The Night Note: 10/14/10

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Thursday, Oct 21, 2010  |  Updated 4:22 PM EDT
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The Night Note: Lottery Winner and Speed Cameras

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THEY MADE YOU DO WHAT AT SCHOOL TODAY?
Free Lance-Star: "When Stephanie Gonzales went to school Oct. 6, she was confident in her identity.

But by lunchtime that day, she and other Hispanic students at Chancellor High School were confused and offended.

School administrators had called many of them out of class and asked them to categorize themselves in one of five racial categories.

Those who didn't were assigned one, said Stephanie, her family and others who contacted the newspaper."

ALDIE MAN'S WINNING NUMBERS
Loudoun Times: "What would you do with a quarter million dollars? Recent lottery winner and Aldie resident Jose Escobar is going to save it for his family’s future.

Escobar is the third and final top prize winner in the Virginia Lottery’s Double Platinum Doubler scratcher contest.

He raked in $250,000 after he bought his first-ever lottery ticket in Manassas."

SPEED CAMERAS COMING TO COLLEGE PARK

College Park Patch: Hasty drivers beware: On Friday, a set of speed cameras are being activated at the intersection of Paint Branch Parkway and the Trolley Trail.

The cameras, however, will issue only warnings for the first thirty days that they're on, giving speeders a reprieve as the city finishes ironing out any bugs that might be in the system, said Bob Ryan, the city's director of public services.

Come Nov. 15, however, a $40 citation will be issued to any driver exceeding the posted speed limit by more than 12 mph.

METRO MAY NOT DELIVER ON PROMISED DISCOUNTS

WTOP: Flawed information and system weaknesses may prevent Metro board members from following through on a promised discount for riders.

After the largest fare increase in Metro's history this summer, board members promised a reduction in SmarTrip prices from $5.00 to $2.50 as a way to ease the burden.

During a discussion at a recent board meeting, it became clear that getting the price down is a daunting challenge.

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