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The Night Note: 12/7/10

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    Washington Examiner: "Rush-hour commute + total strangers massing on Metro + Christmas caroling. A recipe for holiday cheer or total confusion?

    A group is organizing a flash mob to sing carols at the Chinatown Metro station, right at the height of rush hour on Monday. Organized via Facebook and Twitter under the #MetroCarols hashtag, the event is a mash-up of social networking, performance art and holiday cheer.

    The organizers are asking participants to show up on the Glenmont side of the Red Line at the Chinatown stop from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday. They frown on Santa hats and the like, asking participants to blend in before breaking out into song."

    WTOP: "With news that the Redskins are giving their highly paid defensive lineman a breather for the rest of the season (no more conditioning tests!), what exactly has Albert Haynesworth been ... uh, worth, to the Skins this year? broke out the number crunchers to see how much money Haynesworth is actually making, using the total value of his seven-year, $100 million contract."

    Washington Post: "The DC-295 work zone speed cameras are gone.

    The mobile camera units, which had been stationed near the new Eastern Avenue Bridge in July to help protect workers from speeding vehicles, were taken away last week, D.C. Assistant Police Chief Patrick Burke said.

    The District Department of Transportation said the cameras were removed either Thursday or Friday. The Washington Post ran an article about their usage on Friday."

    HYATTSVILLE OFFERS INCENTIVES TO BIKE, WALK TO WORK "Hyattsville officials want city employees to lower their carbon footprints when they commute, and are willing to pay them to do it.

    The City Council approved a pilot program Monday that would offer monetary incentives to city employees who bike, walk or use mass transit to commute to work. The program would run from Jan. 1 through June 30, 2011.

    "I think the overall goal is a good one," said Councilman Matthew McKnight (Ward 3), who introduced the motion, adding that the program would have not only benefits for the environment but could also improve the health of participants."