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Posted at 7:51 AM ET, 12/24/2010

Buzz: Foreclosures, free parking and cheer

By Elizabeth Flock
Elizabeth Flock

Good morning and happy Christmas Eve. I'm Elizabeth Flock, pitching in on Lori's A.M. Buzz while Lori's away.

If you're still in town, Washington's Department of Public Works has a Christmas gift for its drivers today and tomorrow: free parking. Well, sort of. Check Dr. Gridlock for details in your area, and for D.C.'s public transportation holiday schedule. Check here for Christmas Eve closings of banks, courts, liquor stores and more.

Odds of a big weekend snow are down. Capital Weather Gang gives only a 30 percent chance of snow on Christmas, and the big snowstorm predicted for Sunday looks like it may pass over the area. So, you travelers trying to get back Sunday -- take a breath! 

Need to know:

Cops' off-duty work probed in Pr. George's. Interim Prince George's Police Chief Mark Magaw has appointed a major whose sole job is to examine how the department handles off-duty employment. It's part of an effort to end practices that contributed to the November indictment of three officers in a federal corruption case for smuggling black-market cigarettes and booze.

Virginia puts homeowners on fast track to foreclosure. Since the meltdown in the housing market began more than three years ago, Maryland and the District have changed their foreclosure laws to give borrowers greater protection. Virginia has moved in the opposite direction. Homeowners can receive less than two weeks' notice that their house is about to be sold on the courthouse steps, making it virtually impossible for them to fight foreclosure.

Want to know:

Metro employee spreads Christmas cheer with annual holiday display
. Wilita Wright decorates her stations with everything from blow-up snowmen to polar bears, candy canes and blinking lights.  "People tend to be kind of Grinchy when they get off the Metro, but you can't help but smile when you see the lights and decorations and music. It puts a lilt in your walk," she says.

That's it for now. We hope you aren't getting Grinchy as Christmas approaches. We're here 24/7, so be sure to check with us for more news, headlines, and tips for holiday travel.

By Elizabeth Flock  | December 24, 2010; 7:51 AM ET
Categories:  Elizabeth Flock, Loris AM Buzz  | Tags:  Loris am buzz  
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