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Posted at 8:45 AM ET, 02/19/2010

Friday news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good morning. It’s Friday! The snow is melting, the sun is shining and the commute.... Slowly but surely the commute is getting better -- isn't it?

We have excellent news on the weather front. The Capital Weather Gang says temperatures should climb into the 40's on Friday and could even hit 45. Bit of weather trivia: this is our first precipitation free weekend since Jan. 9. But alas, there is a chance of snow on Monday.

The aftermath. Fallout from snowpocalypse continues to dog Mayor Adrian Fenty. He had a tense interview Thursday on NBC 4 and now Metro is jumping on the bandwagon. Peter LaPorte, Metro's emergency management chief said D.C. should have had a better plan for getting through the twin storms that dropped record amounts of snow on the city. Leaders of the police and paramedics’ unions also spoke out saying they thought the city could have done a better job of handling the massive storms. (Post) Expect this debate to continue long after that last snow mound has melted.

Can melt snow in a single puff. Perhaps Mayor Fenty may want to consider bringing in the “Snow Dragon.” Fox 5 reports that officials in Baltimore have brought in a giant snow melting machine from Ontario. Two nine million BTU heater tubes melt about 10 to 12 truckloads of snow in an hour. Sounds pretty sweet.

Teacher killed. Prince George’s County police have identified the woman whose body was found Thursday outside the Cheltenham Youth Facility in Prince George’s County. She was Hannah E. Wheeling, 65, a twice-divorced mother of two from Bel Air in Harford County. She taught general studies at the center and had planned on retiring this year. The facility has a troubled history and for a time was under federal oversight. Wheeling’s death is being investigated as a homicide.

Legislative action in Maryland. Maryland officials are looking at tightening rules around texting and driving (Associated Press) and are considering a measure that could put drag racers behind bars – even if no one is killed. The measure stems from a 2008 street racing incident in Prince George’s County in which eight people died. (Associated Press)

In short: A 16-year-old football player from Bowie High died Thursday during an off-season workout (Post); an empty restaurant that became a symbol of suburban blight in Fairfax has burned to the ground (The Examiner); Bad news for book lovers: libraries in Fairfax could face major cuts (Post); and a Loudoun County man will spend life in prison for killing his girlfriend (Post).

Supermarket preacher. And finally, at the Giant in District Heights, you can get milk, bread and a blessing from Rev. Anita Naves, who has made the store her pulpit.

Thanks for reading. Hope your Friday goes smoothly. Don't forget to check back with us for more headlines (and your evening news roundup). If you feel like it, leave a comment below -- or check us out on Facebook. Just enter, "Post Metro" into the search field.

By Washington Post editors  | February 19, 2010; 8:45 AM ET
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