The Night Note: 12/1/10

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    FAIRFAX COUNTY DOT CONSIDERS SECEDING FROM THE STATE
    WTOP: "A local county may be trying to break away from the state of Virginia, at least when it comes to road maintenance.

    Fed up with pothole-laden streets and busted sidewalks, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation has put together a report, examining what it would take for the county to take back control of its roads.

    The Virginia Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining almost every road in Fairfax County. That includes plowing snow, patching potholes and cutting the grass."

    A NEW METRO MAP: THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT
    Washington Examiner: "The Metro system’s so-called Silver Line is still being built and hasn’t even officially been awarded the Silver color yet...

    A planned rerouting of the Blue and Yellow lines next summer hasn’t yet been finalized...

    The Purple Line connecting Montgomery and Prince George’s counties is still a dream....

    But some transit fans are already fantasizing about what the next Metro map will look like. And now the diehards can order a copy of one vision for the holidays."

    HOCO, BMORE BAN FOUR LOKO
    Baltimore Sun: "Baltimore City and Howard County said Tuesday that they will fine merchants who refuse to stop selling caffeine-infused alcohol drinks — a move designed to add teeth to state and federal warnings about the popular beverages.

    The city's ban on Four Loko and similar drinks, which goes into effect after 5 p.m. Thursday, calls for fines of up to $1,000. The county's ban, which goes into effect a day earlier, has staggered fines of up to $500."

    MAN WAS UNAWARE HE WAS STABBED
    Free Lance-Star: "Police say a man was stabbed recently in a Fredericksburg restaurant, but he has no idea who did it.

    In fact, police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said, the 29-year-old Warsaw resident didn't even realize he'd been stabbed until he was about 13 miles from the restaurant.

    Bledsoe said the incident occurred Nov. 21 but was not immediately reported to city police."