The Night Note: 12/21/09

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Monday, Dec 21, 2009  |  Updated 6:45 PM EDT
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The Night Note: Berlusconi Attack Faked?

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SMUGGLING JUNK IN JUICE BOXES
Wondering what beverage to serve with your chicken cordon blow? How about juice?

A man arriving at Washington Dulles International Airport from Guatemala was found carrying more than 11 pounds of heroin hidden inside juice boxes, according to customs officials.

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent said in a sworn statement that the heroin has a value of up to $600,000 on the streets of Washington, the Washington Examiner reported. (NBC Washington)

SNOWBALL COP IDENTIFIED
City Desk has identified the D.C. Police detective who brandished his weapon during Saturday's controversial snowball fight at 14th and U Streets NW. According to two D.C. Police officials, the gun-toting cop is Detective Mike Baylor. Baylor apparently works out of the Second District police station covering everything from property to gun crimes. At one point in his career, he worked homicides.

According to Assistant Chief Peter Newsham, the officer has been placed on desk duty pending an investigation into the incident. Internal Affairs will be conducting the inquiry. Newsham says that Baylor has yet to be questioned about the incident. (Washington City Paper)

ATTACK ON BERLUSCONI FAKED?
A You Tube video which suggests the  attack on Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was faked has become an overnight sensation.


Berlusconi, 73, was hit in the face with a souvenir marble and metal replica of Milan's famous Gothic cathedral following a political rally and suffered a fractured nose and two broken teeth. (The Daily Mail)

BARING IT ALL FOR NUDITY
A city council member in an Oregon town noted for its Shakespeare festival and its occasional dustups over public nudity plans a showing in his art gallery of nude portraits and conceptual art involving naked people.

For gallery-goers as well, clothing will be optional — even though it's winter in Ashland, a small college town on the California border.  (MSNBC)

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