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Posted at 4:25 PM ET, 01/15/2010

PM news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good afternoon. Isn't it beautiful outside?

Here's your Friday afternoon local news roundup.

Supplies and rescue crews have arrived in Haiti, but chaos at the airport in Port-au-Prince is hampering their efforts to get into the city where victims of Tuesday’s massive earthquake desperately need them. As experienced rescue workers know, as the days wear on – the situation in Haiti's capital is growing more desperate and it will become more difficult to find survivors. There were scattered reports of looting in the capital, but U.N. officials said the incidents did not appear to be widespread.

We are also beginning to receive reports of folks with ties to the D.C. area who have been killed in the quake, including 22-year-old Stephanie Jean-Charles, a U-Va. graduate student who was visiting her family for Winter Break:

Other quake coverage. Here is an interactive map of the destruction in Haiti, as well as a satellite image of the damage in Port-au-Prince.

Despite the grim headlines, there was some good news out of Haiti today. A D.C. priest, missing since the quake struck, was found alive. The Rev. Arsene Jasmin, who is based at Sacred Heart Church in Mount Pleasant, was well-known in the Haitian community. Three members of a Carroll County-based aid group, including one man from D.C., were also found alive. Several American families also received good news. Haitian orphans they planned to adopt, also had survived the quake.

Crews from Fairfax County's elite search and rescue team, continue to work 24-hour shifts saving those buried in the rubble of what once was the country's capital Port-au-Prince.

There are still many ways you can help. Here's a list of D.C.-based volunteer efforts, concerts and benefits.

For breaking news about the aftermath of the quake in Haiti go to The Post's Haiti blog.

Arenas pleads guilty. As part of a plea deal announced yesterday, subdued Gilbert Arenas appeared in D.C. Superior Court today and pleaded guilty to a felony gun charge that carries a possible sentence of five years in jail and a fine. Those who have been watching the Arenas drama will have to wait until late March when Arenas will be sentenced. No matter what happens, it seem increasingly unlikely he will continue to play for the Washignton

No traffic fix for Virginia. Gov.-elect Robert McDonnell, had some bad news for Virginia drivers hoping for a little congestion relief. There won't be any traffic fixes in Virginia in the near term. "There are only so many things the General Assembly and I can do well in a short period of time," McDonnell said in an interview with The Post’s Anita Kumar. "I don't think that there are enough hours in the day for the General Assembly to evaluate that plan and for me to build the consensus to get it passed."

U-Va.'s new president. Here’s a profile of Teresa Sullivan, the University of Virginia's first female president. (Hmmm, what would Thomas Jefferson think?) Interesting tidbit: Sullivan was widely regarded as one of the most qualified university administrators not already serving as a president, writes The Post’s Daniel de Vise.

Gaithersburg loses police chief. Police Chief John King has resigned his post in Gaithersbug. Major Mark P. Sroka of the Maryland State Police will serve as Gaithersburg's Interim Police Chief effective immediately.

Headed to that big den in the sky. The National Zoo reports that a female lion at the Zoo has died. Lusaka was 18 and officials said she had been in declining health since a cancerous tumor was discovered on her back in 2009.

Thanks for reading. Have a restful holiday weekend and maybe take a bit of time to think about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Washington Post editors  | January 15, 2010; 4:25 PM ET
 
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