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Posted at 8:34 AM ET, 03/ 2/2010

Tuesday news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good morning. If you’re keeping track, it’s Tuesday. The Capital Weather Gang says temperatures will be in the 40's with some rain sprinkles possible. We’ll likely get some “nuisance precipitation” in the form of snow later this evening. (Translated: enough snow to be vaguely annoying, but not terribly troublesome.) Hey, anything's better than last month’s trapped-in-your-home-with-no-power precipitation. At least we can joke about that now, right? Right? The good news is the weekend, particularly Sunday, could be quite lovely. Temperatures might even be in the high 50’s. Something to look forward to, finally.

A lot going on today.

Busy day at the marriage bureau. Wednesday is the first day that same-sex couples can apply for marriage licenses in the District. Court officials are already urging patience because they anticipate a big crowd. The excitement isn’t universally shared. Opponents of gay marriage have asked the Supreme Court to intervene and block the law from being implemented (WJLA) The Associated Press also offers this story about African-Americans and the gay marriage debate in the District.

Change in benefits. Meanwhile, Catholic Charities has announced it is changing its employee benefits program to avoid having to offer coverage to same-sex partners of its workers. Starting Tuesday, it will no longer offer benefits to spouses of new employees or partners of employees not currently receiving coverage. This is the latest fallout from a bitter dispute between the District and the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington over the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Marion Barry's fate. The D.C. Council is likely to censure Marion Barry and strip him of his chairmanship of the Housing and Workforce Development Committee. The council may also refer public corruption charges against the former mayor to the U.S. Attorney’s office for possible prosecution. We'll keep you updated.

Street racing trial. A Prince George's County jury deadlocked on the most serious charge in the trial of one of the drivers in a deadly Accokeek street race in which eight people were killed. Tavon Taylor, 20, was convicted of lesser charges of driving in an illegal street race and reckless driving. He faces a maximum fine of $1,000 and no jail time. Darren J. Bullock, 22, who was racing Taylor faces 15 years in prison for his role in the illegal race.

In short: An early morning fire in a Northwest D.C. rowhouse displaced 11 people. (WJLA); Prince George’s parents are concerned about the impact budget cuts will have on their childrens education. (WJLA); Virginia may allow tastings at ABC stores. (AP); The suit that OJ Simpson wore when he was acquitted of charges that he killed his ex-wife and her friend is being offered to the Smithsonian for its collection. No word on whether officials there will accept it. (WUSA)

Lastly, we don’t want to be rude about it, but the D.C. Council has declared March 20 as "Polite Day" in the District. Be nice.

Thanks for reading. Have a great day. Check back for more headlines and updates.

By Washington Post editors  | March 2, 2010; 8:34 AM ET
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