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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 12/10/2009

Post Now news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good morning Post Now readers. Here's a quick round-up things happening around the D.C. region and a look forward to the stories we're working for the web and the paper.

Lots of news out of Northern Virgnia today.

Post reporters will continue to pursue the case of five Northern Virginia men who have been arrested in Pakistan and are suspected of having possible jihadist ties. Law enforcement officials say there is no evidence that the men, all Muslims from Alexandria, trained at terror camps or were plotting an attack. However, the men were arrested Monday near Lahore at the home of a man linked to a radical jihadist group. There were reports that one of the men left behind a video that one Muslim leader described as a "farewell statement."

It looks like anger over a poor grade drove 20-year-old Jason M. Hamilton to open fire on his math teacher at Northern Virginia Community College. Hamilton, of Manassas, has been charged with attempted murder and discharging a firearm in a school zone. Authorities say the incident could have been far worse had Hamilton's weapon -- a recently purchased hunting rifle -- not jammed as he attempted to fire a third shot. For more details from eyewitnesses, check out our story here.

In the District, it looks like compromise legislation may allow D.C. to fund abortions for low income women, allow patients to legally use marijuana with a prescription and to maintain the needle- exchange programs some see as critical to limiting the spread of HIV and AIDS. The legislation must now go before the full House and Senate and could be voted on by week's end. But the measure could still face stiff resistence from members who oppose the loosened restrictions on abortion. More details here.

File under useful: here's a story by the Post's Cecilia Kang that looks at changes Facebook is making to privacy settings on the social networking site. (Hmmm, a way to hide those, ahem, compromising photos from Mom and Dad?)

Our sister publication the Gazette, reports the closure of a Silver Spring institution -- the much beloved Mayorga Coffee shop on Georgia Avenue. Coffee freaks will still be able to get their fix -- there are eight other locations in the D.C. region but folks who've grown to love the south Silver Spring spot will have to say goodbye.

The Examiner reports that Montgomery County officials are rethinking a pilot employee "car-sharing" program that's proving far more expensive than originally anticipated.

Last but not least: an effort to reduce congestion in the Tysons Corner area; a war hero's quest to keep the American flag waving.

By Washington Post editors  | December 10, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
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