The Night Note: 1/14/09

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    DR RUTH REVEALS NEW "STIMULUS PLAN" FOR DATING
    Sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer was sworn in today as the honorary secretary of the Department of Love and Relationships.

    Local tourism officials brought her to town to show off D.C.'s more romantic side, a la Barack and Michelle Obama's date nights that have focused more on local restaurants and culture, and less on K Street lawyers.

    Before her swearing in, the diminutive Dr. Ruth -- she's 4'7" -- posed with wax figures of the Obamas, who towered over her. The figures were shipped over from Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum on F Street N.W. (NBC Washington)

    OFFENSIVE 'HITLER' DRINKING GAME A HIT IN UK
    A student drinking game which mocks the Holocaust and encourages players to dress as Adolf Hitler has been described as "sick beyond belief" by war veterans.

    Hitler – The Drinking Game, involves students downing drinks on the turn of cards laid out in the shape of a Swastika.

    Players are required to make Nazi salutes and "interrogate" other players. (Sky News)

    CONAN GONE BY NEXT WEEK?
    Welcome back, Jay - and goodbye, Conan?

    Conan O'Brien's last show could come as soon as next week - and Jay Leno may be retaking the helm of the "Tonight Show," two new reports say.

    NBC's late-night woes may have been solved Thursday with a deal to restore Jay Leno to his old 11:35 p.m. slot host.
    (NY Daily News)

    COPS SLED INTO REPRIMAND
    Some British bobbies have been reprimanded after they used their riot shields as makeshift sleds during the country's cold snap.

    A passer-by filmed the bobbies goofing around on a snowy hill in Oxford and posted the clip on YouTube. It shows a policeman barreling downhill while another shouts, "Whatever happens, keep smiling!"

    Rick Latham, who filmed the scene on Tuesday, said he was pleasantly surprised by the officers' actions. He thought they were going to scold him for trying to slide down the hill in a kayak. (MSNBC)