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Posted at 8:40 AM ET, 02/23/2010

Tuesday news roundup

By Washington Post editors


Good morning. A bit gray outside in our little corner of the world. The Capital Weather Gang says it'll be a dreary day with temperatures hovering in the 40s. And yes -- it's true -- there is, sigh, a chance of snow tomorrow. Apparently, thanks to disturbances to the north and south we're sitting ducks for potential precipitation. Double sigh.

That said, we’ve got lots of headlines for you this morning.

Metro update. We’ll start with Metro. Congress is now stepping forward with an ultimatum of sorts, saying that the beleaguered transit system could face federal intervention if it does not make progress on safety lapses that have resulted in more than a dozen deaths of passengers and workers. That announcement came on the eve of the start of the NTSB hearings into last June’s Red Line Metro crash that are slated to begin today. We’ll keep you updated with the latest on this very important story. Meanwhile, Fox 5 reports that a Metrobus driver has been fired for texting while on duty.

Cab wars. In a move that will bring cheers from passengers, but boos from D.C. taxi cab drivers, Mayor Fenty has declined to remove the $19 fare cap for taxi rides that originate and end in the District. The cap is a remnant from the previous zone system (ah, remember that?). Fenty’s decision has prompted grumbling from members of the D.C. Taxi Cab Commission, who maintain that it’s their job to make decisions regarding cab fares. (The Examiner)

So done with snow. The District’s Department of Transportation said it’s done removing snow. What’s left on the street will be left to Mother Nature. On many roads, the melting snow is giving way to a bumper crop of potholes – now we’re also beginning to see the significant tree damage wrought by the storms and heavy snow. (NBC 4)

Students, be alert. Police are investigating a sexual assault at a GWU library. (NBC 4)

Closer supervision? Maryland is looking at tightening oversight of convicted sex offenders, but a bid to keep them incarcerated indefinitely – as done in other states – is unlikely to happen given the current budget picture. (Post)

In short: Sources tell WUSA that Marion Barry may be back with his ex-girlfriend – the one for whom he allegedly secured a sweet city contract. The one who called the police to report he was stalking her. The one … oh, we could go on, but we won’t;Arlington is among the 10 richest cities in the U.S., according to a new study. (Washington Business Journal); a Virginia mother is saying she warned officials about a Manassas high school teacher who has been arrested for sexually assaulting a student. (WJLA); Maryland’s St. Mary’s College gets a new president. (The Baltimore Sun).

Sing, sing a song. Finally, thanks to the show “Glee,” glee clubs are cool again. Members of the glee club at Northeast D.C.'s Miner Elementary School met Harry Connick Jr. and serenaded first lady Michelle Obama during a concert at the White House on Sunday:

By Washington Post editors  | February 23, 2010; 8:40 AM ET
 
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