The Night Note: 4/28/10

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Wednesday, Apr 28, 2010  |  Updated 11:54 PM EDT
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MEDEVAC CRASH VICTIM'S FAMILY SUES FOR $15 MILLION
The family of a paramedic who died in a 2008 Medevac helicopter crash in Maryland is suing the federal government for $15 million.

The attorney for flight paramedic Mickey Lippy's family said Wednesday that Lippy's wife and young daughter deserve restitution for the "negligent acts" of Federal Aviation Administration air traffic controllers working the night of the crash. National Transportation Safety Board members concluded the crash that killed four people was caused by a combination of factors including a pilot who was not proficient in instrument landing approaches, and air traffic controllers who provided outdated weather information.
(WTOP)

BETHESDA BREWER BRINGS HOME GOLD
Before he even thought about grabbing the malt, Geoff Lively whet his palate. A lot.

Lively, head brewer at Bethesda's Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, recently grabbed gold in the Scottish-style ale category from the 2010 World Beer Cup — known in beer circles as the "Olympics of Beer" — held April 10 in Chicago by the Brewers Association.

To perfect his recipe for "Highland Courage," first brewed in 1999, Lively sampled 20 Scottish-style ales from around the world. (Gazette.net)

WHERE TO WATCH THE KENTUCKY DERBY
Start pregaming for the big race tonight—Wednesday, April 28—at the Big Hunt's Kentucky Derby Warm-Up Party from 8 PM to midnight. The $50-a-person event includes two bourbon cocktails; beer samples and pints; and a BBQ dinner of pulled-pork sandwiches, collard greens, cheese grits, and bacon-and-bourbon cornbread. For dessert, you can have a slice of Derby Pie paired with a glass of Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout. Get tickets at the bar today starting at 4 PM. The seating is capped at 50 people, so get there early to scoop up the last few spots. (Washingtonian)

MISPRINTED DCRA INSPECTION STICKERS NOT ACTUALLY FAKE
DCist reader Jon in Brookland sent in this image of an odd-looking inspection sticker he received from the District government. He wanted to know if it might be a fake, since he'd read about the con artist who has been allegedly posing as a Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs inspector in several D.C. neighborhoods lately. Jon's plumbers had also told him they'd already received a green "approved" sticker for the work they were doing at his property, so this indeed seemed fishy. What exactly is the "Department and Land Regulation Administration," anyway? (DCist)
 

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