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

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Thousands are in the dark; cooling centers are open

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.

Patricia Sullivan covers government, politics and other regional issues in Arlington County and Alexandria. She worked in Illinois, Florida, Montana and California before joining the Post in November 2001.

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