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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 01/11/2010

Monday news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Morning all. We’re in for another chilly Monday with temps in the 30s – but hey, just think how warm it’ll feel when warmer temperatures return mid-week.

Plenty of headlines today.

Will D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray take on Adrian Fenty? Fenty detractors hope so, but Gray is carefully weighing his election options. He tells Post reporters Nikita Stewart and Tim Craig why he could beat Fenty, but if he fails to win, the pair write, it could be the end of his political career.

Capitol Hill and carjackings. D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier confirms what residents on Capitol Hill have been talking about for weeks: carjackings are up in the neighborhood. Fox 5 on Capitol Hill carjackings. WUSA also weighs in.

A scary wake-up. D.C. police also report that a Glover Park woman woke up Sunday morning to find a a man "cuddling" with her in bed. You might remember a similar set of incidents last year in Georgetown. Police aren't sure how the man got in to the woman's apartment, but it's a reminder to keep doors and windows locked. NBC 4's account and WTOP's account, which notes that police don't believe it's the same assailant.

Metro job cuts. The Examiner reports that Metro has plans to cut 150 jobs as part of its effort to get back in the black. About 90 of those jobs are currently unfilled; Many will come from the administrative ranks.

A bit of Baltimore mayoral trivia: Sheila Dixon, who stepped down last week is the 10th mayor to resign The Baltimore Sun has done a bit of historical research and found the city has a long history of mayors who’ve left before their time, including the city’s first mayor. Political history buffs click here.

New baby Butterstick? Just as the Friends of the Zoo have unveiled plans for Tai Shan’s going away party, there’s hope that his folks might be expecting a little brother or sister for our beloved Butterstick. Zoo officials are on panda watch. Mei Xiang was artificially inseminated. We’ll have our answer in 90 to 185 days. The Post's panda report. WJLA and NBC 4. Still not enough? Fox 5 and WTOP.

Bad texters. The Gazette reports that 60 people have been caught texting while driving in Maryland where a law prohibiting the practice went into effect Oct. 1. New condo sales were up 34 percent in the D.C. area last year, The Examiner reports. Suspected Goodwill thief nabbed. Police say the D.C. man's girlfriend turned him in.

Finally, from the list of things we just don’t understand: Sunday was the annual (yes, we said annual) “No Pants Day” on Metro. If you really care, here’s NBC 4’s account and the Post's "No Pants" story.

Thanks for reading. Keep clicking.


By Washington Post editors  | January 11, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
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