The Night Note: 2/16/10

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    The following stories are brought to you by the fine folks on the News4 assignment desk.

    CAN CORPORATIONS SAVE METRO?
    Metro recently called on riders to give feedback on how the system should close in on a $40 million budget gap.   They have suggested proposals like fewer trains and bus routes -- along with higher fees.

    Ultimately, this could mean riders would end up in crowded trains and buses for a higher-priced fare.

    Well, how about sparing the rider and going straight to The Man? The Chicago Transit Authority could be a great example.(NBC Washington)

    IF IT'S NOT THE SNOW MOUNDS, IT'S THE ICICLES
    First it was snow and ice. Now, drivers are facing another obstacle: Giant icicles.

    Two, three and sometimes four-foot mammoth icicles are hanging from bridges and overpasses across the region, threatening drivers who race by below.

    Dangling ominously above your roof, they can make you hold your breath if you spot one above your lane. (WTOP)

    TSA MAKES DISABLED 4-YEAR-OLD REMOVE LEG BRACES
    Just when I thought I was out of the Transportation Security Administration business for a few columns, they pull me back in.

    Did you hear about the Camden cop whose disabled son wasn't allowed to pass through airport security unless he took off his leg braces?

    Unfortunately, it's no joke. This happened to Bob Thomas, a 53-year-old officer in Camden's emergency crime suppression team, who was flying to Orlando in March with his wife, Leona, and their son, Ryan. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

    OTTER MISTAKEN FOR DROWNING SNOWMOBILER
    State officials in Maine say witnesses who reported seeing a drowning snowmobiler on a lake were probably looking at an otter enjoying a snack.

    On Thursday, three people reported seeing a snowmobiler wearing all black and a black helmet struggling in Moosehead Lake. Officials used an airboat and flew overhead on both Thursday and Friday, but found no evidence that a person had gone through the ice. (MSNBC)