The Night Note: 2/18/11

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    FCC QUESTIONS VERIZON OVER 911 OUTAGES
    Washington Business Journal: "The Federal Communications Commission is asking Verizon Communications Inc. to explain why thousands of 911 calls were blocked or dropped during the Washington area's Jan. 26 snowstorm.

    In a letter to Verizon from James Barnett Jr., head of the FCC’s public safety and homeland security bureau, the agency cites a total of 10,000 wireless calls to 911 in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties that were routed over Verizon's network but not connected."

    SALES BEGIN THIS WEEKEND AT BORDERS STORES SLATED TO SHUTTER
    Washington Examiner: "Bankrupt Borders Books Inc. plans to start store-wide sales this weekend at the more than 200 branches the company has slated to close by April.

    Click here to see the list of seven D.C.-area stores shutting down.

    The company said in a press release that more than $350 million in books, magazines, music, movies, calendars and other merchandise will be liquidated at discounts ranging from 20 percent to 40 percent. It is also honoring giftcards and Borders Rewards discounts."

    AG ERIC HOLDER CALLED TO TESTIFY IN WRONGFUL DEATH SUIT
    WTOP: "Attorneys in a wrongful death lawsuit of a man murdered in Dupont Circle filed their lists of witnesses in court this week, and one name stands out among the usual salvo of court personalities.

    Eric Holder, the attorney general for the Obama White House, has been called to testify by the defense attorneys for Joe Price, Dylan Ward and Victor Zaborsky, according to documents attained by WhoMurderedRobertWone.com."

    MORNINGSIDE COUNCILWOMAN RESIGNS AFTER RED-LIGHT TICKET SCANDAL
    Gazette.net: "Morningside Councilwoman Regina Foster resigned after the monthly town meeting Tuesday, town officials said.

    Foster, who served on the council with her husband, Terry Foster, was also the town's police clerk — allowing her legislative oversight of the department she worked for — until she was fired in late December amid allegations she abused her authority. Regina Foster has denied any wrongdoing."