The Night Note: 8/20/10

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    TK

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    THE MOON.  IS.  SHRINKING.
    The moon appears to be shrinking.

    New research indicates that cracks in the moon's crust have formed as the interior has cooled and shrunk over the past billion years or so. That means the surface has shrunk, too, though not so much you'd notice from gazing at it.

    Scientists have identified 14 clifflike landforms called lobate scarps scattered over the surface of the moon, said Thomas R. Watters of the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. Watters and colleagues describe their find in Friday's edition of the journal Science. (Washington Post)

    MIND THE BRIDGE WORK
    The District Department of Transportation will be closing one center lane on the 14th Street Bridge in order to prepare a new traffic configuration in time for Monday's morning commute.
    Concrete barriers will close a center lane from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday. Three lanes of traffic will be open across the bridge throughout the weekend.

    The construction will give drivers a shorter distance to change lanes when moving from Virginia to D.C. (WTOP)

    TEA PARTY ANGER MIGHT WEIGH NO EHRLICH VOTE
    While Maryland Republicans are hoping tea party enthusiasm boosts their candidates this election season, some tea party activists say former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. could face backlash because the party waived a rule that benefited him before the primary.

    Hagerstown tea party member Ann Corcoran said fellow activists remain angry by the "Rule 11" issue, and many might sit out the November election if Ehrlich, as expected, wins the Republican nomination in the Sept. 14 primary.  (Maryland Gazette)

    GET YOUR BEER WEEK ON
    DC Beer week is upon us and beer lovers are presented with a plethora of excellent events to attend.  While nearly every single one is appealing, you’re only one person and can only attend so many.  Hence, I’ve created a handy guide to help you choose what to do and where to go. My guide  is by no means exhaustive and I’d encourage you to check out the full list of events before you decide where to go.  There are some really great options, and all that really matters is that you go to at least one of them. But, should you choose to heed my advice, I’ve got three rules to make this Beer Week perfect: attend a beer dinner, find the values, sample the rare goods. I’ve selected a few events to coincide with each rule to help you decide what to attend. (We Love DC)