The Night Note: 05/04/2011

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By Carlos Martinez
|  Wednesday, May 4, 2011  |  Updated 6:23 PM EDT
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The Night Note: OBL Reaching for Weapon, Movie Shoot and Deportation Program

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Officials: SEALs Thought bin Laden Went for Weapon

President Barack Obama ordered grisly photographs of Osama bin Laden in death sealed from public view on Wednesday, declaring, "We don't need to spike the football" in triumph after this week's daring middle-of-the-night raid. The terrorist leader was killed by American commandos who burst into his room and feared he was reaching for a nearby weapon, U.S. officials said. Several weapons were found in the room where the terror chief died, including AK-47 assault rifles and side arms, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity as they offered the most recent in a series of increasingly detailed and sometimes-shifting accounts of bin Laden's final minutes after a decade on the run. (WTOP/AP)

Spielberg's Lincoln to Film in Central Va.

Gov. Bob McDonnell says Steven Spielberg will shoot his film biography of Abraham Lincoln in Virginia. McDonnell said Wednesday the acclaimed filmmaker will begin principal filming this fall in Richmond and Petersburg. The movie is based on the Doris Kearns Goodwin book "Team of Rivals." Daniel Day-Lewis will play Lincoln, while Sally Field is cast as Mary Todd Lincoln. As the Civil War came to a close, Lincoln walked the streets of a smoldering Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy. His visit was cheered by black Virginians. (Fredericksburg.com)

PW Co Seeks Piece of World Trade Center to Display at Freedom Park

Authorities from Prince William County traveled to New York and the New Jersey Port Authority on Wednesday to review some of the sizeable artifacts that remain from the World Trade Center wreckage left behind from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Prince William County has been working for the past year to secure an artifact from the World Trade Center to display at Freedom Park, which is located on the grounds of the James J. McCoart Government Complex in between the building and Prince William Parkway. (InsideNoVa.com)

Mont Co Agrees to Comply with Deportation Program
 

Montgomery County officials said Tuesday they would comply with a federal crackdown on illegal immigrants, acknowledging that they are powerless to block the program that leads to more deportations of those in the country illegally. Last week, County Executive Ike Leggett told The Washington Examiner he was weighing potential legal challenges against the Secure Communities program, saying it would undermine public safety. (Washington Examiner)

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