The Night Note: 12/11/09

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Friday, Dec 11, 2009  |  Updated 7:30 PM EDT
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The Night Note: Tiger Takes Indefinite Leave

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TIGER TAKES "INDEFINITE" LEAVE FROM GOLF
Tiger Woods, in a statement posted on his Web site Friday evening, said he is taking an "indefinite break" from professional golf.

The announcement comes after several women have claimed affairs with Mr. Woods, following an early-morning one-car accident outside his Florida home two weeks ago in which he was injured.

"I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children," Mr. Woods says in the statement. (Wall Street Journal)


THE TWELVE DAYS OF NSFW LEESBURG
"Merry FCUKing Christmas, Leesburg!"

That's the cheerful holiday message one Loudoun County resident will be sending to all, as the controversy of the county's holiday displays comes to its naturally illogical conclusion.

In November, the county banned the longtime practice of putting up a Christmas tree at the county courthouse in Leesburg.  For more than 50 years, the Rotary Club in town had placed a Christmas tree, but a county committee decided that they were receiving too many requests for displays, so it decided to end them all. (NBC Washington)

MISTRESS: TIGER DIDN'T PAY ME
The 26-year-old Las Vegas cocktail waitress appeared on the Today show to scotch rumours that Woods paid her for sex.

She claimed that they had a "boyfriend-girlfriend relationship" which lasted 18 months. Woods publicly flaunted their affair and did not appear worried about getting caught, she claimed.

She told host Meredith Vieira: "I have nothing to do with prostitution and never have, never will. I just wanted to come on national TV to say that [the rumours] are not true." (Telegraph)

STOLEN TOTEM POLE FOUND 200 MILES AWAY
Police say an 18-foot-tall totem pole stolen from a West Seattle park has been found about 200 miles away in Oregon.

The Seattle Times reports a 69-year-old West Seattle man led investigators to the pole. Police say he apparently had a crew with a crane help move the totem, but it's unclear if the crew knew the man didn't have permission to take the landmark.

The totem pole was noticed missing last week. The Rotary Club of West Seattle donated the pole to the city in 1976 and estimates it would have cost about $75,000 to replace. (MSNBC)

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