The Night Note: 10/16/2009

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By Carlos Martinez
|  Friday, Oct 16, 2009  |  Updated 10:00 PM EDT
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The Night Note: Scarce Vaccines, Rabbi Fired and Friday Night Lights

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

WHO Warns of Pneumonia-Flu Link

The World Health Organization urged doctors Friday to treat suspected swine flu cases as quickly as possible with antiviral drugs, warning that the virus can cause potentially life-threatening viral pneumonia much more commonly than the typical flu, sometimes in relatively young, otherwise healthy people. (Washington Post)

All Flu Vaccines Becoming Scarce

Although the shortage of the H1N1 vaccine has been getting all the attention, the seasonal flu vaccine is becoming just as scarce, and county health officials are scrambling to cope with rising demand for both. The Anne Arundel County Health Department has filled all the available spots in its clinics for the H1N1, or swine flu, vaccine. Clinics giving both the nasal spray and injectable dosages began yesterday as part of a three-week schedule of clinics in Annapolis, Odenton and Glen Burnie. (Hometown Annapolis)

New Speed Camera Law Cost Montgomery Co.

In the past, speeding tickets have been issued to those driving 11 mph or more over the speed limit. However, a change in state law enacted Oct. 1 has pushed the threshold to 12 mph. The new state law also requires the cameras to be shut off after 8 p.m. in school zones and on weekends. These changes will mean less revenue for the county, which was on track to bring in $62.9 million since the program began by the end of fiscal 2010. (Gazette.net)

Rabbi Fired for Talking About Museum Shooting

A hospital rabbi who comforted the family of the security guard who was killed at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has been fired for speaking and writing about the experience. Rabbi Tamara Miller wrote on a Washington Post blog in June that "racism and bigotry rang out on the National Mall" when a shooter walked up to the museum on June 10 and killed security guard Stephen T. Johns. (WTOP)

Friday Night Lights Coming to TC Williams

For those Alexandria football fans that have been faithfully keeping score at home since 1969, this week — 40 years later — carries special significance.  When the T.C. Williams Titans run onto the field at Parker-Gray Memorial Stadium this Saturday afternoon against W.T. Woodson, it will mark the city’s fourth decade of public high school football without the allure and pageantry of nighttime home games. (Alexandria Times)

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