The Night Note: 12/22/10

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Wednesday, Dec 22, 2010  |  Updated 7:15 PM EDT
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UN INVESTIGATING WIKILEAKS SOLDIER'S TREATMENT AT QUANTICO
Inside NoVA: The United Nations says it is looking into a complaint that the Army private suspected of giving classified documents to WikiLeaks has been mistreated at Quantico’s brig.

The U.N. office for torture issues in Geneva said Wednesday it received a complaint from one of Pfc. Bradley Manning’s supporters alleging that conditions at the Marine Corps brig at Quantico amount to torture.

The Pentagon has denied mistreating Manning. A Marine Corps spokesman says the military is keeping Manning safe, secure and ready for trial."

'MUSEUM' OF ARTS AND SCIENCES ABRUPTLY CLOSES
Prince of Petworth: "Back in May we  learned that a place called the Museum of Arts and Sciences was coming to 915 F St, NW. Didn’t know much more beyond that and the mystery continues. Thanks to a reader for sending the word:

“At noon on Tuesday, December 21, 2010, the ownership of Museum (Museum of Arts & Sciences, LLC) unexpectedly suspended all operations and shuttered the business.”"

MD OFFICIALS SAY RACING DEAL SAVES PREAKNESS
WTOP: "The Maryland Racing Commission has approved an agreement to allow 146 racing days and keep the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore.

The commission voted Wednesday to support an agreement reached by horse racing representatives and Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration earlier in the day in Annapolis.

A key part of the agreement calls for redirecting between $3.5 million and $4 million in state slot machine money set aside for capital improvements at racetracks to help pay costs to operate the tracks instead."

AT UMD PARTY SCENE SHIFTS FROM BARS TO HOMES
Diamondback Online: " In 15 years with the College Park Volunteer Fire Department, Chief Bill Corrigan has been deployed to aid intoxicated students all across the city.

Since 2007, most of these alcohol-related calls — a classification that includes anything from falling down to pulling fire alarms — had been coming from the streets surrounding Thirsty Turtle, Cornerstone Grill and Loft, R.J. Bentley's and other downtown bars.

But after Turtle closed last month, the volume of the calls didn't change, Corrigan said — they just started coming from students' homes instead."

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