The Night Note: 1/29/10

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    LOVE CONNECTION: PREZ MAY ATTEND GTOWN-DUKE GAME
    If the demand for tickets wasn't high enough already, now there is word that President Barack Obama might also be attending the hottest sporting event in town on Saturday.

    The Hill is reporting that Obama will catch the action Saturday at the Verizon Center (although The Hill calls it the MCI Center) between the 7th-ranked Duke Blue Devils and the 11th-ranked Georgetown Hoyas. Georgetown issued an advisory on Friday, saying that fans should arrive at the game at least 45 minutes in advance and that doors and will call will open at 11 a.m. (NBC Washington)

    6 RUTGERS SORORITY MEMBERS ARRESTED FOR HAZING
    The young pledge said she was told the beatings would "humble" her, that each flesh-rending strike with a wooden paddle would build love and trust between sorority sisters.
     
    For seven nights the beatings went on, she said. In all, she was struck 201 times. On the eighth day — unable to sit, her buttocks covered with blood clots and welts — she went to the hospital. Then she reported it to the university. (NJ.com)

    CUSTOMS SEIZES 7 POUNDS OF SMACK AT AIRPORT
    A Baltimore man's story didn't add up. Now he faces charges for allegedly trying to bring nearly 7 pounds of heroin into the country through Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

    "Seven pounds of heroin is a very large seizure," says John Peters, chief of passenger operations for Customs and Border Protection at BWI-Thurgood Marshall. (WTOP)

    IS MONA REALLY LEO?
    The legend of Leonardo da Vinci is shrouded in mystery: How did he die? Are the remains buried in a French chateau really those of the Renaissance master? Was the "Mona Lisa" a self-portrait in disguise?

    Italian scientists believe the key to solving those puzzles lies with the remains — and they say they are seeking permission from French authorities to dig up the body to conduct carbon and DNA testing. (MSNBC)