The Night Note: 12/14/09

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    SIGNS DRIVE NOVA WOMAN BATTY
    "When I see signs, I get really upset.''

    That's what Juli Verrier of Northern Virginia told the Post, to explain why her weekend routine has her driving around ripping out all those godawful road signs that litter every NoVa highway and/or byway.

    Putting up signs on roadsides or medians is actually illegal in Virginia. But as anyone who's driven from strip mall to strip mall can tell you, it's not exactly being enforced with an iron glove. (NBC Washington)

    BRITISH COPS DISCIPLINED FOR DUMB DECISION
    Three policeman have been disciplined after after a group of young women larked about in a police station whilst giving statements over a bar room catfight.

    Two of the group were victims of an alleged assault and two others were potential witnesses.

    They were allowed to pose in and around Burton Police Station, Staffordshire, in the middle of the night. (The Daily Mail)

    WINTER WEATHER INCREASES DOLPHIN, TURTLE STRANDINGS
    The high tides and harsh winds have wreaked havoc on marine mammals in the past 10 days, causing several dolphin strandings, according to a local animal rescue official.

    The past week and a half has brought almost "a dolphin a day" stranding on Cape shorelines, said C.T. Harry, assistant coordinator of the International Fund for Animal Welfare's stranding network.

    Early yesterday morning, the stranding team was busy responded to a sick common dolphin at Rock Harbor, Harry said. Then they were headed to Campround Beach in Eastham for another dolphin stranded and struggling in ice-covered water, according to the Eastham police and Harry. (Cape Cod Online)

    PA POLICE ARREST AMISH MAN IN BUGGY FOR DUI
    Police in central Pennsylvania arrested an Amish man on drunk driving charges over the weekend after he was found asleep in his moving buggy. Police said a 22-year-old man was slumped over and asleep in a slow-moving buggy on Sunday night.

    An off-duty officer from nearby reported seeing the horse pulling the buggy at a walking pace as it straddled the center line.(AP/SFGate.com)