The Night Note: 12/22/09

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Tuesday, Dec 22, 2009  |  Updated 6:46 PM EDT
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The Night Note: Son to be Returned

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BRAZIL JUDGE: SON MUST BE RETURNED TO US DAD
Brazil's Supreme Court chief justice ruled Tuesday that a 9-year-old boy must be returned to his U.S. father, the latest twist in a five-year, two-country custody battle.

The ruling by Chief Justice Gilmar Mendes was a much-sought-after victory for David Goldman, a New Jersey man who has pledged to fight for his son, Sean, as long as it takes. (MSNBC)

POLICE UNION BLASTS LANIER'S SNOWBALL SLAM
The head of the D.C. police union is decrying the police chief's public criticism of a detective for pulling a gun during a snowball fight.

Videos of the plainclothes officer holding a gun and telling people he pulled the weapon after getting hit by snowballs circulated widely on the Internet after the Saturday confrontation.

On Monday, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier called the officer's actions "totally inappropriate." Baylor is currently assigned to desk duty. (NBC Washington)

MOM CALLS 911 FOR TEENS VIDEO GAME HABIT
It’s game over for a 14-year-old Roxbury boy, whose overwhelmed mother was so exasperated with his incessant video game playing that she called the cops on him.

The final straw for Angela Mejia snapped at 2:30 a.m. Saturday when, “I woke up in the middle of the night and saw the light on in his bedroom,” hours after she had told him to go to sleep.

“Sometimes I want to run away, too,” Mejia said, breaking down in tears in her immaculate apartment. “I have support from my church, but I’m alone. I want to help my son, but I can’t find a way.” (Boston Herald)
 

MAN LIFTS CAR TO SAVE 6-YEAR-OLD GIRL
A Kansas mother is praising a neighbor as "Superman" after her 6-year-old daughter told her he somehow found the strength to lift a car off her. The girl escaped with minor injuries after she and neighbor Nick Harris said she was pinned under the vehicle.

"He really is Superman," Kristen Hough, the child's mother, said Friday of Harris, the man she said saved her daughter, Ashlyn. (San Francisco Chronicle)

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