The Night Note: 10/12/10

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Tuesday, Oct 12, 2010  |  Updated 7:17 PM EDT
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The Night Note: Fight Against the "R" Word

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SLAIN AID WORKER WORKED FOR BETHESDA FIRM
Gazette: The death of a worker for a Bethesda international aid and development company who was killed Friday after being abducted in Afghanistan was only the latest in a string of tragedies occurring to employees of DAI and a subcontractor in the past year.

Linda Norgrove, 36, a native of Scotland who joined DAI in January and had worked mostly in Afghanistan since 2005, was killed during a rescue attempt that involved U.S. Special Operations troops. Initial reports claimed that one of Norgrove's captors set off a bomb as her would-be rescuers approached, but a British official said this week that she may have been accidentally killed by a grenade thrown by her rescuers.

EX DAYCARE WORKER PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX OFFENSES
Inside NoVA: "A former daycare worker who gave candy to two 6-year-olds while getting them to perform sex acts on each other pleaded guilty to two charges yesterday.

Ryan James Murray, 22, was convicted in Stafford Circuit Court of aggravated sexual battery and indecent liberties.

He will be facing a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 17."

ONE WOMAN'S FIGHT AGAINST THE 'R' WORD
Fairfax Times: "Even though the organization's mission is to assist and advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, some in The Arc of Northern Virginia were taken aback when Executive Director Nancy Mercer wanted to bring on Jill Egle as co-executive director.

"They weren't used to thinking about someone with an intellectual disability in a leadership role," Mercer said. But she recognized leadership abilities in Egle, who originally joined the Arc staff as an administrative assistant."

REPORT: METRO FAILING ON ESCALATOR REPAIRS
Washington Post: An independent audit of Metro's escalator and elevator maintenance program has found that Metro has failed to adhere to proper standards, according to a summary of the findings to be presented to the board of directors at a meeting on Thursday.

Metro General Manager Richard Sarles ordered the assessment, which began in June, in response to frequent rider complaints. Dozens of Metro's 588 escalators and 236 elevators are out of service at any given time.

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