The Night Note: 3/26/10

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Friday, Mar 26, 2010  |  Updated 6:31 PM EDT
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The Night Note: Road Closures and Gun Laws

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WATCH OUT FOR ROAD CLOSURES DURING CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
The Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off this weekend -- and with it, comes the crowds and congestion.

Metro has released a guide to help people using Metro to get to and from the festival.

The D.C. Circulator Mall route will resume service on Saturday for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Buses on the Smithsonian-National Gallery of Art route will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays until September. Click here for more information. (WTOP)

DECISIONS FOR MAYORAL CHALLENGERS LOOMING
This weekend may be decisive in the District's thus far muted 2010 mayoral race, as D.C. Council Chair Vincent Gray (D-Ward 7) and multimillionaire developer Don Peebles reportedly plan to meet one more time to hammer out which of the two of them will challenge Mayor Adrian Fenty in the September primary. While they've met before and we've surely heard our fair share of hints and rumors as to which one of them would run, Gray publicly announced this week that the decision would be made in the coming days.  (DCist)

JUDGE: DC'S POST-HELLER GUN LAWS ARE OK
Gun restrictions passed by District lawmakers in the wake of the Supreme Court's 2008 Heller v. District of Columbia decision are constitutional, a federal trial judge has ruled.

The plaintiffs---which include Dick Heller, the retired security guard whose name tops the landmark case---challenged the constitutionality of city laws implementing a registration process and restricting assault weapons and extended magazines. (Washington City Paper)

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER CHARGED WITH ASSAULT
A Manassas Park Middle School teacher is charged with assault and battery of a student in what school officials describe only as an “incident” that happened at the school.

Bryan C. Carroll, who is listed as a teacher on the school’s Web site, was arrested March 15. Five days earlier, police said a child was taken to a local hospital with injuries he suffered at school, after the “incident” between the child and Carroll. (InsideNoVA)

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