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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 05/18/2011

A.M. Buzz: Gas prices, plea deals and best burgers

Good morning. Watch out for flash floods and coastal flooding today, even if the skies look clear.


If you buy gasoline from a Shell or Exxon station in Washington, you are almost certainly using a pump owned by Joe Mamo. And he says he feels your pain with that $4-plus per gallon fuel, because his profits are down 20 to 30 percent, he told reporter Mike DeBonis. Mamo’s under investigation by the feds.


Former Prince Georges County executive Jack B. Johnson, center, walked with his pastor, Jonahan Weaver, left, and lawyer Billy Martin, right, as he left at the federal courthouse yesterday. (Mark Gail - THE WASHINGTON POST)
Former Prince Georges County Executive Jack B. Johnson admitted in court yesterday that he took more than $400,000 in bribes , shaking down developers almost as soon as he took office. The former prosecutor pleaded guilty to extortion and witness- and evidence-tampering. Meanwhile, the county has recorded 45 homicides so far this year, and county workers will get no raises-- but perhaps bonuses.

Police seek help in the investigation of a home invasion that happened a year ago. The burglars, who fatally shot a heroic handyman as he defended a Centreville family, were hiding in the garage of the mansion for about 30 minutes before the victim spotted them, Fairfax County police said Tuesday.

The Washington Wizards got the 6th pick in the NBA draft yesterday, so it’s unlikely we’ll land another John Wall. Former Washington Senators slugger Harmon Killebrew died of cancer yesterday at his home in Arizona.

It’s the day after that New York import, the Shake Shack, opened here, so the question arises: Where can I get D.C.’s best burger? Ray’s Hell Burger and Five Guys are currently leading the pack, but you still have time to vote.

We’ll have more meaty news and features throughout the day on PostLocal, so be sure and pay us a few visits.

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