The Night Note: 1/7/09

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    CRASH THE PARTY CRASHER'S PARTY?
    Sure, there's a guest list, but do you really expect us to sign up?

    Tareq and Michaele Salahi, the original alleged White House party crashers, are hosting their own fancy event for others to crash Jan. 16 in Las Vegas.

    And yes, believe it or not, there is a guest list.

    The event will be held at the PURE Nightclub in Caesars Palace. (NBC Washington)

    FIRST SNOW OF 2010
    The region is getting ready for the first snowfall of 2010.

    A winter weather advisory is in effect from 10 p.m. Thursday until 10 a.m. Friday.

    While weather advisory is only in effect for Montgomery, Frederick, Howard, Carroll and Loudoun counties and the southern Baltimore area, the entire D.C. region will get snow. (WTOP)

    COPS STOP WOULD-BE EXTORTIONIST
    The D.C. police have taken their share of lumps lately, often for good reason. But they came through for me in a very big way earlier today, so I asked DCist if I could share my story. In my case, the police organized and executed a successful sting operation to get my laptop and camera back from a dimwitted would-be extortionist. Here's how it went down:

    It happens to just about everyone at some point. You have a bit too much to drink and you leave something valuable in a cab. In my case, on Tuesday night, I had a couple too many shots of tequila at an establishment on 18th Street, and I left my laptop bag, my work MacBook and my relatively new camera in the backseat of a taxi. The next morning I realized what I had done, but couldn't even remember what the cab looked like, let alone the name of the company. (DCist)

    SWISS MILLIONAIRE FINED $290,000 FOR SPEEDING
    A Swiss court has slapped a wealthy speeder with a chalet-sized fine — a full $290,000.

    Judges at the cantonal court in St. Gallen, in eastern Switzerland, based the record-breaking fine on the speeder's estimated wealth of more than $20 million.

    A statement on the court's Web site says the driver — a repeat offender — drove up to 35 miles an hour faster than the 50-mile-an-hour limit. (MSNBC)