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Posted at 05:52 AM ET, 03/14/2011

Kwame Brown, MARC changes, Jack Johnson

Good morning. It’s Monday. Hmmm, something feels different. Could it be ... yes, Post Local
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We’d love to hear what you think of it. Now, on to the headlines. Looks like D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown may be facing more questions about campaign finances. . In Maryland, police are still searching for leads in the slaying of a worker at Lululemon store in downtown Bethesda, Friday night. And in Virginia, the redistricting process looks like it will increase Northern Virginia’s clout on Capitol Hill.

Sunny with a chill. Sunday gets my nomination for best day of the weekend, weather-wise. Sunny and bright — I almost didn’t mind losing that hour of sleep (almost!) The Capital Weather Gang says today will be mostly sunny with temperatures in the high 40’s to low 50’s, but winds may make it feel slightly chillier. We may be in for some rain come Tuesday afternoon.

Coming up:

MARC schedule changes. A reminder that schedule changes on MARC’s Penn Line are slated to go into effect today. There will be more trains in service, though each will operate with fewer cars. The goal of the change will be to provide additional seats during peak travel hours.

The last doughboy. The public is invited to pay tribute to Frank Buckles, the last World War I vet­eran who died last month at the age of 110. Visitation is being held today at Joseph Gawler’s Sons Chapel on Wisconsin Avenue, in NW Washington. Buckles will be buried Tuesday with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

Childhood Obesity Summit. On Tuesday, The Washington Post will be hosting a special event examining America’s childhood obesity epidemic. The Childhood Obesity Summit will take place at 9 a.m. at The Washington Post Conference Center, 1150 15th Street, N.W. Admission is free, but we do ask that you register if you plan to attend. We also invite you to submit your questions here.

Today’s headlines:

Jack Johnson’s son. Questions are now being raised about another member of former Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson’s family. Johnson’s son Jack B. Johnson Jr. — who goes by the name of Bruce — was hired to take a $71,483-a-year job in the county’s Health Department, despite a hiring freeze that had left other key positions vacant for months, according to documents obtained by The Post. Johnson was hired in the waning days of his father’s administration. County officials say younger Johnson was qualified for the job and that official procedure was followed. Neither Johnson was available for comment.

Tax breaks for business in Va. Despite a a shaky economy and cuts to public programs to care for the poor, mentally ill and disabled, Virginia lawmakers managed to give millions of dollars in tax breaks to to businesses in the state. Among the biggest beneficiaries? The coal industry.

In short. A man’s body was found at home in Annandale Sunday night (Post); a man was shot and critically wounded by Prince George’s County police Saturday night after he allegedly fired at officers (Post); Metro officials will add a “virtual tunnel” between Farragut stations on its Red and Orange/Blue lines that will allow free transfers for riders (Washington Examiner)

Other items.

March Madness. Everything you need to know about the NCAA Tournament in one place including the top match-ups in each region. and what teams will be playing in D.C.

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day and be sure to check back with the new Post Local for more headlines and updates throughout the day.

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