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Posted at 5:10 PM ET, 01/29/2010

Evening news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good evening. Brrrr. Seems like Mother Nature is just toying with us -- snow, no snow, a little snow, snow. Latest update from the Capital Weather Gang is that there's a 40 percent chance we'll get two to four inches of white stuff. But remember, it's weather so there are no guarantees.

Six students involved in Churchil hacking ring. Montgomery County school officials say at least six students may be involved in a hacking scheme that involved stealing teacher passwords to change grades for at least 30 students. A spokesman for the school system said that officials believe the students used software that tracked keystrokes was put on teacher's computers via a plug-in USB device in order to obtain their passwords to the online grading system. No decision has been made on whether criminal charges will be filed in the matter.

Guilty plea in street racing deaths. A 22-year-old Waldorf man pleaded guilty to eight counts of vehicular manslaughter in connection with an illegal street race in Accokeek nearly two years ago. As part of his plea agreement, Darren Jamar Bullock will serve 15 years in prison. The man who Bullock was allegedly racing, Tavon Taylor, 20, is scheduled to go on trial Monday.

Thanks Donnie. Today marked radio personality Donnie Simpson's final show on WPGC-FM. After 32 years, Simpson signed off with farewell calls from Stevie Wonder and Wyclef Jean.

Brother can you spare -- more than a dime? Metro riders might want to prepare for more than just the temporary 10-cent fare hike slated to start in March, advises the Post’s Dr. Gridlock. The temporary fare increase set to expire in June may be a precursor to a large fare hike or service cuts as the transit agency struggles with a growing deficit. That’s because the 10-cent increase only staves off service cuts until the end of June. Officials are already anticipating a $189 million gap when the new fiscal year begins on July 1. Unless a large pile of money drops out of the sky, it’s a gap that will likely be closed with fare hikes and/or service cuts.

After a particularly difficult week (allegations of teachers having sex with students, teachers hitting students and D.C. Councilmembers demanding proof), D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee talks about her warm, fuzzy side ... with WAMU.

In short: Virginia and Maryland will get $140 million for rail projects; Is there a battle over gay marriage brewing in Maryland?; Officials are pondering the future of Walter Reed.

And lastly, we'd like to send you off with a few laughs, so here goes: Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert on Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell's reponse to the President Obama's State of the Union address.

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By Washington Post editors  | January 29, 2010; 5:10 PM ET
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