The Night Note: 09/02/2010

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    NEWSLETTERS

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

    Discovery Communications Crisis a Reminder to Review Emergency Plan

    Workplace experts say the hostage crisis at Discovery Communications Inc. in Silver Spring should prompt all companies and building owners to review their emergency evacuation and continuity of operation plans — or, if they don’t have a plan, to make one. Authorities praised Discovery for the way it handled the crisis and its evacuation plan, which was implemented after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and is updated annually. James J. Lee entered the public lobby at the company’s headquarters waving a gun and took three employees hostage. He was killed, and none of the hostages was harmed. (Washington Business Journal)

    Illegal Immigrant Population Drops in Va.

    Virginia was one of only three states to see a significant drop in its illegal immigrant population from 2008 to 2009, but it still ranked 11th in number of illegal immigrants in the state — with Maryland just in front at 10th. The number of illegal immigrants in Virginia dipped from an estimated 300,000 to 240,000, while Maryland’s held steady at 250,000, according to a report released Wednesday by the Pew Hispanic Center. In the District, the estimated illegal immigrant population fell from 30,000 to 25,000, the report said. (Washington Examiner)

    Arlington to get LED Streetlights

    Arlington is devoting $500,000 in stimulus funds to convert old county-owned streetlights to energy-efficient LED streetlights, the county announced today. Officials hope to replace 1,800 streetlights, or 40 percent of all county-owned lights, by the spring of 2011. The funds for the project will come from a federal energy efficiency and conservation grant. (Arlnow.com)

    Pit Bull Euthanized Following Attack

    A pit bull was destroyed after it attacked four people in less than two weeks, police said. The dog’s latest victim was a 51-year-old caretaker at the Prince William Animal Shelter off Va. 234 in Independent Hill. The dog was being walked outside the shelter Wednesday to be returned to its owner, when it suddenly mauled the handler, inflicting major injuries on her leg and foot, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok. (InsideNoVa.com)