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Throughout yesterday, more details about the Metro crash were released, including the names of the nine individuals who died in Monday afternoon’s accident. City Desk also reported that the train that hit the stopped train outside Fort Totten was 2 months overdue for its brake maintenance service. The train that initiated the crash was also made up of 1000-series Metro cars, the oldest in the system. Now the Washington Post is reporting that the driver of the train, who was killed in the crash, had activated the emergency brake on the train, but it did not stop.
Other things are happening beyond the Red Line, of course. Read about them after the jump.
- James von Brunn, the crazy old man who shot and killed a security guard at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum two weeks ago, was released from George Washington University Hospital where he was recovering from retaliatory gunshot wounds. Prosecutors say he is too weak to appear in court but hope for an appearance early next week.
- President Obama had a busy day. He spent the early part of the afternoon holding a press conference and condemning Iran’s elections while still trying to garner support for universal health care. Then, to prove he is the coolest dad in the nation, he hung out with Nick Jonas from the Jonas Brothers. The two met with a group of diabetic children in order to raise support for diabetes research, but the reason was probably lost on Sasha and Malia. Because when Dad hangs out with your celebrity crush, you don’t really care why.
- The governor of South Carolina is going to work tomorrow. After leaving his office on Thursday afternoon, Mark Stanford disappeared in his SUV and supposedly went hiking along the Appalachian Trail. People got concerned after not hearing from him for 5 days and when Sanford realized that his “vacation” had become a missing persons case, he decided to come home.
- And finally, DCist is reporting that WaPo humorist Gene Weingarten has taken the buyout. During an online chat today, he admitted that the Post had offered to rehire him on contract but he’d rather write books and movies. After winning a Pulitzer, there’s not much left to achieve in daily journalism.
Red Line service is still limited this morning, with trains running between Glenmont and Silver Spring and Shady Grove and Rhode Island Avenue. No word on when total service will resume, but plan other routes. Or comment on Prince of Petworth’s post if you want to start some sort of carpool.