The Night Note: 2/2/10

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Tuesday, Feb 2, 2010  |  Updated 7:15 PM EDT
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The Night Note: House Encased in Ice

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FOR OBAMA, THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
President Obama’s approval rating have been down lately. If he wants some moral support, though, all he has to do is open the front door of the White House.

Washington is far more Democratic than any state in the country, according to Gallup. It found that Democrats outnumber  Republicans by 66 percent in the District. That margin is more than twice as large as any state.   (NBC Washington)

METRO DEFENDS NOT REPORTING WEEKEND ACCIDENT
Should Metro have reported an accident that had no impact on service, caused no injuries and did no damage to existing infrastructure?

There are conflicting answers in the wake of the Red Line accident this weekend involving a group of maintenance workers.

Twenty workers were aboard one of Metro's prime mover trucks when it crashed into a contractor's rail truck Saturday night. The accident occurred around 8:35 p.m. between the Grosvenor-Strathmore and Medical Center stations.  (WTOP)

TRUCKLOADS OF SNOW DUMPED ON MELTING VANCOUVER MOUNTAIN
Olympic organizers, who have endured a record warm January in Vancouver and are bracing themselves for more of the same, are transporting truckloads of snow to a melting mountain to ensure events go ahead.

With the Winter Games set to open in just 10 days, Vancouver Organizing Committee chief John Furlong told the media that everything was under control at Cypress Mountain venue, which will stage snowboard and freestyle competitions.  (Reuters)

DETROIT HOME ENCASED IN ICE FOR ART
The two-story house and its boarded-up, broken windows have been covered with sheets of ice that glow in the sunlight, and icicles reach from the edges of the roof almost to the ground.

The steps, porch and shrubs that glisten with ice in the rundown neighborhood are part of the Ice House Detroit project. Its creators want to draw more attention to the nation's housing crisis and inspire people by showing what's possible in a city with tens of thousands of vacant homes and a foreclosure rate among the nation's highest.   (MSNBC)

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