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Posted at 8:05 AM ET, 02/15/2011

Lori's A.M. Buzz: ICC, WikiLeaks, Jeopardy

By Lori Aratani
Washington Post editors

Good morning. Happy Tuesday. Something to be thankful for: despite Monday's fierce winds, it appears there were no reports of massive power outages in the area. Let's keep our fingers crossed. It'll still be windy today, but nothing like the powerful gusts that blew through the area on Monday.

Coming up:

Sunny but colder. It's true -- you weren't hallucinating. It DID hit 70 degrees at Reagan National Airport for a bit on Monday. And yes, despite the blustery winds, it was almost warm enough to venture out without a coat (even for the biggest weather wimps). Today, however, you'll need that coat. The Capital Weather Gang says Tuesday will be sunny and breezy, but definitely colder. Temperatures are expected to drop to the mid-to-upper 40's. The winds will still be here but will be a little less blustery. The good news? We're supposed to see a gradual warming the rest of the week. Is it possible the groundhog was right in predicting an early spring?

WikiLeaks in court. Government lawyers will be in court in Alexandria Tuesday to defend some of their tactics in a criminal investigation of leaks of secret documents by the WikiLeaks website. Lawyers for three people associated with WikiLeaks -- including a member of Iceland's parliament -- are fighting a judge's order demanding information about their Twitter accounts. We'll bring you updates on the case later today.

ICC preview. Dr. Gridlock along with Post reporter Katherine Shaver are taking part today in a media tour of the first leg of the Intercounty Connector set to open Feb. 22. They'll report back on their impressions later today.And we'll have visuals, so come back to PostLocal.

Today's headlines:

Jack Johnson charged with accepting bribes. According to new charges filed on Monday, former Prince George's County executive Jack B. Johnson accepted more than $200,000 in bribes and played a central role in a broad corruption conspiracy.  A 31-page indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt charges Johnson for the first time with soliciting and accepting bribes -- three months after Johnson and his wife, Leslie Johnson, were arrested at their home and accused of conspiring to hide $79,600 in cash in Leslie Johnson's bra and flush a $100,000 check from a developer down the toilet. Leslie Johnson was not named in the indictment.

D.C. and the Obama budget. President Obama's 2012 budget spares many D.C. program from dire cuts, but local officials said an alternate plan by Republicans would slash spending in some of the areas - including Metro, the courts and schools. Obama's plan, released Monday, would continue funding for a program that allows D.C. students to pay in-state tuition at hundreds of colleges and universities across the country and keeps the federal government's commitment to supply Metro with $150 million to pay for upgrades to the system. By contrast, House Republicans unveiled a spending resolution Friday night that would cut federal payments to the District by nearly $80 million and slash Metro funding by $150 million over the next eight months.

Same-sex marriage could soon be legal in Md. The Maryland State Senate appears ready  to pass a measure that would allow same-sex marriage in the state. A majority of Maryland's state senators have said publicly that they will vote to legalize same-sex marriages, greatly increasing the odds that the highest-profile social legislation being considered by the General Assembly will pass in coming weeks.

Changing faces. A neighborhood in Wheaton illustrates the significant demographic shifts that are occurring in Montgomery County, where white residents are no longer a majority in the county.  Wheaton is about 40 percent Hispanic, giving it the greatest Hispanic concentration in Montgomery

In short. Southeast D.C may be home to a new Whole Food grocery store -- IF developers can secure $8 million in tax breaks. (Capital Business); a proposed bill would ban texting while stopped at a traffic light in Maryland. (Washington Examiner);

Other items:

Azaleas spared? There was a huge outcry last year when officials at the National Arboretum announced they might have to destroy thousands of azaleas because the plants had become too costly to maintain. Now, an anonymous benefactor has stepped forward and donated $1 million toward upkeep of the azaleas and other plants.

That's it for now. But be sure to check back throughout the day for more updates and headlines. Today at 11 a.m. ET, Jeopardy! Champ Ken Jennings will be online to chat about his match-up against Watson, an IBM computing system on the popular game show. You can submit questions for him now. And tonight, just for fun, generate some real D.C. answers to the Jeopardy questions as you watch the show.

By Lori Aratani  | February 15, 2011; 8:05 AM ET
Categories:  AM Buzz  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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