The Night Note: 3/24/10

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    AFFORDABLE HOUSES WITH UNAFFORDABLE COMMUTES
    Low- and moderate-income households who leave city neighborhoods for affordable housing with better services outside the city unknowingly place themselves at greater risk of losing what is often their greatest asset, their home.

    They are being blind-sided by car and other commuting costs. The non-profit Center for Neighborhood Technology says that only two in five American communities, or 39 percent, are affordable for typical households when their transportation costs are considered along with housing costs. (Washington Business Journal)

    EHRLICH TO ANNOUNCE HE'S RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR
    Former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich has decided to run for office again.
    Sources tell ABC 7 that Ehrlich, a Republican, will announce in the coming weeks that he is running for governor.

    He is expected to make the announcement in Rockville on April 7 and will have a second announcement at his childhood home in Arbutus the same day, ABC 7 reports. (WTOP)

    DC GETS FEDERAL AID FOR FEBRUARY SNOW
    President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration that allows the District of Columbia to receive federal aid for clean-up costs incurred during February's historic snow storms. The declaration covers the period of Feb. 5-11, 2010, according to a White House press release. This is the second disaster declaration the president has signed to assist the District from this winter. The first covered the snow storm of Dec. 18-20. (DCist)

    ARENAS 'CHARACTER' WITNESS IS A CARTOON CHARACTER
    The memo Wizards star Gilbert Arenas' attorney submitted to D.C. Superior Court yesterday—pointing out exactly why his client doesn't deserve jail time at sentencing on Friday—brings up something odd in hopes of making the when-Arenas-brought-four-guns-to-the-Verizon-Center-he-was-only-joshing argument: Gazo the Pranksta.

    The Pranksta, a cartoon character based on the mischievous side of Arenas, was supposed to be the star of an animated series depicting the player's high school years—but that didn't happen. Instead, the character is now being used to suggest that Arenas brought firepower to a professional basketball locker room because he's silly. (Washington City Paper)