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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/21/2011

Battling the heat, carrying on with family

Good morning. The heat is on, and it’s dangerous. This is likely to affect everything, from your elderly relatives’ health to your commute to commercial openings and closings over the next few days. A tip: Adapt your behavior. (And if you have good advice, send a tweet using the hashtag #DCheat.)

A line of Union troops fires a volley into the South's lines during a re-enactment of the Battle of Bull Run in 2006. (Tracy A. Woodward - The Washington Post)
Nobody really knows how hot it was during the Battle of Bull Run, but diaries tell us it was really hot. We’ll have considerably more information today, on the 150th anniversary of the battle, thanks to reporters at the scene who will live-tweet the re-enactment as it happens. Throughout the day, we’ll have photos from our award-winning photography staff. If you go, carry water, seek shade and don’t be afraid to leave if you get too hot.

Dana Hedgpeth (that would be @Postmetrogirl) will live-tweet the last meeting of the Metro board for the summer. Dr. Gridlock will preview the issues coming up

Street violence, family violence: Fairfax police fatally shot an armed man in Centreville overnight after he refused to drop his weapon, police say. Also, a D.C. man has been indicted on 24 counts, all related to the shooting and killing his teenage daughter last fall. A 53-year-old Springfield man is sought in the killing of his 75-year-old father Tuesday.

Nuclear families: There are a lot of families made up of parents and kids in NoVa, far more than across the rest of the state (or the nation). A really nice interactive graphic tells the story visually.

Nothing wrong with staying indoors and keeping an eye on the world via PostLocal today.

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