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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/24/2011

Reagan air traffic, Va. March Madness, Sunday snow

Good morning. Yes folks, it’s Thursday and there’s a definite chill in the air. This morning,
we’re looking into reports of a double shooting in Suitland early this morning that has left at least one person dead. We also have the latest on the budget debate in Annapolis, which may mean Maryland residents will pay more when they purchase a car or when property changes hands. And we’re also keeping a close eye on Virginia, where Gov. Robert Mc­Don­nell is deciding whether he will sign a series of bills including one that would require public school students get 150 minutes of PE a week.

Cold and cloudy. Remember how nice it was this past weekend? Well, you’re going to want to cling to the memory of those sunny, jacket-optional days when you hear about today’s forecast. The Capital Weather Gang says we’ll have showers in the morning and clouds all day. Temperatures will range in the mid-to-upper-40’s. The rest of the week? Not likely to get much better. And yes, there’s still that chance of snow on Sunday.

Coming up:

Suspect in Olney shootings in court. A man with an already lengthy records of brushes with the law has been arrested in connection with two shootings in Olney. Rohan J. Goodlett, 35, is expected to appear in court today. He’s been charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of man walking home from a job at a sandwich shop on Monday night and a man who was found shot in his apartment Friday night. According to court records, Goodlett was under the watch of state mental health officials at the time of the alleged killings. We’ll bring you more updates from his court appearance today.

Metro board meets. Metro’s board of directors is slated to take up a number of issues at its meeting today. The Safety and Security Committee will review a report from the Tri-State Oversight Committee on a recent spate of rail yard accidents One of the chief causes of the accidents? Metro employees not following proper procedures, the report says. The board also will discuss several development projects including one near the New Carrollton station. Among the development teams competing to build the New Carrollton project is one that includes a familiar face: former Prince George’s County Executive Wayne Curry. That’s led some to wonder about whether Curry’s close ties to current county executive Rushern Baker stand to benefit Curry financially.

Today’s headlines:

A scary silence. Early on Wednesday for an unspecified amount of time, it appears the tower at Reagan National Airport was silent, forcing two planes to land without direct guidance from the Reagan National staff. The incident — the second time in two years the tower at National was reported unmanned for a period of time — is currently being investigated by federal officials. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood also has directed the FAA to increase staffing on the midnight shift.

Higher ed in the headlines. Area universities and colleges are making headlines this week. Alan G. Merten, the president of George Mason University, announced Wednesday that he’ll retired in 2012 after 16 years as the university’s top administrator. Meanwhile, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond are discovering the unspoken benefits of March Madness. The schools are slated to play Friday night and will face each other if both emerge victorious. Win or lose, the campuses are already getting a huge boost from just being part of the yearly tournament.

In short. The principal at D.C. McKinley Technical High School has been placed on leave amind the continuing investigation into allegations that he altered student transcripts to give kids credit for courses they did not take (Post); six D.C. students have been awarded full scholarships to George Washington University. (NBC 4).

Other items.

Ballpark eats? Yes, yes. With the Nats in town, we know we don’t have to trek to Baltimore for baseball — but just in case you do make the trek to Camden Yards, here’s a preview of this season’s new food offerings. Hmm, suddenly I’m craving soft shell crab and a hot pretzel. (The Baltimore Sun)

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and check back with Post Local throughout the day for more headlines and updates. We’re just two days away from the start of D.C.’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival . (Note to Mother Nature: can’t you give us better weather?) Have a great day.

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