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Posted at 5:54 AM ET, 07/21/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: The return of Elvis

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. We're halfway through the week -- before you know it, July will be over. It maybe be prime vacation season, but there's still plenty going on.

It's election season -- and Fenty and Gray signs seem to be springing up all over town. The Other 35 Percent blog reports that the Logan Circle Community Association and the Ward 2 Democrats are hosting a mayoral straw poll this evening at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle. Mayor Adrian Fenty and Council Chair Vincent Gray have been invited to attend -- as have other candidates who have filed paper to run. Registration is slated to begin at 7 p.m.

It's a big week for Facebook, which is expected to hit 500 million users this week. CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to sit down with ABC's Diane Sawyer tonight for his first major television interview since a 2008 sit down with 60 Minutes' Leslie Stahl. We asked Post readers to share their best/worst Facebook stories. Here's what you said.

The Nationals' pitching phenom, Stephen Strasburg, is on the mound tonight against the Cincinnati Reds. BTW: Strasburg celebrated his 22nd birthday on Tuesday, so belated birthday wishes.

Angelina alert! And Comic-Con, the massive pop culture extravaganza, kicks off with a preview night tonight in San Diego. How big is Comic-Con? Angelina Jolie will be there (no word on Brad.) The Post's Jen Chaney will be sending live updates. Watch her Celebritology column, along with Post comics blogger Michael Cavna's Comic Riffs.

If you think today's weather is bad then know it's. . . Going to get worse before it gets better -- but it will get better, Capital Weather Gang says. The optimist in me says maybe this will be the worst of it. The pessimist: Hello? It's summer in D.C., what do you expect?

Misery has company. According to National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration worldwide, this was the hottest June on record, reports the Christian Sciene Monitor. For that matter, it was also the hottest March, April and May. At least we're not alone.

An unsettling discovery. Prince George's officials offer a chilling portrait of a 27-year-old man they say is a serial killer linked to the deaths of two mothers and their daughters in Largo -- and possible more unsolved killings here and in other states. The man has not been charged but officials expect him to be indicted within the month.

Misery has company, part 2. Too many broken escalators, too little money, too few repair workers -- this pretty much sums up Metro's problem, which means extra cardio for us. A video "tour" of Metro escalators.

Somebody's always watching. On the heels of Arlington County's annoucement that red light cameras are up and running in four county intersections, D.C. officials announce they'll be adding 12 more mobile speed cameras to streets and roads in northeast and southeast D.C. Dr. Gridlock tells you where the cameras will be. Misery has company, part 3. Share your speed camera horror stories with us.

The King is back. A 6-foot fiberglass statue of Elvis that went missing from the roof of the Happy Days Diner in Maryland was found Tuesday in the Gardens of Faith Cemetery -- just a few miles from the Baltimore County diner that's been its home for many years. He's missing his microphones and his right foot, which was left strapped to the diner's roof, but otherwise, appears to be OK.

That's it for today. Thanks for reading. Keep checking back for more headlines and updates as well as my afternoon post highlighting the chatter in the D.C. area blogosphere.

By Washington Post editors  | July 21, 2010; 5:54 AM ET
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