The Night Note: 11/25/09

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    NEWSLETTERS

    SKINS RETURN TO DC?
    Could Dan Snyder do for a part of the city what Abe Pollin did for downtown Washington?


    Pollin’s decision to partner with the District and build his arena downtown was a win-win for both sides. The active nightlife, retail and office space around the Verizon Center is a lasting tribute to Pollin and city leaders who helped bring it about.
     
    Could Snyder, as owner of the Redskins, do something similar – or better – at the site of the old RFK stadium? News4 first reported a couple of years ago that city leaders including Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans are anxious to have the team build a 100,000-seat domed stadium. The city leaders envision an environmentally friendly stadium that would open to the Anacostia River and bring vibrant retail and jobs to the far Capitol Hill area. (NBC Washington)

    TWILIGHT FAN BITTEN AT SCREENING
    Local police are hunting for a suspect after 17-year-old Erin Westrate told officers she was the victim of a vampire-style attack.

    Westrate was with a friend at a Friday night showing of The Twilight Saga: New Moon at the Cinema Carousel in Norton Shores when a stranger sitting behind her began making sexually suggestive comments, she said.  (The Telegraph)

    REAL WORLD DC GETS BEHIND PRESIDENTIAL PODIUM
    If you were watching MTV at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, you caught the first glimpse at MTV's trailer for "Real World DC."

    Locals making cameos include Rep. Jared Polis and Washington Times reporter Joe Curl.

    In one scene, a "Real World" housemate takes a turn behind Robert Gibbs's podium in the White House Press Briefing Room. (Politico)

    SWINE FLU FEARS ON THE HAJJ
    The road to Mecca for Islam’s annual hajj is littered with needles this year. Before you even leave your country of origin you have to get vaccinations for meningitis, seasonal flu, yellow fever, and for the lucky, the H1N1 vaccine. 

    Our trip started in Cairo, where Egyptian authorities are keen to prevent their residents from catching the H1N1 virus during the yearly pilgrimage and bringing it back home. (MSNBC)