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Posted at 08:22 AM ET, 08/10/2011

A.M. Buzz: On jobs, police and good news

Good morning. Bear with us — there’s a payoff to the bad news today.

Getting real: After all the high-flown rhetoric of the past week about deficit ceilings and debt caps, here’s some ground truth — 4,121 job seekers turned up at an unemployment fair yesterday in Washington, 1,000 more than last year. Here are some personal stories from the jobless ranks.

“It’s breaking records, and it’s breaking my heart.” — Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, on the turnout at a jobs fair

For a department based on chain-of-command, the Metropolitan Police Department has more than its share of internal strife. The head of the special operations unit is publicly protesting his demotion by chief Cathy Lanier, who is also getting some criticism from other quarters for her strict discipline in the ranks.

Bob Jones poses with a bullet from the 1863 battle of Gettysburg that was discovered in a tree trunk at Gettysburg National Military Park. The bullet is the white blob. (James Kirby / National Park Service)
The past is still with us, in two parts: Bullets from the battle of Gettysburg (1863) were found in an old tree, and archaeologists at the College of William and Mary believe they have uncovered the foundations of an old slave cabin from a century earlier.

Murder for nothing: If the initial report is correct, a man in Capitol Heights lost his life after a dispute over a broom.

Blue crabs are starting to come back in the Chesapeake Bay, and watermen are eager to resume scooping them out and selling them for our gustatory enjoyment. Not so fast, fisheries regulators say.

Smoke from a distant fire: Did you smell that? Smoke from a fire in the Great Dismal Swamp, 200 miles south, drifted into our area yesterday, puzzling residents and firefighters.

Finally, the importance of finding good in daily life. Sometimes it can feel like we all live in the Great Dismal Swamp of News. But look for the small pleasures — a good lunch, friends have a new baby, the smell of freshly cut grass. Read this — you will feel better, guaranteed.

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