The Night Note: 5/25/10

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Tuesday, May 25, 2010  |  Updated 6:15 PM EDT
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MCDONNELL OIL SPILL A SETBACK TO OFFSHORE DRILLING
As the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico worsens, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is discussing his plans for offshore drilling.

Speaking on WTOP's Ask the Governor program Tuesday, McDonnell said the spill is a setback, but he isn't stopping his push for offshore drilling.

"We didn't give up when we had the Challenger disaster in the space program or when we had nuclear meltdowns on Three Mile Island. We did what Americans always do in making progress - we found solutions and moved forward. But this is probably going to slow us down. We have a two-year environmental impact statement anyway that's going on with the federal government and during that time, I think we'll find a lot of answers," McDonnell said. (WTOP)

MADELINE ALBRIGHT LOVES DOG PARKS
Another Clinton White House notable has endorsed D.C. Council at-large hopeful Clark Ray at a Georgetown fundraiser.

Monday night, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright gave the Democrat her thumbs-up at an event at the tony manse of Dr. James D'Orta. In October, Tipper Gore -- who was Ray's boss as Second Lady -- endorsed Ray, also in an event at the D'Orta residence.

The deal-maker? Dog parks. (Washington Post)

MISS AMERICA HITS ARLINGTON
Reigning Miss America Caressa Cameron will be returning to Arlington tonight for an appearance in Pentagon City. Cameron, who won the Miss Arlington pageant before being crowned Miss Virginia last year, is technically from Fredericksburg, but we’ll call this a “homecoming” regardless.

Cameron will be appearing at the DSW Shoe Warehouse (1301 South Joyce Street) at Pentagon Row from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Customers will be able to meet Cameron, take a photo with her and get her autograph. (ArlNow)

KIDS DOING MORE STUPID THINGS WITH BOOZE
Drug prevention advocates are warning Maryland police and schools to caution students against pouring vodka in their eyes as graduation and Beach Week approach.

"Younger teens who are the high school drinkers are the ones who are going to end up trying to do this," said Mike Gimbel, Baltimore County's drug "czar" for 30 years and now president of a substance abuse consulting firm in Maryland. "They are going to go to Ocean City, and some of these idiots are going to do it and make themselves blind."  (Washington Examiner)

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