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Posted at 5:15 PM ET, 02/16/2010

Evening news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good evening. Looks like we might actually have some headlines that don’t involve a massive snowstorm. Nice change, eh?

Could Barry face charges? D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D- Ward 8) is back in the news. A new report by lawyer Robert S. Bennett about the councilman’s conduct found that Barry personally benefited from the contract he obtained for his former girlfriend and directed earmarks that "provided substantial financial benefits to some of his close friends and supporters." In the report, Bennett stated that Barry violated "D.C. law, council rules and policies and procedures" and recommends his findings be referred to the U.S. attorney for possible criminal charges. Barry’s response: He’s “a different kind of council member.’’ (Post)

A change in gun laws? In Virginia, the state Senate has voted to allow people with concealed-weapons permits to carry guns into restaurants that serve alcohol. In voting in support of the measure, bill sponsor Emmett Hanger (R) said being able to carry a weapon was a particular issue for women who take guns in their purses to defend themselves when they go to, say, Red Lobster. The Senate also approved a measure that would create a specialty state license plate with the message "Trust Women/Respect Choice." Some of the application fee money paid by drivers who select the plate would go to the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood. Drivers in Virginia, which loves its vanity plates, already are allowed to select a design with the logo "Choose Life."

Back to school. Some D.C. area students returned to class today after, in some cases, a week away. While there were reports of late pickups and snow-caked bus stops, the return was relatively smooth.

Tomorrow, of course, will be another test as more systems open for classes. Montgomery County officials have already announced they’ll open school. Howard County students will be returning to class with a delayed start. Here's a full list of closings/delays.

Federal workers also returned to work today with a two-hour delayed start (and unscheduled leave). It looks like Wednesday will be back to regular business hours. In the meantime, President Obama has signed an order declaring Virginia a federal disaster area. The order allows state and local governments to seek federal assistance for storm-releated costs.

The upside of "snowmageddon" One silver lining from the recent storms: Gas prices are down.

A bad end for a Good Samaritan: A 44- year-old Virginia man was trying to help by pushing a disabled car through a snowy street in Loudoun County. Unfortunately, he wasn't moving quickly enough for one impatient driver.

The forecast. We can’t end without at least mentioning weather: Tomorrow's forecast, according to the Capital Weather Gang: mostly cloudy, highs in the 30s and possibly lower 40s. There’s a chance of flurries or snow showers but nothing – and we emphasize – nothing like what’s battered the area over the past few weeks.

Spring is around the corner. A date has been set for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. It’ll be April 5.

By Washington Post editors  | February 16, 2010; 5:15 PM ET
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