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Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 12/18/2009

Friday news roundup -- snow edition

By Washington Post editors

Mayor Adrian Fenty will make it official. He will sign the recently passed same-sex marriage bill into law today, during a ceremony at All Souls Unitarian Church in Northwest D.C. More from The Post’s Nikita Stewart here.

More on Metro: In the wake of numerous questions and recent firings, Metro General Manager John B. Catoe, Jr. reassured Metro board members that the transit system is committed to safety. Then Metro’s top guy dropped the bad news: the system’s budget shortfall is almost double what was originally anticipated for this fiscal year. In short, riders could be in for service cuts as the system considers reducing frequency between trains and cutting some bus routes. More on what this might mean for you here.

Also, primer on SmarTrip changes.

WTOP reports that Metro officials have fired a train operator in connection with last month’s collision at the West Falls Church rail yard that sent three workers to the hospital and caused more than $9 million in damage.

Got your TPMB? That’s right – toilet paper, milk and bread. Forecasters are predicting lots of snow for the D.C. region. Estimates range from three to 12 inches. The first flakes could start as early as tonight. More from the Capital Weather Gang: Speaking of snow -- if you’re on Twitter, look for #eastcoaststorm for updates on how much white stuff is falling and tweet your experiences with the same hash tag. If you just can't get enough snow news, WTOP has this report on the newest weapon in snow fighting technology: molasses.

That got us thinking -- what topic prompts more chatter in the D.C. region – traffic or an impending snowstorm? How often does the storm ever match the hype? Message us with your thoughts

This and that: The Examiner reports that an FBI linguist has admitted to giving secrets to an unidentified blogger. (No, it wasn’t us).

Efforts to bring slots to Maryland continue to be stymied. A state panel denied a bid to build the state’s second largest casino in downtown Baltimore.

Unfortunately, Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney A. Katz has a new entry for his resume: crime victim. Thieves broke into his Olde Town business, Wolfson’s Department Store and ransacked the place, stealing cash, clothing and other items. Katz is still trying to get a full inventory of what’s missing.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and good luck with the snow.

By Washington Post editors  | December 18, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
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