The Night Note: 4/8/10

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    CYCLIST: ROAD RAGER INTENTIONALLY HIT ME
    From the Bike Washington listserv

    I unfortunately had the awful experience of being hit by a car on my commute home this evening. The details are as follows: Around 5:50 PM I was riding along First St. NW with other commuters. We crossed over Florida Ave and a car came in behind me, horn continuously on, and accelerated into my rear wheel knocking me to the ground. The driver then got out of the car and yelled some obscenity at me. He got back into his car and left the scene.
    (Wash Cycle via DCist)

    FIRE DESTROYS 3 HOMES
    A two-alarm fire in Greenbelt badly damaged a row of townhouses early Thursday, displacing about 20 people -- including two babies.

    The cause of the blaze that caused $600,000 in damage remains under investigation, officials say.

    No residents were injured in the fire that badly damaged three of five homes in the 7800 block of Jacobs Drive, Prince George's County Fire/EMS spokesman Mark Brady says. One firefighter sustained a minor knee injury.  (WTOP)

    MOTHER TOLD POLICE BOY DROWNED
    Mary Simpkins told police that her 4-year-old son drowned in a bathtub after she briefly left him unattended to check on another child.

    When she came back into the bathroom, she found Christian Simpkins not breathing and called 911, according to a search warrant affidavit filed at the Prince William County courthouse. (Inside NoVA)

    LOCAL BLOGGER MUSES: END OF STARBUCKS EMPIRE?
    Shocking news from "Star Bucks," the fancy upscale coffee store that inexplicably sold all those Norah Jones CDs that everyone kept talking about back in the 1990s, a decade which was... a decade ago. Yeah.

    Anyhoo, turns out the Starbucks in the North Point Giant has folded, as grocery shoppers somehow managed to keep their impulse control in check for the 35 seconds it took to walk over to the standlone North Point Starbucks -- an arduous 75-foot journey that Starbucks corporate planners apparently assumed people wouldn't undertake without at least a "skinny" mocha latte chai under their belts to tide them over until they went for the gusto and got the tall, or grande, or whatever their Big Gulp-sized coffee cup is called. Go figure! (Restonian)