The Night Note: 7/23/10

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Friday, Jul 23, 2010  |  Updated 7:31 PM EDT
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The Night Note: Military Child Porn Investigation

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INVESTIGATION TIES MILITARY WORKERS TO CHILD PORN
A major federal investigation has found that dozens of military officials and defense contractors, including some with top-level security clearances, allegedly bought and downloaded child pornography on private or government computers.

The Pentagon on Friday released investigative reports spanning almost a decade that implicated individuals working with agencies handling some of the nation's most closely guarded secrets, including the National Security Agency and the National Reconnaissance Office, which operates U.S. spy satellites. (WTOP)

MANASSAS CINEMAS CLOSES FOR GOOD
In an e-mail to the News & Messenger, Stafford resident Blake Sanders said he had tried to see “Ironman 2” at the Manassas Cinemas, but found the place closed when he arrived.

Sanders saw a painter’s drop cloth covering the ticket window and a ladder blocking the door.

“Looking inside, I saw a popcorn machine that appeared to be partially disassembled on the side of the lobby. The shelves on the concession stand were also bare,” Sanders wrote. (Inside NoVA)

4TH DWI GETS MAN 4-YEAR SENTENCE
A Herndon man whose blood alcohol was four times the legal limit, and who was convicted of his fourth drunk-driving case in 10 years, was sentenced Friday in Loudoun County Circuit Court to four years in prison.

The drunk driving was not the only offense committed by Jose Joe Velasco, 30, on Oct. 10, 2009. Prosecutors said that when Loudoun sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a disorderly individual in Sterling, Velasco was already behind the wheel of his pickup truck, declined the deputies' request to disembark and sped away, nearly striking one deputy. (Washington Post)

ORIGINAL LEDO MOVING TO NEW DIGS
After 55 years at its original location, Ledo Restaurant will close its doors in the Adelphi Shopping Center for the final time on Sunday. It will move to a new location in College Park, where owners expect to open the week of Aug. 8.

The restaurant, which specializes in pizza, sandwiches and other Italian and American dishes, was founded by Tommy Marcos Sr. in 1955. Last year, the Marcos family signed an agreement to move into ground floor retail space in College Park's newly opened downtown parking garage, rather than make costly, extensive renovations to their longtime home. (Maryland Gazette)

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