The Night Note: 8/9/10

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    POLICE SEARCH FOR MISSING 5-YEAR-OLD GIRL
    Police are searching for a 5-year-old girl missing since about 1 p.m.

    Audrey Anuschiem was last seen in the 4200 block of Devonwood Way, police said.

    She is black, 4 feet 6 inches tall and about 50 pounds, with braids and white beads in her hair. Audrey was last seen wearing turquoise shorts, a turquoise tank top and Dora the Explorer slippers. (Inside NoVA)

    ARTISTS FEAR TAKEOVER AT TORPEDO FACTORY
    On June 22 the Alexandria City Council voted unanimously to establish a Torpedo Factory Art Center Board “for the purpose of providing oversight and management of the Torpedo Factory Art Center facility,” according to a Council memo.

    The resolution was a direct result of a recommendation in a report by the Economic Sustainability Implementation Monitoring Group, which requested the Torpedo Factory Artists Association and city staff to assess the Torpedo Factory’s contribution to the economic and cultural vitality of the city and, as appropriate, make recommendations for improvement. (Alexandria Times)

    POLICE SEARCH FOR WITNESS TO METRO BRAWL
    Leaders at Metro are still trying to figure what happened during a massive brawl at a downtown station -- which left four people hurt and three others in jail.

    Around 11 p.m. Friday, D.C. Police dispersed a crowd of rowdy teenagers near the Gallery Place Metro station.

    Metro's Deputy Police Chief Dave Webb says many of those teens went into the station and boarded a train. Webb says the group was being monitored, but isn't sure if officers stayed with the group once they boarded the train. (WTOP)

    GATES: PENTAGON TO CUT THOUSANDS OF JOBS
    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Monday that the Pentagon will cut thousands of jobs -- including nearly a third of its regular budget for contractors and an entire military command based in Norfolk -- as part of an ongoing effort to streamline its operations and stave off political pressure to slash defense spending in the years ahead.

    Gates said he will recommend that President Obama dismantle the U.S. Joint Forces Command, which employs 2,800 military and civilian personnel as well as 3,000 contractors, most of them in southeastern Virginia. He also said he will terminate two other Pentagon agencies, impose a 10 percent cut in intelligence advisory contracts and slim down what he called a "top-heavy hierarchy" by eliminating at least 50 jobs reserved for generals and admirals. (Washington Post)