The Night Note: 1/31/11

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Monday, Jan 31, 2011  |  Updated 6:16 PM EDT
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The Night Note: A Bionic Hand and Snow Preps

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WOMAN FIGHTS OFF ATTACKER IN WOODBRIDGE
Inside NoVA: "Authorities are looking for a man who attacked a Woodbridge woman Sunday morning.

About 5:40 a.m., a 36-year-old woman told police that, while in her home in the 1400 block of G Street, she heard a noise coming from her living room and went to investigate it, Prince William County police spokesman Jonathan Perok said."

VDOT TRUCKS STAGING FOR WINTER STORM
ARLNow: "After last Wednesday’s wintry weather caused a traffic disaster of truly epic proportions, VDOT is wasting no time warning drivers of the light freezing rain predicted tonight.

“Another bout of sleet and freezing rain is expected after 7 p.m., and the Virginia Department of Transportation urges motorists to be alert to changing road conditions in northern Virginia tonight,” VDOT said in a statement. “With rain, sleet, and freezing temperatures also forecasted for 4 a.m. tomorrow, drivers are asked to monitor forecasts carefully and postpone or limit travel during the morning rush.”

To help keep roadways clear, the agency has 1,600 trucks staging along Northern Virginia roadways."

VILLAGE TELLS HOMEOWNERS MOWING PAST 6PM TO CUT IT OUT
Washington Examiner: "The Washington area's wealthiest small town has taken a stand against the menace that torments but maintains a posh neighborhood lined with spotless, manicured yards. Lawn mowers and leaf blowers -- or, as some residents call them, noise bazookas -- are no longer allowed to disrupt cocktail hour in Chevy Chase Village.

Citing quiet evenings on porch swings overrun by a cacophony of yard work, the community of shade-enclosed, Victorian homes has barred all power landscaping equipment after 6 p.m."

BIONIC HAND LETS STUDENTS MOVE FINGERS FOR THE FIRST TIME
Frederick News-Post: "Holding a bottle of water and opening a door at the same time had not been easy for Michael Waldron. That changed in May 2010 when he received a bionic hand.
The chief prosthetist at Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics Inc. on Thomas Johnson Drive in Frederick helped fit Waldron, 18, with a bionic hand, originally developed in Scotland, that gives him mobility in his fingers for the first time in his life.

The bionic hand fits over his right forearm and fingers like a glove. Before he got it, he'd have to hold a bottle of water with his left hand and try to turn the knob on the door while his left hand was full, he said."

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