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Talking Points for the Week of March 20, 2017

Good eats go with good reads. We humbly recommend a couple of donuts and a large cup of joe from Dunkin’ Donuts as you sift through some interesting reads in preparation for this week’s D.C. commute. Scratch that, maybe three donuts. Enjoy this extra-hefty set of Talking Points…

THE SHUTDOWN: The Washington Post’s Faiz Siddiqui and Martine Powers detail the events that ultimately prompted Metro officials to shut down the Metrorail system for a day. “The untold story of Metro’s 29-hour emergency shutdown” is told through the eyes of key player including General Manager Paul Wiedefeld, Board Chairman Jack Evans and others. If you have a little time before “real” work starts in the morning, you should check it out. (Washington Post)

GOT SCUBA GEAR? WTOP’s Max Smith writes that groundwater is the likely source of the Yellow Line leak outside L’Enfant Plaza last Thursday, according to Metro. Federal Transit Administration safety inspectors have also noted that other parts of the Metrorail system face similar issues, including the Red Line near Bethesda, Friendship Heights and Van Ness, as well as the Blue Line between Addison Road and Capitol Heights. (WTOP)

MODERN-DAY LARRY, MO AND CURLY: Police arrested three men for allegedly using skimming devices to steal credit card information from Fairfax County gas stations. (Falls Church News-Press)

HIT-AND-RUN VICTIM IDENTIFIED: A women killed in an apparent hit-and-run crash in Greenbelt has been identified. (NBC Washington)

GETTING SLEEPY BEHIND THE WHEEL? THE CAR WILL TAKE OVER. Several companies are developing sensors that warn drivers when their biorhythms or facial expressions indicate they’re falling asleep. When such systems are used in vehicles with limited autonomous driving, the car can either come to an emergency stop or pull itself over to the side of the road. (New York Times)

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