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Posted at 8:42 AM ET, 03/11/2010

Thursday news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good morning. Well, sigh, it was nice while it lasted. The Capital Weather Gang says the weather is about to take a turn for the gloomy. Looks like we’ll get some clouds Thursday, and while we may get some showers Friday, the really big rains – two to four inches – will arrive on Saturday. CWG is calling it a “megastorm.” Break out your rain slickers.

Now your headlines.

Look before you eat. If you’re planning to dine out in the D.C. area anytime soon, you might want to read this. Or you may not. The Examiner looked at health inspection records and found violations at big name restaurants such as The Palm and Georgia Brown’s for keeping food beyond their expiration dates and for inadequate water temperatures in dishwashers. Ever wondered how an inspector knows what to look for? Here's some insight into how they help keep the places we eat safe. (The Examiner)

No gay bias. Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell (R) has issued a directive that prohibits discrimination – including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation -- in the state workforce. McDonnell’s action is designed to quell growing controversy over Attorney General Ken CuccineIIi’s request that state colleges and universities remove language from their campus non-discrimination policies that refer to sexual orientation. (Post) The Washington Examiner, AP

D.C EMS investigated. D.C.’s Fire and EMS department is under scrutiny following the death of a two-year-old toddler and a second incident in which a woman says EMS declined to take her to the hospital when she complained she was having trouble breathing last December. It was only after she called a second time, that she was transported. She spent a week at the hospital being treated. (WUSA). The D.C. Council is concerned about these latest incidents. (Fox 5)

Remember Haiti. Almost two months may have passed since the country was rocked by a massive quake, but the country is still struggling to recover. Haiti's first lady, Elizabeth Preval was here in D.C. visiting her alma mater George Washington University, where she spoke about the need to help students in her country – most of whom lost the schools they used to attend in the quake. (WUSA); A group of students from UMD will be heading to Haiti over their Spring Break to help build shelters for Haitians. (The Gazette); Meanwhile, a group of medical professionals from Montgomery County will be heading to the island nation to deliver still needed medical care (NBC 4)

In short: The FBI’s “Most Wanted” list turns 60. (NBC 4); Google is offering bike maps. (Washington Business Journal); A dispute that pits children against pet owners has broken out among Capitol Hill residents. (NBC 4)

Finally, two stories about amazing women. The Smithsonian has received 39 Harriet Tubman artifacts, including a book of gospel hymns and a shawl given to her by Queen Victoria. The items, donated by author and collector Charles L. Blockson, will be displayed at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, set to open in 2015. (Post); A group of female aviators who flew non-combat missions during World War II were honored with Congressional Gold Medals Wednesday. (Post). Also, WUSA

Hey, thanks for reading. It looks like a little sunshine is peeking through the clouds, so maybe it won't be a bad day weather-wise after all. Check back with us again for more headlines. Don't forget, you can also follow us on @postmetro.

By Washington Post editors  | March 11, 2010; 8:42 AM ET
 
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