Good morning. It was kind of a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it snow day on Sunday — at least where I was. There may not be white stuff on the ground, but we’re certainly waking up to a day with more than a touch of the winter chill we thought we’d shaken off. Happy Monday. It’s shaping up to be a busy day. Officials in Maryland and Virginia have announced they’re now monitoring radiation levels in their respective states. Taxicab fares are going up $1 in D.C. and we’re following up on a story about a Domino’s pizza delivery driver who was shot and killed in the Seat Pleasant area of Prince George’s County on Sunday night. And last but not least: VCU is in the Final Four.
Colder than the average March. No, it’s not just your imagination. It IS unseasonably cool for this time of year. The Capital Weather Gang notes the average temperature is usually in the 60s (ahh, the 60s ... sigh) instead, we’re likely to have a week where temperatures hover in the 40s. And guess what? The threat of snow may not yet be past. Today’s forecast? A very chilly start (below freezing in some areas) but we’ll warm up to the mid-40s and possibly 50. Variable clouds with winds about 10 miles per hour.
A lot of explaining to do. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray will deliver his first state-of-the-city address tonight at East Senior High School. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the program is scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m. Lots of anticipation surrounding this speech, seeing as it hasn't exactly been a smooth start for this veteran politician. His administration is already being investigated for hiring practices in light of the high salaries being paid some appointees and allegations that campaign staff members paid a rival mayoral candidate to slam former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty during last fall’s campaign and may have promised the man a job as well.
$1 more for a cab ride. Starting today, you’ll pay $1 more in D.C. for that taxi cab ride. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray made the announcement on Saturday. The $1 is designed to combat the rising cost of gasoline. It will remain in effect until July 25 unless it is repealed sooner by the D.C Taxicab Commission. (Associated Press)
Be aware of your surroundings . Property crimes are up in D.C. Burglaries have more than tripled in the Dupont Circle area, while thefts have spiked about 65 percent in neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River. D.C. Police are stepping up patrols, launching specialized units to combat the surge. But they’re also warning individuals to be alert and to be cautious — especially when carrying popular, easy-to-grab items such as iPhones.
How to get to Tysons Metro stops? If you build them, how will they get there? That’s the question being asked around Tysons Corner these days as work continues on an aboveground Metro stop in the medians of Route 123 and Route 7 and three others in the area. Until the area redevelops into a mixed-use downtown with connections that will enable folks to walk to the station from their home, most folks likely will drive — but parking around the station is limited. Officials are asking the public for its input.
Happy 35th Metro. Metro celebrated its 35th birthday over the weekend. No cake, no celebration — just business as usual. But The Post’s Ann Scott Tyson used the date as an opportunity to look at recent changes at the transit agency and how a new board and a new general manager plan to overhaul the aging system that many of us are counting on to be around for many, many more years.
In short. Donations to the D.C. Statehood Fund are down. The culprit? D.C.’s shadow senators blames technology. (Post); There is no reason to panic, but officials in Virginia and Maryland have begun to monitor radiation levels in their respective states. The decision is linked to Japan nuclear plants. (Post); Fairfax County school officials are considering the idea of creating audio recordings of student disciplinary hearings as a response to parent concerns about fairness during such sessions. (Post)
New date for kite festival. Organizers of the 45th Annual Kite Festival are expected to announce today a new date for the Spring celebration of kite flying, formerly sponsored by the folks at the Smithsonian. The festival was originally scheduled for this past Sunday, but was called off because of weather. Check back with Post Local for information about the new date. In the meantime, did you get out to see the cherry blossoms this weekend? If you did, we’d love it if you’d share your photos.
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