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Posted at 08:37 AM ET, 03/16/2011

Airport security, parking tickets, body in a car trunk

Good morning. It’s a very newsy Wednesday. In Virginia, an illegal immigrant, who was allege
dly driving drunk, is being held after a fatal crash
in Fairfax County. In Prince George’s County a body was found in the trunk of a car that was reported abandoned in January. And here in the District, looks like there will be one less candidate in an already crowded field for the at-large seat on the D.C. Council.

Countdown to spring:

A little rain and then . . . sunshine. Yes, it’s a little damp out there, but The Capital Weather Gang says the rain should give way to partly sunny skies today with temperatures in the low- to mid-60s. And guess what? CWG has officially retired the SPI (snow potential index) for the season. All but the most hardcore snow lovers have to be cheering about that.

Coming up:

Airport security, frustrated fliers. Join Post Live for a summit on Airline Security, featuring former secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, today starting at 10 a.m. The breakfast discussion comes at the same time a new report on airline security commissioned by the U.S. Travel Association is being released. The report includes recommendations for how to ease travel at a time when long security lines and other frustrations deter some folks from flying. Among the report’s recommendations: The creation of a “trusted traveler” program that would allow travelers willing to give over personal information such as tax returns and credit information, the ability to move more quickly through airports.

Who will run the area’s biggest airports? The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is scheduled to name a new executive director today — but the board member who headed the search for a new airports chief has resigned, leaving the outcome of today’s vote uncertain. The Airports Authority oversees operations at Washington Dulles and Reagan National.

He’s in . . . maybe? We’re still waiting for official word from former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine who seemed to indicate earlier this week that he would make a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by fellow Democrat Jim Webb. If Kaine does indeed take the plunge, he may likely face off against another former Virginia Governor — George Allen.

Today’s headlines:

Illegal immigrant held in fatal Va. crash. An illegal immigrant who was previously deported is being held on suspicion of drunk driving in an fatal accident Monday night near Fort Belvoir that killed a 54-year-old Fairfax Station man. The case of Carlos Sanchez-Ramos, 33, likely will fuel debate over immigration enforcement in a region that still remembers a fatal crash last August in Prince William County in which an illegal immigrant -- also allegedly driving drunk -- crashed into a car in which three nuns were riding. One nun was killed, two others seriously injured.

Double payments in Montgomery? According to the findings of a new Montgomery County Inspector General report, the developers of a Germantown subdivision were paid by two separate government agencies for one project — building a pumping station and water main. The project cost $3 million, but developers received $6 milion in payments, the report said. But the inspector general’s findings are being disputed by Tim Firestine, the county’s chief administrative officer.

Pot, meet kettle. According to the D.C. DMV’s database, vehicles registered to D.C.’s Department of Public Works, the agency in charge of writing parking tickets, have racked up nearly $30,000 in outstanding parking fines and fees. (WAMU)

In short. Former Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson pleaded not guilty to corruption charges Tuesday (Post); Adrian Fenty has landed another gig (The Washington Business Journal); a bear seemed to think she’d found the perfect place to raise her family — until the owner of a western Maryland summer home arrived on the scene. (Post)

Other items:

The last of his generation. Friends, family and admirers said goodbye on Tuesday to the last doughboy. Frank Woodruff Buckles was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery — the last of nearly 5 million U.S. veterans of World War I. He was 110 when he died last month in West Virginia. President Obama and Vice President Biden were among those who came to pay their last respects. Buckles fibbed his way into the Army at 16.

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