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Posted at 7:58 AM ET, 02/ 1/2010

Monday news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good morning. Happy February. That’s right, February. Time flies when you’re shoveling snow, eh? Speaking of which, the Capital Weather Gang predicts clear and cool today with temps in the 30's or 40's. If you were anywhere near a window on Saturday, you don't need us to tell you that the region got more than just a dusting over the weekend. Some of the snow (white, fluffy) has already melted, but with temps expected to start in the teens this morning, be wary of icing when you're driving or walking.

Residents not pleased with Fenty, Rhee. Two new Washington Post polls over the weekend showed that Mayor Adrian Fenty and D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee might need a little image polishing. Both saw their approval ratings drop dramatically over the last two years among D.C. residents. The shift was most dramatic for both among African-Americans. Two years ago, Fenty had a 68 percent approval rating among blacks; today he has a 65 percent disapproval rating.
Two years ago 50 percent of blacks backed Rhee; today only 28 percent of blacks approve of the job she's doing. It's interesting, overall, residents seems happy with the direction Fenty’s taken the city in – they’re just not thrilled with him. As for Rhee, some who responded said it was clear she’s tough and that she has brought change to the District’s schools, but many seemed turned off by her methods. No word from either Fenty or Rhee, but The Examiner has a piece with reaction from some Fenty backers and detractors as well.
Woe is Metro. The Baltimore Sun takes a look at D.C.'s beleaguered Metro systems and why there continue to be so many deaths and safety mishaps and what might be done to remedy the problems. At the same time, a coalition of African-American churches in the District is criticizing Metro's safety record, WAMU reports.

Just plug it in. D.C. is pondering a future that might be filled with electric cars, but isn’t sure it’s quite ready to jump in with two feet. (The Examiner). Also, WJLA.

In short. Virginia is considering tightening DUI laws; Local sledders are bemoaning the loss of a favorite sledding spot in Alexandria; Dulles Airport's new AeroTrain off to a rough start. After its debut last week, it was forced to shut down twice: once the day after it opened and again Sunday, after a water pipe burst. It has since been repaired.

That's some Scooby snack. Sollie, the dog, had a very expensive snack the other day. When a three-carat stone dropped on the floor, the dog did what dogs almost always do, he gobbled it up. Sollie’s owner, Robert Rosin, who co-owns the shop Robert Bernard Jewelers in the Potomac Woods Plaza, didn’t panic. He and the other shop’s owner simply waited for nature to do its thing. And it did.

Thanks for reading. Bundle up and have a great day. Don't forget to check back for more news and for your pre-commute, evening news roundup. And hey, you can follow us on Twitter @postmetro.

By Washington Post editors  | February 1, 2010; 7:58 AM ET
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