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Posted at 5:15 PM ET, 02/17/2010

Evening news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good evening. Today marks one week since our massive "snoverkill" storm. Funny, it seems like just yesterday.

We’ve gotten some interesting feedback on Marion Barry’s current legal troubles. Some folks are just tired of the former mayor and his antics – but other can’t seem to read enough. Two local blogs weigh in on the latest chapter in the Marion Barry saga. Here’s some thoughts from And Now, Anacostia and Congress Heights on the Rise. You can let us know what you think as well. You can post a comment below or on our Facebook page or send an e-mail to postnow@washpost.com. In other Barry news, council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) tells WTOP the D.C. Council should examine possible sanctions against the former mayor, including removing his committee chairmanship. (Barry currently chairs the committee for housing and urban affairs.) More to come.

The courthouse. Lots of courthouse news today. Opening statements in the Renee Bowman trail began. A refresher: Bowman is the Maryland woman who is accused of killing two of her adopted daughters and stuffing their bodies into a freezer. Attorneys for Ingmar Guandique, the man accused of killing federal intern Chandra Levy have asked that the trial be moved out of the District because potential jurors already know too much about the case. And the Robert Wone case is back in the news. Wone is the D.C. lawyer who died under mysterious circumstances in 2006, while spending the night at the house of a college friend. Three men have been charged with obstruction of justice in the case and federal prosecutors say in a court document they are confident the three men know who killed Wone in 2006 and that they plan to introduce previous crimes associated with the men to bolster their case. (Post)

Finally, Jon Gosselin of Jon and Kate fame (or infamy) has reached a settlement in his breach-of-contract lawsuit against TLC. (WJLA)

Hole-y roads. As if the snow hasn’t already caused enough misery for commuters, here’s another thing to worry about: potholes. Turns out this year, melting snow and unseasonable gyrations in temperature have caused lots of pavement-cracking ice overnight, writes The Post’s Ashley Halsey.

Budget cuts in Virginia. Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has released his list of $2.3 billion in recommended budget cuts, just four days before the House and Senate release their versions of the state budget. As The Post reported last night, McDonnell’s plan includes cuts to K-12 education and health and human services.

In short: Good news for those long drives through Virginia because the state has reopened four rest stops along Interstate 81 that were closed last year. A D.C. man died in an early-morning fire in Southeast Washington. The Montgomery County Board of Education has passed its $2.3 billion budget.

Good dog, bad man. A Silver Spring man has been arrested in a poodle for ransom case.

It's getting warmer. The Capital Weather Gang says a slow warming trend should begin tomorrow. A warming trend! At last! Highs are expected to be near 40 and in the low 40s. Enjoy.

Thanks for reading. Hope the commute home is better or if you're at home, hope the snow is melting quickly (but not too quickly). Comments are always welcome below or at postnow@washpost.com.

By Washington Post editors  | February 17, 2010; 5:15 PM ET
 
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