The Night Note: 7/22/10

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    HOT ENOUGH TO BUCKLE PAVEMENT
    There is now another concern as the region continues to battle a historic heat wave: Cracking and buckling pavement.

    Because of the high temperatures, the Virginia Department of Transportation wants drivers and cyclists to be on the lookout for uneven pavement while spot repairs are made

    VDOT says driving and riding over an uneven road surface can be dangerous, especially on a motorcycle. (WTOP)

    WASHINGTONIANS AMONG LEAST "MISERABLE"
    Washington residents can claim one of the least miserable economies in the nation, based on one straightforward measure: the misery index, which combines inflation with unemployment.

    The misery index in the Washington/Baltimore area currently stands as the second-lowest in the nation, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Washington’s year-over-year inflation rate, at 1.95 percent, plus its current unemployment rate, 7.4 percent, yields a misery rate of 9.35 percent. (Washington Business Journal)

    POLICE NAB HUNDREDS IN HOV STING
    Local and state police in Maryland and Virginia cited hundreds of drivers for violating HOV rules on Wednesday, authorities said.

    The effort was part of the region's second "Capitol Region HOV Awareness Day."

    The campaign yielded resulted in 713 citations for HOV violations:
    -- First offense: 684
    -- Second offense: 25
    -- Third offense: 3 (Virginia)
    -- Fourth offense: 1 (Virginia)
    (Washington Post)

    TWO TEENS STILL MISSING AFTER SIX WEEKS
    Two teenage girls who went missing about six weeks ago still are at large, according to both the Fairfax County and Leesburg police departments.

    Diem Kieu Vo, of Springfield and Joan Ly, of Leesburg, both 17, went missing June 6.

    Police in both jurisdictions continue to search for the girls, but media coverage of their case initially might have been overshadowed by a similar search for Tiffany Ghani, 16, and Tram Hoang, 15, who went missing June 18 from Ghani's father's apartment in the 1600 block of International Drive in the Tysons Corner area. It was later determined those girls acted on their own. They were found safe in South Carolina and were returned to their parents. (Fairfax Times)