The Night Note: 03/22/2011

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The following stories have been hand-selected by the Assignment Desk at News4:

    DC Principal Investigated for Grade Tampering

    Washington Examiner: "D.C. Public Schools officials are investigating accusations that the principal at McKinley Technology High School assigned phony grades to seniors, according to school officials. "We are aware of allegations regarding Principal [David] Pinder. The allegations are part of an ongoing investigation," DCPS spokesman Fred Lewis said. Current and former McKinley employees told The Washington Examinerthat Pinder instructed data clerks to doctor transcripts for several years at the Northeast magnet school."
    Georgetown Cupcake Upsetting Neighbors

    The Hoya: "Georgetown Cupcake is not all sugar and sprinkles, according to its student neighbors, who say the noise, traffic and trash generated by the popular M Street bakery have left a bad taste in their mouths. As the popularity of the cupcake shop, featured on the TLC reality show, "DC Cupcakes," has grown, so has the line that winds around the corner and down 33rd Street. For neighbors, this means a nearly constant crowd on their doorstep during business hours. Kitty Lichtenstein (MSB '12), who lived around the corner from the bakery last summer, said the customers were a constant presence."

    F.C. Police Chief Acknowledges Pressures With Staff Reductions

    Falls Church News-Press: "At tonight's (Monday) Falls Church City Council budget work session, Chief Harry Reitze confirmed to the Council that plans to eliminate a full-time dispatcher position in the small department will stretch the resources of the department. Calling the dispatcher position the "hub of the wheel" of the department, Reitze stressed that the job requires special training and clearance, as "a lot of highly sensitive data comes through them."  He said that with summer approaching, the demands for vacation time plus illness burdens the position when it is one person short, and that a "great deal of overtime" will result. But, he added, "Overworking them is not a good idea.""

    Tow Truck Stolen

    InsideNoVa: "It's been four days since a tow truck was stolen from Ward's Towing in Woodbridge and management is still wondering how it happened. A 2006 Ford flatbed tow truck was parked at the home of a Ward's employee in the 1800 block of Gableridge Turn in the Summerland Heights apartment complex early Friday morning.  The worker was summoned to tow a car at 1:45 a.m., and found the truck missing, said Chrissy Ward, wife of one of the company’s owners. "I was shocked—people don’t just steal a tow truck," Ward said."