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Posted at 8:03 AM ET, 02/28/2011

A.M. Buzz: Oscars, gay marriage, tornadoes

By Lori Aratani
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's the last Monday in February and it looks like weather-wise it could be a wild one. Lots happening today. We have a full story and analysis from the Virginia General Assembly, which wrapped up this year's session on Sunday. For you movie and fashion fans, we also have our post-Oscar wrap-up today. James Franco in drag? Oh my.

Warm but wild. Hopefully you had a chance to get out on Sunday and enjoy the sunshine and warm temperatures. The Capital Weather Gang says today's temperatures are going to be warm near or just above the 70's. But those balmy temperatures will be mixed with potentially torrential rain and then later tonight, thunderstorms. Tornado3s are even possible for area's south of the District. Be sure to check back with Post Local, where forecasters for The Capital Weather Gang will be live-blogging the weather should things get dicey.

Coming up:

Authorities need your help. Starting today, If you drive along the I-95 corridor between D.C. and Rhode Island, you'll likely spot a series of electronic billboards with larger-than-life police sketches of a man authorities believe is responsible for attacks on at least a dozen women since the 1990's. The East Coast Rapist last struck in Prince William County on Halloween in 2009 -- attacking three teenage girls as they headed home from a night of trick-or-treating. Authorities hope this new billboard campaign will help them capture this elusive predator.

Maryland and same-sex marriage. There will be more debate this week on legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland. The measure was approved by the Maryland State Senate last week and is now set for debate in the Maryland House of Delegates. A vote could come late this week.

Today's headlines:

Ashley's Law. Among the hundreds of bills that made their way through the Virginia Legislature this year, was one that had especially personal meaning to Cindy Colasanto, whose daughter was killed in 2008 after a Fairfax County Police Officer zoomed through a red light without his siren on and collided with her car. Since then, Colasanto made it her mission to ensure that such a tragedy would be prevented in the future. After three years of lobbying -- the Virginia Legislature passed "Ashely's Law," which requires those operating police cars and fire engines in Virginia to activate emergency lights and sirens before driving through a stop light or slow down, yield or stop completely if they want to keep their siren silent. The bill goes to Gov. Bob McDonnell now.

Going green, seeing red. Going solar just got more expensive for a group of green-minded residents in D.C. Dozens of folks signed up for a program that offered them cash incentives to install solar panels at their homes -- only to discover that District officials -- citing budget issues -- canceled the program and thousands of dollars in reimbursements due to budget cuts.

In short. Loudoun County health officials are warning people who may have been in the International Arrivals and Baggage Claim level of the main terminal at Dulles Airport on Feb. 20 between 3:15 to 7:15 p.m, that they may have been exposed to measles (Post); Prince George's County Police said a man was fatally shot in an apartment building in Adelphi late Saturday night (Post); Good news for stargazers: Arlington's planetarium has won a reprieve. (NBC 4)

Other items:

More on Oscar. We had the Oscar pre-game (is there anyone out there who didn't think Colin First was going to win?) and today, we have all your post-game Oscar analysis. Fashion! Hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco. Best Supporting Actress winner Melissa Leo's *moment.* The Post's Ann Hornaday will start things off with a chat today at 10 a.m. ET.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and be sure to grab an umbrella or a rain coat before you leave the house today (better safe than sopping wet). Check back with Post Local throughout the day for more headlines and updates. And let us know what's on your mind. Post a comment below or send me an email at

By Lori Aratani  | February 28, 2011; 8:03 AM ET
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