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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 08/12/2011

A.M. Buzz: 511 for traffic, Aruba disappearance

Good morning, and happy Friday.

D.C. Council members have used an independent nonprofit organization to steer millions of taxpayer dollars to favored charities, often with ties to friends or campaign donors.

Any plans for 111? We’ve got 911 for emergencies, 311 for information and now, Montgomery County has 511 for real-time traffic info. Just don’t call from behind the wheel.

When robbing a bank, don’t wear neon green: Police are looking for a man involved in a lot of local bank robberies lately — at least half of the eight bank robberies in Arlington County this year.

Two people were killed in a traffic accident in Southeast Washington that closed Southern Avenue this morning.

The Montgomery County man being held in Aruba as part of the high-profile missing-persons case of Robyn Gardner is no longer cooperating, authorities said as they appealed to the public for help.

Shortly before 7am, CR Wilson and his crew return with a scow full of menhaden to sell for bait. (Sarah L. Voisin - THE WASHINGTON POST)
Enough crime — let’s look at a beautiful photo essay of the life of a waterman out in Tilghman, Md.

Here’s something a little different: A shy and fearful black Lab-mix dog who came to Beltsville as a rescue animal disappeared in late June. A huge search effort has ensued, including a thousand fliers and a thousand postcards, a dog tracker and searches through Little Paint Branch Park. Lilly’s best dog-friend has even been flown in from New England. Multiple sightings have been reported, but to no avail.

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