Friday news roundup
Good morning. It's Friday and who doesn't love Friday (except maybe those who have to work on Saturday)?
The commute seems fairly normal this morning despite the wet roads. It's chilly, that's for sure, but the Capital Weather Gang says most of the rain/sleet/light snow should clear by this afternoon.
Mall bound? A traffic reminder: if you work or plan to be near the Mall today, there will be street closures and bus diversions because of the annual March for Life event.
Now here are your headlines.
Housing for the displaced. Officials in Haiti are now grappling with the growing issue of how they will house the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the Jan. 12 earthquake. Aftershocks continue to hit the country -- almost daily -- but efforts to get food and medical care to those most in need are gaining traction. We understand that sometimes pictures are worth 1,000 words, so here is a photo gallery chronicling the quake in Haiti.
An early welcome A Frederick family is rushing to prepare for a new arrival from Haiti– it’s the daughter they had planned to adopt. The Hubners thought it would take at least a year for the girl to arrive, but the quake has expedited the process.
Cards and help for Haiti. Area residents continue to raise money to benefit the victims of the Haiti quake. A 10-year-old boy is selling cards for Haiti. A group of Prince George's County police officers plan to head to Haiti in March to help with the rebuilding effort: Their trip is a reminder that the effort to rebuild Haiti won’t happen overnight. Many non-profits say they are overwhelmed by the response – but WTOP has this very important story that cautions people to be alert for Haiti giving scams.
Sidwell investigation on-going. Montgomery County Police continue to investigate the case of the ex-Sidwell Friends middle school teacher accused of abusing a student from the school. Investigators are trying to determine whether any other students were harmed.
Gold case dropped. Some families in Fairfax County are upset that a judge has dismissed the case against three people accused of stealing gold, jewelry and documents from largely South Asian households. NBC 4.
All clear. A Safeway in Northeast D.C. that was shut down because of vermin issues has reopened. (WJLA)
Virginia: no income tax hike. The Virginia State Legislature has killed a plan to raise Virginia state income tax. The proposal had been floated by the previous governor, Tim Kaine. Legislators must now find other ways to close a $4.2 billion budget shortfall. (Post) Also, The Examiner.
Maybe it's something in the water (or maybe it's a soon to be election year) but across the river in Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley said the state should not consider tax increases to solve its budget imbalance. (Post)
In short. A veteran Anne Arundel police officer has been arrested for allegedly sexting a teenage girl. (Post) Also, NBC 4. A Fairfax County day-care provider has been convicted of felony child abuse in a case that focused on "shaken baby syndrome."
Good news for the big bird. The Bald Eagle population has done so well, it's being taken off Maryland's endangered species list
Dupont beneath your feet. This has been circulating around the blogosphere for a bit of time, but The Post’s Katherine Shaver explores the tunnels below Dupont Circle (yes, we're pretty sure she had a flashlight). Turns out there used to be a below ground trolley station back in the day before it was closed in 1962. An effort to install a food court failed in 1996, but now folks are thinking a series of hip art galleries might be just the ticket.
That’s it for now. Thanks for reading – stay warm and have a good day. We’ll be back with news updates and your evening news summaries (all the headlines you missed). Don’t forget – you can also follow local headlines on Twitter @ postmetro. Complaints? Comments? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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