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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 06/23/2011

A.M. Buzz: Reservist linked to building shootings, handyman says PCP made him kill

Good morning.

The Marine reservist who captured the attention of police (and commuters) last week with his behavior in Arlington National Cemetery has been linked to a series of shootings in the fall of military buildings, including recruiting centers, the Pentagon and the Marine Corps museum, two federal law enforcement sources said.

A handyman accused of killing a well-known art restorer last July at her studio near White Flint Mall in Montgomery County said at his trial yesterday he was high on PCP and crack cocaine at the time and barely remembers the crime.

Attacks on three Metrobus drivers in less than two weeks have prompted calls for action and attention by the drivers. Some drivers are talking about not showing up for work today, in a wildcat strike not sanctioned by their union.


Former Post reporter Jose Antonio Vargas went public with his undocumented status this week. (Bonnie Jo Mount - The Washington Post)

You might remember the byline of Jose Antonio Vargas, who worked for The Washington Post for a number of years and was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Virginia Tech slayings. Vargas, born in the Philippines, disclosed in a recent article that he’s been an undocumented immigrant since he was a child, and he kept that secret from virtually everyone, including his employers.

Local obit: John M. Couric, father to broadcaster Katie Couric, died yesterday in Arlington. He was a former journalist who turned to public relations to support his family.

Police escorts: D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier will testify today before a D.C. Council committee on police escorts for celebrities, an issue that attracted attention when bad boy/actor Charlie Sheen came to town.

The Daily Gripe is an entertaining little feature in which we try to solve everyday problems that readers have. Today’s item: Tourists who waited 30 minutes at a taxi stand at Nationals Park while cabs were picking others up elsewhere, willy-nilly. (I saw no taxis after the game last night, but there were lots of pedi-cabs.)

Beach weather is upon us, and if you dream of a well-designed beach home, the Post magazine has some photos and tips for you. How about a no-kitsch, eco-friendly home? A modern home without the seashell lamp? A designer will join Post staffer Terri Sapienza today at 11 a.m. for a live chat on the subject.

We’ll be dreaming of the beach but working the news at PostLocal today. Follow us on Twitter @postlocal or Facebook.

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