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Posted at 8:23 AM ET, 03/10/2010

Wednesday morning roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good morning. We're halfway through the work week -- and it's a good thing because we're about to lose that sunshine that's been following us around. The Capital Weather Gang says the temperatures will continue to be mild, reaching the low to mid 60s on Wednesday. But clouds are beginning to move in and we could see a few sprinkles later in the day. The heavy rain should hold off until Thursday.

In the news, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty's security detail called paramedics after a neighbor's housekeeper found an unconscious 10-month-old girl. A housekeeper found the baby with an object wrapped around her neck in a house near the mayor's residence. (Fox 5)

Maryland is one of the few states that still issues automatic court dates for traffic charges. And that is costing some jurisdictions big money to pay police officers overtime to appear for traffic court dates. (WUSA 9.)

The District's Department of Transportation says that D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray is facing fines of $300 a day if he doesn't file for a permit for the fence built at his home by an unlicensed contractor. (The Washington Times)

DDOT has also announced a plan to bring more bike lanes to the District. (WTOP)

It's hard to believe, but it's been nearly two months since an earthquake struck Haiti. Now the naval ship based in Baltimore is headed home. The USNS Comfort left Port-au-Prince Tuesday night to begin its journey back to Baltimore. But some civilian doctors in Haiti aren't happy about the decision. (The Baltimore Sun)

Mirant, the coal ash facility based in Charles County, is working on a lawsuit settlement with the state of Maryland that could include plans to close its plant. The Maryland Department of the Environment filed suit against the power company in 2008 saying harmful pollutants were leaching from a coal byproduct storage facility into a Charles County swamp. WABC 7.

Officials have identified the pilot who was killed when his plane crashed into a house in central Virginia last Thursday as 62-year-old James Arvid Youngquist of Reston. WABC 7.

The D.C. police union says a detective accused of unholstering his gun at a snowball fight faces a possible 10-day suspension. WABC 7. Also, the Examiner.

The first same-sex couples began marrying in the District on Tuesday and many businesses began planning to reap the benefits. A study by the nonprofit Williams Institute predicted that legalizing same-sex marriage will create 700 jobs and contribute $52.2 million over three years to the local economy.

Thousands of protesters marched through downtown Washington on Tuesday to criticize the health insurance industry and attempt to draw support for the Democratic proposal to overhaul the system. NBC 4 also has the story.

We're in the money, or at least some of us are. Forbes magazine has ranked Loudoun as the richest county in the United States, followed by Fairfax and Howard counties. Montgomery County comes in at #10. (The Examiner)

By Washington Post editors  | March 10, 2010; 8:23 AM ET
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