The Night Note: 12/28/10

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Tuesday, Dec 28, 2010  |  Updated 5:45 PM EDT
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The Night Note: New York Avenue's Arboreal Accent

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ARBOREAL ACCENT FOR NEW YORK AVENUE BRIDGE
Washington City Paper: "You know when you drive, bike, or walk over the crest of the New York Avenue bridge in Northeast and the city sort of opens up before you? It's a thrilling moment for the newcomer, or the homecomer, when you realize, "I'm in Washington."

In 2012, that moment will get a bit more dramatic, when the bridge is crowned with an abstract metal bower illuminated at night by spotlights. It's part of an ongiong project by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities to set off key entrypoints to the city with public art, like the flashing beacon recently installed on the 14th Street bridge."

AIMING TO MAKE TYSONS BIKE FRIENDLY
Washignton Post:"On a crisp, gray morning, Chris French maneuvered a bicycle through Vienna's neighborhood streets on his way to work in Tysons Corner. A narrow curve on Old Courthouse Road was the toughest spot, and some frustrated motorists squeezed past him. But a school bus driver drove patiently behind French, who was cycling about 14 miles per hour from his home in Oakton.

"Rarely do I see somebody wait for me," he said after the ride, his face slightly red but with no sign of sweat.

Biking to work is a choice offered mostly in cities. And in traffic-choked Tysons, where the car is king, it can be a challenge. The area has few public biking facilities. And lately, making the ride tougher is the construction of the Metrorail line to Dulles International Airport and the Capital Beltway's high-occupancy-toll lanes."

SEXUALLY REASSIGNED VA INMATE SUES PRISON SYSTEM
WTOP: "A Virginia inmate who was born a male but surgically altered to be a female because of severe birth defects claims in a lawsuit against state officials that she should be held in a women's prison.

Deena Kaye Myers, 28, was going by the alias "Scott" when she was convicted of 11 felonies, including robbery and several auto thefts, and sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2001. She is being held in an all-male dormitory at Deerfield Correctional Center in Capron."

CHANTILLY HOUSE EXPLOSION PROBE MOVES FORWARD
Fairfax Times: "Ten days after a Chantilly house exploded, fire investigators say the root cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

"It was obviously a gas leak from somewhere, but we don't yet know what ignited it," Fairfax County Fire and Rescue spokesman Dan Schmidt said on Monday.

The Dec. 19 explosion was so intense that the house's roof shot up into the air and then landed back on the house at a tilted angle, crushing part of the second floor. Neighbors said the house's front door shot across the street and that shards of glass from all the windows became projectiles. Luckily, the house's occupants were not in the house, and no one was hurt."

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