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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 05/09/2011

A.M. Buzz: Political polls, classic tunes

Good morning. This was a fine weekend in the Washington area; we hope you got out to enjoy it, as did the First Couple. We’re going to have a spectacular week of weather ahead.


A bit of politics? You undoubtedly saw the polls over the weekend that said former Virginia governors Tim Kaine and George Allen are in a theoretical dead heat for the open U.S. Senate seat; that the D.C. Council is divided on the mayor’s budget cuts, even if city residents are not; and that President Obama’s approval numbers bumped up in Virginia after the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Success in urban schools. The District’s College Access Program, which sponsors a citywide network of advisers who help students with college admissions and financial aid, is a rare example of sustained success in the perennially troubled city school system, says education writer Dan DeVise.

Cured the disease, lost the patient? They say the economy is better (if you’re looking for venture capital), but in the Washington area, at least, small businesses remain reluctant to hire, according to the quarterly Market Pulse survey from Capital One bank.


A pair of osprey have nested on a construction crane and halted construction in Anacostia Park. (Sarah L. Voisin - THE WASHINGTON POST)
It’s a ... bird! A pair of osprey appear to be incubating a little osprette in their nest above the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. Construction workers, those soft-hearted bundles of emotion, are suspending work on that part of the trail til the offspring are born and take flight.

Groovin’ to the tunes. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, crooner Harry Connick Jr. and others this morning will introduce the National Jukebox, a new free interactive Web site, that at launch will feature some 10,000 historic sound recordings. What, you have to ask? PostLocal will bring you details as soon as it happens.

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