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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/12/2011

Getting tough with Pepco, gas stations, lunch

Good morning. It’s going to be another scorcher this afternoon, so if you’re one of the 8,000 or so without power after last night’s oh-so-brief rainstorm, make plans now.

A timely get-tough-with-Pepco movement emerged yesterday from District regulators, who threatened to fine the power company unless it improves service. The utility applied for a 5.3 percent rate increase.

Gasoline sparks: The D.C. Council is also considering tough new legislation that could change how gas stations operate in the city. Eyob “Joe” Mamo, who owns and supplies gasoline to about half the stations in the city, is not happy.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is drawing the line on how much of his state’s money is dedicated to the Dulles rail project. It’s all part of the pressure elected leaders are putting on the appointed airports authority board, which wants to build a more expensive underground Metro station there.

Why is the new escalator at Foggy Bottom’s Metro station such a big deal? Because it’s the first one in a decade at an existing Metro stop and because it’s the first of 140 replacements over the next five to six years. Dana Hedgpeth’s story gives you a good, in-depth look at the issue.

Another installment of Night Lives, our ongoing summer series, puts you in a Mount Pleasant laundromat with men who could tell you stories about the past, the future and an upcoming date to the zoo.

Michelle Obama got a bit of a workout during a trip to Cape Town, South Africa.
You may have heard about Michelle Obama’s 1,700-calorie lunch order at Shake Shack yesterday. The runners and bicyclists in the newsroom amused themselves figuring out how long it would take the First Lady to burn off the burger, fries, chocolate shake and Diet Coke; but we knew about it because one of our own was lunching over there — a not- unusual destination for less-than-fit Post employees.

Dalai Lama related news: Columnist Petula Dvorak on the low-key Buddhists in Washington and blogger Tom Jackman on the Buddhist temple in Sterling..

We’ll have more all day at PostLocal. We’ll try to be peaceful about it. Namaste.

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