The Night Note: 4/21/10

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    VA DMV RECALLS PLATE WITH HITLER CONNOTATIONS
    The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday recalled a license plate that appeared to have coded references glorifying Adolf Hitler.

    The vanity plate, which read "14CV88," was the subject of complaints after photos were posted online.

    The "88" is sometimes a coded reference to Heil Hitler, as each word begins with the eighth letter of the alphabet. (WTOP)

    TOO GREEN FOR ITS OWN GOOD?
    Governments across the Washington region spend millions of dollars on recycling each year, but national recycling experts say a lot of that taxpayer cash is going to waste.

    Maryland, Virginia and the District require residents and businesses to recycle, and localities pay millions of dollars to enforce those laws and hit recycling targets.

    But some national recycling experts have begun calling for government restraint in trash recycling, which can be more costly and environmentally damaging than dumping. (Washington Examiner)

    NEEDED: DUCKLING ACCESS RAMPS
    Thanks to frequent Flickr contributor philliefan99 for dropping this heart-tugging video into our pool. These ducklings look they are just too little to hop over those big fountain steps in Pershing Park. All of them except for one, anyway. Spring in D.C. really brings an abundance of cute. We're keeping our fingers crossed for these little guys! (DCist)

    PLAN FOR BAILEYS CROSSROADS MOVES FORWARD
    One week after holding its latest public input session concerning the conceptual Baileys Crossroads development plan in Fairfax County, officials said they remain confident a preferred land-use concept could be ready for incorporation sometime this summer.

    The development blueprint would then be added into the oft-discussed four-year-old comprehensive plan for the 530-acre series of parcels centered along the intersections of Leesburg Pike and Columbia Pike. (Washington Business Journal)