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Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 01/ 8/2010

Friday morning news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good morning folks. It’s Friday and it looks like the forecasters were right: a nice overnight dusting of snow. Schools delayed, but not canceled (sorry kids) except in D.C. where the schools opened on time.

Fare hike versus service cuts? Metro officials are considering a 10 cent fare hike in lieu of service cuts and want to hear from the public about the proposal. You'll have a chance to speak out during several soon-to-be-scheduled public hearings later this month. It’s a tough one, indeed. Folks probably don’t want to pay more (they rarely do) but they also don’t want cuts to service, so – something’s got to give. Meanwhile, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) has continued to push for more accountability from Metro officials. You might recall that Mikulski lashed out at officials last month during a congressional hearing for myriad safety lapses. The Examiner
details Mikulski's concerns.

Bad budget news everywhere. It isn’t just Metro that’s hurting. Budget cuts are hitting both sides of the Potomac with the Fairfax County school system looking at dramatic reductions that could increase class size, do away with freshman sports and gut summer school programs. Officials in Montgomery County are also looking for ways to cut. County Executive Isiah Leggett has suggested $70 million in mid-year cuts that could impact schools and force layoffs.

Doh! D.C fans to Gilbert Arenas: seriously stupid dude.

Should felons be allowed to vote? That’s the question that’s being raised in Virginia with a coalition of groups pushing Gov. Tim Kaine to extend voting rights to felons.

We probably should, but can’t resist anything with the words, “D.C.” and “hot air” in it. The Baltimore Sun has an intriguing story on a study that looks at how heat from the District’s buildings and sidewalks rises and slows cooling and potentially cleansing winds headed toward Baltimore. The result? Temperatures that are two to three degrees higher in Charm City.

Bye bye Butterstick. Friends of the National Zoo have announced details of a "Farewell for Tai Shan" party. Yes, D.C.’s little panda is going back to China.

In short. WAMU reports on a Civil War re-enactment gone sour, while WJLA reports on a solider who’s landed in jail for a protest rap song he penned (and uh, just happened to send to his bosses at the Pentagon).

One for opponents of text messaging? The Baltimore Sun reports how a courtroom scuffle with a teenager over text messaging resulted in a broken leg for an Anne Arundel County sheriff’s deputy. The incident has officials re-thinking cell phone policies.

Thanks for reading and have a good day. Check back with us for more headlines and for your pre-evening commute news summary.

By Washington Post editors  | January 8, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
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