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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/22/2011

Heat doesn’t wither news or fun

Good morning. Hang in there; the peak of the heat wave starts today and we have a Code Red on air quality. Twenty-two people across the nation have died already from this heat.


Coming today: Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is expected to announce sponsorship of a gay-marriage bill; Chesapeake Bay clean up bills are expected to move through Congress; and D.C. Council member Harry Thomas may file a response to charges made against him by the local attorney general.

Lots of great local stories are planned for the weekend, and this might just be the time to kick back in the shade with a cool drink and read. We can’t reveal them all, but here’s an early peek: the magazine will look Washington as seen by non-locals: a European, the Koweta Creek tribe from Oklahoma, and Michigan eighth-graders.


The Washington Post's Tim Smith donned the costume of a Civil War-era reporter -- complete with top hat -- while covering the events in Manassas, Va., for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Bull Run. (Courtesy Tim Smith)
Maybe it’s just me, but the last place I’d want to be in this heat is at a Civil War reenactment. However, intrepid reporter Tim Smith dons the garb and makes it sound fun, as he live-blogs the goings-on at Bull Run this week.

Weekends are full of great opportunities for fun, and my go-to guide is Best Bets, which this weekend alerts us to a Marvin Gaye tribute at the Warner Theater and blue crabs and bluegrass on the waterfront.

Metrorail and Metrobus riders who use electronic farecards will soon be able to add money to their cards online. That’s one of a number of initiatives that WMATA has planned in the coming months, reporter Dana Hedgpeth says.

White Flint, along Rockville Pike, will undergo a huge makeover, the Montgomery County Council has decided.

More, please: You’ll find a lot more news and features at PostLocal all day (and all night).

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