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Morning Roundup: March 7

D.C. fire chief never fully vetted; D.C. having budget 'kerfuffle'; Romney wins Virginia; P.G. police decide to charge council member Toles with reckless driving; Details emerge about Md. assembly's 'doomsday' budget; Maryland Democrats pose another smoking ban; 50th anniversary of deadly Ash Wednesday storm; Muth indicted for first-degree murder in death of Georgetown socialite; MoCo approves cameras on outside of school buses.

Morning Roundup: March 6

Judge voids Maryland's 'good reason' handgun ban; Gray to pitch statehood at GOP convention; Donor raid reverberates through city hall; Metro announces most dangerous stations; Anne Arundel to rat owners: Neuter your rodents; Ehrlich plans law clinic for pardons.

Morning Roundup: March 5

Virginia swing status on hold Tuesday; Prince George's bag tax still alive in assembly; D.C. collected $93M in 2011 parking-ticket fines; D.C. paid roughly $700K in Medicaid for the dead; D.C. sewer authority pays bonus despite vow to save; D.C. man fatally stabbed over dog; D.C. voters face registration deadline for primary.

Morning Roundup: March 1

Virginia Democrats blocking budget; Speeding Prince George's lawmaker surrenders car; ACLU alarmed about D.C. police surveillance; O'Malley signing gay-marriage bill; Metro crime rate among highest in U.S.; D.C. votes to loosen handgun regulations; Registration begins for Easter Egg roll.

Morning Roundup: Feb. 28

D.C. officials trying to unravel lottery contract; Testimony: Thomas used trust as 'check-on-demand' place; Prosecutors want Leslie Johnson to pay up; Dinged Virginia GOP now focusing on budget; Court dismisses suit on Virginia's congressional map; Virginia attorney general settles with questionable Salahi foundation; Maryland Democrats reconsidering so-called millionaire tax.

Morning Roundup: Feb. 27

Gay marriage finished, Maryland assembly refocuses on budget, taxes; Nonprofit linked to Thomas' stealing goes before D.C. Council; Rosecroft Raceway: Losing slots bid would doom the horse track; Injuried P.G. firefighters face painful recovery; Maryland next to request No Child Left Behind waiver; D.C. Council rings up big cellphone bills; Metro opens public hearings on fare increases.

Morning Roundup: Feb. 20

Violent crime surges in D.C.; Virginia assembly's money committees release spending plans; Huguely trial goes to jury; Maryland Senate to debate work-zone speed cameras operating in off hours; Virginia rarely enforces speed from the air; After key vote, gay-marriage debate continues in Maryland churches: Poll: Most Virginians oppose changes in abortion, gun laws.

No more 'DCFD' — at least at Engine Co. 7

Some interesting photos made their way to us today. They appear to show a worker painting the bay doors at the D.C. fire department's Engine Co. 7 in Southwest — a task we were able to confirm was performed Thursday.

Morning Roundup: Feb. 16

Maryland gay-marriage debate begins in undecided House; Johnson wants installment plan for his $100K fine; Huguely defense: Love died of suffocation; D.C. police to restore online crime map; Thomas whistle-blower among those vying for his Ward 5 seat; Funeral services today for Alexandria paramedic; Sentencing today for Ehrlich campaign manager.

GOP Day among dozens filing for Thomas' council seat

Tim Day, a Republican who blew the whistle on D.C. council member Harry Thomas Jr.'s use of his nonprofit to steal funds from the city, has filed a petition to appear on the ballot in a special election to replace the disgraced legislator from Ward 5. Thomas resigned last month after pleading guilty to federal theft and tax fraud charges.

Morning Roundup: Feb. 15

Virginia House approves bill defining life as beginning at conception; Expert in Huguely trial: Love could have been alive for hours after attack; Group questions Casa de Maryland's nonprofit status; Lobbyists working hard to defeat Prince George's proposed bag tax; Maryland gay-marriage bill advances to House floor; Barry, Catania have shouting match; Metro to admit liability in Fort Totten crash.

Morning Roundup: Feb. 14

Huguely trial turns to Love autopsy report; Effort to recall Gray, Brown moves to signature gathering; Virginia House moves to define life as beginning at conception; Jury selection begins in Capitol Street mass shooting; Conservatives move in with Occupier at Freedon Plaza; Miller: Ethics panel reaches conclusion on Currie; D.C. school enrollment falls, charter rolls increase; O'Malley to testify on offshore wind measure.

Morning Roundup: Feb. 13

D.C. gambling deal over, but questions remain; Wilder blames fellow Democrats in Virginia Senate for handgun repeal; O'Malley routinely diverts money reserved for transportation; Scandal bills emerge in Maryland assembly; Virginia lawmakers debate teacher tenure; Rep. Wolf asks for delay on Eisenhower Memorial.