Lori's A.M. BUZZ
Good morning. It's National Doughnut Day.
It's a Code Orange day, so air quality is quite poor. Officials say you should try and stay inside if you can. You'd have a perfectly legitimate excuse for putting off that afternoon jog -- unless of course you've got access to an indoor gym. If that's the case, it's between you and your conscience.
Might want to be more careful when you drive through Arlington. Officials there are installing red light cameras at four intersections in hopes of reducing traffic accidents. (If you click on the link we'll tell you where). Officials are also studying 11 other intersections for possible camera installation, but a spokeswoman said that's unlikely to happen anytime soon.
In Montgomery County, The Post's Katherine Shaver chronicles the saga of who's responsible for picking up the headless dead chicken that turned up one day. Turns out county officials aren't authorized to handle such cases unless the bird in question is the size of a vulture. The issue prompted much, yes, cackling, on the neighborhood e-mail network.
A Metrobus driver is in trouble -- this time for assaulting a female passenger, Fox 5 reports. The assault occurred after the woman spit in the driver's face when he wouldn't let her board the bus at the Brookland Metro Station. The driver, Terrance Clark , has been sentenced to six months detention at a halfway house, but will be able to keep his job.
The City Paper's Amanda Hess has another story about a Metrobus driver allegedly behaving badly. In this case the driver allegedly made sexually suggestive comments to a 16-year-old female passenger. The teen's family complained to WMATA officials, but no action has been taken against the driver.
Ah, and the 2010 National Scripps Spelling Bee is in town. Three D.C. area students -- two from Virginia and one from Potomac -- survived preliminary rounds and are now in the semifinals, which will be aired today at 10 a.m. on ESPN. The finals are slated to air tonight in prime time on ABC. This being Washington, D.C., WJLA reports that four protesters converged outside the Grand Hyatt, which is hosting the event. Their beef? The English language is far too complex and we need to s-i-m-p-l-i-f-y.
Even if you're not a champion speller, you can still check out our online gallery of 2010 spelling bee photos.
Finally, courtesy of the Los Angeles Times -- here's a fun one for folks who remember the horror movie sensation that was the "Blair Witch Project." Burkittsville, the Maryland town in which the 1999 low budget film was shot, is hoping to rid the town of its creepy reputation by selling the signs that were featured in the movie on eBay. The story of the town's love/hate relationship with the movie that literally put them on the map is a fun read. We're just sorry we didn't think to write it first.
Upcoming: We'll let you know how our local spellers fare in today's competition. This weekend The Post will also offer some handy tips for the college-bound on how to ensure your financial aid application lands at the top of the pile. We also hope to have an update on the Benning Terrace Warriors, the youth football team from Southeast whose offices were destroyed by vandals. Post readers were more than generous with offers of help.
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