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Posted at 06:48 AM ET, 12/15/2011

Washington’s private sector to the rescue; D.C. preps for winter (A.M. Buzz)

Check out our picks for the five local stories you should read today:

Post 200: Thompson Hospitality, the company behind restaurants like Bethesda’s American Tap Room, right, is on the list of the largest 200 companies and organizations that help power the D.C. area economy — those that could pick up the slack as the federal government sheds workers. See the full list here.

Mayor Gray outlines winter prep. With highs near 60 today, wintry weather seems far off. But after consecutive winters with crippling snowstorms, D.C. unveils new plows and improved plans.

IRS files new lien on Marion Barry’s house.It’s the latest in a decade-long string of tax issues for the D.C. Council member and former mayor.

Here we go again: Government shutdown talks begin as funding talks stall.

Most-read local stories of 2011. From the earthquake to yet another tragic shooting at Virginia Tech, 2011 had no shortage of surprises.

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