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Posted at 4:40 PM ET, 02/ 1/2010

Evening news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good evening. Kind of quiet out there it seems. On the first day of February we're still doing a bit of digging out. The Capital Weather Gang says we've got two potential snowstorms on the horizon. The first would land Tuesday evening; the next one probably not until the end of the week.

Here are your headlines.

A 2010 rematch in Maryland. It looks increasingly like Maryland's 2010 campaign for governor will be a rematch between Gov. Martin O’Malley and former Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich. Larry Hogan, a close Ehrlich ally had been preparing to seek the Republican nomination for governor, announced today he’s ending his exploratory bid.

Anne Frank back on shelves in Virginia. A version of “The Diary of Anne Frank” banned by school officials in Culpeper County, Va. will be used after all. Parents in the county had complained the book contained inappropriate sexual references and officials announced that version of the classic would no longer be taught. The decision has now been reversed.

Residents displaced by early morning blaze. Red Cross is setting up temporary housing for 75 families who were displaced from their apartments following an early morning fire in Columbia Heights.

Fenty mum. Mayor Adrian Fenty had no comment Monday on new Washington Post poll that showed the mayor's approval rating has dropped dramatically since 2008. No time to read the paper, he says.

In short: A Maryland appeals court has upheld the conviction of former Prince George's police officer Keith Washington; A D.C. deputy fire chief who was allowed to stay on with the D.C. fire department even after taking a job as a fire chief in Florida has resigned; Some good news for federal workers and members of the military. Under President Obama’s proposed 2011 budget, they would get a 1.4% raise next year. It’s not a huge boost, but at least it’s something, eh?

This little piggy . . . Gwendolyn the potbellied big who causes a stir in Prince George's county officials tried to have her evicted from her Berwyn Heights home, has died.

Hero dog dies. And finally, Coco, the Chihuahua, who saved his truck driver owner from a fire last week, has died, Fox 5 reports. Coco and his owned had been sleeping in the cab of the truck when the blaze broke out. The dog alerted his owned by nudging and barking and the pair escaped.

Thanks for reading. Have a great evening and we’ll see you here again tomorrow. Don’t forget, you can follow us via Twitter @postmetro.

By Washington Post editors  | February 1, 2010; 4:40 PM ET
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