Wednesday news roundup
Good morning. Ah yes, the snow hangover continues. Some bright spots: The District has resumed trash pick-up and public transit appears to be returning to normal , though Metrobus is still reporting delays on 22 of its routes.
Storm aftermath. In what we suspect will be one of several snow-related post-mortems as the public weighs in and officials analyze their performance during “snowpocalypse,” the PSC is reviewing complaints from Pepco customers . So far the commission says Pepco did as well as could be expected, but we suspect those who went without power for several days have a very different view. (The Gazette) Fairfax County is also rethinking plowing operations in light of the most recent storms. (The Examiner) Looks like the storms may have damaged some of the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin . (WTOP)
Metro may have taken a major financial hit from this month’s storm. Not only did the system have to reduce service, it had to pay for massive amounts of snow removal. The Examiner estimates WMATA lost $5.7 million in fares. Maybe there’s a solution to Metro’s woes: corporate sponsorship. Apparently, Chicago’s transit system is considering selling naming rights to some of its stations . (NBC 4)
A cautionary tale: a crew trying to clear snow from the roof of a Rockville home with propane torches accidentally set the house on fire (NBC 4). To make matters worse, fire crews were hampered by snow covered fire hydrants. Also, the Post .
Marion Barry is back in the news. The 73-year-old council member could face charges after an investigation found he awarded a $15,000 contract to his former girlfriend and then pocketed some of the money for himself . Barry denies that and other allegations. No one on the council has called for his resignation but several support a recommendation that the results of the investigation be forwarded to the U.S. Attorney’s office. (Post)
A new tax? If you live in Virginia and purchase from eBay, Amazon.com and other online merchants might want to take note of this. The Virginia State Senate has passed a bill that would
require online merchants to charge state sales tax (Fox 5) He’s doing it quietly, but Gov. Robert McDonnell is also pushing for cuts to education and health programs to help offset Virginia’s $2.2 billion budget deficit. (Post)
In short: There's been an admissions glitch at George Washington University. Applicants who got letters saying they were rejected also got notices saying they were accepted. (GW Hatchet); A former police chief pleads guilty to selling guns (WJLA); Maryland may soon have itself an official state dirt (WTOP); A new report says kids spend an average of 7 ½ hours "plugged in." (Baltimore Sun)
And finally, the weather. The Capital Weather Gang says it’ll be colder than average with temperatures in the upper 30’s near 40. There will be winds in the 10 to 15 mile per hour range so it’ll be COLD. There’s a possibility of snow showers, but don’t panic: there’s unlikely to be anything significant snow-wise until Sunday. Hear that folks? No significant snow until at least Sunday and maybe even Monday.
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