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Posted at 4:45 PM ET, 01/12/2010

PM news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good afternoon. Did you say "news?" Well, we've got it. Here are your afternoon headlines.

Metro headlines: For anyone who’s ever gotten off a Metro train after a long day only to find a broken escalator, here’s a bit of good news: the agency has announced it will start major repairs on escalators in five stations this month: Bethesda, Friendship Heights, Gallery Place, Federal Triangle and Virginia Square, reports The Post’s Dr. Gridlock. These are big projects so it will take awhile – we’re talking months – to finish them. In the meantime, put on your walking shoes. Alert for Red Line riders: the Grosvenor-Strathmore station will be shut down this coming holiday weekend (yes, we said, holiday weekend) for track work. Free shuttle bus service will be available.

RideOn cuts possible. As Metro officials contemplate fare hikes versus service cuts, officials with Montgomery County’s RideOn service are trying to figure out how they’ll close their $600 million budget gap. One solution: the elimination of more than 20 routes beginning in April. A public forum on the proposed reductions has been scheduled for Feb. 1. Also, WJLA.

A boost for charter schools? A longtime advocate of charter schools is set to be Virginia’s new secretary of education, Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell announced today. Gerard Robinson, currently, heads the nonprofit Black Alliance for Education Options, a group that pushes for greater access to charter and private education for African-American children. From WJLA.

Still no ID. Police say there is still no ID on the body of a young man found early Tuesday morning on a rural road east of Gaithersburg in Montgomery County. WUSA.

Put the phone down. The U.S. Department of Transportation has partnered with a new non-profit in a campaign to alert drivers to the dangers of texting or talking on cell phones while driving. The non-profit will be called FocusDriven and will be headed by Jennifer Smith, whose mother was killed by a distracted driver in 2008. Also, WJLA.

Alert Antiques Roadshow! Here’s a fun story that Post reporters are working on right now. An original Rembrandt etching found in a bathroom at Catholic University is now on display at the school. A rare 400-year-old map that has China as the center of the world, went on display Tuesday at the Library of Congress. The story from WUSA.

Seriously stylish stylists. The folks who styled White House party crasher Michaele Salahi testified before a grand jury today and of course, arrived at the courthouse in a stylish white stretch Hummer. (Hmmm, can you drive a white car after Labor Day?) From Fox 5.

Thanks for reading. We'll be back tomorrow with your morning news roundup.

By Washington Post editors  | January 12, 2010; 4:45 PM ET
Tags:  Tuesday PM news roundup  
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