The Night Note: 8/11/09

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Tuesday, Aug 11, 2009  |  Updated 7:15 PM EDT
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MD MAN SELLS SOMEONE ELSE'S JUNK
A woman stumbled upon property stolen from her home at a Severn yard sale over the weekend, according to the Anne Arundel County Police Department.  After spending an undisclosed length of time away from home, the victim returned to find that her home and shed had been burglarized and a significant amount of property was taken.  On Saturday, she happened past a yard sale in front of 825 Reece Road and immediately noticed her property for sale. (NBC Washington)

BILL PARTIES IN VEGAS FOR 63RD
No one can say former President Bill Clinton doesn’t know how to throw a birthday party for former President Bill Clinton.  Mr. Clinton is in Las Vegas on Monday as one of the marquee speakers at the National Clean Energy Summit, put together by Harry Reid of Nevada, the Senate majority leader. The event has drawn a pretty impressive turn-out, from former Vice President Al Gore to the wealthy oilman T. Boone Pickens.  But it became clear that something else was afoot in this sweltering desert city when some of Mr. Clinton’s friends – the kind who would appear not to have a particular interest or expertise in the kind of summit Mr. Reid has arranged – were spotted on the Vegas strip.  (NY Times)

86 YEAR OLD REPEAT OFFENDER
An 86-year-old Chicagoan who's been arrested more than 60 times pleaded guilty to the latest charge against her after being accused of stealing wrinkle cream and other items from a grocery store.  Ella Orko was arrested Aug. 2 after authorities say she stuffed $252 worth of items into her pants, including cosmetics, salmon, batteries and instant coffee.  Orko had been charged with felony shoplifting, but that was reduced to a misdemeanor in exchange for her guilty plea Monday. (MSNBC)

MY DOG IS SMARTER THAN YOURS
A presentation on "How Dogs Think" drew a crowd Saturday as a psychologist, canine researcher and author of a 2004 book by the same name told the American Psychological Association that the newest research strategy for understanding dogs is to use tests meant for very young children.  "One of the most recent breakthroughs is that people began to use tests which were originally designed for young humans — for pre-linguistic or limited-linguistic humans — to see whether dogs had certain capacities. (USA Today)

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