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Posted at 8:35 AM ET, 01/ 5/2010

Tuesday news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good morning!

Ah, another year and news of another White House party crasher. (Seriously Secret Service what gives?) The White House is mum, but congressional sources tell the Post, the person is Carlos Allen, a party promoter who runs an event space in Mount Pleasant. Allen, 39, isn’t talking though he spoke to the Post last month about a comment he made to a blogger about attending the state dinner. Ronald Kessler of had the initial story. Allen apparently got in the White House as part of the official Indian delegation. More from The Post on the White House's latest security breach.

New details in Rock Creek crash. More details are emerging about Joshua Kuhlman, the man who died after his car overturned in Rock Creek over the weekend. According to friends, Kuhlman initially said he was staying home Saturday after a night of drinking. The Johns Hopkins graduate then apparently handed his roommates cab fare to ensure they would get home safely when they decided to go out. His plans changed, however and Kuhlman tried to drive from his home in Arlington to his girlfriend’s home in Northwest D.C. Friends say it appears the 22-year-old lost control of his car and crashed into the creek. Read more about Kuhlman here.

Elected or appointed? After a brief holiday break, the tug-of-war between the D.C. Council and Mayor Adrian Fenty appears to have resurfaced. The Council is looking at a bill that calls for ">an elected -- not appointed attorney general. Counci members say this isn't personal; They simply believe the residents of D.C. would be better served if they have a say.

Tighter smoking regulations? In other council news, The Examiner reports that the Council will be looking at even tougher smoking regulations.

Suspect in Bethesda shooting identified. Police have issued an arrest warrant for a man suspected in the shooting of Ashoka Mody, an IMF economist who was shot and wounded as he pulled into the driveway of his Bethesda home last October. Detectives say the suspected shooter, Mohau Mercy Mathibe, might be in China or Japan. Mathibe is a former IMF employee who was part of an entry-level program for young economists.

Other items: a woman was apparently struck by a Red Line Metro train at the Woodley Park station last night. Initial reports say the woman who is hospitalized in critical condition deliberately placed herself on the tracks. Virginia State Police are looking for your help if you were driving on I-66 on New Year’s Day. Apparently, someone fired two shots at a car. No one was hurt, but police want to prevent further incidents.

Did you spend your holidays traveling to be with family? If so, Post Metro’s columnist Petula Dvorak’s sympathizes. Read her piece about her holiday "oblication."

All those candles! A D.C. woman celebrated her 110th birthday yesterday. Eddye Williams’ advice for a long life? Be kind to everyone.

Okay, back to work. Keep checking back to Post Now for your local news updates and more.

By Washington Post editors  | January 5, 2010; 8:35 AM ET
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