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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/27/2011

A.M. Buzz: Curfews, ice cream and post offices

Good morning. We hope you plan to get outside today and enjoy what could be the best weather day in July.


For the weirdest story of the day, could you beat that of “America’s presidential historian” Barry H. Landau? While amassing one of the largest collections of presidential inaugural memorabilia, he built his own legend until yesterday, when he was charged with stealing historic documents from the Maryland Historical Society that prosecutors value at $6 million.

The renovated downtown Silver Spring is a delightful oasis unless you happen upon it at certain times — late at night or when gangs gather. A July 1 gang fight that took police hours to control is one of the incidents behind a move to place a curfew on Montgomery County teens.

A Mount Rainier police officer was indicted on attempted murder and sex-offense charges after a July 2 shooting in Capitol Heights.


In a 2006 photo, three children enjoy their homemade ice cream at Thelma's Country Store in Great Falls. (Nikki Kahn - The Washington Post)
Seniors replace ice cream stand: Allowing a developer of an assisted-living center to build on the site of a former ice cream stand is the kind of ordinary decisions planning boards make every day. But in rural Fairfax County, the decision is controversial.

Hey Mr. Postman: Some 32 post offices in the District, Maryland and Virginia are on the list of those that the U.S. Postal Service wants to close to save money.

Is there a sadder story than that of a child who dies after being forgotten in the back seat of the family car? The National Safety Transportation Board had a roundtable discussion yesterday on what could be done to prevent these awful incidents.

PostLocal will have all kinds of news and features for you today. Just think of us as that beeping in the background of your day.

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