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Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 04/17/2012

Shuttle to arrive today; man rear-ended, robbed; coffee vendors shut out of markets (A.M. Buzz)

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Space shuttle Discovery sits atop NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, waiting to depart for its rendezvous at its new home — the Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center. (Roberto Gonzalez - Getty Images)
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the space shuttle Discovery! The new addition to the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum collection will be making a grand entrance over Washington this morning en route to its new home at the Udvar-Hazy Center. Look to the skies at 10 a.m. for a glimpse.

A man was robbed north of Potomac after his attackers rear-ended his car. Montgomery County police say such ramming-type robberies are rare in the area, but the same men may have attempted a similar robbery in Potomac early this month.

Want to buy gourmet coffee at your local farmer’s market? You may be out of luck. Local roasters are getting shut out of some area events because of restrictions on the sale of products not grown in the immediate area — like coffee beans.

Coming up on PostLocal:

— Check in for full coverage of the space shuttle Discovery’s flight over the Washington region as it makes its way to its new home at the Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center.

— The Virginia General Assembly will reconvene today to vote on a controversial two-year budget that includes funding cuts for Metro’s Silver Line expansion.

— Have a beef about last night’s Caps game against Boston? The Post’s Thomas Boswell will answer your questions about Washington’s sports scene starting at 11 a.m.

By Jimm Phillips  |  08:34 AM ET, 04/17/2012

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