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Posted at 4:10 PM ET, 02/ 2/2010

Evening news roundup

By Washington Post editors


Good evening. Are you ready for some snow? Well, like it or not, we’re getting another batch this evening. In fact, if the forecasters are correct (and we know how that can be) a few flakes should be arriving in time for the evening commute. The Capital Weather Gang -- we'll just call them CWG -- says it's already snowing in Charlottesville and flakes should arrive here by the evening. Snow might stop late tonight, but for the students who felt like they got cheated out of a snow day by Saturday's storm, it's probably going to be messy in the morning, so there’s at least a chance of delayed openings. (Let’s just hope you get word before you’re rousted out of bed bright and early.) The Post's Annie Gowen has a story if you're just plain tired of snow. The folks at DCist also offer you this bit of snow related humor.

Power to the people. In other news, the D.C. Council voted today to support an elected -- not appointed -- attorney general. This has been a point of contention between the council and Mayor Fenty in part because of tensions between the council and the current attorney general, Peter Nickles. The change will not affect Nickles current term because it would not go into effect until 2014.

Money, money, money. Speaking of the D.C. Council – fundraising reports are in and there are some interesting tidbits. Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) leads his council colleagues (with the exception of Council President Vincent Gray) with about $171,000 in the bank. Graham is running for his fourth council term.
But of course council totals are eclipsed by that of Mayor Adrian Fenty, who has a whopping $3.6 million in the bank. His contributor list includes a few Holllywood luminaries including "Star Trek" director and "Alias" creator J.J. Abrams, and James Lassiter, actor Will Smith's longtime partner at Overbrook Entertainment.

More unemployed. Unemployment rose slightly in the D.C. area. After having dipped by a tenth of a percentage point to 6.1 percent in November, the region's unemployment rate rose by that same number a month later, a setback some experts attribute in part to the District's jobless level, which during the same period rose from 11.8 percent to 12.1 percent.

In short. Prince William County police are investigating the deaths of a mother and son, whose bodies were discovered today; two men who stopped to exchange insurance information following an accident in Adelphi were then struck and killed by a third driver who may have been drinking; and the Haitian Embassy and other local immigrant groups are seeking temporary legal status for Haitians in the Washington region who might be here illegally.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading. Get your news updates on Twitter @postmetro (including closings and road conditions). We're on the Web at www.washingtonpost.com/local.



By Washington Post editors  | February 2, 2010; 4:10 PM ET
 
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