The Night Note: 2/3/10

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    UTAH SENATOR WANTS VOTE ON DC GAY MARRIAGE
    A Utah senator has filed legislation that would prevent D.C. from implementing a gay marriage bill until residents vote on the issue.

    Sen. Bob Bennett, a Republican, introduced the legislation Tuesday. The bill would ban the District from issuing same-sex marriage licenses until residents are allowed to vote on the issue. (WTOP)

    1 WORLD TRADE CENTER AT 20TH FLOOR
    The tower that will be known as 1 World Trade Center has reached the equivalent of the 20th floor.

    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Wednesday that the skyscraper is now 200-feet above street level.

    The authority said workers are installing 16 steel nodes on the 20th-floor level. They serve as joints between the steel framing for the building’s podium and the steel for the rest of the tower.  (NY Post)

    WHY PEPSI IS SKIPPING THE SUPER BOWL
    For advertisers, it's never easy to sit out the Super Bowl. Sure, the spots are pricey — between $2.5 million and $3 million for this year's game, which will be played this coming Sunday. But the 100-million strong audience, which includes a slew of people tuning in solely to dissect the commercials, almost guarantees instant brand buzz. No one knows this better than Pepsi, which has produced some memorable Super Bowl spots: a sweltering Cindy Crawford sipping on a Pepsi while a couple of adolescent boys admire the can, Britney Spears gyrating for the camera, those stupid dancing bears. In fact, Pepsi has been advertising on the Super Bowl for 23 consecutive years. So why is the company skipping this year's big game, leaving the airwaves to its salivating rival, Coke, which will air two different spots, including one starring the incredibly popular characters from The Simpsons? (Time)

    MAN SAVED ON FROZEN SEA BY WEBCAM WATCHER
    Watch the sunset, save a life.

    A woman admiring the sunset on a tourist webcam in northern Germany spotted a man who was lost on the frozen North Sea and probably saved his life by alerting authorities, police said Wednesday.

    The man had climbed over pack ice off the coast to photograph a sunset near the town of St. Peter-Ording, then became disoriented on the ice, Husum police spokeswoman Kristin Stielow said. (MSNBC)