The Night Note: 1/21/11

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Friday, Jan 21, 2011  |  Updated 8:00 PM EDT
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The Night Note: Herndon Day Laborer Restrictions Loosened?

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COURT DOCS REVEAL DARK MANASSAS-MANASSAS PARK DRUG WORLD
Inside NoVA: "On a day in September one man pulled a gun on another during a drug deal inside a house on Martin Drive in Manassas Park, newly released court documents state.

The man buying drugs, an informant working with law enforcement officers, had complained that “he did not like the quality of the cocaine” that Luciano Perez-Sorto was trying to sell him, authorities say.

Perez-Sorto called his supplier, who showed up to the house on Martin Drive with a gun and told the informant that if he did not buy the cocaine, he’d kill him."

CHAMBERS REINSTATED, CURRENT CHIEF STEPS ASIDE
WTOP: "The secretary of the Interior Department announced some personnel changes Friday, intended to make room for a previously ousted Park Police chief a federal judicial board recently ordered to be reinstated.

Secretary Ken Salazar said Teresa Chambers -- the whistle-blowing former chief whose appeal for reinstatement was approved by the Merit Systems Protection Board two weeks ago -- will be reinstated to her previous position, according to a department release."

LIBRARIAN AT DC'S BALLOU SCRAMBLES FOR BOOKS
Washington Post: "The literature section of Melissa Jackson's library at Ballou Senior High School had 63 books one morning last week, not enough to fill five small shelves. In the area marked "pure science," there were 77 volumes.

This is not because the students at the Southeast Washington school had scoured the stacks and checked almost everything out. Ballou's entire collection consists of 1,185 books, about one per kid. "What you see is what we have," said Jackson. "Keep in mind, this is a high school. We should be flooded with books.""

PROPOSAL TO LOOSEN HERNDON DAY LABORER RESTRICTIONS
Washington Examiner: "Restrictions placed on Herndon's day laborers and all other solicitors — from cheerleaders promoting a car wash to people begging for change — would be loosened if a proposed amendment makes it through the city council.

The amendment would allow people to solicit from sidewalks, but not in the streets or medians. The present law, passed in June, restricts all solicitation along major thoroughfares and their accompanying pedestrian pathways."

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