We're also following reports of a 14th homicide in Prince George's County.

Coming up:

Foggy, but slightly warmer. The fog should clear by mid-day. The Capital Weather Gang says temperatures will be in the 40's with partial afternoon sun. The winds also will pick up with breezes in the 10-15 mph range so it could feel slightly chillier than the forecasted 40's. Miss the snow? Well, fear not -- it may be back Thursday night. We could get some accumulation, but CWG says it's too early too be certain.

It's Inauguration Day in Maryland. Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown are be sworn in for their second terms. It'll be a low-key affair this time around. O'Malley and his wife will host a receiving line for the public following the swearing-in ceremony, but there will be no parade. The "black-tie optional ball" has also been replaced by a "business cocktail attire" gathering. The guest list will include Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell. We'll bring you full coverage of today's events.

Today's headlines;

More arrests in Prince George's. Police in Prince George's County announced Tuesday they have arrested three people in connection with the New Year's Day slaying of a Chillum man. The death of Ansel Donovan Whitelocke, 58, on New Year's started an unusual string of killings that resulted in 13 before the year was 13 days old. At a news conference, officials said they've now closed four of the 12 criminal homicides that have taken place in the county since the beginning of 2011. (Post) But even as Prince George's officials reported progress, a man was shot and killed in Suitland, early Wednesday morning. This is the county's 14th homicide. (WUSA)

Letters linked. FBI officials say that initial forensic tests have found links between three incendiary letters that were sent to federal and Maryland government officials earlier this month. Richard McFeely, special agent in charge of the Baltimore field office, said Tuesday that while investigators believed they were linked before, they have determined that the letters that smoked and popped when opened were manufactured in the same manner. Because the message inside the first two letters got out, McFeely says there were concerns that the third letter found a day later might be a copycat. (Associated Press)

More jobs for D.C. residents? D.C. Council member Kwame Brown (D-At Large) has unveiled a proposal to require contractors to guarantee that 20 percent of workers on city projects be D.C. residents. Brown's proposal is one strategy aimed at lowering the District's high unemployment rate, which D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray made a cornerstone of his campaign.

The ABC's of eating. D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) has introduced a blll that would give D.C. restaurants letter grades based on Department of Health inspections. Restaurant owners are not pleased. A similar bill died in committee last year. (Fox 5)

Remembering Sargent Shriver. Americans across the country are remembering Sargent Shriver, founding director of the Peace Corps, who died Tuesday at Suburban Hospital. He was 95 and had had Alzheimer's disease. Shriver, a native of Maryland, who married into the powerful Kennedy clan, served in three presidential administrations, including a stint as U.S. ambassador to France, and ran for president and vice president. His wife Eunice died in 2009.

In short. Parking relief is on the way for commuters who use the Glenmont Metro station. Officials broke ground Tuesday on a new parking garage that will create 1,200 new spaces. It's expected to open in 2012 (Post);  Metro officials are suing their insurance company over gaps in coverage related to the deadly 2009 Red Line crash (Post); a baby boy was born Tuesday on the side on I-97 in Anne Arundel County. (NBC 4)

Other items:

All about 'O.' Have you heard about 'O?' No, not Oprah's magazine or Cique du Solei's show in Vegas -- 'O' is the much buzzed about anonymously written presidential novel inspired by the 2008 presidential campaign. It won't hit bookstores until Jan. 25, but already there's buzzzzzzzzz. Of course the big question is -- who wrote it? (For folks who might actually want to read the book rather than just speculate about who wrote it, our fiction critic Ron Charles has this review.)

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and be sure to check back for more headlines and updates throughout the day. We'll be following reports of a 14th homicide in Prince George's County as well as Gov. Martin O'Malley's inauguration. We'll also have weather updates (snow Thursday evening?) and will keep you up-to-date on any Metro delays.


By Lori Aratani  | January 19, 2011; 5:42 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  
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