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Posted at 08:33 AM ET, 04/20/2011

A.M. Buzz: Shad planks at the ready

Good morning. It’s spring, so it’s time for shad planking in Virginia. Not familiar with this rural political tradition? Here’s a primer. (Personally, I prefer salmon.)

Remember that mayor who was evicted from her home and who reportedly ran up $7,500 on a city credit card for personal expenses? She says she has repaid all but $1,000 to Brentwood, Md.

That whole controversy about spending an extra $330 million to build the Dulles Metrorail station 1,150 feet closer to the terminal? It takes four minutes to walk the extra distance, according to Sharon Bulova, head of the Fairfax Board of Supervisors who walked it. See video.

You’ll be surprised to learn that D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s arrest last week on Capitol Hill was perhaps not as spontaneous as he’s been saying. We’re just sayin’...

Something to think about: If you could write a secret message in invisible ink, what would you say? The Post’s Peter Finn writes about some documents released by the CIA on Tuesday, and most had to do with invisible ink.

Coming up:

We’ll have more on the shad planking, including a photo gallery of years past.

And later today, the Virginia board that regulates adoptions will take up the case of gay couples who want to adopt children. It’s currently illegal in the Old Dominion for gay pairs to legally adopt.

If William Donald Schaefer was on your friends list, you’ll want to be sure to make it to either Baltimore or Annapolis next week, where the late former governor of Maryland will lie in state.

There’s been talk for years about putting a rapid bus line down the middle of K Street NW in downtown DC. The idea gets another airing this afternoon at the Transportation Planning Board of the National Capital Region.

The White House Correspondents Dinner always has celebs. But are this year’s invitees just a little bit more — I don’t know — tawdry than other years?

Plans for Friday night, April 29? We hear there’s going to be a flash mob on the Mall, with participants performing the dance from Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” at 7 p.m. It’s World Dance Day and this also has something to do with Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign. Check your favorite social media for details..

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