The Night Note: 12/05/08

News you need to know

The following stories have been hand-selected by the Assignment Desk at News4:

Hotel Rooms Available for Inauguration:

Despite popular belief hotel rooms can be found in the Washington Metropolitan area during the Inauguration.

According to Destination DC  there are still 1,500 available hotel rooms ranging from $100 to $1000 a night inside the Beltway. Another 3000 rooms within a 60 mile radius. 

By calling Destination DC's toll-free number, 1-800-422-8644, travelers can learn which hotels still have rooms where they are located and what rates they may expect to pay.

Or go to for information about balls and events, useful tips and itinerary suggestions for inauguration-goers.

Parents Charged with having Teen Party House:

A Cape St. Claire couple will face a minimum of 10 days in jail if convicted next week of allowing teenagers to drink and party in their house.

Timothy and Laura Davis of 967 Dogwood Tree Drive were charged over the summer with maintaining a disorderly house after police said one of their guests committed suicide July 7 on Highpoint Drive.

One guest told police the Davises had allowed their teenage son to host "at least 10" similar parties at their home. (

Man Arrested for Threatening Lawmaker:

Federal authorities said they have arrested a Richmond man suspected of sending a bloody letter to a congressman that threatened to cut off the head of a U.S. official in Vietnam.

Phuong Nguyen Le has been charged with threatening a U.S. official. Le, who works for the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority, was arrested Wednesday.

An affidavit filed by FBI agent Douglas J. Brozick says the bloodstained letter was sent to the Richmond office of U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, D-2nd. The letter threatened U.S. Consular Chief Charles Bennett, in Ho Chi Minh City, with decapitation. (AP/Washington Post)

Battlefield to be Illuminated:

For the 20th year, Antietam National Battlefield will be illuminated for an evening from the light of more than 23,000 candles.

The illumination begins at 6 p.m. Saturday off Md. 34 in Sharpsburg. Plans call for a 5-mile driving tour through the park. The candles represent the number of soldiers killed, wounded or declared missing in the bloodiest single-day battle of the Civil War. (AP/

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