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Posted at 8:15 AM ET, 03/10/2011

A.M. Buzz: Rain, blue crabs, Easter Egg Roll

By Lori Aratani
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's Thursday. You will need an umbrella today and quite possibly an ark. Headlines today? While much attention in Maryland has focused on efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in the state, another issue is also stirring great emotion: the question of whether undocumented immigrants should received in-state tuition benefits at Maryland's public colleges? A vote on the measure could come as early as Monday. In D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray has hired attorney Robert S. Bennett, who represented President Bill Clinton in the Monica Lewinsky affair, as an investigation continues into allegations that Gray campaign officials offered a rival candidate favors in exchange for verbal attacks on Adrian Fenty. And in Virginia, a new report shows that budget cuts have been among the toughest on mental health programs.

Coming up:

Rain, rain, rain. It's going to be tough to stay dry today. The Capital Weather Gang is saying we'll have "rivers" of rain today and may possibly break rainfall records. The current record for March 10 is 1.65 inches, set in 1888 in Washington. It'll rain for most of the day with heavy downpours and thunder possible in the afternoon. Temperatures should be in the high 50's to low 60's. Be careful out there -- whether you're walking, driving or taking public transportation.

Metro board meetings. A day after their chief executive appeared before a D.C. oversight committee, Metro's Board of Directors is set to meet in executive session today. Several board committees including the Customer Service and Operations Committee and the Governance Committee are also scheduled to meet.

Easter Egg Roll lottery. The lottery for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll has opened and you'll have until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday to enter. It can be a tough ticket to get: Last year there were 250,000 requests for tickets; about 30,000 attendees ultimately attended the festivities. Good luck!

Today's headlines:

Fixes could take years. As regular riders of the Metro system's buses and trains, we probably already know this: The system is old and many of its pieces -- escalators, buses, even security cameras -- are sorely in need of repair or replacement. On Wednesday, General Manager Richard Sarles said during a D.C. Council hearing that it will take years for the agency to fix the problems. Sarles' testimony is part of an effort to lobby for funding. Legislation in the House could eliminate $150 million in federal funds for Metro - and would trigger the loss of another $150 million in local matching funds.

D.C. officers in court. Three D.C. police officers accused of trying to purchase stolen electronics made their first court appearance on Wednesday. It was the second time in three days that officers in the District faced allegations of wrongdoing. On Monday, another officer was in court on charges she accepted money she thought had been stolen.

In short. Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker is expected to unveil his $2.7 billion budget proposal on Monday (Post); police have found DNA evidence on a glove that links a Lanham man to the alleged New Year's Day slaying of his supervisor at Bethesda's Suburban Hospital. (Post)

Other items:

Crab census. Good news for fans of Maryland's famed blue crabs. The state's Department of Natural Resources says that early data from the crab census show that the blue crab population is healthy. A final tally will be released next month. Last year, the state's blue crab population skyrocketed 60 percent -- their highest level since 1997. (The Baltimore Sun)

College life. Dorms at George Mason and Georgetown University have won a dubious honor: They are among the worst in the nation, according to a new survey. (WTOP)

That's it for now.Thanks for reading and try and stay dry. Be sure to check back with Post Local throughout the day for more headlines and updates. Will we break the rain record for March 10? What are supporters and proponents doing to prepare for the final vote on the legalization of gay marriage in Maryland? We'll have these stories and more.

By Lori Aratani  | March 10, 2011; 8:15 AM ET
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