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Posted at 4:56 PM ET, 02/24/2010

Evening news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good evening. It's Groundhog Day! We're kidding of course. It's just that every forecast that includes the word "snow" these days just feels like Bill Murray's "Groundhog Day." So here's your weather update: The Capital Weather Gang reports that we should have some snow Wednesday night, but the big story is likely to be the strong -- as in 50 mph strong -- winds that will whip through the area Thursday afternoon. BTW: There's now a 60 percent chance we'll get two inches or less of snow accumulation from this storm.

We've got a couple of other big stories we're following for you.

NTSB hearings. The big news out of the second day of the National Transportation Safety Board's hearing on last June's Red Line Metro crash is that as early as 2004, Metro officials received warnings not to mix different types of signaling equipment in its automatic crash avoidance system. The decision to do so -- despite warnings from Alstom, the system's manufacturer -- could have been behind the signaling malfunction in the June crash. This previously undisclosed analysis by the company offers yet another new clue into what could have led to the Red Line crash that killed nine people.

Other Metro news: The Post's Dr. Gridlock offers some updated information on the temporary Metro fare surcharges set to go into effect on Sunday.

News on gay marriage. Maryland officials said beginning immediately -- and until challenged in court -- the state will recognize same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions. The announcement was made by State Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D). In D.C., which approved same-sex marriage in December, couples can begin applying for licenses on March 3.

Feeling the love. Northrop Grumman is feeling a lot of love these days as it looks to relocate its corporate headquarters. Officials in the District, Maryland and Virgina are all hoping to persuade the aerospace giant to move to their jurisdiction. The sweet nothings being offered include tax incentives and quality schools. A Northrop Grumman spokesman said that the company hopes to pick a site in March or April and that it will make its choice based on the best office space it can find, proximity to federal customers and the quality of life for employees. He said that government enticements also will play a role. The appeal for the District, Maryland and Virginia? Jobs, jobs, jobs.

In short: Fort Dupont Ice Rink in Southeast Washington could be shut down because of a $895,000 gap in its annual budget that was left when the D.C. Council cut all earmarks from the city's fiscal 2011 budget; Marion Barry may still have his job, but at least one person is unemployed because of the current flap over contracts tied to the Ward 8 council member; the Rev. Anthony J. Motley stepping down as president of the JOBS Coalition and as head of its workforce-development and community-outreach programs; a Montgomery County middle school teacher has agreed to apologize to a student whom she reprimanded for refusing to stand and say the Pledge of Allegiance.

Thanks for reading. We hope you stay dry and have a good evening. Check back with us for more updates on the Red Line crash hearings -- and the weather. You can also get headline updates via our Twitter feed: @postmetro.

By Washington Post editors  | February 24, 2010; 4:56 PM ET
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