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Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 01/25/2010

Monday news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good morning. Yes, we know, it's Monday, it's windy and wet -- but at least it's not freezing. Nope. The Capital Weather Gang says it'll actually be 60ish today temp-wise not that you'll want to be outside. It's not Honolulu, but at least it's not Buffalo.

Now onto the headlines.

Homeless in Haiti. Nearly two weeks after a devastating quake in Haiti officials have pulled back on rescue efforts and are now focusing on how to house the more than 600,000 left homeless by the massive quake. With only 10,000 tents on hand and still in storage, many Haitians are sleeping outside on the streets. The desperate situation is raising questions in some quarters about whether the U.S. should allow more Haitians into the United States while their home country embarks on a massive rebuilding effort. The question is a complex one – with no easy or quick answers.

A sweet Sunday sermon. Here in D.C., it was a joyous Sunday for some parishioners, as a much beloved Haitian priest returned to the pulpit. Many had feared that the Rev. Arsene Jasmin perished in the quake after he was not heard from for several days. But on Sunday, he returned to the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Church in Columbia Heights, donned his green robes and said Mass.

Beware of Haiti scams. In the meantime, officials are cautioning people with relatives in Haiti to be wary of a new scam that has surfaced in the area . Family members are asked to wire $500 via Western Union in exchange for being allowed to fly to Haiti and bring family members home.The organizations have alerted the FBI, and urged people with additional information about the scam to call the FBI hotline at 866-720-5721, fax 225-334-4707 or e-mail disaster@leo.gov.

Metro budget options. The Post’s Dr. Gridlock offers Metro riders this primer on the financing options facing board members this week as they contemplate how to deal with a massive budget shortfall: . Would you preserve service, but accept a five-cent fare hike? How about a 10-cent fare hike?
At its Thursday meeting, the Metro board will welcome two new members appointed by the White House. This is the first time that representatives from the federal government have been a part of the Metro board. The move was part of the deal reached by Metro and the federal government. In exchange for receiving $1.5 billion for safety improvements over the next decade, the board agreed to expand its membership. A new Metro board members sounds off. (The Examiner). Also, credit cards in Metro turnstiles? (WTOP)

Hero passengers. Some quick thinking passengers on a United flight from Dulles to Vegas helped restrain a man who tried to open a cockpit door – and then the airplane’s front exit door. Earl W. Stafford of Centerville, recounted the man’s strange behavior (he was carrying two satchels) and his efforts to restrain the person. The flight made an emergency landing in Denver. Nobody was hurt and the man was arrested. Authorities do not suspect he had terrorist ties. WJLA reports the man has since been released for a medical evaluation and that charges are pending. NBC 4.

Getting you from here to there. Dulles Airport officials will preview a new passenger transportation system that will replace the current “moon vehicle” roamers that take folks from the main terminal to their gates. (The Associated Press). Also, WJLA.

Overtime investigation. D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles said he will investigate allegations of overtime fraud in the District's public works department. (The Examiner). Meanwhile, more than a year after the District became only the second city in the nation to require employers provide paid sick-leave, rules for how the legislation will be implemented have yet to be finalized by the Fenty administration. As a result, many workers – particularly low-wage workers, have no idea they’re allow paid sick-leave.

In short: college applications surge, suspected Appomattox gunman led quiet life. Beetle vs. homeowner.

You never know what you'll find. Finally, just a few weeks after officials at Catholic University put on display a Rembrandt the university president found in a bathroom closet closet comes this report: a couple from Virginia stumbled across a letter from Thomas Jefferson in a drawer at a local American Legion post in Alexandria. . Hmm, maybe it’s time to clean out your closets, eh?

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By Washington Post editors  | January 25, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
 
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