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Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 06/01/2011

PM Buzz: In the dark, and not just about spelling

Since your daily newspaper published, today’s news includes:

Thousands are in the dark; cooling centers are open

Outages are happening all over today, in the midst of a heat wave, but they are particularly affecting the District. Residences are most important, but schools and five city government buildings are in the dark.

No reliable breathalyzer for D.C. for a year

District police and prosecutors will have to rely on urine samples and roadside sobriety tests, because a new breathalyzer program won’t be in place until March.

Race for Cure kicks off Saturday

The annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which support breast cancer research and annually draws tens of thousands of participants, will launch at 5 a.m. Saturday from the National Mall.

Twitter: The politician’s disease?

“Twitter is a disease, plain and simple. It makes people insane. A decade from now I expect the CDC and the FDA will be issuing warnings.” — Amy Argetsinger on why politicians have Twitter accounts, from the chat “Weinergate and more on The Reliable Source.”

Meet our local spellers at the National Spelling Bee

The 84th edition of the National Spelling Bee has begun, and if you want to feel intimidated, check out these pre-teens.

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