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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 12/31/2009

Thursday news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good morning! Yes, it’s the last day of 2009. If it’s been one of those years for you, you’re probably glad to say goodbye. We hope your 2010 is filled with lots of wonderful surprises.

Now – on to the headlines.

We’re all about weather today. The Capital Weather Gang is predicting a messy morning commute, but less trouble this evening, which is excellent news for those of you hoping to get somewhere to ring in the new year. But it looks like New Year’s Day isn’t exactly going to be a winner when it comes to fab weather. Just be sure you pack your scarves and mittens in addition to your party hats.

Free rides. For those of you who do a little too much celebrating tonight, the folks at the Associated Press remind us that a local non-profit will be offering free rides home, beginning at 10 p.m. tonight. Click here for more details.

Not too late to give. And speaking of non-profits – it’s been a tough year moneywise for many groups in the D.C. region that provide vital services to our local population. While it’s been a tough year for many individuals, The Post’s Susan Kinzie details what charities hope will be a last minute surge in giving. Something to think about.

A building visionary Robert H. Smith, the developer behind Crystal City and gentleman for whom the University of Maryland business school is named, has died. He was 81.

A sad note. The blind man who was struck by a Metro train on Sunday has died. The Post’s Lisa Rein has details. Officials believe the man’s disability may have caused him to fall into the tracks at the Chinatown-Gallery Place station.

Local man witnessed botched bombing. NBC 4 has an interview with a Silver Spring man, who says he was sitting one row in front of the man suspected of trying to blow up the Amsterdam to Detroit flight on Christmas Day.

Sleep is for wimps. There was mini baby boom in Frederick County, where hospital officials report five sets of twins were born in 36 hours. The Frederick News-Post has the scoop.

Population boom in D.C. Frederick County isn’t the only place booming. Officials are predicting that D.C.’s population will top 600,000 for the first time in decades. Demographers say the growth is due in part to fewer folks moving to the suburbs and the Sunbelt and also to a new influx of people with ties to the Obama Administration.

That’s it for now. Thanks – as always for reading. If you like us, don’t forget to tell your friends (and if you don’t, tell your enemies).

Have a safe and happy New Year!

By Washington Post editors  | December 31, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
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