The Night Note: 7/26/10

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Monday, Jul 26, 2010  |  Updated 7:46 PM EDT
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The Night Note: Dog Leash Crackdown

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LIGHTNING STRIKES BOATER
A man was struck by lightning Sunday while boating on the Potomac River in Woodbridge.

The 47-year-old victim had been out with friends off Leesylvania State Park just before 5 p.m. when a storm moved into area.

The victim was in the water, holding onto a metal portion of the boat, when lightning struck, said OWL Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jim McAllister. (Inside NoVA)

ARLINGTON CRACKS DOWN ON LEASHLESS
It's bad enough wearing a fur coat these days.  Dogs around the 'hood must be feeling way down about not being able to chase balls in Ft. Myer Heights Park.  The rules governing Ft. Myer Heights Park and all other Arlington parks are reasonable and understandable.  Dogs must be on a leash and under control of the owner at all times.  Still, the rules do spoil some good, clean fun.

The nearest dog park for off-leash exercise is the Herndon & 13th Street Park  in Clarendon.  Arlington Dogs has a nice list of all local dog parks as well as a lot of other resources for persons with dogs. (Ode Street Tribune HT ARLNow)

ACTIVISTS: GTOWN CAMPUS PLAN HURTS NEIGHBORHOOD
Jennifer Altemus moved to Georgetown in 1984 to attend Georgetown University. She lived off-campus. It was a good community, she says, with families and well-kept houses.

Altemus still lives in the area, but says things have changed. Families have left, rats have multiplied, and house exteriors have deteriorated.

And she says the school's plans will make things worse. (Washington Examiner)

DC LAW EXPANDS NO-SMOKING AREA AROUND BUILDINGS
Building owners and property managers in D.C. as of Tuesday will be allowed to post signs barring smoking within 25 feet of their outer walls, but many may choose not to participate as the new statute is unenforceable and may spark confrontation with stubborn smokers.

Language adopted by the D.C. Council authorizes property owners — commercial or residential — or ground-floor commercial tenants to post signs on their properties stating that smoking is not permitted on public space within 25 feet from the building wall or the distance to the far side of the adjacent public sidewalk, whichever is less. (Washington Business Journal)

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