The Night Note: 07/08/2010

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By Carlos Martinez
|  Thursday, Jul 8, 2010  |  Updated 6:45 PM EDT
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The Night Note: Spies and a New Casino

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

Spy Swap

The Russian government will release four people accused of betraying Russia to the West, the Justice Department said in a letter Thursday outlining the international spy swap. "The key provision of the United States-Russia agreement is that the Russian Federation has agreed to release four individuals who are incarcerated in Russia for alleged contact with Western intelligence agencies," said the letter to U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood in New York. (AP/WTOP)

Metro Faces A/C Problems on Trains

As temperatures hover around triple digits in the D.C. area, some Metrorail riders are complaining about sweaty commutes on cars with air conditioning problems. Metro General Manager Richard Sarles says the transit agency is facing challenges with air conditioning on trains.  When rail cars get too hot, Metro closes them off to riders and keeps the train running. Metro does not have exact numbers for how many rail cars have been taken out of service because of air conditioning problems, but Metro Assistant General Manager David Kubicek says less than 10 percent of rail cars are affected. (Washington Post)

Casino Reopens in Grand Style

In the company of Groucho Marx and Marilyn Monroe, the red carpet was rolled out Wednesday in Charles Town to celebrate the grand reopening of the casino. Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races debuted its new name, redesigned casino and table games to a packed club, sparkling with Hollywood glitz.. (Frederick News Post)
 

Fairfax School Board to Decide School Fate Tonight

 Fairfax School Board is scheduled to vote Thursday night on whether to close Clifton Elementary. School Board officials for months have discussed closing Clifton in favor of building a new school roughly three miles away, though local parents and officials have lobbied hard to keep the institution they say is the centerpiece of local community life. (Washington Examiner)
 

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