The Night Note: 8/17/09

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Monday, Aug 17, 2009  |  Updated 7:30 PM EDT
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SEC BANS SOCIAL MEDIA FROM STADIUMS
Today, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) is expected to release a final version of its new media policy. For the sake of sports fans everywhere, let’s hope it has some significant changes from the current version, because at the moment, it can best be described as a ban on all social media usage at SEC games.  Earlier this month, the conference informed its schools of the new policy, which reads: “Ticketed fans can’t “produce or disseminate (or aid in producing or disseminating) any material or information about the Event, including, but not limited to, any account, description, picture, video, audio, reproduction or other information concerning the Event.” (Mashable)


DC'S GOT BLOW ON ITS BILLS

D.C. germophobes may have something worse to worry about than swine flu on their dollar bills -- like cocaine.  That's right. According to findings released this week at an American Chemical Society conference, a whopping 95 percent of paper money sampled in the District was contaminated by cocaine. That ranked highest in the nation, along with Baltimore, Boston and Detroit. Overall, contamination throughout the country is at about 85 percent.  Apparently cocaine users like to roll up $5s, $10s and $20s, but don't like to sniff with $1s or $100s. Granted, the cocaine isn't coming just from people using the cash as a snorting device. It could come from your average, everyday drug deal, too. Drug dealers don't wash their hands? No way... (NBC Washington)

DASH FOR CASH ON FREEWAY
California authorities say a man caused a traffic jam when he threw money onto a Los Angeles-area freeway and people dashed into the lanes to grab the cash.  Highway Patrol Sgt. Kurt Stormes says the man tossed money from his car on Interstate 210 shortly before noon Sunday, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported. Stormes says about 10 people ran into traffic lanes to get it.  Police recovered about $1,000. (MSNBC)

ANTI-OBAMA PROTESTERS PACK HEAT
About a dozen people carrying guns, including one with a military-style rifle, milled among protesters outside the convention center where President Barack Obama was giving a speech Monday—the latest incidents in which protesters have openly displayed firearms near the president.   Gun-rights advocates say they're exercising their constitutional right to bear arms and protest, while those who argue for more gun control say it could be a disaster waiting to happen.  (Breitbart.com)

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