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Posted at 8:32 AM ET, 03/ 1/2011

A.M. Buzz: Batter up! It's National Pancake Day.

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's Tuesday and it's a new month. It's also the first day of meteorological spring. Impress your friends and co-workers by casually dropping that tidbit into conversation today.

Sunny and breezy. Looks like it'll be a nice day with none of the wackiness (rain, wind, warmth, hail, tornado watches) that ushered out the last day of February. The Capital Weather Gang says it should be sunny, but breezy, with temperatures in the mid-to-upper-40s. In some spots it might even hit 50. Honestly, we've had so many shifts in daytime temperatures over the last few weeks, I can't keep track anymore. But if it helps, it looks like Wednesday's going to be a bit chillier. So enjoy today.

Coming up.

Healthier workplaces? D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) plans to introduce a "workplace wellness" bill today. It's designed to encourage workers to take exercise breaks and eat healthier food while at the office. One of the key elements: replacing the food in 4,000 vending machines in city and federal facilities with healthier options. (Washington Examiner)

ICC bus service launches. Two bus routes running between Gaithersburg and Fort Meade will begin running on the newly-opened segment of the Intercounty Connector today. Bus rides will be free for the first two weeks, but after that, a one-way trip will be $5.

A big trip. The original manuscript of "The Star-Spangled Banner" written by Francis Scott Key is leaving Baltimore for the first time in nearly 200 years for an event in Annapolis. (Associated Press)

Today's headlines.

More SUV fallout in D.C. A report by the D.C. Council's Committee on Public Works and Transportation has concluded that D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown (D) "inappropriately requested" a Lincoln Navigator and District officials violated the law by leasing the luxury SUV. The report also raises questions about whether taxpayers have been paying for some agency heads and senior government officials to be chauffeured by city employees.

Grading Va.'s McDonnell. So how has Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell done in this first year on the job? Well, he won important victories on the transportation and education front, boosting funding for two significant issues. But he was less successful in his attempt to privatize state-run liquor operations and to reform the state's pension system. Unlike last year's session, which yielded modest successes, McDonnell undertook a more aggressive approach to the General Assembly's 47-day session this year.

Maryland and medical marijuana. Efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Maryland were dealt a potentially fatal blow Monday after Gov. Martin O'Malley's chief public health adviser said the administration opposes legislation under consideration in the General Assembly in part because he said it "does not provide for meaningful limits." The position was a reversal for the O'Malley administration, which last year supported a similar bill.

Questionable spending? A report from Fox 5 is raising questions about spending by Allen Sessoms, president of the University of the District of Columbia. Sessoms's job comes with a $295,000 salary, a Lincoln Navigator and gas, and a $1.6 million home in Northwest -- paid for by the university. But documents obtained by the station through a Freedom of Information Act request show Sessoms also spends tens of thousands of dollars on high-priced hotels and airfare.

In short. The D.C. Department of Health has issued a measles alert to residents and visitors about a potential measles exposure in some areas of the city between Feb. 20-22. (Post); There were more Metro escalator problems during Monday evening's commute -- this time at the Dupont Circle station. (Post); A van smashed into a garage in the Glenn Dale area of Prince George's County Monday morning after the van's driver apparently swerved to avoid a police cruiser that had struck a deer on Enterprise Road. (Post)

Other items.

Break out the syrup. It's National Pancake Day. To celebrate, participating D.C.-area IHOPs, including the one in Columbia Heights, are giving away a free short stack of pancakes in hopes that patrons will make a donation to the National Capital Area Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). A similar partnership during last year's pancake celebration raised $76,000 for the National Capital Area Chapter of LLS. (New Columbia Heights)

In a theater near you. The Academy Awards may be over, but you can still watch some of those Oscar-nominated performances, including Colin Firth (sigh) in "The King's Speech" on the big screen.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great rest of the day. Don't forget to check back with us for more headlines and updates throughout the day. And if you're on Facebook, be sure to become a "fan" of PostLocal. (It will make my bosses really, really happy.)

By Washington Post editors  | March 1, 2011; 8:32 AM ET
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To paraphrase Jerry Maguire, you had me at "pancakes."

Posted by: krickey7 | March 1, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse

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