The Night Note: 9/20/10

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    BEDBUGS FOUND AT FREDERICK LIBRARY
    The public library in Urbana has a case of bedbugs.

    Officials at Frederick County Public Libraries said Monday they have temporarily closed the Urbana library bookdrop after an employee spotted bedbugs in a book there Friday.

    Interlibrary loans involving the Urbana branch also have been suspended. (Washington Post)

    DC TAP WATER FARES WELL IN BLIND TASTE TESTS
    D.C. tap water has gotten a bad reputation, which is bound to happen when it's blamed for hundreds of kids who had "dangerously high" amounts of lead in their blood. But things with the District's water seem to on the up and up. D.C. Water has a new focus on increased transparency, sparkling new facilities are starting to open up around town and, according to blind taste tests, the taste of D.C.'s public water actually holds up pretty well against bottled water. D.C. Water took to five locations across the city over the past month or so to conduct said taste tests, and according to D.C. Water spokesperson Alan Heymann, "a little more than half of our participants preferred D.C. tap water over bottled, or had no preference between the two." Sure, it might taste pretty good, but the agency's still got a lot of work to do. According to a press release, of the 785 participants, "many reported using bottled water instead of tap water for cooking and drinking at home." (DCist)

    'HORRORCORE' RAPPER PLEADS GUILTY TO 4 VA KILLINGS
    An aspiring rapper in the "horrorcore" genre pleaded guilty Monday to killing his 16-year-old girlfriend, her parents and her friend days after the adults chaperoned the teens at a music festival featuring artists rhyming about raping, killing and mutilating people.

    Richard "Sam" McCroskey, 21, was sentenced to life in prison as part of his agreement to plead guilty to two counts of capital murder and two counts of first-degree murder. He initially was charged with four counts of capital murder, which could have resulted in the death penalty if convicted on the charges. (WTOP)

    FBI SEEKS SUSPECT IN 38 RESTAURANT ROBBERIES
    The FBI Baltimore field office says law enforcement agencies are searching for a man suspected of robbing dozens of restaurants in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia.

    The FBI says since February 2009, there have been 38 armed robberies of restaurants in the region. That includes Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Harford, Howard and Montgomery counties in Maryland; Newark, Del.; York, Pa.; and Fairfax and Prince William counties in Virginia.  (Washington Examiner)