The Night Note: 1/20/10

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    REDSKINS FANS WILL FINALLY GET THE PICTURE
    Redskins fans have been overwhelmed by good news recently. First there was the exit of Vinny Cerrato.  Then came the hiring of Mike Shanahan.

    The latest is the announcement that the team is planning a major upgrade at FedEx Field.

    The Washington Post reports the team has started mailing out letters to ticket holders, announcing plans to add two massive high-definition video boards. According to the Post, the screens will be 30 feet tall by 100 feet wide. They’ll be placed in each end zone. (NBC Washington)

    VA HIGHWAY REST STOPS TO REOPEN
    The Commonwealth Transportation Board has voted to reopen 19 closed Interstate rest stops in Virginia.

    The board's unanimous approval Wednesday followed a short appeal by Gov. Bob McDonnell, who made good on a promise to reopen rest areas closed by his predecessor, Democrat Tim Kaine.

    Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton says the state has transferred $3 million from other areas to help pay for the maintenance and will look for other ways to cut costs. (WTOP)

    $200,000 IN ENERGY DRINKS STOLEN FROM NAVY
    It was a real eye opener for federal officials to find $200,000 worth of Red Bull was missing from a West Tennessee facility of the U.S. Navy.

    Now, they’re energetically prosecuting two truck drivers who authorities accuse of routinely stealing cases of the energy drink since 2007.

    The Commercial Appeal reported the arrests of William Henry Bartlett and Bobby O’Neal Armstead after their truck was stopped last week and police found 100 cases of the drink taken from Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington. (Boston Herald)
     

    TEENS GUZZLE HOT SAUCE, END UP IN ER
    Officials in Germany say eight teenagers were hospitalized after a test of courage in which they drank chili sauce more than 200 times hotter than typical Tabasco sauce.

    The Red Cross in the southern city of Augsburg says that 10 boys, aged 13 and 14, year drank the sauce Wednesday morning, apparently in school. (MSNBC)