The Night Note: 6/11/09

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Was LaRon Landry's absence from the voluntary OTAs much ado about nothing? Looks like it. Still, not to say the whole occurrence wasn't absurd in the first place.  Landry's excuse was "personal issues/things," which could include a wide range of activities from a death in the family, to that "not-so-fresh" feeling, to the equivalent of when the rest of the regular work force calls in with a faux cough to take a "personal day."  But unlike the regulars and their employers, it's no biggie that LaRon himself didn't call in. It seems that the onus is on the teacher to call his student, which Jim Zorn did, but received no response from Landry. (NBC Washington

On March 5, 2009, Why I Hate D.C. blogger M@ received the following anonymous comment on one of his blog posts: “you’re going to go down hard, little bitch boi,” it read; “brutal bone crushing pounding of your skull between my boot and the pavement. Hot blood spewing everywhere.” Even by Internet standards, that’s pretty nasty—illegally so. What could M@ have possibly done to prompt a death threat? (Washington City Paper)

This lobster will catch your eye, but not because you're imagining its tail dipped in butter. It is bright orange and yellow, even though it's never been near a boiling pot. Specialists tell The Boston Globe it's called a "yellow lobster" and it's one in 30 million.  The lobster now named Fiona was recently caught off Canada. It was given by a friend to Nathan Nickerson, the owner of Arnold's Lobster and Clam Bar in Eastham, on Cape Cod. (MSNBC)

In Iron Man 2, the scarlet and golden-metaled hero must face an adversary with some amazing gadgets of his own. Whiplash (Mickey Rourke) sports a power pack on his chest that looks similar to the one that Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) uses. "The technologies are definitely related," says director Jon Favreau. "That's part of the core theme of the film." The villain's alter ego, Ivan Vanko, is a Russian who "has constructed his own version of a suit," Favreau says. Among the creative innovations: a pair of whips, powered by the suit's glowing chest piece, that are expected to keep Iron Man cracking. (USA Today)

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