The Night Note: 4/30/10

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    MD DELEGATE WANTS AZ STYLE IMMIGRATION LAW
    A Maryland delegate wants his state to replicate Arizona's hotly debated law cracking down on illegal immigration.

    Delegate Pat McDonough, R-Baltimore County, announced Friday that he will introduce legislation next year that will mirror the Arizona law, which requires law enforcement officers to question anyone they suspect is in the country illegally. McDonough says states need the authority to enforce immigration law because the federal government is not doing its job. (WTOP)

    PRIOR ABUSE ALLEGATIONS SURFACE IN TOT'S DEATH
    An adult and child saw a Severn man punch his 3-year-old son in the stomach, chest and face on several occasions last summer shortly before the boy's death, according to prosecutors.

    The boy's mother and grandfather told police after Charles Michael Brandley died Aug. 12, 2009, that they also had noticed some unusual bruises on the boy's legs.

    And doctors at Baltimore Washington Medical Center treated Charles for some minor injuries before county police launched an investigation into the death and how Andre Clay Russell Jr. treated his son. (The Capital)

    METRO CONSIDERS $0.50 PEAK-OF-THE-PEAK FARE INCREASE
    WMATA staff will evaluate the MetroRiders.Org/Greater Greater Washington/Coalition for Smarter Growth recommendation to replace the generalized peak-of-the-peak charge with one of up to 50¢ that only applies to trips in the "congested core."

    At yesterday's Board meeting, Arlington's Chris Zimmerman brought up the letter from the three groups and praised their approach of using specific objectives to guide fare policy rather than the untargeted, blanket proposals in the General Manager's recommended fare increase. (Greater Greater Washington)

    LAW FIRM'S LEASE COULD KICK-START CITYCENTER
    The Skadden law firm is on the verge of agreeing to lease space at the new CityCenter D.C. project, kick-starting the first phase of the old convention center site after nearly two years of delay.

    The firm signed a letter of intent to lease 350,000 square feet at the downtown project, but the nonexclusive letter is contingent upon the developer, Hines/Archstone, obtaining financing to begin construction, according to sources close to the negotiations who asked not to be named because the process is ongoing. (Washington Business Journal)