The Night Note: 5/28/10

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When exactly did peanut allergies become such a big deal? I can't recall anyone freaking out about giving me a peanut butter sandwich when I was a little kid, but friends with children assure me that has all changed. Peanut Paranoia is in full effect across the nation, thanks to stern warnings from doctors about the potential for deadly allergic reactions in young children.

At least concerned parents and those with bona fide peanut allergies can safely take in a baseball game or two. For the fourth year in a row, the Nationals are offering peanut-free seats at select games this season for fans with allergies. (DCist)

Leonard Shapiro’s top 10 D.C. sports anchors of the past 40 years got me thinking about D.C. sports anchors of today, and how TV is different now. It’s less about anchors and more about the play-by-play, color guys and reporters.

So I asked the D.C. sports literati for their top five sportscasters of today, with the only criteria being that their picks currently have on-air TV gigs in the D.C. area. The results are found here, followed by those who participated and a poll for you to pick your favorite. (Mister Irrelevant)

I've been chronicling over the past few months the Marine Corps' search for a spot for a new barracks, which has focused on a number of sites in Near Southeast, including the block bounded by Fifth, Seventh, L and M just south of their newest barracks that used to be home to the old Capper Seniors apartment building. It's been clear in public meetings and various other rumblings that both city planning officials and the DC Housing Authority are very much against the Marines using this site, with plans having been in place for a number of years for this now-empty/parking-lot block to become home to both a 600,000-square-foot office building and a 189-unit mixed-income apartment building (shown above) as part of the Capper/Carrollsburg redevelopment. (JDLand)

Before you go to a local park to enjoy the wonders of nature, you may want to answer the call of nature - at home.

Porta-potties are headed for extinction in Montgomery County parks.

As of July 1, the county is flushing its contracts with porta-john companies.

It's not ecological, it's economical. Dumping the portable bathrooms will save the county more than $150,000 a year in renting, cleaning and maintenance costs. (WTOP)

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