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Posted at 4:40 PM ET, 01/ 7/2010

PM news roundup

By Washington Post editors

For commuters it was a messy one this morning. Officials shut down Rock Creek Parkway near Pennsylvania Avenue shortly before 6:30 a.m. after reports of an electrical fire. Pepco crews arriving on scene then discovered a dead body. The closures reverberated through the District backing traffic up as far north as Connecticut Avenue near Cathedral Avenue. The parkway was reopened at around 10 a.m. – but for many commuters it was not a fun drive. Keep your fingers cross that things will be clear this evening.

No word on body found in park. In the meantime, police have not yet identified the body that was found near the parkway. So far officials have said it was that of an adult male in his 30s and that there were no obvious signs of trauma.

Metro delays cuts. As area residents digested news that an independent safety monitor conducting track checks was almost struck by a Metro train last month, the Metro board decided to put off planned service cuts that would have reduced the number of trains running during non-peak hours and closed mezzanines at 10 stations. Instead, it will hold a public hearing on various budget-cutting proposals, including a fare surcharge of up to 20 cents to reduce or eliminate cuts for this fiscal year. No date has yet been set for the hearings, but the board is expected to make a decision on the proposals by the end of January. In case they’re curious, here are video comments from Metro riders about the planned service cuts.

Are you stocked up on bread, toilet paper and milk? You might still have some time. The Capital Weather Gang says the "Alberta Clipper" is on its way and light snow should start falling around 8ish. CWG says there’s a 70 percent change we’ll get one to two inches of the white stuff.

Guns and snowballs. WJLA reports that D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier said the department will be wrapping up its investigation of an off-duty D.C. police officer who pulled his gun on a crowd at a snowball fight in a week or so. WTOP reports that Lanier is also asking for patience in the case of Gilbert Arenas for bringing guns into the Wizards locker room.

African-Americans leaving D.C.? A new Census report shows that the District continues to lose African-American residents, while the number of white residents and those of other minority groups counted by the Census continues to rise. The city remains a majority African American city, though the numbers and percentage slipped in every year between 2000 and 2008.

And finally: a naked jogger was caught near the White House yesterday. Yes. Naked. In this weather. WUSA reports he’s been taken to the hospital for a mental evaluation. No kidding. A Baltimore man impersonating a Secret Service agent, was arrested after sneaking into the Health and Human Services building. It must have been a good disguise: he made it to the 6th-floor suite of offices for Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, authorities said.

Coming tomorrow: More budget woes for Montgomery County, crime hits a record low in Prince George's County, what should D.C. area commuters expect in 2009.

If you want to catch up on earlier headlines, check out our AM news roundup.

By Washington Post editors  | January 7, 2010; 4:40 PM ET
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