The Night Note: 08/18/2011

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

Man Robbed at Lake Ridge Taco Bell Drive-Through  "A late-night run to Taco Bell in Tackett's Mill ended with a 58-year-old Woodbridge man pistol-whipped and robbed at the drive-through, police said. It happened at 12:51 a.m. at fast food restaurant at 12721 Harbor Drive in Lake Ridge. The victim told police he was in line at the drive-through when a man approached his driver’s side window, displayed a handgun and demanded money, said Prince William County police spokesman Jonathan Perok. When the victim refused to hand over his money, the gunman struck him several times in the face with the handgun and then grabbed the victim's wallet and fled on foot."

D.C. GOP Launches Anti-Harry Thomas Web Site

Washington Post  "The D.C. Republican Committee has launched a Web site dedicated to riding herd on embattled D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) and his fellow ethically-challenged city pols. Located at, the site asks “Are You Tired of the Scandals?” and features a picture of Thomas at the news conference he held shortly after the allegations of converting city money were first aired."

WMATA: Overtime a ' Cost of Doing Business'

Washington Examiner  "Overtime is a necessity for agencies such as Metro, experts say, but it can go too far when it pushes workers beyond their limits and the costs exceed what it would take to hire more workers. Last year, 28 Metro employees doubled their salaries with the extra work, according to a Washington Examiner analysis of Metro data. "It's hard to believe that double pay -- or double hours -- is going to be cheaper," said Ronald Ehrenberg, a Cornell University professor of economics and industrial labor relations."

Annapolis Firefighters' Roadside Fundraiser was Illegal

Hometown Annapolis  "City firefighters broke the law last weekend when they raised more than $10,000 for children with muscular dystrophy, according to city and county officials. A 2007 ban on panhandling makes it illegal to solicit money from motorists in Anne Arundel County - regardless of who is doing the soliciting. County firefighters stopped "passing the boot" - gathering loose change from motorists in a firefighter's boot - to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association after the law went into effect ."

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