The Night Note: 09/07/2010

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

Va. Court Upholds Use of GPS to Track Suspects

A convicted sex offender being tracked as a suspect in a string of sexual assaults, did not have his rights violated when Fairfax police secretly placed a global positioning system (GPS) device on his vehicle without a warrant, the Virginia Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. After 11 attacks on women in eastern Fairfax County in 2008, many in the Falls Church area, detectives zeroed in on David L. Foltz because he lived in the area and was previously convicted of rape. He had served 17 years in prison and was released in 2007. (Washington Post)

Va. DMV Bars Immigrants' Papers for Driver Licenses

Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles is no longer accepting a federal document issued to immigrants as proof of residence for obtaining a driver's license. In a crackdown on illegal immigration, Gov. Bob McDonnell ordered DMV to no longer consider Employment Authorization Documents evidence of an alien's legal presence in the country. (AP/WTOP)

Washington Above Average for Stress

Washington ranks as the 15th-most stressful city among the nation’s 50 largest metros in a stress ranking from based its rankings on 10 factors it says could be measured objectively. Those factors include unemployment, change in income, the number of residents living below the poverty level, the amount of sunshine, the ozone level, robbery and murder rates, mortgage affordability, commute times, population and the number of deaths from circulatory system-related diseases. (Washington Business Journal)

Oxygen Masks for Pets 

Several local fire and volunteer fire departments are moving well beyond rescuing cats stranded in trees -- they're actually acquiring oxygen masks to help resuscitate pets caught in house fires. Following the death and abandonment of about 600,000 pets in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Ines de Pablo, the founder of Herndon-based Wag'N Enterprises LLC., began to craft pet preparedness responses. She got the "O2 Fur Life" program up and running in February 2008 - though business was slow at first. (Washington Examiner

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