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Posted at 06:25 AM ET, 02/02/2012

D.C.’s very own Groundhog Day celebration; House approves federal salary freeze (A.M. Buzz)

Here are our picks for the top local stories to start your day:

Bring it, groundhog. After a winter marked by spring-like weather, the prospect of Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow when he emerges from his burrow at 7:20 a.m. — and thereby predicting six more weeks of winter — isn’t quite so bad.

House approves federal salary freeze. Legislators have passed a bill that would guarantee a third straight year with no cost-of-living boosts in 2013.

Capital Bikeshare rolls out to the suburbs. The program flourished in the District and Arlington. Can it find similar success in more suburban areas?

Coming up today on

— Live coverage from the District’s first Groundhog Day celebration, complete with an appearance from “Potomac Phil” — if organizers can find a live groundhog in time.

— Updates from the Occupy D.C. camp at McPherson Square, where demonstrators are engaged in a legal battle over orders to de-camp.

— Live tweets from Metro’s board meeting, and coverage of the National Prayer Breakfast.

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Tags:  groundhog day, punxsutawney phil, capital bikeshare, federal workers, metro

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