The Night Note: 4/22/09

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The acting chief financial officer of mortgage giant Freddie Mac was found dead at his home Wednesday morning in what police said was an apparent suicide. David Kellermann hanged himself in the basement of his home, sources said. Kellermann, 41, had been Freddie Mac's chief financial officer since September.  A crime scene crew and homicide detectives were investigating the death, but there didn't appear to be any sign of foul play, according to Mary Ann Jennings, director of public information for the Fairfax County Police Department.  (

The man charged with murdering Chandra Levy is now back in the nation's capital.  WTOP has learned the U.S. Marshals Service transferred 27-year-old Ingmar Guandique to the D.C. Jail, after he was flown in by federal prison officials. Guandique - who wore an orange prison jump suit with hand and ankle cuffs - was brought to the D.C. Police Violent Crimes Branch late Wednesday afternoon, where he was officially charged with Levy's murder. (WTOP)

A baby mammoth dubbed Lyuba had her brief life cut short in a swamp 40,000 years ago, but the well-preserved specimen will provide the world a window into the extinct creatures from the Ice Age. Discovered in 2007, the 1-month-old mammoth died suddenly, probably trapped in mud. "She was doing great, very healthy," says paleontologist Dan Fisher of the University of Michigan, part of the international team researching Lyuba. "She just had this terrible misfortune." (USA Today)

Last Wednesday, a family of loud white Louisianans wearing “Washington, D.C.” sweatshirts underneath clear plastic ponchos waddled out of the drizzle at Sherman Circle and up the steps of the 62 bus. The group seemed unaware of the Unwritten Rule of the 62: No talking. (I’ve ridden the 62 at least a hundred times over the past year, and the only conversations I’ve witnessed have been between the bus drivers and their friends–who stand ahead of the yellow line and usually ride for free–and a group of young women who got into a screaming match after one of them accidentally elbowed the other’s baby in the head while the mother was counting change. Usually, we all keep quiet.) (Washington City Paper)

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