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Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 03/21/2011

A.M. Buzz: Lululemon suspect, rain, Twitter’s birthday

Good morning. It’s Monday. and it’s the first day of spring. And on the first full day of Spring we have — rain. Indeed. The Capital Weather Gang says it will be mild today with sunshine and rain showers — some in the morning and some later this afternoon. Temperatures will be in the mid-60’s to 70. Tuesday should be nicer with the rain likely holding off until the evening.

Coming up.

Lululemon suspect in court today. Brittany Norwood, the woman accused of killing her Lululemon co-worker is expected to make her first appearance in court today. Norwood, 27, was arrested Friday and charged in the killing of her co-worker Jayna Murray. Initially, police had thought Norwood was the survivor of a brutal attack at the Bethesda yoga shop, but after further police investigation, her story that pinned the crime on two masked men, did not stand up to scrutiny.

Metro building plan. A public hearing is scheduled today on a plan by Metro officials to spend nearly $851 million in a massive building push. The effort would focus on repairing escalators and elevators as well as investing in new railcars and buses. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. in at Metro headquarters, 600 Fifth Street, NW, in the Board of Directors’ Room. (Washington Examiner)

Today’s headlines.

Outsiders are in. With all that’s been going on with D.C. government lately (fully loaded SUV’s, allegations of nepotism, high salaries for friends and family), it may be easy to forget there’s an election for an at-large council seat set for next month. It’s the seat previously held by now D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown, who has been under fire recently for the fully-loaded SUV he requested and then rejected. A look at the strategy behind the campaigns of some of the candidates in the April 26 race. (Hint: running as an outsider seems to be a very good idea).

More troubles are Arlington. Officials at Arlington Cemetery are facing yet another challenge as they attempt to bring order to America’s premier military burial ground after years of sloppy record keeping and neglect that left many graves mismarked and mismanaged. Now, members of the military who had made reservations in hopes of being buried at Arlington, are finding that Arlington may not be their final resting place after all.

Bikers wanted. Metro officials are looking to woo a new breed of customer to their trains and buses. With ridership expected to surge in the next 20 years, WMATA officials would like to encourage more cyclists to ride the transit system as a way to avoid having to build expensive parking lots for those who commute to stations by car. The math says it all: it costs $1,000 per space for a bicycle, compared to $25,000 for a car.

In short. Oh Christmas tree. Over the weekend, officials with the National Parks Service planted a new National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse near the White House to replace the prior tree that was felled last month by winds (Associated Press); A 61-year-old woman was pulled from the Potomac by rescuers Sunday after her vessel capsized. (Post); Members of Fairfax County’s elite search and rescue team returned home Sunday from Japan. (WTOP)

Other items.

Happy Birthday. Twitter celebrates its fifth birthday today. Hard to believe the social networking tool began with a two word message: “inviting coworkers.” Not exactly, “Mr. Watson — come here — I want to see you,” eh? Do you remember where you were when you sent your first tweet? (CNN)

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and be sure to grab that umbrella before you dash out the door today. Be sure to check back with Post Local throughout the day for more updates and headlines. We’ll bring you the latest news from the first court appearance of the woman accused in the Lululemon slaying case. We’ll also let you know if this is the week former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine announces his candidacy for U.S. Senate.

By  |  09:06 AM ET, 03/21/2011

 
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