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Posted at 8:20 AM ET, 01/27/2010

Wednesday news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good morning. It’s Wednesday. For those of you keeping track, we're halfway through the week. The Capital Weather Gang says weather today will be sunny and in the mid-40's and while there's a chance of snow for Friday, right now it's very, ahem, chance-y.

Now on to today's headlines.

More on the latest Metro fatalities. Investigators at the NTSB are probably asking themselves the same question that’s on most people’s minds these days when it comes to Metro: why do these accidents keep happening? A total of five Metro workers have been killed on the tracks in the last seven months. The two men killed Tuesday were WMATA veterans. The wife of Jeff Garrard, 49, said she knew her husband’s job was dangerous but that he was always cautious when on the job. WAMU reports that Metro held a three-day safety training prior to Tueday's fatal accident. The Associated Press has this story on how Metro's safety record compares to that of other transit agencies.

Hearing on possible Metro fare increase. As federal investigators continue to probe Tuesday's accident, the Metro board today will meet to discuss possible service cuts and/or fare hikes. The Post's Ann Scott Tyson, outlines the board's four alternatives. The hearing begins at 5:30 p.m.

OT fraud? There are yet more questions about overtime payments for workers with the D.C. Department of Public Works. The Examiner reports that department officials "redirected" money to pay for overtime costs just two weeks before an audit of the agency’s OT practices began.

Body likely that of missing Va. Tech student. Police believe skeletal remains found on a farm in Albemarle County are those of Morgan Harrington, a Virginia Tech student missing since October. Also, The Examiner and Fox 5.

The best seat in the house: A D.C. student received a surprise phone call as he was leaving his English 102 class – it was the White House asking if he'd like to sit in First Lady Michelle Obama's box during tonight's State of the Union address. Be sure to look for Clayton Armstrong -- he'll be the one with the big smile. Armstrong won't be the only one with D.C area ties in the spotlight tonight: Virginia's new governor, Robert F. McDonnell will be delivering the Republican response to President Obama's speech.

In short, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, which serves residents in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, could be in violation of the law in connection with its minority business enterprise program. But commissioners have deadlocked on a resolution, leaving the agency paralyzed and at risk of being sued ; State legislators from both parties have found agreement on at least one issue: medical marijuana in Maryland; and Montgomery College’s Takoma Park campus was temporarily locked-down Tuesday afternoon, following an alleged sexual assault at the campus’ performing arts center. One man was later arrested and is currently in custody.

Apple Tablet = the hype? And finally, we’ll find out today, whether the much-anticipated Apple Tablet lives up to the years and years of hype: Got to hand it to Apple head Steve Jobs, he really knows how to generate excitement. Also, cnet

By Washington Post editors  | January 27, 2010; 8:20 AM ET
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