The Night Note: 6/21/10

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Monday, Jun 21, 2010  |  Updated 6:15 PM EDT
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GRAY OPENS FIELD OFFICE IN FENTY'S BACK YARD
Talk about taking the fight to the enemy.

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray's mayoral campaign announced this afternoon that they'll be opening a "field office" on Georgia Avenue NW in Petworth -- smack in the middle of rival Adrian Fenty's Ward 4 base and a little more than a mile down from Hizzoner's reelection HQ.

The Gray camp denies any symbolism in the new digs, which joins the campaign's established headquarters on Sixth Street NW. "It is pure coincidence," says campaign spokesperson Traci Hughes. "We've got growing support in Ward 4; it happens to be right there." (Washington Post)

KILLER COUPLE HEADED FOR DIVORCE
Erika Sifrit won't contest a divorce from Ocean City murderer Benjamin Sifrit, but she takes offense with his reason for filing for absolute divorce.

In a single paragraph typewritten court filing obtained by WTOP, Erika Sifrit, acting as her own attorney writes, "I do not contest this divorce. However I do contest ... Benjamin Sifrit states that I killed two people. This is a lie because I did not kill two people. I have never killed anyone." (WTOP)

MAN FINDS 'BIGFOOT' PRINT IN NC
Elbert Lowman of George Hildebrand said he discovered a large footprint in the middle of a tractor path on land that his brother owns near George Hildebrand Elementary School off N.C. 18.

Is it Bigfoot’s?

The June 6 discovery in southeastern Burke County comes on the heels of a possible Bigfoot sighting in nearby Casar in Cleveland County.

The footprint Lowman discovered measured 8 inches across from toe to toe and 15.25 inches long, he said. (Inside NoVA)


DC POLICE WON'T INTERVENE TO REMOVE WOMEN FROM MOSQUES
The D.C. police department will no longer intervene in an ongoing protest by Islamic women over their place in area mosques, The Washington Examiner has learned.

A group of Muslim women has provoked confrontations in mosques in and around the capital for months by claiming the right to worship next to men. The gestures have led to angry arguments between the women and conservative men among the Muslim worshipers.

As late as February of this year, D.C. police escorted a group of women out of the Islamic Center on Massachusetts Avenue Northwest after complaints from the men there. There was another confrontation in Falls Church last month, and police intervened there, too. (Washington Examiner)

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