The Night Note: 12/8/10

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Wednesday, Dec 8, 2010  |  Updated 6:01 PM EDT
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The Night Note: Rabbi Sues Army Over Beard Ruling

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GAS PRICES COULD HIT $3 PER GALLON
Inside NoVA: "Over the past week, the national average for gas prices rose by 10 cents, according to figures from the AAA Mid-Atlantic.

“And there has been about a 20 cents increase since last month,” said Kristin Nevels, public and government affairs specialist for the auto club, referring to last month’s national average of $2.75 per gallon.

Locally, prices have mirrored the national average – unlike in Washington,  where gas now costs more than $3 a gallon, AAA reported."

DEVELOPMENT A HOT-BUTTON ISSUE FOR HERNDON
Fairfax Times: "A miles-wide mass of underground bedrock that promises to give any potential developers a tough time in Herndon might not be the most impenetrable element in their path toward transit-oriented development.

As Herndon staff continues to host community dialogs in hopes of discussing development plans to accompany the implementation of the Herndon-Monroe Metro station in 2016, more and more concerned residents are making their voices heard."

DC MAN ACCUSED OF IMPERSONATING MEMBER OF CONGRESS

Washington Examiner: "A District man who told police he was a member of Congress during an incident near the U.S. Capitol has been charged with illegal possession of a congressional lapel pin.

The charges filed in U.S. District Court on Tuesday stem from a bizarre encounter with police last month.

Around 1 a.m. Nov. 17, U.S. Capitol Police were called to the 100 block of Independence Avenue SE for a report of an assault on a member of Congress, court documents said."

RABBI SUES ARMY OVER BEARD RULING
Washington Post: "An Orthodox Jewish rabbi from Brooklyn sued the U.S. Army Wednesday for denying him a commission to serve as an Army chaplain because his faith prohibits him from shaving his beard.

Menachem M. Stern of the Chabad-Luvabitch community, a Hasidic group in Brooklyn, alleges in federal court in the District that the Army at first approved his application to serve as chaplain in June 2009 and appointed him a reserve commissioned officer (first lieutenant), before rescinding the appointment that September citing the Army's "no-beard" regulation."

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