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Posted at 8:24 AM ET, 08/ 2/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: A lucky break

By Mike McPhate
Mike McPhate

Good morning. A few showers on Sunday, but overall a pretty lovely weekend weather-wise. It’s Monday – but no worries: we’ve got some good news on the Metro fare front – at least for today.

Fare break. Two Metro fare increases slated to start this week have been delayed until Tuesday. WMATA officials had already announced they were going to delay implementing a morning peak-of-the-peak increase, but on Sunday they announced they’ll also delay two other scheduled increases. The issue? The signs designed to explain the changes were too confusing. One increase would have charged 25 cents more for paper farecard use than for use of plastic SmartTrip cards. That was to begin Sunday. The other would have imposed a 20-cent charge, starting Monday, for afternoon peak-of-the peak rides. Consider it a lucky break for a Monday. (Post)

Perfect attendance – not. Speaking of Metro, the Washington Examiner has a story about Metro board members and attendance – or rather non-attendance at board meetings. Kytja Weir reports that the board’s highest paid director, vice chair Marcell Soloman has missed more than half of Metro’s board of directors’ meetings since January 2009.

Forecast: half good. Capital Weather Gang gives today a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10. It’ll be in the high 80s, warmer than Sunday with a 30 percent chance of showers. But enjoy – starting tomorrow, looks like we’re back into the hot and humid pattern that seems to be our norm this summer. And just in case you were wondering: July 2010 tied for the hottest one on record. (Post)

Changes for D.C. voters. When you head to the polls in D.C. this September (mayoral primary!) you’ll be in for some surprises. While some say offering residents new voting equipment and options like same day registration will help improve turnout and engage more voters, others worry that so many changes so quickly are a train wreck ready to happen. (Post)

Police need ID help. Montgomery County police are asking the public’s help in identifying a man who was struck by a CSX train in Kensington last Sunday. (WJLA)

Speed limits on bike trail.
It’s one of the area’s most popular biking and walking trails. But popularity brings with it safety hazards. Police have started cracking down on bicyclists who break the 15 mile per hour speed limit on the Capital Crescent Trail, which runs through Bethesda and the District, Fox 5 reports.

Bombs in mailboxes. In Fairfax, police are warning residents to use caution when checking their mailboxes. Someone – police aren’t certain who – is placing homemade chemical bombs in the boxes. There have been some injuries – though none serious, but authorities say to be alert and use caution. (Post)

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great start to the week. Don’t forget to check back with us for updates and more headlines.

By Mike McPhate  | August 2, 2010; 8:24 AM ET
Categories:  Loris AM Buzz  
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