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Posted at 5:55 PM ET, 03/10/2010

Wednesday evening roundup

By Washington Post editors

A very busy Wednesday around the region. Maryland's House Judiciary Committee is considering closing the state's only secure detention center for girls, hundreds of people are protesting the plan to have an imam give the opening prayer to the Virginia House of Delegates and the District has decided to let some folks light up for St. Patrick's Day.

Officials say the Thomas J.S. Waxter Center, the state's detention center for girls, is so old and outdated that it may need to be shut. It's unlikely that will happen, but questions have been raised about whether girls can be rehabilitated at the facility.

Some Virginia residents are asking how a convicted sex offender was allowed to teach piano lessons to kids. WJLA 7 is reporting that Charles Dillon, who has been charged with possessing child pornography, teaches piano lessons. Some his students are children, and it's not against the law.

In the District, homicide detectives are investigating the death of a 10-month-old girl who lapsed into unconsciousness Tuesday night while being cared for by a nanny. The child suffered "a possible injury to the neck," police said. Reports from WUSA 9 and WJLA 7.

Imam Abdul-Malik of the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center was asked to give the opening prayer Thursday for the Virginia House of Delegates. But hundreds of people are now urging leaders to revoke his invitation; they have accused him of condoning violence and defending the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Apparently french fries and pizza weren't the only things being bought at the food court at Tysons Corner Center mall. Five men were arrested and charged with selling ecstasy and marijuana in the mall following a yearlong undercover investigation.

Get your lighters out -- at least for one day. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has signed legislation that grants a one-time exemption to the District's smoke-free laws for the annual March 17 gathering of the all-male Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, which hosts the 640-person celebration of Irish American culture at the Capital Hilton.

And finally, break out your umbrellas. The sun is going to disappear for a few days. The Capital Weather Gang says to prepare for an "onslaught of rain." Thursday, rain. Friday, rain. Saturday, well you get the picture. At least it's not snow.

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By Washington Post editors  | March 10, 2010; 5:55 PM ET
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia, Weather  
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