The Night Note: 10/29/09

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    The following stories are brought to you by the fine folks on the News4 assignment desk.

    THE FIRST TAILOR
    First lady Michelle Obama and her wardrobe have been making a statement since the campaign trail, but it only took an hour to set President Barack Obama on the road to fashion history.

    And he wasn't doing it through J. Crew.

    Over the weekend, the president was measured for two suits at the White House by Georges de Paris, the man who's known as "the tailor for the presidents." (NBC Washington)

    BULLETPROOF VESTS FOR GANG RAPE SUSPECTS
    Amid tight security and with weeping relatives looking on, four young men arrested in last weekend's gang rape at Richmond High School had their first day in court this morning.

    Only one, 15-year-old Cody Ray Smith of San Pablo, entered a plea - not guilty - during the brief arraignment hearing in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Richmond.

    Two of the others did not have attorneys yet and so did not enter pleas, and the fourth suspect's attorney declined to respond to the charges, saying he needed more time to speak to his client.
    (San Francisco Chronicle

    PLENTY OF CANDIDATES, NOBODY ON THE BALLOT
    Five people are running for four open council seats in their Ohio village, but no names will appear on next week's ballot.
    Several of the write-in candidates in Lakemore say they didn't make the ballot because they didn't make up their minds about running until it was too late to get petitions in. One council hopeful did submit petitions, but they were disqualified.

    Elections officials in northeast Ohio's Summit County, which also includes Akron, say voters at the polls will be able to see a list of the write-in candidates. But they'll have to ask. (USA Today)

    IN THE REAL WORLD, THE POST GETS PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT
    This morning, the Washington Post published what seemed to be quite the scoop–special access to the highly protected Real World DC house and a jolly tour with cast members.

    Thing is, the Post’s Dan Zak wasn’t the only journalist allowed into the Real World house. Actually, about 10 to 15 other media outlets, including the Washington City Paper, were invited to the house on a special Real World D.C. Press Day on Oct. 2.

    So, why didn’t you see every Washington news outlet bombarded with Real World DC gossip on Oct. 3?  (And trust me, this stuff is blog, page-view gold—there’s no reason to hold back unless you’re trying to lose readers.) (Washington City Paper)