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Posted at 8:13 AM ET, 02/11/2011

Buzz: Guandique, weather, Valentine's Day

By Lori Aratani
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's Friday. And it looks like we can look forward to some nice weather this week. Lots of updates this morning. It was a deadly night in Virginia: In Manassas, three people were killed and three wounded Thursday night, and police believe a single gunman is responsible. In Loudoun County, a 28-year-old man is dead in what police say appears to be a botched home invasion robbery. We'll continue to update these stories and other throughout the day.

Coming up:

A nice day. Two words we love to hear: warming trend. The Capital Weather Gang says it will be sunny today with light breezes. Temperatures should climb into the low- to mid-40's. The best part? It looks like it's only going to get warmer. And there's a chance -- a chance -- that we could even hit the 50's on Sunday. The 50's -- sigh -- remember what that was like?

Chandra Levy's killer to be sentenced. Ingmar Guandique, the man accused of killing federal intern Chandra Levy, is scheduled to be sentenced today. Guandique, 29, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, was convicted on November of two counts of first-degree felony murder, one related to Levy's kidnapping and the other related to an attempted robbery. But in a one-page letter written to a Washington Post reporter and dated Jan. 22, Guandique said he was innocent. The letter, handwritten in Spanish, said the evidence presented by the government and authorities "was false." We'll be there for the sentencing and will update you on what happens.

Today's headlines:

Early weekend closures for Metro? Metro officials are contemplating a plan that could free up money and give them more time to fix and maintain the transportation agency's aging infrastructure -- but riders are less than enthusiastic. At board committee meetings Thursday, Metro's deputy general manager Dave Kubicek floated the idea of closing the system at midnight on weekends instead of at 3 a.m. In doing so, WMATA could gain the equivalent of 45 days a year for track work. One rider comment? "#metrocurfew is AWFUL. So many people rely on metro go get home from late night adventures!"  Our reporters will check out the ridership over the weekend. Stay tuned.

Pepco on the hot seat. Thursday, officials in D.C. had their opportunity to grill Pepco executives over complaints about service and the utility's handling of outages following the Jan. 26 snow storm that left 200,000 people without power -- some for as long as three days. One of the most interesting tidbits to surface: Pepco did not spend all the money it had budgeted for tree trimming in the District over most of the past seven years, according to company data, even as it cited trees as a main cause of outages, particularly during storms. Pepco executives this week also met with elected officials in Annapolis and Montgomery and Prince George's counties

Meet me in . . . Marumsco. They went to sleep in Woodbridge and woke up in Marumsco. This is one of those quirky Census stories. Some Prince William County residents who thought they lived in Woodbridge have been surprised to learn they now live in a new Census-designated place called Marumsco. Such new designations often crop up following 10-year Census counts and are often created because of significant surges in population.

Michelle Rhee's record. Did former D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee embellish her teaching record? A former D.C. math teacher, Guy Brandenburg contends that test score data from the Baltimore school where Rhee taught shows Rhee "lied repeatedly" in an effort to make gains in her class look more impressive than they were. Rhee denied fabricating anything about her record and said Brandenburg's conclusion was unfounded.

In short. A federal judge in Maryland has agreed to delay a scheduled hearing for Prince George's Council member Leslie Johnson (D-Mitchellville), who is charged with evidence tampering in connection with a far-reaching corruption probe (Post); Virginia Sen. Jim Webb offered a bit more insight on his decision to retire from the U.S. Senate (Post); Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has announced he's withdrawing proposed regulations need to resume executions in the state --a move that effectively extends the four-year moratorium already in place on the death penalty. (Post)

Other items:

Love, D.C.-style. It's Valentine's Day weekend (the actual DAY is Monday) and we're asking folks to get creative by sending in their D.C.-themed Valentine's Day one-liners. Phrases like, "I want to take the Red Line to your heart." (And yes, we'll ignore the fact that that might mean delays due to cracked rails, sick passengers or smoke in the tunnel). Doesn't have to be a "love" sentiment if you're feeling less than romantic this year.

That's it for now. Thanks much for reading and be sure to check back with Post Local for more news and headlines. We'll bring you the latest on what's happening locally -- as well as the most up-to-date news from Egypt.

By Lori Aratani  | February 11, 2011; 8:13 AM ET
Categories:  AM Buzz  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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