The Night Note: 4/1/10

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    ATTACK OF THE MEGA PROJECTS COMING TO NOVA
    The Dulles Rail project. HOT Lanes on the Capital Beltway. The I-95 fourth lane widening project near the Occoquan River. Work on Telegraph Road near the Wilson Bridge. Extending the Fairfax County Parkway.

    These are some of the major transportation projects that are happening at the same time in Northern Virginia. Together, they're known as Mega Projects. And transportation leaders are warning that as the weather warms up, construction on these projects will ramp up. (WTOP)

    A MILITARY APPROACH TO THE CULINARY ARTS
    Ten years ago, Army Staff Sgt. Colin Goldson's name would have been synonymous with the words "ice swan."

    But the former ice carver from Landover, who once wielded a chainsaw, today wields authority over fledgling Army cooks.

    Goldson, 40, is an instructor at the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence at Fort Lee in Virginia, where he trains military men and women in cooking basics and kitchen safety. (Gazette)

    POLICE RELEASE FEW DETAILS IN BOY'S DEATH
    An autopsy was performed Thursday on the body of a boy found dead in a bath tub, but police have not released details on how he died.

    Someone called 911 at 9:02 p.m. Wednesday, reporting that a 4-year-old boy was found unresponsive at his home at 1830 Cedar Cove Way, Apt. 201, said Prince William County police spokeswoman Erika Hernandez.

    Christian Simpkins was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. (Inside Nova)

    LOCAL COMEDIAN TO EAT A WHALE OF A CAKE
    Fudgie the Whale doesn't stand a chance tonight when Storm, of the Arlington-based comedy duo Paul and Storm, will attempt to down an entire 12-serving ice cream cake of the whale (not to be confused with DCist's whale cake). The event, taking place at ThinkGeek HQ in Fairfax, commemorates their 10,000th twitter follow.

    Unfortunately the event is already at capacity, but it will be broadcast live on Ustream, starting at 7:45 p.m -- great if you're a 'feedee' or enjoy watching death by diabetic shock. (DCist)