The Night Note: 8/18/09

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    METRO: NOW WITH 4X ANNOYING CELL PHONE USERS
    Finally, more cell phone service is coming to underground Metro stations.  AT&T and T-Mobile are jumping on the wireless train, giving riders access to four major cell phone providers and the Internet from 20 of Metro's busiest underground stations. Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel, AT&T and T-Mobile have already begun installing the hardware in "large, cabinet-like enclosures" at the end of station platforms or on mezzanines. (NBC Washington)

    THIS JUST IN: PHISH PHANS LIKE POT
    It wasn't Woodstock, but Howard County Police arrested 31 people during last weekend's Phish concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion.  Most of the people were arrested on drug charges. Police say they also seized a recreational vehicle containing drugs and more than $12,000.  Four men who were traveling in the vehicle were arrested and charged with various drug possession charges. (WTOP)

    MADONNA AND JESUS GO ON A CRUISE
    Most of us would have been happy with a cake and the good wishes of a few friends and family.  But for her 51st birthday, Madonna opted for an altogether more exciting affair - and brought her 22-year-old lover, two adopted children and daughter along for the ride.  The celebrations began on Sunday night when the singer hosted a sumptuous dinner party in the Italian resort of Portofino, where she is staying with her boyfriend Jesus Luz, her adopted children David Banda and Mercy James, and her daughter Lourdes. (The Daily Mail)

    GIANT CUPCAKE WEIGHS 1224 POUNDS
    A 1,224-pound triple vanilla cupcake with pink frosting has set a record as the world's largest. The sugary behemoth was unveiled Saturday at the Woodward Dream Cruise classic cars event in Royal Oak, Mich.  A Guinness World Records adjudicator was on hand to certify the cupcake's girth. It was more than eight times the size of the previous record holder. (MSNBC)