The Night Note: 11/2/09

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    THIS JUST IN: FIGHT IN THE NEWSROOM
    Who said crazy stuff only happens in Texas and Florida?

    All these Washington journalist types are buzzing today about Friday's smackdown in the Washington Post newsroom. A nearly 70-year-old features editor (and Vietnam vet) Henry Allen reportedly landed a solid punch on reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia.

    Now, aside from the offensive fact that one of Roig-Franzia's names is shared with the worst possible boxed wine EVER, the guy got punched out for calling his editor a c***s**cker. (NBC Washington)

    11 YEAR OLD CAMPAIGNS FOR OBAMA
    Lorenzo Rivera may be only 11 years old, but he knows more about politics than many adults.

    The Chicago fifth-grader proves just how much in the new documentary "By the People: The Election of Barack Obama," where he is filmed making campaign calls on Obama's behalf in 2008.

    In the movie, debuting at 8 p.m. Tuesday on HBO, filmmakers Amy Rice and Alicia Sams capture Lorenzo, only 9 at the time, handling a call to a confused voter with a calm and grace belying his young age. (Chicago Sun-Times)

    BEEFEATERS ACCUSED OF BULLYING
    Women faced their share of trouble at the Tower of London, including three queens who were beheaded there.

    But treachery has long been considered a thing of the past at the notorious 11th century fortress. At least until now.

    If charges made Monday are true, the Tower — a popular tourist attraction and home to Britain's Crown Jewels — will add bullying to the list of foul deeds committed there. The victim: the first woman selected to join the all-male ranks of the Tower's yeoman warders, popularly known as "Beefeaters." (Yahoo News)

    THAT'S ONE MASSIVE MEAT-A-BALL!
    The bouncing mega-meatball record has landed in the East Coast.

    Matthew Mitnitsky, owner of Nonni's Italian Eatery in Concord, said Sunday that a 222.5-pound meatball was authenticated as the world's largest after being weighed by state weights and measures officials.

    A Guinness Book of World Records official confirmed the big meatball as a record breaker and presented Mitnitsky with a plaque. (MSNBC)