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Posted at 4:50 PM ET, 02/19/2010

Friday evening news update

By Washington Post editors

Good evening. Apparently, it's the cool and calm before the next storm, the Capital Weather Gang says. Saturday will be partly sunny with temperatures in the 40's. Looks like we'll be getting a storm on Monday, but right now it's likely to bring rain rather than snow. We'll keep you updated.

Commute alert: If you're headed to Montgomery County, you might want to leave a little early. WJLA reports there's a tractor-trailer accident on I-270 between I-370 and Route 117. As of about 4 p.m. -- all local lanes were closed.

Prince George's police seek witnesses. Here's a follow-up to a very sad case. Prince George’s police are looking for witnesses to a hit-and-run accident that happened Thursday morning on Branch Avenue. Asa Fukuhara, 32, an electrical engineer with the Department of Agriculture was walking to the Metro when he was struck by a car. Fukuhara was apparently walking in the street because the sidewalks in the area were impassable. (Post) WJLA reports that residents of the area have long been concerned about traffic safety.

Few takers. Metro apparently is finding it difficult to find an interim general manager to replace John B. Catoe, Jr. who is slated to leave in April. Sources tell WTOP that two internal candidates offered the job have turned it down. In other Metro news, a three-day NTSB hearing on the Red Line Metro crash last June in which nine people died begins next week.

In short: A Manassas high school teacher has been arrested on charges that he sexually assaulted a student (Post); Mount Vernon has received a $38 million grant to build a library on the grounds of our first president’s home (Post); crime in Fairfax County was down five percent in 2009. There was an even greater decline in violent crimes.

Thanks for reading. We hope you have a great weekend.

By Washington Post editors  | February 19, 2010; 4:50 PM ET
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