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Posted at 6:15 AM ET, 03/ 7/2011

A.M. Buzz: ICC, gay marriage, mayoral scandal

By The Buzz bloggers
Jane Elizabeth

Good morning. It's Monday, and the back-benchers are filling in for Lori Aratani as she enjoys one more day off.

The rain has ended though it's left behind a bit of a mess. The Capital Weather Gang says it will be sunny and breezy today, with high temperatures moving into the low 50s. There are a couple of school delays in the area.

Coming up:

Time to pay. Beginning this morning, no more free rides on Maryland's Intercounty Connector, which links Interstate 270 in Gaithersburg to Interstate 95 in Laurel. Dr. Gridlock reminds us that the electronic tolls will be imposed starting today. The toll will be 65 cents to $1.45, depending on the time of day. And remember, the speed limit is 55 mph.

Rhee replacement. Sources tell education writer Bill Turque that Mayor Vincent C. Gray will name Kaya Henderson as permanent schools chancellor this week to replace Michelle A. Rhee. Henderson has been the interim schools chief since Rhee's departure.

Same-sex marriage. With Friday's 12-10 vote by the House Judiciary Committee in the Maryland legislature, a bill to allow same-sex marriages in Maryland goes to the House floor this week. Post reporter John Wagner says a dramatic debate is expected on the highest-profile issue in the 2011 General Assembly.

Alleged 'East Coast Rapist' in court. The man accused of terrorizing woman from Virginia to Rhode Island over a 12-year period is scheduled to appear in court Monday. Over the weekend, authorities said Aaron Thomas tried to hang himself in his jail cell.

City Title Game. It's an event that for more than 50 years has determined which high school boys' basketball team is the best in the D.C. region. Tonight at the Verizon Center, fourth-ranked DeMatha plays 20th-ranked Theodore Roosevelt in the Abe Pollin City Title Game.

Top headlines:

Gray and Brown. DIstrict Mayor Vincent Gray acknowledged "missteps" and said he wants the city attorney general to investigate allegations that aides to his campaign paid mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown to continue his attacks on then-Mayor Adrian Fenty.

Banking on pot. Some D.C. entrepreneurs are seeking to get a piece of the medical marijuana action as the city finalizes regulations for a handful of clubs.

Statue smackdown. It's a touchy subject: Should the statue of not-as-famous patriot John Hanson be replaced by one of famous abolitionist Harriet Tubman? Maryland lawmakers are debating how to handle the statue controversy going on at the National Statuary Hall Collection at the U.S. Capitol. What do you think? Read the comments and post your own thoughts.

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Remember the Peeps! You've got exactly one week to get those Peeps dioramas ready for The Post's annual Peeps contest. You can find the official rules here. And for inspiration, see our gallery of Peeps past.

By The Buzz bloggers  | March 7, 2011; 6:15 AM ET
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