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Posted at 08:11 AM ET, 08/15/2011

A.M. Buzz: Back-to-school looms, keep the local faith

Good morning. After a stormy night, welcome to mid-August.

While some of you are reading this on your tablets from a hammock (don’t get dizzy) or on your cells from a beach chair, others are still recovering from the weekend rush to the malls for back-to-school shopping. Here’s a back-to-school survival guide for students and parents.

The Post’s popular On Faith blog now has a local equivalent: On Faith/Local, subtitled “A conversation on religion and politics in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.”

Visitors view the King statue during a walking tour of the under-construction Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in January. (Ricky Carioti - The Washington Post)
Just a week from now, the new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial opens to the public, and on Aug. 28, the star-studded dedication will take place. Make your plans.

Now here’s a business story all of us can appreciate: A review of the best lunch spots for doing the deal, celebrating the deal or assessing the deal. Expense accounts helpful, but not required.

They won’t say much, but two Washington area groups are in the semifinals for “America’s Got Talent.”

A few crime updates: The death of 91-year-old journalist Viola Drath Friday in her Georgetown home has been classified as a homicide; Gary Giordana of Gaithersburg will face charges in Aruba over the disappearance of Robyn Gardner from Frederick County; a man who was stabbed to death in Southeast D.C. over the weekend has been identified;

A story from the weekend that I recommend to your attention: He served 10 presidents but died alone in squalor. What happened to Theordic James?

We’ll have more news from PostLocal all day on the Web, on Facebook and on Twitter too, @postlocal.

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