The Night Note: 3/19/10

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Friday, Mar 19, 2010  |  Updated 7:00 PM EDT
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The Night Note: Beer Garden Weather

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TOUGH WEEKEND TO GET AROUND
The National Marathon will create rolling street closures throughout the District Saturday morning.

The race will begin at 7 a.m. and finish around 1 p.m. Intermittent road closures will begin at 6:45 a.m.

East Capitol Street NE from 13th Street NE to 2nd Street NE will be closed to all traffic from 6:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Capitol Hill residents will be allowed to crossover E. Capitol St intermittently at 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th, 15th and 17th streets under the direction of the D.C. Police. (WTOP)

SUBURBAN SCHOOLS TO SEE CUTS IN POLICE PRESENCE
Police presence in the D.C. area's two largest school systems likely will be cut in half next fall, doubling the challenge of curbing nefarious activities on and off campus.

In Fairfax County, in-school officers would be cut to 26 from a current staff of 52, eliminating officers in the middle schools but saving the county about $2 million.
(Washington Examiner)

BEER GARDEN COMING TO A GENTRIFYING NEIGHBORHOOD NEAR YOU
Now that the weather is getting warmer, it's natural that we begin thinking about baseball, cherry blossoms and, of course, bratwurst and beer steins in the great outdoors.

A massive beer garden is due to open on H street Northeast in the District. We meet Fritz Hahn at the Bier Garten Haus at 1355 H Street. Fritz writes about nightlife for the Washington Post and the Washington Post's website.  (Metro Connection)

'HOAX' HEALTH CARE MEMO CIRCULATING ON CAPITOL HILL
Democrats today are accusing Republicans of circulating a fraudulent memo that claims to be sent to "Democratic health and communications staff" and which suggests the majority party leadership wants to make big changes to Medicare next year after health care passes.

A senior Democratic leadership aide told TPMDC in an interview the memo, obtained and printed by Politico and leading the Drudge Report this afternoon a few days ahead of the health care vote Sunday, is "a hoax." (Talking Points Memo)

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