The Night Note: 04/18/2011

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

    Manassas Wet T-Shirt Idea Flops

    Kim and Kristina Skokan are shaking things up again in the City of Manassas.The mother-daughter team who own KK’s Temptations had a wet T-shirt contest planned for June 30 at the Philadelphia Tavern, but town officials got wind of it and told them they couldn’t do it, Kim Skokan said. Wet T-shirt contests seem to violate city ordinances.The Skokans met furious opposition when they opened their adult-oriented store on Battle Street late last year.The ordinance city officials cited defines nudity, in part, as it relates to the “human female breast,” but Kim Skokan said their contest, to benefit the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, wasn’t going to feature any nudity. (InsideNoVa.com)

    Storm Cut Offsite Power to Va. Nuclear Plant

    An unconfirmed tornado landed outside the Surry Nuclear Plant in Virginia on Saturday and automatically shutdown the site’s two reactors, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The apparent tornado affected an electrical switchyard next to the plant, cutting off the electrical feed to the station, in Surry County, about 17 miles northwest of Newport News. Both reactors shut down automatically at about 7 p.m. and backup diesel generators kept power going. Plant operators have partially restored offsite power to both plants, said owner Dominion Virginia Power. The radioactive material release is below federally approved limits and poses no threat to station workers or the public, the NRC said. (Washington Times)

     
    DC Rights Protesters Have No Ties to DC

    From Walmart to D.C. rights, college activists have taken on District issues, but many aren't city residents and are not personally touched by the battle they're fighting. The latest example was a Friday protest for D.C. rights organized by D.C. Vote's chief student organizer Corryn Freeman. The group of about 70 protesters who descended on Capitol Hill to express outrage against federal oversight of the District was a mix of college students and longtime D.C. rights activists. Freeman coordinated the group as they spread along a city block. She told The Washington Examiner that she started planning the protest more than three weeks before D.C. Mayor Vince Gray was arrested in a similar Capitol Hill protest on April 11. Freeman is a Howard University senior. She grew up in Columbia and is still a Maryland resident. (Washington Examiner)

    Boston Marathon: Runner Completes Race for 44th Straight Year

    Just as the physical and mental fatigue in the late miles of Monday’s Boston Marathon kicked in mercilessly, Bethesda’s Ben Beach felt a tailwind picking up behind him, a wind so strong it seemed to be directing him to the finish line for the 44th consecutive time. Beach, 61, finished the race, as he has done every year since 1968, in 4 hours, 33.35 seconds, more than five minutes better than his time last year and 20,830 overall in a field of more than 27,000 runners. All of the concerns he carried with him into the race – nagging foot and hip problems and his constant battle with dystonia, a neurological disorder that affects his stride – somehow proved less debilitating than he feared. (Washington Post)