The Night Note: 10/5/10

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Tuesday, Oct 5, 2010  |  Updated 7:10 PM EDT
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The Night Note: Metro Maps and Redskins Ratings

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CUCCINELLI SCALES DOWN DEMAND FOR EX-UVA PROF'S RECORDS
The debate over fraud and climate change -- and the reach of law enforcement into publicly funded academic research -- is about to heat up again in court.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has sent the University of Virginia a revised civil investigative demand seeking information about the climate research of former U.Va. professor Michael Mann.

In response, U.Va. issued a statement saying "leaders are disappointed that the institution must continue to litigate with the attorney general, but will continue to stand for the principles the university has articulated since the CIDs were first put forward in April -- and to support academic communities here and elsewhere." (Inside NoVA)

METRO MAP MAKEOVER
The multi-colored Metro map -- an instantly recognizable part of the D.C. region -- is about to change.

With the transit system expanding to Dulles International Airport, a possible shift in direction of the Blue Line as it heads into D.C., and potentially longer station names (such as Navy Yard/Ballpark), the iconic map is being prepped for a makeover.

"Over the next 18 months or two years, Metro is going to grow. And we need to look at how that might have an impact on our customers and then how that is reflected in the map," Barbara Richardson, Metro's head of marketing, tells WTOP. (WTOP)

MILLIONAIRES SURGE IN MD, VA
Nearly seven Maryland households in every 100 and six of every 100 Virginia households have liquid assets of more than a million dollars as the rising market for stocks and bonds has restored lost wealth.

The number of millionaire households in each state grew by roughly 8.5 percent -- outperforming the 8 percent national average -- from June 2009 to June 2010, according to a survey by independent research firm, Phoenix Marketing International. The rankings are based on assets like stocks, bonds and cash, and don't include equity in homes or other real estate, or 401K retirement accounts or pensions. (Washington Examiner)

SEE THE SKINS GAME THIS WEEKEND?  YEAH, SO DID EVERYONE ELSE.
Donovan McNabb’s return to Philadelphia proved to be ratings gold for the NFL on FOX and the Washington Redskins.

Nationally, Sunday’s contest at Lincoln Financial Field was the most-watched Week 4 Sunday NFL game in history. In addition, FOX saw a five percent increase in viewership compared to last year’s national Week 4 contest between the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos.

In Washington, D.C. the broadcast earned a whopping 33.0 rating with a 56 share, making it the second most-watched Redskins game since 2008. This year’s Week 1 contest against the Dallas Cowboys, which aired nationally on NBC, did a 37.0 rating with a 57 share. (Football News Now via DCRTV)

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