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Posted at 4:15 PM ET, 01/ 8/2010

Friday PM news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good afternoon. Seems like most of the overnight snowfall has melted away, but still be careful on your drive home tonight. Capital Weather Gang says snow is done for now, but that temperatures will remain in the ice box range -- highs in the 20s or low 30s for the weekend. Brrrrrrr.

We’ve got these headlines this afternoon.

Good news for Michelle Rhee. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee got a boost this afternoon with news that high school graduation rates in D.C. went up last year. But even Mayor Adrian Fenty, who announced the results at a press conference this morning agreed that a graduation rate of 72.3 percent was still too low. Surrounding suburban districts like Montgomery and Fairfax have graduation rates in the 90 percent range or higher.

A surprise at today’s D.C. Council hearing. A company run by former fraternity brother of Mayor Adrian Fenty, was paid $2.5 million last month, despite a council vote to void a no-bid contract for the firm’s work amid questions about the bidding process.

Disqualified does not mean fired: A Metro train operator who was driving the train that almost hit one of the independent safety monitors inspecting Metro tracks last month was disqualified from driving a Metro train, but will be permitted to take on other responsibilities at the transit agency. Also, WMATA will hold a public hearing on Jan. 27 regarding a possible Metro fare increase.

Inaugural tour begins. Virginia’s Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell today kicked off a week of inauguration festivities leading up to his swearing in next Saturday.

Mother gets 25 year sentence. Renee Bowman, the Maryland woman accused of killing her two adopted daughters and stuffing their bodies in a freezer, was sentenced to 25 years in connection with the abuse of a third daughter.

Do you know who I am? WJLA reports the man who posed as a Secret Service agent and managed to slip into sixth floor suite that housed the office of Health and Human Service secretary Kathleen Sebelius, had previously posed as a police officer to enter a U2 concert:

Thanks for reading. Bundle up and have a nice weekend.

By Washington Post editors  | January 8, 2010; 4:15 PM ET
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