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Posted at 5:42 PM ET, 03/12/2010

Friday evening's news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good evening. Might be a good weekend to stay inside and whip up a batch of chili or beef stew, maybe do a little pre-spring cleaning or curl up in a comfy chair with a good book. The Capital Weather Gang says we'll be getting some heavy rain and winds tomorrow. We've had a steady drizzle through today, causing flooding and road closures in Frederick County. The city of Gaithersburg has canceled its St. Patrick’s parade scheduled for tomorrow because of concerns about weather. Sunday, there’s a 60 percent chance of showers.

Traffic tie-up. Three people were sent to the hospital this morning, following an accident involving a D.C. firetruck and two cars near 14th Street and Constitution Avenue. The incident snarled traffic and caused detours around the area. (Post). Also, WJLA and NBC4.

Metro train driver fired. Metro has fired the train operator involved in the Feb. 12 Red Line derailment at Farragut North. Nobody was seriously injured, but the incident added to an already difficult post-“snowpocalypse” Friday commute and again raised questions about Metro safety.

Strippers have rights, too. You don’t often hear the word “stripper” and the federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 in the same sentence, but The Post’s Paul Schwartzman has written a great piece about a former exotic dancer who is suing the Georgia Avenue strip club where she used to work. Quansa Thompson say the club should pay her and other dancers a regular wage, instead of forcing them to depend only on tips for income.

Tax-free booze? Maryland taxes its millionaires, the cigarettes and the septic systems, but a powerful liquor lobby may prevent legislators from pushing through a plan to tax booze. But advocates for the poor and the mentally ill are hoping to change that. It’ll will be an uphill battle. (Post)

R.I.P., bats. An effort to establish a colony of Virginia big-eared bats at the National Zoo's Front Royal, Va., facility is failing and some are blaming zoo officials. Only 10 of the 40 bats in the experimental colony are alive, and prospects for their survival are grim. A consultant says the bats have been mishandled, but the zoo disputes her allegations. (Post)

In short:
-- A squirrel knocked out power to about 6,000 Dominion Power customers in Fairfax’s Hayfield area. Officials say the animal climbed on a piece of electrical equipment around 7:14 a.m., disrupting electricity (WJLA).
-- A 23-year-old man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the 2008 killing of a cabdriver in Fairfax County. Evan Gargiulo could face five to 40 years in prison for the death of Mazhar Nazir, a 49-year-old married father of one. (Post).
-- A dolphin calf has been born at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. No word yet on whether it’s male or female. (Post)
-- Two McDonald’s restaurants in Fairfax are going green. (Washington Business Journal)

Ah, and don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead an hour – Sunday is the start of daylight saving. We’re going to miss that hour of sleep, but we’ll regain in November when the clocks fall back.

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By Washington Post editors  | March 12, 2010; 5:42 PM ET
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