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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 01/15/2010

Friday news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's Friday and for some of you, you're that much closer to a three day weekend. For those of you keeping track temperatures might climb into the 50's today, the Capital Weather Gang says.

Now on to the headlines.

The rescue efforts in Haiti continue to dominate the headlines. Even though search and rescue teams and relief agencies are in Haiti, conditions are so dire it has proved difficult for even the most experienced teams to get help where it's most needed in Haiti. Haitians have resorted to digging with their hands to try and reach survivors. From the classrooms at Catholic University to the churches around the D.C. region, the impact of the quake is deep. Two people with ties to the Virginia area, including a longtime State Department worker have died in the quake and many more are still missing, including prominent and much beloved D.C. priest, Arsene Jasmin, who was visiting Haiti when the quake struck.

One bright spot: donations to the Haiti quake effort have flooded in. Post columnist Petula Dvorak writes about people donating to Haitian quake relief by text message. Here's how you can help Haitian quake victims. Go here for the latest news on the Haitian quake.

Here’s a quick roundup of local quake headlines:

Baltimore-based Navy ship heads to Haiti

Md. ship bound for Haiti is an engineering marvel

Silver Spring group reaches out to help Haiti

Local Haitian-Americans find comfort in community, work

Arlington tech company uses satelites to help Haiti

D.C. women await word from Haiti

For Catholic University community quake is personal

Two quake victims have Virginia ties

University of Virginia student killed in quake

Alexandria woman killed in quake

Vienna student survives quake

There are several other major news stories we’re following.

Who will lead Metro? With the surprise resignation (or retirement as a Metro press release phrased it) of Metro General Manager John B. Catoe, Jr., board members have yet another difficult task ahead of them: finding a replacement. As Post reporter Ann Scott Tyson’s notes: Catoe's replacement will be difficult to find. Here’s the Post’s main news story about Catoe's resignation.
Members of Congress react to Catoe's depature. (WAMU) More on Catoe from The Examiner.

While many riders and critics are celebrating Catoe’s departure, Post columnist Robert McCartney says folks might want to be careful what they wish for. Yes, the system has performed poorly, but it’s not all Catoe’s fault. And given all the troubles WMATA faces, who in their right mind would want the Metro gig?

Arenas to plead guilty today. Gilbert Arenas is scheduled to appear in court today on a felony gun charge
that carries a possible five-year sentence. Sources say it’s not clear whether the Wizards star will get jail time. And even if Arenas is free to play, the Post’s Mike Wise and Michael Lee say tensions between him and Wizards management may mean he'll go elsewhere to play basketball.

Overtime fraud in D.C.? Some D.C. employees are earning overtime even though they're not working extra hours, an internal report obtained by The Examiner has found. Garbage workers for example, earned $3.4 million in overtime, but there are “various discrepancies” that have led auditors to conclude evidence of fraud.

Same-sex marriage ban in Maryland? A Maryland legislator is pushing a bill that would outlaw same-sex marriage in the state. This comes on the heels of a decision by a D.C. Superior Court judge to throw out a bid by opponents of gay marriage in the District to put the law, which was approved in December, before voters.

Guantanamo trials may come to D.C. The Associated Press is reporting that at least one Guantanamo detainee, Riduan Isamuddin, better known as Hambali,could be tried in D.C.. Hambali was allegedly Osama bin Laden's point man in Indonesia and, until he was captured in August 2003. The report goes on to say that “Conducting a trial in the nation's capital would be a symbolic repudiation of the policies of former President George W. Bush.”

Uh, could we just have our team back? The governors of Indiana and Maryland have made a friendly wager on this weekend's game between the Colts and the Ravens. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is offering crab cakes and a Smith Island cake, while Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is offering a sugar cream pie and shrimp cocktail. The losing governor must also display the winning team’s flag on his car for a week. All we can say is, shrimp from Indiana?

Would you like a fork with that? The GW Hatchet, the student newspaper at George Washington University reports a student who found a knife blade in his pita sandwich last month has reached an agreement with the sandwich shop’s owner. His settlement: 50 free pita sandwiches. Hey guy, better watch before you bite.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

By Washington Post editors  | January 15, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
 
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