The Night Note: 12/9/10

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Thursday, Dec 9, 2010  |  Updated 7:16 PM EDT
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DOGS RESCUED FROM ICY POND
Inside NoVA: "Two large dogs were chasing geese when they wound up stranded in an icy pond in Woodbridge this morning, fire department officials said.

The fire department was called to Howison Homestead Park, on Minnieville Road in Woodbridge, at about 9:55 a.m. to rescue the dogs, Prince William fire and rescue Battalion Chief Joe Robertson said.

"The two dogs went into the water chasing geese and got stranded," Robertson said.

GEORGETOWN BASEBALL, SOFTBALL COULD MAKE ALEXANDRIA THEIR HOME
Washington Examiner: "Alexandria is close to an agreement with Georgetown University to make the city the official home field of the school's baseball and softball teams.

Under the proposal, Georgetown would design and build new baseball and softball facilities at the Four Mile Run complex on Commonwealth Avenue. In exchange, the university would have use of the fields under a multi-year lease, and both teams would play their home games at Four Mile Run."

METRO BEGINS REALTIME BUS UPDATES
Washington Post: "Metro this morning took the second major step of its initiative to make information on service disruptions, routes and timetables public and available in digital form, by adding API methods for buses. Rail info has been provided since August.

Among other possibilities, the realtime bus positions, which indicate how many minutes ahead or behind of schedule a bus is running, offer a window into performance. At 10:30 this morning, there were 266 buses navigating the region, and a quarter were running 7 minutes or more behind. (Ten percent were at least 13 minutes late.) Ten percent were two minutes early, and 18 percent were right on the money, within a minute of schedule."

COLLEGE PARK SPEED CAMS CATCH THOUSANDS, ALREADY
The Gazette: "Speed cameras at three locations in College Park caught more than 8,600 speeders in the city's first three weeks issuing tickets, city officials said Tuesday.

The city and Lanham-based camera vendor Optotraffic began issuing $40 tickets on Nov. 15 to motorists caught exceeding the 35-mph speed limit on Paint Branch Parkway by 12 or more mph. The camera was posted Oct. 15 at the start of a mandatory 30-day warning period."

HISTORIC SALE PRICE FOR DC OFFICE BUILDING
Washington Business Journal: "Brookfield Properties Corp. is finalizing a deal to sell 1225 Connecticut Ave. NW to The World Bank for $216 million, or $897 per square foot, according to Dow Jones.

The sale would represent the highest price per square foot ever paid for an office building D.C.

The World Bank, which provides aid to developing countries, currently leases the entire 240,811-square-foot building under a 10-year lease it signed in 2008."
 

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