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Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 07/28/2011

A.M. Buzz: Redskins trades, Date Lab’s record

Good morning. The march of 90-degree days continues this July 28, as summer nears its apex. The weather is going to get ugly tomorrow, so live for today.

The cursed football franchise known as the Washington Redskins hasn’t just traded Donovan McNabb — it also traded Albert Haynesworth this morning to the Patriots.

Pietro Sambi, the Vatican’s ambassador to the U.S., died overnight of complications related to lung surgery.

When is gentrification community improvement? A lot of young black professionals are pioneering the renewal in Anacostia, in Southeast D.C. But they struggle with the term “gentrifier.”

The wild Assateague ponies are seen swimming across the Assateague Channel during the Chincoteague Pony Swim. We have a gallery of photos. (Ricky Carioti - The Washington Post)
A lot of tranportation news this morning, apart from the usual traffic mess: a profile of the (relatively) new chief of DDOT; Capital Bikeshire plans to expand in the District; D.C. is offering amnesty for overdue parking tickets; and Metro is going to replace all three long escalators at the Bethesda stop. Most of this turns up first at Dr. Gridlock’s blog.

One of the little delights of The Washington Post is a weekly publication called Local Living. Today, it has advice on starting your fall and winter garden now; a political salon on the Hill; and a guide to blenders, which should be getting a workout about now.

Here’s a beat-the-heat tip: LivingSocial (run by Post CEO Don Graham’s son-in-law) is offering ice cream socials via its Instant Deals in downtown D.C. today if you want to be the big person in your office of 20, 30 or 40 (or you could buy twice for bigger groups).

Sunday marks Five Years of Date Lab. Restrain your snark and consider who got hitched, who got ditched and what we’ve learned in our quest for the spark of love.

I was out of the newsroom for most of yesterday, covering the beginning of the closing of Walter Reed Army Medical Center. When I returned, here’s what was in my inbox: at least 27 local stories published on PostLocal , many in our blogs, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. That’s why we advise keeping an eye on us; why not be the smartest person in your cube farm?

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