The Night Note:11/9/10

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    NEWSLETTERS

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    VDOT PLANS TO GO GREEN
    Inside NoVA: "An executive order from the governor has put Virginia’s transportation system on the path toward cleaner, greener travel, be it by air, land or rail.

    "Virginia’s government must set the example in its use of all resources," Gov. Bob McDonnell said, in Executive Order 19. "We must be conservative and frugal whether we are using dollars provided by taxpayers, materials purchased with those dollars or the exceptional natural resources entrusted to our care. To this end, conservation and efficiency must be a central consideration in how we conduct all of our business and operations.”"

    VINCE GRAY WANTS YOUR HELP SOLVING A DC MYSTERY
    Washington Post: "For who-knows-how-long (really: who? no one knows), a large black plaque hung on the wall of a ground-floor corridor near the 13 1/2 Street NW entrance to the John A. Wilson Building, a.k.a. the District Building, home to Washington's mayor, city council and other government offices.

    When I say the plaque was big, I mean huge. Made of several glass panels, it was about five feet wide and four feet tall and covered with names painted in gold. That's about all anybody's sure of."

    HEALTH DEPT SEEKS 'FOUR LOKO' REPORTS FROM COLLEGES

    GW Hatchet: "The D.C. Department of Health is asking emergency medical services in the District to report any incidents involving Four Loko, a popular beverage nicknamed "blackout in a can," in response to widespread concerns over the drink's possible health risks.

    EMeRG Coordinator David Fifer said his emergency response team has seen two transports due to the beverage this semester, both of which he said were serious in nature."

    WILL METRO RUIN AN ICONIC VIEW?
    Washington Post: "Virginia state historic preservation officials are concerned that a proposed outdoor location for the Metrorail station at Dulles International Airport will block sightlines of the airport's main terminal, which was designed by Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen and has been called one of the greatest architectural achievements of the 20th century.

    Original plans for the rail stop at Dulles called for an underground station, but a consultant's estimate released in September put the price tag of the needed tunneling and terminal and road improvements at $640 million more than an outdoor station."