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Posted at 7:57 AM ET, 06/30/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Health care and vampires

By Jane Elizabeth
Jane Elizabeth

Good morning and happy 80-degree temperatures and low humidity! I’m in for Lori this week while she’s away.

This morning, my colleagues at The Post are covering a Congressional hearing on the problems at Arlington National Cemetery. We'll also have ongoing coverage as Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli argues in court that the health-care bill Congress passed earlier this year is an unprecedented federal overreach of power. It's a make-or-break moment for the controversial politician, and the first step in a legal battle likely to end in the Supreme Court.

Clearing up: 395 North reopened after police cleared the tractor-trailer that jackknifed this morning in Fairfax, sloshing fuel – AND you can cruise along in the high-occupancy-vehicle lanes solo, since restrictions were lifted to keep traffic moving.

Party’s over: Leaders of the Naval Academy kept a slush fund that paid for, among other things, hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of tailgate parties in recent years, according to auditors.

The skinny: DC adults are among the least fat in the country, on average, but obesity rates among children in the city are some of the highest nationally

Spying on the neighbors? We have more details on 10 people accused by the FBI of being Russian spies, including three living in Arlington. Post reporters are looking for more details on the alleged spies. Did you know them? Tell us about it.

Take my money, please. Local giving dropped along with the economy in 2009 – we’ll have an update later today – but local giving of pianos is definitely up in 2010. An anonymous donor lavishes 28 Steinways on George Washington University, Fox 5 reports.

Curdle your blood: The latest “Twilight” vampire movie opens tonight. (Don't act like you didn’t know!) Drink in scenes from a sneak preview after midnight, try to stump Jen Cheney, our Celebritology blogger, about the film and other summer blockbusters, and send us your creepy photos from opening events.

Not into the dark side? Bring babies, hipsters and elderly relatives to dance at the Rock & Roll Hotel tonight, at an all-ages fundraiser. Or drink to the Argonaut and its employees; the H Street bar was damaged in a fire last week.

Take a shot: Starting tomorrow, Mt. Vernon visitors can buy whiskey brewed the way George Washington liked it, WAMU reports.

-- Susan Kinzie

By Jane Elizabeth  | June 30, 2010; 7:57 AM ET
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Comments

I'm really frustrated by the amount of hate and vitriol spewed at obese people! If they were offered more empathy and compassion (a la drug addicts, alcoholics, bulimics/anorexics), perhaps we'd feel more support in our efforts to improve. To me, people hate fat people more for what they look like than for bogus "health" reasons.

Posted by: sigmagrrl | June 30, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

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