The Night Note: 12/10/10

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Friday, Dec 10, 2010  |  Updated 6:15 PM EDT
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The Night Note: Sorry Hon, It's Trademarked

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MARINE RAPIST SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON
ARLNow: "Arlington County Circuit Court Judge Benjamin Kendrick had little sympathy for former Marine Jorge Torrez at the convicted rapist’s sentencing today.

Calling Torrez a “coward,” Kendrick imposed the jury’s recommendation that Torrez serve five consecutive life sentences, plus an additional 168 years in prison. Torrez will also pay a $190,000 fine.

Two of Torrez’s three victims were in court for the sentencing, as was one of the jury members from the October trial."

BRICKSKELLER GONE IN NAME ONLY

Washington Busines Journal: "D.C. beer institution The Brickskeller will become Rock Creek when new owners take it over later this month, according to WTOP.

But not much else will change, it says.

WTOP quotes Megan Merrifield, who owns two small inns on 16th Street NW, as saying aside from the name change and some cosmetic improvements, The Brickskeller will remain as it is."

NEW SMART PHONE APP PUTS DC TAX SERVICES A TOUCH AWAY
Washington Examiner: "A new smart phone app now allows D.C. area residents to book and pay for cabs with a touch of their finger.

The Taxi Magic app is free to download and provides the options of booking and tracking a taxi, as well as estimating the cost of the ride and paying by credit card."

SORRY HON, IT'S TRADEMARKED
Baltimore Sun: "Denise Whiting has not only built her life around the fabled Balmer Hon, opening Cafe Hon and founding the city's annual Honfest — she's helped to make the three-letter term of endearment a household word around town.

Now she owns it.

Whiting has officially trademarked the word "Hon." Over the years, she has trademarked almost every play on the word she could think of. Like the words "Cafe Hon" and "Honfest" and "Hon Bar" and "Hontown," the name of her newest Hampden shop. She owns the image of the word captured in an oval, the way it appears on all those bumper stickers. And that's just for starters."

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