The Night Note: 11/4/09

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    PREZ BOB? NOT SO FAST.
    The GOP's been searching high and low for their anti-Obama. And now that they've got Bob McDonnell in the governor's manse in Virginia, they might have found The One to help them aim a little higher.

    But even before he was elected, the Republican governor insisted he would serve every day of his four year term. (NBC Washington)

    C. EVERETT KOOP LETTER SHUTS DOWN SENATE OFFICE
    Capitol Police temporarily shut down Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) office Wednesday after staffers alerted them to what they thought was a suspicious letter — which in fact came from former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop.

    Reached at his home Wednesday, Koop confirmed that he wrote a few “beautifully typed” pages on his views of the health care legislation. The fact that it caused a Capitol Hill scare is “nonsense,” he said.

    “I wasn’t aware that sending a hand-delivered letter was an offense,” he said, later adding: “I did it over a weekend. I don’t have a lot of secretarial help and I’m 93.” (Roll Call)

    COWBOYS CHEERLEADER BLACKFACE CONTROVERSY
    When are people going to learn that you cannot upload photos to your Facebook page if you don't want them to get out? What we have here (allegedly) is a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader dressed as Lil' Wayne. In blackface.

    The cheerleader in question. according to the Facebook screenshots, appears to be 21-year-old Whitney Isleib, who I assume is dressing up for Halloween as Lil Wayne. According to her profile page on DallasCowboysCheerleaders.com, her hobbies include "dancing, sleeping, eating, and watching movies" and her favorites books are "mysteries." An anonymous tipster made us aware of these photos on her Facebook page. (Deadspin)


    STUDY: FIDDLER CRABS EXCHANGE SEX FOR SURVIVAL
    In the world of fiddler crabs, the best form of protection for females is, apparently, having sex with the neighbors, according to an Australian study published Wednesday.

    Researchers from The Australian National University in Canberra found male fiddler crabs will happily defend a nearby female against intruders — partly because the females will dole out sex in return.

    "The fact that the neighbor comes over and helps to defend another territorial individual is pretty unusual," said Michael Jennions, who helped conduct the study, the results of which were published in the journal Biology Letters. (MSNBC)