The Night Note: 6/17/10

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    P-FUNK GUITARIST GARRY SHIDER DIES AT 56
    Legendary funk guitarist Garry Shider, whose work with Parliament-Funkadelic earned him a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died. He was 56.

    Shider was known to millions of fans as "Starchild" or "Diaperman," the latter because of the loincloth he often wore onstage.

    Shider's son, Garrett, says his father died Wednesday at his home in Upper Marlboro, Md. He had been diagnosed with brain and lung cancer in March. (WTOP)

    VA MAN COMPETES IN WORLD BEER PONG EVENT IN NJ
    There was a time when all you could get from playing beer pong was drunk.

    Now, you can get rich, too.

    What started out as a drinking game has blossomed into a nationwide competition with a $25,000 first prize, all for doing what millions of college kids do when they should be studying. (WTOP)

    9:30 CLUB SUES OVER LIVE NATION DEAL
    The owner of the District’s 9:30 club is suing to prevent the state of Maryland from issuing $4 million in bonds to build a Live Nation venue in downtown Silver Spring, saying government officials are hiding the project’s real costs.

    Live Nation, a major force in the music business with artists such as U2, Madonna and the Eagles, plans to hold rock-style concerts for about 2,000 standing patrons at the Colesville Road venue. Ground is expected to be broken later this year. (Washington Post)

    TWO BOWIE HIGH STUDENTS CHARGED IN ALLEGED BEATING
    Two Bowie High School students were charged Wednesday with assault and theft after they allegedly knocked down and beat another student in a school hallway June 11, then took his iPod and backpack.

    The Prince George's County Sheriff's Office is withholding the names of the students because they are juveniles, said acting Sgt. Yakeisha Hines, an office spokeswoman. Their ages and places of residence were not immediately available, she said. (Maryland Gazette)