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Posted at 8:05 AM ET, 02/14/2011

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Valentine's Day bonanza

By Lori Aratani
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's Monday and it's Valentine's Day, which depending on your current romantic outlook may elicit either "Awwww ,"  "Bah humbug," or a conspiratorial "day-invented-by-marketers-so-they-can-charge-double-for-chocolate-and-roses, hrumph." Well, even the most cynical among us might enjoy this piece about a Silver Spring couple celebrating their 80th Valentine's Day. Sweet without being cloying and a reminder that showing your love isn't just a one day thing. Don't know what to do, say or think about Valentine's Day? Here's a one-stop link to all things Cupid.

Coming up:

Feels like March? Good news for those tired of shivering. The Capital Weather Gang says we're moving into a weather pattern that could have temperatures climbing into the 60's or maybe even 70's by Friday. Today, temperatures are expected to be in the high 50's -- but it will be windy -- very, very windy. In some areas, gusts could reach up to 30 miles per hour. On Tuesday, temperatures will dip back into the 40's before warming up again.

Today's headlines:

2 shot after home invasion. D.C. officers shots 2 suspects after an alleged home invasion in NE D.C., according to authorities.

Questionable purchases. D.C.'s Office of the Inspector General is looking into more than $13,000 worth of purchases by the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking. Many of the purchases were made from a Prince George's County company whose owner knows the husband of the outgoing Commissioner Gennet Purcell. The inspector general also is looking into purchases of more than $5,000 from retail giant Best Buy. In a statement, Percell said the inspector general has found no evidence of wrongdoing and has blamed the investigation on employees upset about cost-cutting initiatives that led to a dozen layoffs at the agency.

Metro equipment found at supervisor's home. According to a Metro inspector general's report, more than 70 pieces of Metro equipment including a 32-inch computer monitor, camera equipment and a portable generator were found in the home of a Metro supervisor. However, the employee won't face criminal charges because such behavior was an "implicitly tolerated practice" at the agency, Inspector General Helen Lew wrote in her summary of the case. According to the report, other employees also took Metro gear. (Washington Examiner)

No honeymoon in Prince George's. Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker has had a difficult first few months in office. There's the $77 million budget deficit that his predecessor Jack Johnson failed to mention, the 16 homicides in the county in January and opposition to his efforts to bring ethics reform to a county whose previous administrator along with one sitting council member are under investigation for obstruction of justice. As one local politician put it, "He had no honeymoon."

Pepco's executive perks. Pepco -- already under fire for its performance during the Jan. 26 snow storm that left more than 200,000 customers without power -- is now facing criticism that it treats its shareholders and executives better than its customers. In the past year, Pepco Holdings investors have reaped the benefits of surging revenue, a 12 percent increase in the stock price, a steady stream of dividends, and perks including tickets to sporting events.

In short. Skeletal remains were found Sunday in a park on the Potomac River in Alexandria  (Post); two people were killed in Prince George's County on Sunday in separate incidents (Post); more than 100 people took part in the breast-feeding "nurse-in" at the Hirshhorn Museum on Saturday (Post).

Other items:

Cupcake wars? Just in case you were worried the cupcake craze was beginning to fade away, fear not -- a new cupcake store will open in Georgetown - just three blocks from Georgetown Cupcakes. Sprinkles -- out of Beverly Hills - is considered one of the West Coast pioneers of the designer cupcake craze.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and be sure to check back for more headlines and updates throughout the day. Have you see our new blog, The Buzz? It's got all kinds of interesting tidbits from around the D.C. region -- items that will make you laugh, grimace and instantly message your friends and colleagues because they're just too good to keep to yourself. Check it out. Also, remember you can get your headlines via our Twitter feed @postlocal.

By Lori Aratani  | February 14, 2011; 8:05 AM ET
Categories:  AM Buzz  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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