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Posted at 6:00 PM ET, 02/18/2010

Evening news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good evening. We'll start with the good news. The Capital Weather Gang reports that this week's "warming" trend will continue. Of course we say “warming” because, well, temperatures in the 40’s with 10 to 15 mph winds still seem kind of chilly – but when compared to what we’ve had over the last few weeks, tomorrow will be practically balmy. And you know what warmer weather means? Melting snow.

And speaking of melting snow – there was a bit of a meltdown on NBC 4 where Mayor Adrian Fenty was pummeled with questions about the mounds of snow and ice still on city streets and about poor trash collection during an interview with anchor Eun Yang. Fenty seemed exasperated saying that the snow would melt when it gets warm. Ouch.

Snow dangers. The giant piles of snow can make driving and walking dangerous. Authorities believe snow accumulation may have been a factor in the death of a pedestrian who was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver as he walked on Branch Avenue this morning. Asa Fukuhara, 32, was an engineer with the USDA. Police say he was on his way to the Metro but because the sidewalks were covered in two feet of snow and ice, he was walking on the road. (WJLA)

Fallout from Metro's Red Line crash. The NTSB voted today to add subway car design to its list of "most wanted" safety improvements. The change is designed to prevent the kind of collapse that took place during the fatal crash on Metro's Red Line in June, which killed nine and injured 80.

Body found in Prince George's. Prince George’s County police are investigating what happened to a woman who was found dead outside a youth facility on Frank Tippett Road. Sources said the 48-year-old woman, who was a counselor at the Murphy School housed next to a juvenile detention facility, appeared to have been bludgeoned. WUSA also has the story.

Metro fare increase? Riders might want to get used to paying more for Metro. A temporary 10 cent fare increase is slated to go into effect Feb. 28 and now it appears that the board is considering a fare hike that could go into effect in July. Under the plan, the base train fare would rise to $1.90 during rush hour and $1.55 during off-peak hours. Other Metro news that might not seem so newsy: a new report from WMATA shows that -- surprise -- there are more train delays.

In short: A Frederick County man has been found guilty and could face jail time in connection with his dog's heatstroke death (WJLA); A favorite spot of bald eagles (and fans of bald eagles) is on the list of Virginia parks that could be shut down under a proposal by Gov. Robert McDonnell (R) (WJLA); The Hirshhorn Museum has received approval to install a giant "balloon" on top of its roof.

All together now – awwwwwww. Because we can’t possibly resist cute animal pictures. The National Zoo today announced the Feb. 14 birth of two clouded leopard cubs. They weighed in at just under a half pound at birth. No names yet, since it’s too early for zoo officials to know whether they’re boys or girls. You can see them in action via clouded leopard cam. And for those who still can't get enough, here's a photo gallery of clouded leopard cubs born at the facility last March.

Thanks for reading. Have a good night. Check back with us for more headlines.

By Washington Post editors  | February 18, 2010; 6:00 PM ET
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