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Posted at 8:51 AM ET, 03/ 4/2010

Thursday news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good morning. We think we finally see some sun peeking out from behind the clouds. The Capital Weather Gang says it'll be "changeable" shifting from sun to clouds to sun. (No worries Mother Nature, we know how you feel. Sometimes we can’t make up our mind either.) Temperatures Thursday will be in the low- to mid-40's. Nevertheless it sounds like it’s going to be a beautiful weekend with temperatures climbing into the 50’s.

Students could face charges. Students involved in the grade changing scandal at one of the area’s premier high schools may find themselves facing prosecution. The Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s office announced they have begun a criminal investigation of the incident in which eight students at Potomac’s Churchill High School swiped teachers’ passwords and used a USB device to change the grades of 54 kids. Three of the students who were identified as ringleaders have since left the school. (Post) Also, WTOP and WUSA.

Out and about. You have to hand it to Marion Barry. While other scandal-plagued politicians might go into seclusion, he just keeps going, assuring his constituents that he's not going anywhere despite what the pundits, critics and his council colleagues might say. That said, Barry must still deal with the possibility he could face public corruption charges. But The Examiner reports that building a case against Barry may not be as simple as it seems.

Gay marriage fallout: While many were celebrating the legalization of gay marriage, others were less pleased with the change. Some Republican lawmakers in Congress are facing criticism for not doing more to stop gay marriage from becoming legal in D.C. (The Washington Times)

Some rehired, others fired. They rehired three employees, but now officials at Washington Hospital Center have fired eight more employees for failing to come to work during the February snowstorms. Also, Fox 5.

Divorce, recession-style. First we read about couples staying together because they couldn't afford to divorce. Now here’s a new twist on divorce during the downturn. The Examiner reports that property values have taken such a steep drop in some areas that divorcing couples are now fighting over who KEEPS the house.

Paking discounts. Meter rates have gone up across D.C., but businesses in Adams Morgan have worked out a new deal that will allow people to get cheaper parking rates in the area.

Wonky, but not geeky: Looks like we might not be as geeky as we thought we were: The Washington region has slipped on a survey of “most wired" cities. (Washington Business Journal)

In short: A U.S. Naval Academy midshipman has been charged with larceny. (WUSA); Former firefighters are saying that Montgomery County's stations are understaffed. (The Gazette); D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services has opened a review into the death of a two-year-old District girl who was having breathing problems and was not immediately taken to a hospital. (Post)

Thanks for reading. Have a great Thursday and just think – only one more day until the weekend. Follow us on Twitter @postmetro or give us a little boost today and become a fan of Post Metro on Facebook.

By Washington Post editors  | March 4, 2010; 8:51 AM ET
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