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Posted at 8:25 AM ET, 12/30/2009

Wednesday news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good morning, good morning, good morning. Only a few more days left in the year to make good on those 2009 resolutions.

The headlines: Another batch of wintry mix might be on the way, but local communities are still dealing with a pricey snow hangover. The Examiner reports that costs related to the Dec. 19 storm have already topped $41 million. With more snow expected this week, many local communities may find themselves in the red earlier than anticipated. In Montgomery County, the Gazette reports the county council is investigating whether wealthier areas received preferential plowing service.

Prepare to dig deeper in your pocket for parking in the District. The Post’s Nikita Stewart reports that you’ll be paying $2 an hour to park your car. In addition to that, starting Jan. 1, you’ll be shelling out for grocery bags unless you remember to bring your own to the supermarket.

Residents in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties will also be dealing with a host of new laws including more speed cameras and menus that list, gulp, calorie counts.

Neighbors of a Fairfax woman said they knew something was amiss at the house on Ramsgate Terrace in Mount Vernon. Turns out their neighbor had dozens of animals – both dead and alive – in her home. Crews in special suits worked last night to clean out the home. Read more here.

A strange -- and tragic case -- out of Virginia: authorities believe they have found the body of a Woodbridge woman who crashed her sport utility vehicle into a tree two weeks ago and abandoned it with her eight-year-old daughter and an open container of alcohol inside.

More sticks, fewer carrots? The EPA is taking a tougher approach to keeping the Chesapeake Bay clean, outlining ideas for punishing states that don’t do their part. Sure, it may sound like an obvious step, but it turns out the concept of “punishment” is a foreign concept here. States have routinely missed deadlines but faced no consequences.

Last but not least: Real World D.C. airs tonight. The Post’s Hank Stuever offers his take on the reality show that just keeps going and going and going. Speaking of stars: How well do you know your A-listers and tabolid darlings? The Reliable Source offers this year-end quiz.

Remember: there’s always more news on the Post’s local homepage – . For breaking news headlines, keep checking back here.

By Washington Post editors  | December 30, 2009; 8:25 AM ET
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