The Night Note: 4/20/10

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    VA LT. GOVERNOR STRANDED IN ITALY
    A giant ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano will keep Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling from attending Wednesday's one-day legislative session.

    Bolling has been in Italy since last week participating in an economic development symposium, where he spoke Tuesday.

    His flight out of Florence, Italy, on Tuesday was canceled. Chief of staff Randy Marcus said after 30 hours of surveying the commercial, private and military travel possibilities, it appears Bolling will be able to arrive in Virginia on Thursday at the earliest. (WTOP)

    MEDICAL MARIJUANA PASSES FIRST DC COUNCIL VOTE
    Today, on the 20th day of April, shortly before 4:20 p.m., the Council of the District of Columbia took an initial vote to approve medical marijuana in D.C.

    The council's action follows the decision by Congress last year to remove prohibitions on implementing a medical marijuana ballot initiative passed by city voters in 1998. (Washington City Paper)

    TEEN DROWNS IN PATUXENT RIVER
    Rescuers have found the body of a 17-year-old boy who jumped into the Patuxent River shortly before 4 p.m. today.

    His body was pulled from the water just north of the Route 4 overpass around 5:30 p.m., county Fire Department officials said.

    A massive search for the teen began shortly after someone saw him dive into the water around 5th Avenue and no one saw him surface. (The Capital)

    TRACK YOUR FAVORITE TOP CHEF JUDGES AND CONTESTANTS
    As of yesterday, Tom, Padma, and Gail were cutting down chefs at their judges' table—and by that we mean taping the next season of Top Chef in our city. Bravo tries to keep the challenges and contestants under wraps, but based on past seasons, we're guessing you'll see them shopping at Whole Foods, racing through farmers markets, and maybe even going door to door in one lucky neighborhood.

    That's where you, dear reader, come in. Just like we did with the Real World: DC cast, we're tracking the whereabouts of the white-coated chefs on a map that's updated with the tips you send us. If you run into the cheftestants, judges, crew—or even Padma's baby!—let us know by e-mailing topchefdc@washingtonian.com or using #topchefdc on Twitter. (Washingtonian)