Thursday's news roundup
Good morning. Some good news for those who like it a wee bit warmer: The Capital Weather Gang reports that temperatures are supposed to be in the 40s today -- and we may even hit 50 by Saturday.
The biggest news by far is the earthquake in Haiti. We know there is a lot of information out there, so we’ll sort through and give you the highlights:
The latest on Haiti. Search and rescue crews, including a team from Fairfax County, have begun landing in Haiti as have relief teams. A search and rescue team from Prince George's County is also expected to deploy to Haiti.
Post reporters on the ground in Haiti say, the scene in Port-au-Prince is horrific – bodies are piled up on the side of roads, there is no electricity and a shortage of fresh water and medical supplies. Tens of thousands are feared dead. According to the Associated Press, planes carrying rescue teams, medics and supplies from the U.S., China and France arrived at the Port-au-Prince airport late Wednesday and early Thursday. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussing Haiti on the "Today Show" that troops from the Army's 82nd Airborne Division will arrive later today to help restore order. United Nations officials say 150 U.N. workers are missing in Haiti.
-- Video of a candlelight vigil for victims of the Haiti quake: Video of a candlelight vigil for victims of the Haitian quake (WJLA)
-- 10 students from George Mason University who were in Haiti are safe. (WJLA)
-- Three Southern Maryland women working in Haiti are safe. (FOX 5)
-- A D.C. priest is missing in Haiti. (FOX 5)
-- Several D.C. residents are missing in Haiti. (WAMU)
-- A hospital built by a Manassas man is still standing in Haiti. (WUSA)
-- Howard University students rally for Haiti.
-- Doctors from the INOVA health system are headed to Haiti (WAMU)
-- Virginia-based relief group worries about friends in Haiti. (FOX 5)
-- Maryland-based charities are helping with the Haiti relief effort. (Baltimore Sun)
Also, if you want to help Haitian earthquake victims here’s a list of groups that are accepting donations for the victims of the Haiti quake:
Other news: A truck fire this morning jammed traffic on I-270 and forced the closure of Montrose Road. I-270 is open, but Montrose remains closed near Tower Oaks Blvd and Seven Locks Road. WJLA on the I-270 tie up.
Opening day in Maryland and Virginia. Yesterday, marked the beginning of legislative sessions in both Maryland and Virginia – states that face huge budget deficits. In Virginia, Tim Kaine gave his final state of the state address. In Maryland, legislators began the difficult task of dealing with a $2 billion budget gap.
Sidewalk wars. In D.C., neighbors are battling neighbors over . . . sidewalks. People, people -- can't we all just get along? Sigh. (The Examiner)
Arenas seeks deal. Sources tell The Washington Post that Gilbert Arenas is in negotiation for a plea deal on charges he faces in connection with having a gun in the Wizards locker room.
Pack light. Delta and Continental are raising luggage fees. (Washington Business Journal)
Gay wedding could begin in March. Gay couples in the District can begin applying for marriage licenses on March 2:.html but will have to wait three full business days before tying the knot. (AP) Also, WJLA.
Thanks for reading. Have a good day and enjoy the sunshine.
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