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Posted at 8:20 AM ET, 02/16/2010

Tuesday news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good morning. It’s Tuesday and many folks are headed back to work and school. We were keeping our fingers crossed that it would be a smoother commute than it was for those who had to head back Friday – but it looks like there’s already trouble out there: The Post’s Dr. Gridlock reports that I-95 just east of Riggs Road has been shutdown due to an overturned tractor-trailer truck and fuel spill. Virginia drivers on I-66 are also dealing with slow traffic due to a vehicle fire near Prince William Parkway. Even if there isn't an accident, we do urge you to drive carefully; there's still a lot of snow out there, so be on the lookout for lanes that suddenly disappear. Hopefully, things will get better as the week continues.

Federal workers are headed back to the office Tuesday with a two hour delay and unscheduled leave. Students in the District will head back to school; their counterparts in Montgomery, Fairfax, Arlington, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s will head back as well, but will have delayed openings. Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, Howard, Alexandria, Prince William, Frederick and Fauquier County schools, however, remain closed. Here's a full list of school delays and openings. Even days after the snow stopped, there were still piles and piles of it, so some school systems recruited parents and volunteers to help clear piles in hopes of getting schools and sidewalks ready for students. (Post) A few Fairfax volunteers, however, got an unfortunate surprise when they returned home from shoveling. (WJLA)

The Capital Weather Gang says it'll be in the 30's today but there will be winds so it might feel more like the 20's. Should be clear though and cool enough to prevent flooding due to snow melt.

Tuesday’s return to work and school will be a big test for D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, who received kudos for how he handled the Dec. 19 storm, but less than stellar reviews for his handling of the most recent storms. We’re sure that anyone who sat in traffic Friday evening would like to see some major improvement come tonight.

Among the services shut down during snowmageddon was trash pick-up. WUSA offers this handy schedule for trash collection this week

There is other non-snow news out there. The President of the University of Maryland has announced he'll leave his post in August. C.D. Mote, Jr. has been head of the university for 12 years and is credited with helping it transition from a “safety school” to a top tier campus. (Post)

Both state legislatures are also in session. In Virginia, legislators have passed a measure to catch toll dodgers on the Dulles Toll Road. (The Examiner) They are also looking at loosening gun control laws.
(Post) In Maryland legislators are looking at a measure that would ban harassment via text message. Gov. Martin O’Malley also wants to explore ways to link student performance to teacher evaluations. (The Examiner)

Some criminals in Anne Arundel County received a Valentine’s Day surprise: handcuffs – all part of a clever ruse. (WTOP)

The D.C. region is the eighth happiest in the U.S. (Hmm, survey must've been taken before snowmageddon set in). (Fox 5)

Finally, Maryland’s former poet laureate Lucille Clifton has passed away. Clifton was a National Book Award winner in 2000 for "Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000." She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1988. She was 73. (Post)

Thanks for reading. We hope you have a good day back – or if you’re still on snow-cation, a good day before returning to the rat race. Check back with us for more updates and for your evening news roundup.

By Washington Post editors  | February 16, 2010; 8:20 AM ET
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