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Posted at 4:45 PM ET, 01/26/2010

Evening news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good evening. A little chillier than yesterday, but probably not as cold as it will be tomorrow. The Capital Weather Gang is predicting temperatures in the low to mid-40's tomorrow. And yes, there is a possiblity some snow by the end of the week.

We've got headlines and updates of today's big stories, so here goes:

Two Metro workers killed. More details are emerging in the early morning accident that killed to Metro technicians as they worked on the tracks just north of the Rockville station early Tuesday morning. The Rockville and Shady Grove stations were re-opened around noon and service is expected to return to normal for the evening commute. Metro officials identified the two men killed as Jeff Garrard, 49 of Clarksburg and Sung Duk Oh, 68 of Montgomery Village.Both were longtime veterans of the transit agency. Apparently the men were killed when a large truck backed up and hit them.
The National Transportation Safety Board has launched a formal investigation into the crash -- an indication of the seriousness of the accident, since the agency does not always take the lead role in probing rail fatalities.

Remains found in Albemarle County. Skeletal remains have been found on a farm in Albemarle County. Authorities do not yet have an identification but The Post’s Maria Glod notes that authorities and volunteers have conducted multiple searches in the area after the Oct. 17 disappearance of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington. Harrington, 20, went missing outside a Metallica Concert at the University of Virginia's John Paul Jones Arena in nearby Charlottesville. Also, Fox 5, WTOP.

Rhee speaks. D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee has responded to demands for information regarding allegations she made in a magazine article that some of the teachers she laid off last year abused or had sex with students. In a letter to D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray, Rhee said six served suspensions for corporal punishment, two were absent without leave on several occasions and one was suspected of sexual misconduct.

Apple Tablet mania. Apple apparently is set to unveil its much anticipated tablet tomorrow. Will Apple's new device live up to the hype? (PC Magazine)

In short: A D.C. judge was allegedly stalked fo her ex-girlfriend; two men died in an early morning fire in Springfield; the Virginia State Senate has passed a bill to allow people to hang their laundry on clothes lines. (WJLA) The bill is in response to some homeowners' associations had prohibited outside drying as unsightly.

Leave your boogie shoes at home. If you were thinking of getting jiggy during your next visit to the Jefferson Memorial, think again. A U.S. District Court judge ruled today that dancing is not allowed at the monument. The ruling stems from a lawsuit filed by a District woman who alleged the National Park Service violated her rights and the rights of 17 others who were dancing at the Jefferson Memorial back in 2008. U.S. District Judge John D. Bates ruled in a 26-page opinion on Monday that the interior of the memorial is not a public forum where people may dance, even if they are silently boogying to music on headphones.

Tiny bubbles. And finally, bubble wrap turned 50 this week. Who knew? Apparently, the original bubble wrap was designed as textured wallpaper.

By Washington Post editors  | January 26, 2010; 4:45 PM ET
 
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