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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 05/17/2011

A.M. Buzz: Politician’s plea, Metro maps, Academic quiz

Good morning. It’s rainy and you know what that means — traffic delays at best, accidents at worst. Be careful out there.

Biggest news of the day (so far): Former Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson will be in federal court at noon today and the word on the street is that he’s likely to plead guilty to something — he was indicted in February on eight charges,
Johnson was arrested after a years-long investigation. ( Linda Davidson - Post)
including bribery, witness and evidence tampering and aiding and abetting. Johnson allegedly took more than $200,000 from a developer in exchange for providing him money from a federal housing program.

Crime roundup: A man has been found fatally shot in Forest Heights. The driver in the triple fatal crash in Olney was drinking, the prosecutor says. The Wire actress Felicia “Snoop” Pearson is scheduled to be arraigned on drug charges in Baltimore today.

Have you heard about the Metro map contest? It’s an unofficial challenge to redesign the iconic subway map. The Greater Greater Washington blog sponsored it and there are now 17 finalists. You are encouraged to vote for your favorite.

Fairfax County Public Schools has issued an official response to a Post story about its handling of the teacher who was found not guilty of molesting a student. Sean Lanigan could seek reimbursement of his $125,000 in legal costs from his teachers associaton, a spokesman said — even though the association could only cover a maximum of $35,000.

Ink-stained wretches saddened as Fairfax County’s free Chronicle newspapers are shutting down, due to over-expansion and related debt, the publisher said.

Costco is coming to Wheaton. An attempt to block the giant retailer failed at the Montgomery County Commission yesterday, so prepare for big shopping trips in 2012.

Before Jeopardy, It’s Academic was where you tested your mastery of obscure knowledge. “It wasn’t like starting high school basketball, but it did have its own dorky sort of cachet,” says George Stephanopoulos, who appeared on a Cleveland version of the show in the 1970s. The show started in Washington, and has reached its 50th anniversary. (Of course we have a quiz for you!)

Everybody wins when you watch PostLocal throughout the day. We’ll have more for you as the day goes on.

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