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Posted at 4:13 PM ET, 01/22/2010

Evening news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good evening. Despite fears of a wintry mess, today's wintry mix was pretty darn tame. It's chilly, that's for certain, but the ground is dry. There'll be sun tomorrow, but rain will return Sunday, the Capital Weather Gang says.

Now for your evening headlines.

Rhee delivers another shocker. Say what you want about D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee but you have to admit, the woman is never boring. Whether she’s firing teachers, carrying a broom or sending Georgetown parents into a tizzy, she knows how to make headlines. And today, she made a doozy of one with the news that she told folks at Fast Company magazine that some of the teachers who were laid off last fall had had sex with students. Rhee is short on details – The Post’s Bill Turque is still waiting for answers. We’ll let you know when she rings him back.

Endorsement for O'Malley. Gov. Martin O'Malley picked up an early reelection endorsement from the Maryland League of Conservation Voters. Also, WTOP. Still despite that – and despite the governor's huge war chest ($5.7 million in the bank), he still could face a challenge in the Democratic primary. Former Prince George’s County executive Wayne K. Curry is hinting he might run against O'Malley.

A deep-pocketed challenger for Fenty? O’Malley might not be the only local politician facing a reelection challenge. Billionaire real estate mogul Don Peebles, who just announced he wouldn't run, might be back in the race reports the Washington Business Journal. Peebles told the newspaper he thinks he’s just the person to pull D.C. out of its current economic slump.

Gloomy employment picture in D.C. Speaking of economics, there was more not so great economic news out today. Despite adding 600 jobs during the month of December, the unemployment rate in D.C. inched up from 11.9 percent to 12.1 percent, according to a Department of Employment Services report. Between December 2008 and December 2009, the District lost 2,400 private-sector jobs but has been able to offset that with an additional 7,800 government jobs, primarily at the federal level. All in all, the number of jobs in the city increased 6.1 percent. However, over the same time span the number of unemployed in the city went up by 12,600, from 27,400 to 40,000.

Can you find me? New data from comScore, a Reston-based firm that tracks Internet search traffic says that 29 million internet searches are done every minute, worldwide.

Smile! If you’re seeing a lot of flashing while driving along Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase there’s a reason: seems the speed cameras along that stretch of road are taking too many pictures, village Police Chief Roy Gordon tells WTOP. Nearly 200 duplicate speed camera photographs have been snapped in Chevy Chase Village since the beginning of the month, and there could be more. If you think you received a duplicate ticket, there's a toll-free number on the back of the ticket you can call to report it.

Thanks for reading. Have a nice evening and a most excellent weekend. Remember, you can follow up on Twitter @postmetro.

By Washington Post editors  | January 22, 2010; 4:13 PM ET
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