The Night Note: 11/12/09

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

    REDSKINS HELMET REDESIGN?
    Did you ever think to yourself, "Hey, you know I'd really like to be a Redskins fan, but their name and that goofy logo on the helmet seem kind of racist to me?"  Or perhaps you've thought, "You know, I just can't get into the Skins 'cause their helmet just isn't fab-u-lous enough?"

    Well, as legions of shows on Bravo have showed us, that's why God made fashion designers and artists. (NBC Washington)

    FACEBOOK SAVES TEEN FROM JAIL
    A Harlem teen managed to save his own posterior legally with a three word Facebook status update. (”Where’s my pancakes?”)

    Rodney Bradford, a 19-year-old resident of Farragut Houses, posted the seemingly inconsequential update from his dad’s apartment at 11:49am on October 17th. In a refreshing twist, rather than coming back to get him arrested, fired or sued for paternity, Bradford’s words managed to keep him out of jail. On the 18th, Bradford was arrested for burglary and wound up finding Facebook to be his sink or swim alibi. (The Inquisitr)

    3-PARENT BABIES.  SERIOUSLY.
    Researchers used eggs from young donors to repair damaged eggs of older women in order to increase their chances of fertilisation.

    They have not yet used the eggs to produce babies, but they have injected them with sperm to produce an early stage embryo in the laboratory.

    While the move breathes new life into "old eggs" and could also remove genetic illnesses, it is likely to provoke an ethical storm as critics believe it could lead to hybrid or genetically modified children.
    (The Telegraph)

    GET THE MEEP OUT OF HERE
    Who knew "Meep!" was a four-letter word?

    The utterance favored by bungling lab assistant Beaker of "The Muppet Show" has been banned at Danvers High School in Massachusetts after students said it to repeatedly interrupt school.

    Principal Thomas Murray says the word was part of a disruption planned using Facebook. (MSNBC)