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Posted at 5:19 PM ET, 02/23/2010

Evening news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good evening. Looks like we're on snow watch again. (Hey, remember what we said about shooting the messenger.) The Capital Weather Gang says the rain or snow could come late Wednesday afternoon or evening but the bulk of it is likely to fall overnight or Thursday. Right now, they're predicting a 50 percent chance of two inches or less of accumulation. There's a lot of uncertainty surrounding this potential storm. "Right now we sit on a border between little to perhaps no snow accumulation to the west, and potentially significant snowfall to the east,'' the CWG says.

Now for some non-snow-related headlines.

NTSB begins Metro hearings. The first of three days of National Transportation Safety Board hearings on Metro's deadly Red Line crash in June began Tuesday with testimony from Metro General Manager John B. Catoe, acting Chief Safety Officer Michael Taborn and Chairman of the Metro Board Peter Benjamin on what's being done to make the system safer for riders. Family members of victims also testified about the crash that killed nine people and injured scores of others. Kenneth Hawkins, the brother of victim Joseph Hawkins, 64, an administrative aide at Whittier Elementary School in Northwest Washington, said he believed that federal oversight may be the only way to ensure a safer system. Here's video from Tuesday's hearing. Folks should remember that the three days of hearings are only part of the investigative process. It will be several months before the NTSB issues a formal finding on the probable cause of the crash. Investigators will use information from the hearing to prepare the final report on the accident and additional safety recommendations by the first anniversary of the crash. Stay with us for more updates.

McDonnell speaks out on abortion remark. Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell chided the Virginia state delegate who suggested that women who have abortions risk having children with disabilities. Del. Bob Marshall apologized late Monday for the remark.

Barry apologizes. Marion Barry apologized Tuesday for "poor judgment" and for causing great embarrassment to the District and the D.C. Council by awarding a contract to a woman he was dating.

A healthier way? Half of the 2007 deaths in D.C. were preventable, according to a new report by the Department of Health. Heart disease was the area’s biggest killer, followed by cancer. It's a startling statistic, but indicates that if D.C. residents alter their behavior, there's hope for reducing the mortality rate.

Animals and more animals: Metro is being invaded by raccoons (Post); the National Aquarium in Baltimore is expecting a baby dolphin.

In short: Ten people were injured – none seriously – in a crash involving a Metrobus and a car Tuesday morning on Elvans Road in Southeast Washington (Post); the Heights Life asks: Would you pay $25,000 for a parking spot?; furniture retailer West Elm has announced it's closing its downtown D.C. store. (NBC 4). The Post’s retail reporter Ylan Mui says the space will be filled by clothing retailer Forever 21.

Thanks for reading. Have a great evening and don't forget to check back with us for more updates. And become a fan on Facebook.

By Washington Post editors  | February 23, 2010; 5:19 PM ET
 
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