The Night Note: 4/2/10

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Friday, Apr 2, 2010  |  Updated 7:01 PM EDT
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THINK CHERRY BLOSSOM'S BAD?  TRY THE NUKE SUMMIT.
If you think Washington traffic is bad because of the tourists and the cherry blossoms, in just over a week it could get a lot worse.

Nearly 50 heads of state will be in the nation's capital for the Nuclear Security Summit that's scheduled to take place April 12 and 13. It's expected to be one of the largest gatherings of heads of state in history.

While the summit will take place on a Monday and Tuesday, traffic and transit changes will likely begin the weekend before the huge event. (WTOP)

AFRICAN WILD CAT ESCAPES FROM LEESBURG ANIMAL PARK
Loudoun County Animal Control notified the public Friday that a 20-pound Serval escaped from the Leesburg Animal Park on Wednesday, March 31.

The missing feline looks like a large spotted cat and is wearing a harness. This particular animal was hand raised and is not considered to be a threat to residents. Residents are urged not to approach the Serval as it is extremely skittish and will likely run away. (WTOP)

KAL PENN LEAVING WHITE HOUSE
It was just about a year ago that news broke that Kalpen Modi, aka Kal Penn, was leaving his role on TV's House to take a job as associate director of public engagement in the Obama administration. Now, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the actor will be resigning from his position and returning to Hollywood. Penn is reportedly set to star in a Christmas-themed sequel to Harold & Kumar.

Modi kept a fairly low profile during his year in Washington. We didn't often hear about him being sighted partying around town. While at the White House, he was tasked with being President Obama's liaison to Asian-American community groups. (DCist)

LEONSIS SAYS CAPS WILL WIN THE CUP
Ted Leonsis's appearance on the Mike Wise Show Friday morning was mostly about the Wizards and his book and happiness, but there was a decent amount of Caps talk at the end. Among Leonsis's stronger statements, he just about guaranteed that Alex Ovechkin would win a championship in D.C.

"Alex and the Caps are gonna win Stanley Cups," Leonsis said. "We're either gonna win it this year or next year or the year after. We're gonna get better, too. That's the thing. I promise the team will be better next year than it is this year."
(Washington Sports Bog)

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