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Posted at 8:39 AM ET, 03/ 9/2010

Tuesday news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good morning. Mother Nature must be in a very good mood, because we’ll be getting another sunny day. The Capital Weather Gang says Tuesday will be sunny and temperatures could climb into the mid-60's. We'll have sun on Wednesday but it’ll be coupled with a 30 percent chance of rain. And Thursday – well, let’s not even think about Thursday right now. Just enjoy Tuesday’s sun.

I do. Same-sex weddings will begin Tuesday in the District. Even though couples could get their licenses starting last week, a mandatory waiting period meant that they couldn’t begin saying their “I do’s” until today. The Post’s Monica Hesse profiles one of the couples who will be getting married Tuesday. Also, The Examiner, WJLA and WUSA. D.C. is now the sixth place in the country to allow same-sex marriage.

Grade scandal. The principal at Potomac's Churchill High School met with parents Monday night to discuss the recent computer hacking/grade changing incident. A few new details emerged from the meeting: only members of the junior class had their grades changed and the tampering involved the grade books of 35 teachers. Even though the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s office is investigating, officials may never be able to prove who hacked into the system. Also, The Examiner, and Fox 5, WUSA.

Red Line crash damage. Last June’s Red Line crash caused $25.5 million in damages. And while the system has taken its share of criticism, one group of citizens is pushing local jurisdictions to increase subsidies for the cash-strapped transit agency. (The Examiner)

No oversight? Montgomery County officials are being criticized for lax oversight of an employee tuition assistance program. In one instance, police officers and other law enforcement officials took training courses that offered as incentives for enrollment, deeply discounted guns. (Post) Also, The Examiner

In short: Cigar aficionados will be allowed to light up thanks to D.C. Councilman Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) who secured a one-time waiver from the District’s smoking ban for two events. Backers of the smoking ban approved in 2006 are not pleased. (Post); A Montgomery County high school teacher has apologized to a student for saying she was dressed like a prostitute. (WJLA); Merchandise purchased by ex-Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon with donated gift cards meant for the poor are being auctioned off on eBay. Items include an Xbox and video equipment. (Baltimore Sun); In Frederick County, teachers are using a novel strategy to boost student performance on statewide tests: candy and gum. Apparently, the sweets help boost concentration. (Frederick News-Post)

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By Washington Post editors  | March 9, 2010; 8:39 AM ET
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