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Posted at 8:43 AM ET, 02/ 4/2010

Thursday news roundup

By Washington Post editors


Good morning! It’s the calm before the big storm – or so those weather folks are saying. The Capital Weather Gang maintains the storm coming in on Friday is going to be a big one. CWG says there’s an 80 percent chance we’re going to get double-digit snow – that is 10-plus inches. We’re not ready to panic yet, though we did check bread, toilet paper and milk supplies – but WJLA reports there's a run on other snow supplies -- shovels, salt -- etc. . Virginia’s governor, Robert McDonnell has already declared a snow emergency for the state. In the meantime, what’s a good storm without a good name. We like snowpocalypse, but that’s SO 2009 – so the Capital Weather Gang is asking for your help. Pick a name for this potential storm.

Last but not least, WUSA offers this primer on how to drive safely in the snow.

Ta ta Tai. With Tai Shan’s departure, officials at the National Zoo are looking for the next big thing and think it’ll be . . . elephants! The Zoo’s newly refurbished elephant exhibit is set to open soon. While Tai Shan was cute and furry, he was also a big time money maker – cash cow, you might say -- WJLA does.

Something's missing here. The Post’s Michael Birnbaum writes about the case of a computer class in Prince George's County that has no computers (the thinking was that the kids might damage them) and no computer teacher – just a substitute. Over in Montgomery County, where students picked up another kind of lesson, students are going to find hacking is not on the course syllabus. Following reports of a grade changing/hacking ring at Potomac’s Churchill High School, school officials say they are beefing up computer security.

History online. The Library of Congress is putting artifacts from the NAACP and the fight for civil rights online. There are thousands of items in the Library's collection but only a handful of carefully selected pieces will be available.

A new start in Baltimore. A new mayor will be sworn in in Baltimore today. She is Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake. Mayor Sheila Dixon is sentenced today and spent last night at a farewell dinner of sorts. (The Baltimore Sun). Also: WJLA. Despite everything, Dixon maintains she did some good for the city. (WTOP)

In short. A D.C. man was strangled in Columbia Heights. In Bethesda, another man has been warned about sex parties in his rented home. A dog was rescued from a frozen pond in Montgomery County.

Thanks for reading. We hope you have a great day. Keep checking for the latest and up-to-date news on the approaching storm. Remember, you can be a fan of Post Metro on Facebook or follow us via Twitter@postmetro.

By Washington Post editors  | February 4, 2010; 8:43 AM ET
 
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