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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 09/01/2011

A.M. Buzz: Defending DMV drivers

Good morning. Start your engines, the day has begun.

The Washington Monument has withstood more than a century of storms and scandals but two visitors — last week’s earthquake and a blowhard named Irene — caused cracks and leaks. More damage was found yesterday.

Dive bar no more? The Hawk ‘n’ Dove is sold, and the new owner plans a renovation: He wants more windows, fewer walls and an end to the $2 happy hour beers.

Afternoon traffic at almost a standstill on Massachusetts Avenue NW looking toward Thomas Circle after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Washington area Aug. 23. (Mark Gail - The Washington Post)
Seriously, are we really the nation’s worst drivers? The traffic may be the worst, the roads may be in the bottom 10 (and the road signs certainly are) but do we in the DMV have the worst skill sets behind the wheel, as an insurance company claims? Don’t we get credit for surviving the commute each day?

Curfew debated: Montgomery County is trying to decide whether to restrict nighttime wanderings of teens. On the one hand, there were three incidents; on the other, brawls and violence are already against the law.

No surprise that 15 people have lined up to run for former Prince George’s County council member Leslie Johnson’s seat: The gig pays $96,417, not pocket change in these times of high unemployment. Not that political candidates do it for the money, we’re sure ...

Free the textbooks! No, wait, it’s free textbooks. There’s a movement arising that’s demanding an end to the constantly increasing prices on college texts. Students want affordable or open-source books instead of the high-cost copyright-protected versions.

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