The Night Note: 11/24/10

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SCHOOL SIGNS MISSING IN SPOTSY
Free Lance-Star: "Three Spotsylvania County schools sit adjacent to Harrison Road, but no signs warn motorists they're approaching an area frequented by 3,000 children.

Instead, drivers can barrel through that stretch of four-lane road at 45 mph even when school buses are coming and going.

Last week's life-threatening accident involving a Chancellor Middle School student brought the issue into the spotlight."

PWC COURTHOUSE MYSTERY WHITE POWDER: PAINT CHIPS
Inside NoVA: "Paint chips from overnight mailers  prompted the emergency response Tuesday at the Prince William County Courthouse.

“What it was, actually, was the paint on the cardboard that comes off of these zippers when you open up the packages,” said Prince William County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy John Collier.

A clerk got covered in the paint dust as he opened a number of the packages. His manager saw the dust and became alarmed, Collier said."
 

EHRLICH CAMP PAID $14,000 TO ROBOCALL OPERATIVE
WTOP: "The campaign of former Maryland governor Robert Ehrlich has reported paying $14,000 in the final days of the governor's race to a political operative who says he sent robocalls on Election Day suggesting Democrats didn't need to vote.

The latest payments to Julius Henson's companies were reported in a finance report made public Tuesday. They bring the total that Ehrlich's campaign spent on his services to $111,150 this year."
 

CUCCINELLI: TEACHERS OKAY TO CONFISCATE CELLPHONES, READ TESTS
Washington Post: "A warning to the school children of Virginia: Yes, your teacher can confiscate your cellphone or laptop computer.

That's according to a legal opinion issued Wednesday by Virginia Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli (R), who found that teachers can not only take the devices, but they can review text messages or e-mails if they have "reasonable suspicion" that students have been violating the law or school rules.

He issued the opinion in response to a request from Del. Robert B. Bell (R-Charlottesville), who inquired whether teachers can take cellphones in instances where other students have complained they were victims of cyberbullying."

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