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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/08/2011

A.M. Buzz: TGIF, Nats lose, schools tested

Good morning. TGIF, but apparently many of us prefer Thank God It’s Thursday.


Coming up today: A new jobs report comes out at 8:30 a.m., and D.C. schools’ test scores will be released at 10 a.m. We’ll have both on PostLocal.

The federal Department of Education is involved in the investigation of the high rate of erasures on D.C. students’ earlier tests, the local inspector general’s office told reporter Bill Turque.

We usually avoid traffic reports here because there are so many and most clear up by the time people read this blog. (See Dr. Gridlock if you’re obsessed/fascinated by traffic news.) But last night, one man was killed and four others seriously injured on the outer loop of the Beltway after two vehicles pulled over to fix a flat. Two children were among the injured. Oh, and traffic was disrupted.

Opponents of a new law that gives undocumented immigrants in-state tuition discounts at Maryland’s public colleges have gathered enough signatures to suspend the law and force a statewide referendum, the first time in 20 years that a petition drive has succeeded in getting on the ballot.


Washington Nationals first baseman Michael Morse hangs his head in the dugout during the ninth inning of the game last night. The Washington Nationals lost 10-9. (Toni L. Sandys - WASHINGTON POST)
For fear of a jinx, I didn’t want to mention the Nats’ amazing winning streak. That fear has passed, after they blew an eight-run lead and lost last night — to the Cubs! Argghhh!

When Fridays roll around, those of us who are still in the office are sprinting to finish our work and don't have time to plan the weekend. That’s where the Going Out Guide comes in, and here’s its list of best events for the next three months. Voila! Your planning problems are solved.

It’s going to pour this afternoon, so be prepared. Best to stay inside and follow us on Twitter @postlocal, Facebook or the good ol’ PostLocal web page.

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