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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 08/11/2011

A.M. Buzz: Jobs and money, Jack Kent Cooke’s legacy

Good morning. Sunny, low humidity, mid-80 temperatures ... now this will be a perfect summer’s day.

Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but why did the D.C. summer jobs program come in $6 million under budget? Intrepid intern Isaac Arnsdorf notes that the numbers don’t add up.

Wal-Mart is donating $3 million to pay for job-training for 2,000 D.C. residents, part of its efforts to open several stores in the District. The store and its foundation have been pouring millions of dollars into local programs and charities: the Boys & Girls Clubs, the Capital Area Food Bank, the Greater Washington Urban League, school nutrition and a grant to help reduce pollution in the Anacostia River.

More slasher victims are speaking up — that makes nine women since February who report a man cut their buttocks while they were shopping at area malls.

Barbara McKeefery, left, and Chris Megarge are among the growing number of same-sex couples who have children in Easton. The couple has been together for 24 years. (Linda Davidson - The Washington Post)
A lot more people are identifying themselves as part of a same-sex couple to the U.S. Census these days. Maryland has 17,000 same-sex couples , a 51 percent increase over a decade ago. In Virginia, the census counted 20,500 same-sex couples, a 49 percent increase in the past decade.

The Gaithersburg man under suspicion in the disappearance of a Frederick woman in Aruba has twice been accused of domestic abuse or threats here at home, court records show.

Traffic fatalities happen every day, unfortunately, but in Springfield last night, a pickup truck veered across a median strip and struck two other vehicles, killing three. In addition, eight people so far this year have been struck by a Metro train, the latest victim a man with epilepsy who is struggling to recover from his injuries.

Remember Jack Kent Cooke? His former executive assistant does, and her memoir does not paint a pretty picture of the former Redskins owner.

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