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Posted at 4:31 PM ET, 02/ 4/2010

Evening news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good evening. We're less than 24 hours from what forecasters are predicting will be a massive storm. The Capital Weather Gang is now saying 12 to 24 inches of snow, starting mid-morning Friday. If the forecast holds, we should have two to three inches on the ground by dusk, more overnight and even more Saturday morning.

You might not believe the hype, but more than a handful of folks do. Post reporters say that supermarkets were jammed with shoppers buying the staples as well as chips and wings -- it is after all Super Bowl weekend and God help the household that runs out of nachos.

The federal government has announced unscheduled leave for workers and Virginia lawmakers have already gone one step further, canceling their legislative session. Transportation-wise, the advice is don't drive if you don't have to. Metro has announced that there will be no above-ground train service if the snow accumulation is greater than eight inches. Buses might still run, but they'll be subject to weather delays.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue officials are offering these cold weather tips and WTOP has this primer on how to contact your local utilities if there's a power failure or if a pipe bursts.

Despite the bad weather, some D.C. bars are trying to lure customers in by offering drink discounts for every inch it snows.

In the naming sweepstakes, Snowmageddon seems to be winning.

Snow seems to be the only thing folks are talking about, but there is other news.

Removing a painful word. Efforts to have the word "retarded" struck from lawbooks and medical terminology are gaining momentum. Some of the most vocal advocates behind the change are the mentally disabled.

Starbucks, who? The Big Chair Coffee and Grill shop in Anacostia is getting a warm reception from residents who live east of the River.

More bad news for Toyota. Toyota drivers have to be feeling more than a little anxious these days. Now comes words that the U.S. government is launching an inquiry into brakes on the Toyota Prius. Prius owners have lodged 124 complaints about the brakes on the 2010 model, with drivers saying the brakes feel like they're giving out when the car drives over bumpy road, that the brake pedal depresses all the way to the floor before the brakes engage as well as a number of other issues. The agency said four accidents have been related to the incidents. Here's a Q&A for Toyota owners who are trying to understand where they need to go to ensure their vehicle is safe.

By Washington Post editors  | February 4, 2010; 4:31 PM ET
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