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Posted at 3:43 PM ET, 03/ 9/2010

Evening news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good evening. Was it just us or were more people walking around with smiles on their faces today? Yes folks, a few days of sunshine will do that. Sadly, it's about to come to an end. The Capital Weather Gang says some, but not a lot of rain Wednesday but we'll get mostly clouds. Still, temperatures will be in the low to mid-60s. Thursday? Don't ask.

Brides and grooms. Wedding bells rang all over D.C. today, the first day same-sex couples could officially wed in the District. One eager couple arrived at D.C. Superior Court at 3:30 a.m. hoping to be one of the first to be able to say their "I do’s." Even though couples could get their licenses last week, because the District has a mandatory waiting period, they weren’t permitted to marry until today. And marry they did. D.C.-area business are hoping for a wedding-related boost for business. Here's a wedding video. Also, coverage from WJLA, NBC 4, The Washington Times and WAMU

Low tech, no tech. These days, it seems like we're surrounded by texters, surfers and downloaders. iPhones. Blackberries, laptops galore. Well, at a growing number of colleges, professors are forcing their students to unplug. They're banning laptops from their classrooms and lecture halls in hopes that students will pay attention to the subject at hand rather than the latest YouTube video. (Post)

Census fears. Some Muslims, leery of backlash, are reluctant to participate in the 2010 Census even though the questionnaires don't ask about religion. Muslim community leaders say they understand why people might be cautious. Many remember the trepidation that arose after 9/11, when men from some Muslim countries were required to register with the then-Immigration and Naturalization Service. The requirement led to deportations for visa violations or minor infractions unrelated to terrorism. (Post)

Second thoughts? Officials in Maryland, Virginia and the District have launched aggressive lobbying campaigns to convince executives at Northrop Grumman to relocate their corporate headquarters in their jurisdictions. But with a significant budget deficit looming, it appears that officials in the District are rethinking whether they can afford to offer as much as $25 million in tax breaks to the aerospace giant.

In short: Metro’s on-time performance had declined since the June 2009 Red Line crash. (Post); New York’s Serendipity may bring its famous frozen hot chocolate to Georgetown. There are rumors it’ll take over the space that used to house Nathan’s. (Vox Populi); It looks like it’s bye-bye to the Bethesda Farmer's Market, reports Greater Greater Washington.

Finally, your daily panda fix: Tai Shan is out of quarantine and exploring his new home in China. We know that many still miss our little “Butterstick.” If you’re one of them, Post columnist Petula Dvorak offers this advice: embrace the octopus.

Thanks for reading. Have a great night.

By Washington Post editors  | March 9, 2010; 3:43 PM ET
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