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Posted at 8:59 AM ET, 03/ 8/2010

Monday news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good morning. We hope you had a chance to get outside over the weekend. The sun and warm temperatures were almost enough to make us forget about all that nasty snowmageddon business. The Capital Weather Gang says we'll have more of the same Monday and Tuesday (excellent!), but by Wednesday, there’s a chance we’ll be getting a little rain. Sadly, there is a downside to the warmer weather, mainly the chance of even more potholes. (WJLA) Some folks are also concerned about the impact the melting snow piles might have on the Anacostia. (NBC 4)

Deadly weekend on the roads. We know what a difficult area this can be to walk and bike around, but this was a particularly dangerous weekend for pedestrians. Within an hour Saturday morning, three pedestrians were killed or seriously injured in the District, Maryland and Virginia. In two of the cases, it does not appear that the drivers stopped. Fairfax County police are looking for witnesses in the case of a 22-year-old Falls Church man who was hit as he tried to cross Arlington Boulevard between Patrick Henry Drive and East Manchester Street shortly before 6:10 a.m. Authorities are also looking for the driver of a white tractor-trailer who hit an Asian woman jogging near 14th and Constitution Avenue about 6:20 a.m. Police have surveillance camera video of the accident and believe it's possible the driver did not know a person was struck. (Post) NBC 4, Associated Press, Fox 5 and WUSA

Two people also died in three separate car accidents in Maryland over the weekend. One person was killed and seven injured in two separate Montgomery County car crashes, also over the weekend. A 21-year-old woman was killed in a crash in Prince George's County.

Next for Metro's new boss: Richard Sarles will start his job as Metro’s interim chief in less than a month. He has pledged to make safety his No. 1, 2 and 3 priorities – but where should he start? A series of critical reports, plus another report by a Metro consultant may offer him some guidance: In New Jersey, . (The Examiner)

Breaking barriers, slowly. They may have the right to marry in the District, but gay couples still face many obstacles. (Post)

Every prosecutor’s nightmare: Sending an innocent person to jail.

Lattes, not guns. An anti-gun group staged protests over the weekend in hopes of persuading Starbucks to ban guns from its Virginia stores. (WJLA). NBC 4

D.C. contracts investigated. As an independent investigator looks into no-bid contracts awarded to men with ties to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, the Post looks at what it means to be a friend of Fenty.

In short: A man was arrested for entering the elephant enclosure at the National Zoo. (NBC 4); D.C. tallies up the tab forfeeding and housing employees during snowmageddon. (The Examiner); Loudoun is cracking down on lawn parking. (The Examiner); Human remains have been found in a Montgomery County park.

Thanks for reading. Hope your week gets off to a good start. Enjoy the sunshine, and check back with Post Now for the latest headlines.

By Washington Post editors  | March 8, 2010; 8:59 AM ET
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