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Posted at 5:27 PM ET, 03/ 3/2010

Evening news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good evening. Kind of wet and gray out there. But cheer up, the Capital Weather Gang assures us things will get better. They say the light rain and drizzle with continue Wednesday evening, but should diminish Thursday. Temperatures will be in the low to mid-40s.

Wedding fever. Much excitement at the D.C. marriage bureau today, as same-sex couples lined up to apply for licenses. By mid-afternoon, more than 145 couples had applied, compared with 25 on a regular day. There were tears and smiles, but there were also protests. Four members of a church in Kansas chanted and carried signs decrying gay marriage. Bishop Harry Jackson, who has been one of the leading voices opposed to the District's new law, was not present, though he said he would continue to push for a public vote on same-sex marriage.

Here's a video of some of the first same-sex couples to get their licenses.

Poised for a comeback? If he's anything, he's resilient. Marion Barry tells constituents in Ward 8, that he's not going anywhere despite being censured by his council colleagues and stripped of his committee chairmanship. There's also the outstanding question of whether the U.S. attorney's office will pursue corruption charges against the former mayor. While some folks have grown weary of his high jinks, Barry remains popular in some quarters. (WAMU)

What's the pulse of Ward 8? The blog, Congress Heights on the Rise asks Barry's constituents to weigh in.

A new Metro boss. If all goes as expected, the Metro board will vote Thursday to make Richard Sarles the transit agency's interim general manager. From 2007 until January, Sarles headed New Jersey Transit, which has 11,000 employees and a combined capital and operating budget of nearly $3 billion a year, according to Dan Stessel, spokesman for the agency.

Dave Stroup writes on the blog Why I Hate D.C. that he thinks Sarles may turn out to be a very good choice. Samer Farha also weighs in at We Love D.C.

A battle over guns. Gun-rights supporters cheered Tuesday after the Virginia General Assembly gave final approval to a bill allowing concealed-weapons-permit holders to enter restaurants that serve alcohol. Gov. Robert F. McDonnell is expected to sign the measure into law. But at least one local nonprofit group is pushing back. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is asking coffee giant Starbucks to ban guns in its Virginia stores. (NBC 4)

The Montgomery County state’s attorney’s office has launched criminal investigation into a grade-changing scheme at Winston Churchill High School in which 54 students’ grades were altered.

Commuter alert. The Post's Get There blog reports that after March 15, 15th Street NW will no longer be one way during afternoon rush hour.

In short: A fight over a Samurai sword ends badly for two brothers. (Honestly, do these things ever end well?); a suspicious package at the Postal Museum snarled traffic around Union Station on Wednesday morning -- no one was injured, but a note that accompanied the package raised suspicion (DCist); a Maryland company is collecting prosthetics for Haiti amputees. (WTOP)

Thanks for reading. Stay dry, and have a good evening. Check back with us for more headlines and updates.

By Washington Post editors  | March 3, 2010; 5:27 PM ET
 
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