The Night Note: 10/22/09

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Thursday, Oct 22, 2009  |  Updated 7:15 PM EDT
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The Night Note: La-Z-DUI

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SEN. SPECTER HUNTED BY GIANT BALLS
Perhaps the gravest danger of global warming to our elected leaders is this:  Being run down in the streets by giant balls.

Arlen Specter knows this. Why, just the other day, merry political pranksters The Yes Men were caught on video chasing him on a street near the Capitol wearing SurvivaBall costumes, which are jokingly designed to keep the wearer safe from all the catastrophies that will result from the climate change crisis. (NBC Washington)

METRO WORKING WITH GOOGLE TRANSIT
Metro has decided to move forward with Google Transit. I'm traveling from NYC back to DC today, so couldn't listen to the meeting audio, but according to an email from someone there, they expect to be up and running by January 1st. Metro will arrange the deal to maintain an option to pull out if for some reason it turns out they could get a lot of money or something.

Board members asked some questions about indemnification (which Metro should be able to work out as their sister agencies did) and the cost of providing data to Google (which I thought was nil as the data is already in the necessary format, unless the data quality is not good enough). (Greater Greater Washington)

SEE, BRITS ARE JUST LIKE US
Maybe she thinks it's the drink that is preventing her from putting one foot in front of the other.

Or perhaps she knows the vulgar truth and is merely trying to impress her friends. Either way, the sight is certainly not an edifying one.

This shrieking ladette was photographed staggering through Cardiff city centre late on Friday night. (The Mail)

LA-Z DUI
A Minnesota man has pleaded guilty to driving his motorized La-Z-Boy chair while drunk.

A criminal complaint said 62-year-old Dennis LeRoy Anderson told police he left a bar in the northern Minnesota town of Proctor on his chair after drinking eight or nine beers. (MSNBC)

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