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Posted at 8:13 AM ET, 06/ 7/2010

Lori's A.M. BUZZ

By Mike McPhate
Mike McPhate

Good morning! I’m filling in for Lori Aratani while she’s in San Francisco this week, and starting with some good news: A break from the late-spring heat wave, with drier air, temperatures in the high seventies, and lots of sunshine predicted for today.

Journalist Helen Thomas, known for her decades covering the White House, continues to make headlines of her own. After controversial remarks about Israel and Palestine -- she said Israelis should "get the hell out of Palestine" and go to Germany, Poland and the U.S. -- Bethesda’s Walt Whitman High School officials yanked their invitation to speak at graduation. Now she has been dropped by her speaking agency, as well.

A veteran Baltimore police officer suspected of killing a man Saturday behind a nightclub was disciplined several years ago for shooting someone while intoxicated, the Baltimore Sun reports. Police are investigating whether the officer had been drinking when an unarmed former Marine was shot 13 times early Saturday.

At noon, the Post Hunt’s founders will take whatever readers throw at them, as they explain the annual event that sent crowds of people running around downtown Washington searching for puzzle clues Sunday. Video answers to the puzzles, such as this, are online now.

And Gene Weingarten’s new comic strip debuts today.

Montgomery County police are investigating after a 25-year-old man's body was found outside of a Silver Spring nonprofit.

Montgomery County officials are considering taking $2 million from the rainy day fund to lure biotech companies to the area, the Washington Examiner says.

Nearly half of the homicides in the District in the past three decades remain unsolved, according to the Examiner.

… but their readers sending tips helped lead to arrests of three suspects, including a tattooed member of a white supremacist prison gang wanted on sexual assault charges who was found hiding between a mattress and a box spring.

Virginia is the second-most corrupt state in the country, at least according to a survey based on federal databases and published at the online site The Daily Beast. Loudoun Times readers are skeptical – especially of the web site’s claim that the District of Columbia has a far better record.

And finally, a must-read headline to start your work week: Man faces sentence in Chihuahua tossing.

-- Susan Kinzie

By Mike McPhate  | June 7, 2010; 8:13 AM ET
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