The Night Note: 9/2/09

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    ANOTHER GRAND FROM THE GROOM
    The Maryland lawmaker who enlisted Baltimore police to help him propose to his girlfriend is paying for the stunt, again, and it still seems like a bargain. State Delegate Jon Cardin arranged for police -- actual police, not the male strippers regular nobodies would have to hire -- to board his friend's boat in Inner Harbor, pretend to search for contraband and act like they were going to cuff Cardin's girlfriend before he interrupted with his proposal. He even had a police helicopter fly over to help sell the staged raid. Maybe not the height of romance, but it beats flashing "Will you marry me?" across the scoreboard at an Orioles game, right ladies? (NBC Washington)

    GRUMPY OLD MAN SLAPS CHILD
    Meet Roger Stephens. The Georgia man, 61, was shopping Monday morning at a Walmart in Stone Mountain when he crossed paths with Sonya Matthews and her two-year-old daughter Paige. The child was crying, which apparently greatly perturbed Matthews. "If you don't shut that baby up I will shut her up for you," Stephens warned Matthews, according to a Gwinnett County Police Department report. Moments later, Stephens acted on his threat, slapping Paige "across the face approximately four or five times." (The Smoking Gun)

    JAPAN'S 1ST LADY: I RODE IN UFO
    Japan's next prime minister might be nicknamed "the alien," but it's his wife who claims to have had a close encounter with another world.  "While my body was asleep, I think my soul rode on a triangular-shaped UFO and went to Venus," Miyuki Hatoyama, the wife of premier-in-waiting Yukio Hatoyama, wrote in a book published last year.   "It was a very beautiful place and it was really green." (MSNBC)

    THE RUSSIANS ARE NOT INVADING SOUTH JERSEY
    The Russians are NOT coming. At least not to the Jersey Shore.
    That’s the word from the Coast Guard about a photograph that some Internet users believe shows a nuclear-armed Russian submarine surfacing a few hundred yards off Corson’s Inlet near Strathmere, N.J., in the heart of the state’s beach resort area.  “They’re doing a lot of dredging in Corson’s Inlet and that’s part of the dredging operation,” said Petty Officer Jesse Ellison of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Ocean City, N.J., station after he viewed the photo online.  (MSNBC)