The Night Note: 8/3/10

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    METRO GIVING RIDERS NEW DIRECTIONS
    Metro is revamping the maps in its rail stations, some for the first time since the stations opened.

    The transit agency said Tuesday that it began introducing the new maps on Friday and expects to install them in all 86 stations by mid-month.

    They will be placed on station platforms and on mezzanines, with new features such as the surrounding  bike paths and Metrobus routes. The usual identifying items such as streets, parks, schools and landmarks will continue to appear. (Washington Examiner)

    UMD, HOWARD NEWSPAPERS MAKE TOP FIVE NATIONALLY
    The Review's various best lists were released on Monday. Here are the college newspaper rankings:
    1. Yale University; 2. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; 3. University of Maryland, College Park
    4. Howard University; 5. Texas A&M University--College Station; 6. Pennsylvania State University--University Park
    7. Harvard College; 8. Michigan State University; 9. Duke University
    10. Louisiana State University--Baton Rouge; 11. West Virginia University; 12. The University of Texas at Austin
    13. University of California--Los Angeles; 14. University of Florida; 15. Indiana University--Bloomington
    16. University of Wisconsin-Madison; 17. Northwestern University; 18. University of Mississippi
    19. Cornell University; and 20. State University of New York at Binghamton (Poynter)

    FIFA WORLD CUP INSPECTION COMING TO MARYLAND

    Officials from FIFA, soccer's governing body, will tour stadiums in the New York, Washington, Miami, Dallas and Houston areas in September as part of the selection process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, according to The Washington Post's Soccer Insider blog.

    The inspection group will visit FedEx Field in Landover, the new Meadowlands stadium in New Jersey, Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tex., and Reliant Stadium in Houston between Sept. 6 and 9. (Washington Business Journal)

    UNUSUAL REPTILE FOUND IN MD RIVER
    An alligator-like reptile has been found in the Patapsco River, just south of Baltimore.

    Natural Resources Police spokesman Sgt. Art Windemuth says the 2.5-foot to 3-foot caiman was found Tuesday afternoon near Glen Burnie.

    Windemuth says a teen who spotted the reptile native to Central and South America earlier this week at his favorite fishing area along the river returned and spotted it again. The teen went home and returned with a piece of chicken tied to a string. He caught the caiman and kept it there until authorities arrived. (Washington Post)