The Night Note: 10/6/10

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    THIS SUMMER WAS HOT, HOT, HOT
    How warm was this summer, really? NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies put together this data map showing the year-to-year difference in temperatures around the world and an fascinating explanation of the relation (if there is one) to global warming. If my eyes are properly discerning the color gradations, D.C. was about 2 degrees Celsius warmer than last year. (DCist)

    SHOTS FIRED AT DUMFRIES SHOPPING CENTER
    Police are looking for the gunman who opened fire in a crowded shopping center near Dumfries on Tuesday afternoon.

    It happened about 4:30 p.m. at the Fortuna Center Plaza on Va. 234, between Dumfries and Montclair.

    Witnesses said someone opened fire in the parking lot near Shoppers Food Warehouse. No one was hit, but a vehicle was struck, said Prince William County police spokesman Jonathan Perok. (Inside NoVA)

    ARLINGTON GETS MORE ART (NOT THE BUS)
    Arlington County and the Rosslyn Business Improvement District held a press conference today to show off Arlington’s nearly-completed cultural center, Artisphere. The venue is a centerpiece of the effort to revitalize the workaday Rosslyn business district.

    The $6.7 million, 62,000 square foot facility will open to the public on Sunday — 10/10/10 — at 10:10 a.m. A ritzy opening gala ($250 per ticket) will be held Friday night, while a hipper, cheaper “second opening” sponsored by Pink Line Project and Brightest Young Things will be held Saturday night. (ARLNow)

    WORK AT MERIDIAN HILL (MALCOLM X) PARK UNDERWAY
    From ANC commish Brianne K. Nadeau's comes news that Meridian Hill Park is undergoing some refurbishment. Here's what's happening, from Nadeau:

    Right now we’re also waiting for the beautiful police lodge and bathrooms to re-open after a snafu with the plumbing up there. I’m told the bathrooms will open soon... We’re going to have a ribbon cutting ceremony, because as I said to the Acting Superintendent, bathrooms are super important.  (New Columbia Heights)