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Enjoy today. This could very well be the nicest day of the week. The Capital Weather Gang says it’ll be partly to mostly sunny with temperatures in the high 50’s to low 60’s. But we’re in for rain later tonight. Wednesday and the rest of the week? Colder, wet and kind of a mess. Sigh.

“East Coast Rapist” suspect in court. The man suspected of being the “East Coast Rapist” is scheduled to appear in court today in Connecticut on a charge that he raped a woman in New Haven in 2007. Aaron Thomas, who was arrested Mar. 4, is suspected of a series of rapes up and down the East Coast, including attacks in Leesburg.

Today’s headlines:

Lululemon killing. Montgomery County prosecutors allege Brittany Norwood, the woman suspected of killing her co-worker at the Lululemon Athletica store in downtown Bethesda, spun a wild tale to cover up her crime. Norwood is being held without bail.

Pension battle in Montgomery County. The battle over employee pensions — already causing fierce fights in states, counties and cities across the country — is playing out close to home, where Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and employee unions are sparring over benefits. With Maryland’s largest county already facing a massive budget deficit, Leggett is looking at pension reform as a means of avoiding deep cuts to county programming or significant tax increases. Union officials, however, are accusing Leggett, a Democrat, of imitating Republicans like those in Wisconsin who’ve fought to end collective bargaining agreements.

The big fix. Aiming for a fix that is as painless as possible, officials with the National Parks Service are embarking on a massive $10.3 million effort to fix the potholes, ruts and pockmarks that mar Constitution Avenue. The effort will mean traffic delays and tie-ups, but officials are hoping that by the time work is complete , it will be smooth driving for motorists.

Free screenings can save lives. A new grant will allow uninsured and underinsured men and women between the ages of 50 and 64 who live in the Districtr to take advantage of free screenings for colon cancer. The joint effort between Howard University and Georgetown University hospitals, is part of a push to get the word out to area residents following a six-month study that found almost 30 percent of D.C. residents, who received colon cancer screenings, had precancerous lesion — a rate higher than the national average.

In short. A fire broke out early Tuesday morning in a kiln at the Corcoran Gallery of Art but was quickly extinguished, and no art was damaged (Post); the powerful president of the Maryland State Senate has proposed merging two of the state’s top public universites — The University of Maryland at College Park and the University of Maryland Baltimore (Post); Anne Arundel officials have removed 51 dogs from a home in Pasadena. and are putting them up for adoption. (The Baltimore Sun)

Other items:

The circus is in town. The annual “Elephant Walk” through parts of Penn Quarter is scheduled to take place this afternoon. Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus will parade their animals through town beginning at 2pm at South Capitol St and E Street, up past the Capitol and then ending up at the Verizon Center. Animal rights activists are expected to accompany the parade. (We Love DC)

Quake relief. Today, Spinkles cupcakes, which recently opened a shop in Georgetown, will be selling special edition Red Cross red velvet cupcake to benefit Japan quake and tsunami relief efforts. Metrocurean reports that Sprinkles last charity promotion raised $20,000 in one day for Haiti relief.

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day. Be sure to check back for more headlines and updates throughout the day.