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Posted at 8:49 AM ET, 01/ 7/2010

Thursday news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good morning folks. Lots of headlines today, so we’ll get right down to it. Remember, you can always tell us what you think by emailing us at

Near-miss on the Metro tracks. If officials at Metro thought 2010 was going to be a better year – they might be rethinking that right now. The Post and other news outlets are reporting that independent safety monitors from the Tri-State Oversight Committee, were nearly hit by a train while inspecting rail tracks last month near the Braddock Road Metro station. No one was injured but the inspectors found numerous safety violations as well as “antagonism between track workers and train operators,”. Reports from WAMU and NBC 4 as well.

Longer waiting times. The Metro board is expected to approve service cuts to rail and bus service today – part of an effort to deal with a massive budget shortfall. The cuts – which would increase waiting time between trains and reduce the number of train cars during peak hours -- will likely take effect at the end of March.

Metro sued for $30 million. The congressional aide who was hit by a Metrobus while jogging near Dupont Circle has filed a $30 million lawsuit against the agency, Fox 5’s Sherri Ly reports. You may recall that the driver in question had several traffic violations on her record.

Couple of notes on the Red Line: There will be delays over the Martin Luther King weekend for maintenance work between the White Flint and Medical Center stations. More details here. The entrance escalators at the Bethesda station currently are not working this morning.

Two big sports stories: The Post’s Mike Wise has more details about the locker room confrontation that led to Gilbert Arenas’ indefinite suspension from the NBA. and more on the Washington Redskins new coach, Mike Shanahan.

Mayor resigns. Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon has agreed to resign from office as part of a plea deal. The Baltimore Sun has an excellent translation of the plea agreement.

Shoppers might want to get used to that bag five cent bag fee. Less than two weeks after D.C.’s bag fee went into effect word comes via The Examiner that Maryland and Virginia are also considering charging for shopping bags. WAMU reports that the shopping bag fee is popping up in surprising spots – like electronics giant Best Buy, which sells candy in addition to HDTVs. Before you grumble too much, remember that D.C.'s fee goes toward cleaning up the Anacostia River.

Suspected museum shooter dies. James W. von Brunn, the 89-year-old white supremacist charged with shooting and killing a guard at the Holocaust Museum last June died in a prison hospital yesterday. WUSA has reaction from victim Steven T. Johns’ mother to von Brunn’s death.

Short stuff: Crime plummets in Prince George’s County, WJLA reports. Some officials are predicting traffic chaos around Fort Belvoir as the BRAC realignments begin WTOP reports. The Examiner writes about PETA’s claim that there’s abuse at the D.C. animal shelter.

That’s all for now. Thanks again for your patience yesterday during our temporary blog outage. Everything is up and running today, so click away and leave a comment or two.

By Washington Post editors  | January 7, 2010; 8:49 AM ET
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