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Posted at 7:44 AM ET, 06/28/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Byrd dies, teens injured

By Susan Kinzie
Chris Stanford

Good morning! I’m filling in for Lori this week, starting with some news that will be felt on Capitol Hill and far beyond:

The longest-serving member of Congress in history, Sen. Robert Byrd, died early this morning at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Stay with The Post for continuing coverage of the senator’s legacy, including his rise from poverty and the Ku Klux Klan in West Virginia coal country, the Democratic senator's power in Congress, where he used his deep knowledge of procedural rules to shape the federal budget, and his lasting economic impact on his home state.

It’s hot and sticky this morning – you’ll feel it on the way to work – but as temperatures rise into the 90s this afternoon, thunderstorms are expected to roll in and cool things off the rest of this week.

How hot is it? Plants are spontaneously combusting, according to the Frederick News-Post.

Ok, just one dead plant.

But still! It set fire to a deck!

A man who testified in 1990 that he sold cocaine to then-Mayor Marion Barry more than 30 times gave $6,000 this spring to Mayor Adrian Fenty’s re-election campaign, according to the Washington Examiner.

Stay with The Post for Supreme Court coverage, including today's hearings for nominee Elena Kagan and expected rulings as the term ends.

Top officials in Afghanistan keep derailing efforts to crack down on corruption amongst the country’s political elite, according to U.S. officials, continuing a steady flow of money out of the country, even as the U.S. and its allies pump money in.

Five teenagers and one adult were injured, including one teen in critical condition, after a head-on car crash in Darnestown, according to WTOP.

Baltimore police will investigate how the department handles rape cases, after the Baltimore Sun reported that the city has more cases labeled false or groundless by officers than any other U.S. city – five times the national average – and that four out of 10 emergency calls are dropped before the rape allegations have been reviewed by a detective.

If you use Metro, you’ll get hit with the increased fares this morning on your commute, 18 percent overall for rail and 20 percent for bus fares. A system glitch had some riders paying the old fare for part of the day; the new ones are on track today.

But you can save money tonight, with free music at Fort Reno Park and half-priced sushi at Sticky Rice’s happy hour.

Or – if there’s too much lightning out there for punk rock in the park -- seek shelter at Marvin, where the DJ will be spinning new jack swing, classic hip-hop, funk and soul tonight.

By Susan Kinzie  | June 28, 2010; 7:44 AM ET
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