The Night Note: 5/24/10

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    CONCERT TICKETS INTENDED FOR DC TEACHERS STOLEN
    Hundreds of concert tickets intended for teachers have been stolen due to a D.C. Public Schools error.

    The Pollin family, who owns the Verizon center, hired Motown legend Stevie Wonder to play a private concert at the downtown venue Wednesday night.

    The concert is intended as a way for the Pollins to thank their loyal employees and charity groups the family supports. (WTOP)

    UNION: BUDGET CUTS WILL HURT HOLIDAY EMERGENCY SERVICES
    A plan to reduce career firefighter staffing at Prince George's County fire stations Friday and Memorial Day due to budget constraints has sparked concerns over emergency coverage.

    "It's going to leave huge gaps in service," said Andrew Pantelis, president of the Prince George's County Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Association union.

    Of the 49 fire stations in the county, career firefighters will be removed entirely Friday and Memorial Day from 26 stations and an additional seven stations will be staffed with two career firefighters instead of four, according to a memo from Lt. Col. William Lea of the county fire department. The department considers four firefighters a full complement, and stations can be staffed solely by volunteers or career staff, or a mix of both. (Gazette.net)

    THERE WILL BE TAILGATING: LOT 8 REOPENS
    Considering the historically poor form of their hometown soccer club this season, this might just be the best piece of news that diehard D.C. United supporters have heard in several months: the stadium's venerable Parking Lot 8 -- home to many a pre-game celebration -- is at last fully repaved and reopened to the public.

    Extensive repairs to the lot were necessary this year after the city decided to use it as a space to dump tons of snow during February's Snowpocalypse.

    The reopening means somewhere between 1500 to 1700 parking spaces are now back in use, according to Washington Convention and Sports Authority spokesperson Teri Washington. Perhaps more importantly, the Lot 8 Access Road has also reopened. (DCist)

    HFSTIVAL BACK ON TAP AT MERRIWEATHER POST
    The HFStival is coming back to the area this summer after going on hiatus for the past three years.

    The annual rock festival, sponsored by Washington area radio station, WHFS 94.7-HD2, announced its lineup for the Sept. 18 show at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

    Tickets will range from $25 to $40 for the one-day show, which will feature Third Eye Blind, Billy Idol, Everclear and Fuel among its lineup. (Washington Business Journal)