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Posted at 4:35 PM ET, 01/13/2010

Wednesday's PM news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good afternoon.

It’s a grim day as reports, photographs and video continue to stream out of Haiti. Thousands are feared dead from the 7.0 quake that struck yesterday just before 5 p.m. The International Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations estimate as many as three million people have been affected by the quake. Here in D.C. many family members spent an anxious night trying to contact loved ones in Haiti. But, they say, the tools many have come to depend on – cell phones, Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites – have been eerily silent. Relief agencies are mobilizing to provide support. Here's information on how to contribute to the Haitian relief efforts. Rescue teams from Fairfax and Prince George's counties are being dispatched to Haiti to help with rescue and recovery efforts. NBC 4 has the dramatic account of
a former intern who pulled his wife from a collapsed building in Haiti. WTOP explains building conditions in Port-au-Prince and how they might impact rescue efforts.

Legislative season in Maryland and Virginia. Today marked the opening of legislative sessions in Maryland and Virginia. Fox 5 details budget woes in Maryland. Gov. Martin O'Malley has already announced that the in-state tuition freeze will likely end this year.

Same-sex marriage in California. This is far away but could have wide ranging impact on D.C.'s move to legalize same-sex marriage. The California Supreme Court is hearing testimony on the Proposition 8, which outlawed gay marriage in California. Voters approved the measure in 2008. The San Jose Mercury News is live blogging the Proposition 8 trial. Everyone from the judge to legal experts have predicted the outcome of this trail could lay the groundwork for the U.S. Supreme Court to tackle the gay marriage issue.

Using theater to heal. Doctors at Walter Reed are using theater to help veterans with PTSD. (WAMU)

More on Gilbert Arenas. WTOP reports that Gilbert Arenas owned several hundred guns – all legal.

A little D.C. love. Dr. Ruth has been appointed an honorary D.C. official. The dimunitive sex expert will head the Department of Love and Relationships. It's part of an effort to boost tourism in the District.

Hot items at the farmer’s market: http://bit.ly/7K9Pan

By Washington Post editors  | January 13, 2010; 4:35 PM ET
 
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