The Night Note: 1/25/10

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Monday, Jan 25, 2010  |  Updated 6:01 PM EDT
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The Night Note: ET, Pot, and a Diamond Ring

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WHO'S GOT THE BEST WEED?
It's like a beer competition for marijuana.

A cannabis festival in Aspen this spring will be the first in the state for approved growers to put their strains in a contest.

The Western Slope Cannabis Crown will have about 50 medical marijuana growers enter their strains of weed. The marijuana strains will be diagnostically tested for their THC levels. Growers will also be able to sell to medical marijuana patients. The customers would vote on a "people's choice" strain. (WTOP)

FALLING INTO A MASTERPIECE
A clumsy art lover damaged a rare Picasso painting after losing her balance and tripping onto the masterpiece, Sky News reported Monday.

The woman collided with the century-old work, called The Actor, and caused a six-inch vertical tear in the lower right hand corner.

The accident happened at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, where its experts have been assessing the damage. 
(NY Post)

LOOKING FOR ET?  START AT HOME.
Professor Paul Davies, a physicist at Arizona University will tell a meeting at the Royal Society that the best way of proving that extra-terrestrial life exists elsewhere in the universe is to use evidence from earth.

The meeting at the Royal Society, which will include representatives from Nasa, the European Space Agency and the UN Office for Outer space Affairs marks the 5th anniversary of the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) programme. Lord Rees, President of the Royal Society will also lead one of the sessions.
(The Telegraph)

THIEF COUGHS UP EVIDENCE
Police routinely attempt to convince suspects to come clean and "cough" to committing a crime. And one man, accused of receiving a stolen diamond ring, did just that — literally.

Pictures of the two-carat diamond ring, worth about $20,000, were sent to jewelers in the Joplin area, Missouri, after it was reported stolen when someone took the owner's purse from her car Thursday. (MSNBC)

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