The Night Note: 1/5/10

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    MCDONNELL TO CUT CABINET SALARIES
    Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell said Tuesday he will temporarily cut the salaries of his Cabinet members by about 5 percent to save the state money in tough economic times.

    McDonnell already had said he would cut his own $175,000-a-year salary. A 5 percent pay cut would mean $8,750 a year. (WTOP)

    METRO SERVICE CUTS TOUGH ON RIDERS
    On Thursday, the WMATA Board will consider a proposal to cut off-peak Metrorail service by reducing the frequency of trains.

    That portion will make up about half of the service related reductions needed to close an anticipated $40 million budget gap for the current year, which ends in June. (Greater Greater Washington)

    THE SOCIAL TEE: A LOCAL, SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANY
    "If you come over to MySpace I'll Google on your Facebook and we can get LinkedIn."

    Would you wear this message on a T-shirt? Nathan Latka thinks so.

    In mid-January, Latka, 20, a Leesburg resident and Virginia Tech student, will launch The Social Tee, a social-media graphic T-shirt design company and a social-media marketing company. His pitch is simple: How much time do you spend daily on social media and networking Web sites? Most people's daily routines include spending several minutes, if not hours, on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social sites. Latka's idea is to attach a sell-able product to those minutes and hours. (Loudoun Times)

    SKULL AND BONES SELLS NAMESAKE
    A human skull that apparently was turned into a ballot box for Yale's mysterious Skull and Bones society is going on the auction block.

    Christie's estimates the skull will sell for $10,000 to $20,000 when it is auctioned on Jan. 22. Fittingly, the auction house has agreed to keep the seller's name a secret. On Monday, it described the person only as a European art collector. (MSNBC)