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Posted at 7:39 AM ET, 07/ 1/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Gimme a gun, straight up

By Jane Elizabeth
Jane Elizabeth

Good morning! I’m filling in for Lori on this gorgeous day, with lots of local news ahead. First of all, remember to take your gun out for cocktails tonight. More than a thousand new laws go into effect in the region today, including Virginia’s new legislation that lets you take a concealed weapon into restaurants that serve alcohol (though you can't drink if you're carrying).

Stay with today for more on Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert Ehrlich’s choice of a running mate, former secretary of state Mary Kane; coverage of the funeral for West Virginia’s Sen. Robert Byrd, and, after a week in which schools dominated city politics, the details of District mayoral candidate Vincent Gray’s education platform.

We'll also have coverage of President Obama’s speech on immigration reform this morning at American University -- and a play-by-play on what happens to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and other basketball stars as NBA free agency period opens today.

Turmoil at Landon: A sex scandal and a recent alum’s arrest in a brutal murder have shaken the Bethesda private school.

Fire’s out in Frederick: It took more than 100 firefighters to battle a blaze that sparked last night in downtown, WJLA and the Frederick News-Post report.

Shut down:
A deadly collision in College Park this morning has a busy road closed.

Overcooking the books:
An accountant is accused of stealing more than half a million dollars from a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities, according to the Washington Examiner.

Found in the Wilderness: A 20-year-old man’s body is recovered from a wilderness campground lake in Spotsylvania County, WUSA reports.

Perfect day ahead: It’s going to feel like Maine here today – no more sticky heat wave. Expect lots of sunshine, dry air and temperatures in the 70s. Enjoy it!

Wish he would stay in the box: A mime at the Strathmore makes the audience part of the show tonight.

A safer option:
explore the Phillips after hours, with live jazz, snacks, a reading, and cocktails; or dance to free funk and soul in Farragut Park.

Start celebrating Independence Day! We have everything you need to plan your long weekend, from weekend nightlife to patriotic exhibits , to the best places to watch fireworks on the Mall, and outside the city.

Tell us where you’ll be watching and send us your photos of celebrations.

-- Susan Kinzie

By Jane Elizabeth  | July 1, 2010; 7:39 AM ET
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