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Posted at 5:00 PM ET, 03/ 2/2010

Evening news roundup

By Washington Post editors


Good evening. We'll start right off with the big news: The D.C. Council has voted 12-0 to censure Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and to refer public corruption charges against him to the U.S. attorney's office -- actions that could severely limit his authority and extend his legal troubles. The former mayor was also stripped of his chairmanship of the Housing and Workforce Development committee. We'll continue to update this story as we get more details. Post Columnist Courtland Milloy will also be writing for Wednesday's paper on Barry's latest troubles. Meanwhile you can tell us if you agree or disagree with the Council's action. See the report by special counsel Robert Bennett on Barry's conduct. A timeline of Barry's legal troubles.

The blog Barry Farm (RE)Mixed notes that Barry is expected to deliver his "State of the Ward" address Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

More snow possible. We know we said we'd only get a light dusting of snow but the Capital Weather Gang has revised their forecast and is now saying we may get more snow than originally anticipated. It won't be "snowmageddon," but depending on how cold it gets Tuesday evening we could have one to two inches of accumulation by Wednesday morning. Light snow and rain may continue into Wednesday but should taper off. Highs on Wednesday will be in the 40's.

Opponents try to block same-sex marriage. With the District poised to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Wednesday, opponents of the law have appealed to the Supreme Court to block implementation of the law until a public vote can be held. It’s not clear whether they will be successful. So far, lower courts have declined to intervene in the matter.

Delivering bad news. The Postmaster General of the United States delivered a grim prognosis for the U.S. Postal Service Tuesday. John E. Potter said the postal service could lose $238 billion in the next 10 years if lawmakers, postal regulators and unions don't give the agency more flexibility in setting delivery schedules, price increases and labor costs. If that flexibility is granted, it could be the end of Saturday mail delivery, higher rates and longer delivery times for letters and packages. Estimates released Tuesday also predict that letter carriers will deliver just 150 billion pieces of mail in 2020, a drop of about 26 billion pieces from 2009.

Preventing DWIs. Virginia and Maryland are weighing a crackdown on drunk drivers, including first time offenders. Legislators in both states are weighing whether to require ignition breathalyzers that would prevent an intoxicated person from starting his or her car. Twelve states currently have similar laws on the books.

You're in, wait -- Another area college has apparently jumped the gun on student acceptances. Saxaspeak, the blog of The Hoya, the campus student newspaper at Georgetown University said that the university’s biology department accidentally sent congratulations to 30 students who had not yet been admitted. A spokeswoman for the university said families were very understanding about the glitch.

No thank you. Smithsonian officials said they will not be adding the suit O.J. Simpson was wearing when he was acquitted to their collection. The suit had been offered to the museum as part of a settlement in a longstanding legal battle between Simpson's former sports agent Mike Gilbert and Fred Goldman, the father of the man Simpson was accused of killing in 1994.

In short: A Maryland man who sent an email threat to Gov. Martin O’Malley, has had his conviction overturned. (Post); Montgomery County has approved new zoning rules to encourage more urban-style development in the suburban county. The change is seen as key to redeveloping area around White Flint Mall. (Post); Prince George's County police are mourning the loss of Stormy, the department's first narcotics dog. Stormy, who started in Oct. 1999, was credited with conducting approximately 3,000 drug searches during her career, resulting in drug seizures valued at $26 million. (WJLA)

Thanks for reading. Have a great evening. And don't forget to check back for more updates.


By Washington Post editors  | March 2, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
 
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