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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/22/2011

A.M. Buzz: Get free coffee, and wave to the papparazzi

Good morning and happy Friday (and happy morning and Good Friday, as well).

If you drive in, the commute isn’t too bad this morning (but that can change in an instant).

Still waking up? Take your reuseable mug and stand in line for a free cup of coffee at Starbucks. Happy Earth Day! We’ll have a story later today on those disposable water bottles that are now verboten for eco-conscious citizens. And there will be an 11 a.m. Q and A with the head of the National Parks Foundation.

Rick Barton (L) and Larry Ballard (R) have a quiet moment at they wait between customer inside Nichols Hardware . Rick has been with the store for 27 years. Larry has worked there for 7 years. (Tracy A. Woodward - THE WASHINGTON POST)
Nichols Hardware in Purcellville has been part of the community for nearly a century. But after two family tragedies, can a small business like this one survive another generation?

Uh-oh, winning George Mason University basketball coach JimLarranaga is meeting with University of Miami officials about the coach opening there.

If you thought papparazzi were limited to European capitals, New York and Hollywood, guess again. They are in Washington, too, and we take you into their obsessed, celebrity-centric world. (Take a ride-along, with this video.)
Country music singer Reba McEntire signs autographs while being photographed by a few paparazzi outside the Opera House of the Kennedy Center. (Marvin Joseph - THE WASHINGTON POST)

That’s no excuse for an 80 mph official police escort of falling TV star Charlie Sheen because he was late to work. No one will ’fess up to authorizing it and the incident is under investigation.

Weekend plans. Where to go for late night grub; best events include a Morgan Freeman retrospective series at AFI, a performance of works choreographed by Martha Graham and the Newseum’s pictures of the year; and a review of the Caribbean, a local band that’s in no hurry.

LATE ADDITION: Chuck Brown, the godfather of go-go, plays Montgomery College Performing Arts Center in Silver Spring tonight, and in DC Saturday. Go! Go!

We’re in a hurry to get more news to you. Keep an eye on PostLocal today; we’ll have more!

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