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Posted at 5:15 PM ET, 02/22/2010

Evening news roundup

By Washington Post editors


Good evening. Has the rain started falling? The Capital Weather Gang says most of the rain should be gone by this evening. Tomorrow will bring temperatures in the 40s with winds and a possible random shower.

Here are this evening’s headlines:

Bowman guilty. Renee Bowman has been found guilty of killing her two adopted daughters and stuffing their bodies in a freezer. Bowman, 44, showed no emotion as the verdict was read in a courtroom in Montgomery County today. The jury in the four-day trial deliberated for about two hours before reaching its verdict. In an earlier trial in Calvert County, Bowman was also found guilty of abusing her surviving adopted daughter and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Rhee releases report on abusive teachers. A dozen D.C. public school teachers have been fired since 2007 for abusing students, according to a report submitted by Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee to D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray. The issue of teacher abuse became a much-talked-about topic after an interview Rhee did with “Fast Company” magazine, in which she asserted that she laid off teachers who’d abused or had sex with students. Last week, Rhee released some details of a case in which a teacher allegedly impregnated an 18-year-old special needs student.The teachers’ union, however, maintains that the charge is unsubstantiated. Here’s a copy of Rhee's report to Gray.

Fare increases. Several local transit systems will implement 10-cent fare increases starting next week. Beginning Feb. 28, it will cost an additional 10 cents to ride Metro, and Monday, it will cost an additional 10 cents to ride Montgomery County's Ride On buses. The Fairfax Connector's fare increase also kicks in Sunday. The increases are part of an effort to address budget shortfalls and prevent cuts to service. Fare increases on Metro as well as the Fairfax Connector are set to expire at the end of June, but many speculate that they will become permanent, given the transit systems' money troubles.

Nothing to see here, folks. Metro officials will stage a simulated shooting scenario this week as part of a training exercise at the Friendship Heights Metrorail station. It’ll take place after the system closes Wednesday and Thursday. Officials say residents in the area should not be alarmed if they see police activity around the station.

Mosque protest. A group of Muslim women are protesting the worship arrangements at the Islamic Center of Washington. WAMU-FM (88.5) reports that about 20 women were asked to leave the Islamic Center of Washington after trying to pray in the main hall. Police were called to the center by mosque officials, and the women were told to leave or be arrested.

In short: A former GWU employee has been arrested for making threats against the university (GW Hatchet); A bill to increase speed limits on some Virginia roads awaits Gov. Robert McDonnell’s signature. If McDonnell signs the measure, the speed limit on some roads would increase from 65 to 70 mph (WJLA-ABC 7); Two men have been arrested for an alleged attack on a cabdriver (WJLA).

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By Washington Post editors  | February 22, 2010; 5:15 PM ET
 
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