The Night Note: 12/3/10

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    The following stories are brought to you by the fine folks on the News4 assignment desk.

    WASHINGTON UNEMPLOYMENT LOWEST IN NATION
    Washington Business Journal: "The unemployment rate in the Washington area fell from 6.2 percent in August to 5.9 percent in September, the lowest unemployment rate among the nation’s large metro areas.

    Washington is the only large metro area with an unemployment rate under 6 percent.

    In the District, the jobless rate dropped from 10 percent in August, to 9.5 percent in September. Maryland’s unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent, from 7.5 percent the previous month. Virginia’s unemployment rate in September was 6.5 percent, down from 7.0 percent in August."

    RESTON REMAINS "SOCIALIST ISLAND SURROUNDED BY OCEAN OF TEA"
    Restonian: "See that tiny splotch of blue circled in the fancy map above, completely surrounded by red (except, of course, for Maryland, that well-known haven for socialists)?

    That's us.

    We here at Restonian Election Headquarters have been busy "crunching the numbers" (not really), and Reston voters definitely bucked state and national trends last night, reelecting longtime incumbent and charming town hall host James P. Moran to Congress, even as his perennial Fairfax County Democratic colleague Gerry Connolly faces a possible recount battle. Don't we watch the CNN or anything?"

    FOOD CART BY DAY, TV CREW BY NIGHT
    ARLNow: "The Taco Carrito cart has been serving hungry Ballston office workers for nearly four weeks. But even regular customers may not realize that the people serving them tasty tacos and homemade Spanish-recipe guacamole have no culinary background whatsoever.

    In fact, the reason why proprietors Don Stanke and Colleen Kenney never serve breakfast or dinner is because they work a completely different full-time job — the late shift at a local television station. Don and Colleen, who asked that their employer not be identified, say they came up with the idea for the cart two years ago at a bar, while discussing layoffs in the television news industry."


    BETHESDA RESTAURANTS TO FIGHT FOR OPEN WINDOWS
    The Gazette:"Wide-open windows that offer the feel of outside dining while providing a roof overhead have become a staple of Bethesda's chic and expanding restaurant scene.

    Restaurant owners are fighting to keep the breeze blowing, by pushing back against a state law that requires eateries to keep their windows closed or screened to prevent vermin infestation, and that they say is cramping Bethesda's style.

    "It will take away from the ambiance of downtown Bethesda and why people come down," said Simon Hewson, general manager for Rí Rá Irish Pub, in Bethesda, which opened seven years ago and has unscreened windows. The restaurant has never been cited for its windows, Hewson said."