The Night Note: 5/13/10

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Thursday, May 13, 2010  |  Updated 7:45 PM EDT
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NEW CHARGES IN POST-GAME VIOLENCE AT UMD
There are new charges against six University of Maryland students involved in the post-game riot and violence in early March.

Some of the men -- ranging in age from 19 to 22 -- have been charged with a single crime. But Alex Spina, 19, faces seven charges, including rioting, disorderly conduct and second degree malicious burning.

University Police say the crimes occurred after the Terrapins men's basketball team beat Duke on March 2. (WTOP)

SCHOOL PLASTERED IN SWASTIKA STICKERS
Police charged a Potomac High School student with plastering the school, and a patrol car, in swastika stickers.

Stickers bearing the Nazi symbol were found on the doors, exits signs and lockers in the school at 3401 Panther Pride Drive between April 15 and May 5.

Swastikas were also spread across a Prince William police cruiser belonging to a school resource officer, said county police spokeswoman Erika Hernandez. (InsideNoVA)

YA GOT A PERMIT FOR THAT?
On the other side of Waxpool, directly opposite the Wegmans grocery store, an AOL banner hangs from the company's former corporate headquarters building in Sterling. The rectangular banner, hanging nearly two stories tall and several more feet wide, has garnered its share of critics in the time it has been up.

“Isn’t that exactly what is not allowed in Loudoun County,” said Sterling resident Mike Randall, who noticed the sign driving into Wegman’s last week. “First of all, it doesn’t matter what kind of company you are, that [banner] is too big for Loudoun,” he said. “Secondly, we’re talking about AOL, a major company that we don’t necessarily need thrown in our face.” (Loudoun Independent)

CALVERT CLIFFS REACTOR SHUTS DOWN
A spokesman for the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant says one of its two reactors has shut down automatically after the unit's link to the regional power grid apparently failed.

Spokesman David Fitz said the reactor at the Southern Maryland nuclear plant shut down shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday. He said the incident was under investigation, and it was not known how long it would take to bring the unit back online.

Fitz says the reactor normally provides about 10 percent of the state's electricity. (Washington Post)

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