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Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 08/18/2011

A.M. Buzz: Watch your friends, door and posterior


Good morning. Today’s life lessons: Listen to your friends, be wary of letting young men into your home or a stranger close to your posterior, and when times get tough, turn to your family.

Friends had warned Viola Drath, 91, about her much-younger husband, but she was deaf to their pleas, perhaps because she was so lonely after her first husband’s death. Albrecht Muth was charged this week with Drath’s murder and with forging an inheritance document. Reporter Jenna Johnson, below, talks about the e-mails that Muth sent her.

A 15-year-old boy who grew up across the street from 92-year-old Thelma Steele in Forestville was arrested yesterday in her murder. His alleged motive apparently was robbery, but he is accused of stabbing and beating her to death.

The recession pushed more people in the Washington area into living with relatives and friends, according to new census figures showing a sharp rise in families who have taken in adult children, siblings, parents and roommates.


Politics and Prose, an independent bookstore, stays busy even midday. Joan Dawkins, left, Lili Sun (back of head) and writer Kay Jamison peruse books before they purchase them. (Katherine Frey - The Washington Post)
Despite a brutal economy, despite the dominance of online retailers, despite the daunting illiteracy of much of the population, the small, independently owned bookstore is staging a modest rebirth. Really.

Why haven’t the police caught the guy who has slashed several women’s posteriors? An inquiring columnist wants to know.

Cross your fingers: Those of you who aren’t familiar with transportation reporter Ashley Halsey, you need to know that he has a history of biting it big time. He has broken a hip and injured his spine in two separate biking accidents. And the last time he flew in a plane for a story, the vintage aircraft flipped over while landing on the runway – on video, no less. Today he’s back in the air to report on a flight association that is promoting education about World War II by touring the country in a B-17 Flying Fortress.

Set someone up on a blind date: Who wouldn’t love to have a magazine pair them with a stranger for a blind date? Recently, we offered social-media-savvy would-be daters the chance to jump the line to the top of Date Lab’s overflowing database. We’ve narrowed it down to five people. Now it’s your turn to read their bios and vote on who needs a date the most. (Lauren is voting for the guy with the french fries up his nose.)

Coming later today: A plan to consider District schools for possible closing; a briefing by military officials on the impending transfer of Walter Reed patients and personnel to Bethesda and Fort Belvoir; Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks to the Joint Money Committees of the General Assembly (not the Republican Governors’ Association, which we erroneously said earlier); our huge coverage of the opening of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial begins. It will all be on PostLocal.

By and Lauren Abdel-Razzaq  |  08:32 AM ET, 08/18/2011

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