The Night Note: 1/27/10

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    UTAH REP TRIES TO BLOCK GAY MARRIAGE IN DC
    A congressman from Utah has filed legislation that would overturn a D.C. bill allowing gay marriage.

    U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican, submitted his legislation Tuesday. Gay marriage is not yet legal in the district, but the D.C. City Council passed a bill in December allowing the unions in the city. Because the city is a federal district and not a state its laws must be sent to Congress before taking effect. (WTOP)

    OBAMA GIRL IS STILL AROUND
    Good news for those of you who are tired of hearing New York's ode to self-centeredness in Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind." D.C. now has an anthem of its own.

    Kinda.

    Obama Girl, also known as Amber Lee Ettinger, also known as the woman who shot to YouTube stardom with her "Crush on Obama" video in 2007, is following up with "D.C. State of Mind." Only this time, she's traded her bikini for sunglasses and a Keys-inspired outfit. (For the record, we have no idea who the fake Obama is.)  (NBC Washington)

    TWITTER LOOKS TO THWART CENSORS
    Twitter, the internet social network, is developing technology it hopes will prevent the Chinese and Iranian governments being able to censor its users.

    Evan Williams, the chief executive and co-founder of Twitter, which has been credited with helping anti-government protesters in Iran to organise resistance, said software developers were working on “interesting hacks” to stop any blocking by foreign governments. (Financial Times)

    DICTIONARY BACK AFTER 'ORAL SEX' FLAP
    A California school district that pulled a dictionary from classrooms because it defined oral sex will allow it back on the shelves.

    A committee of parents, teachers and administrators decided on Tuesday to permit fourth- and fifth-graders at Oak Meadows Elementary School in Menifee to use Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. (MSNBC)