The Night Note: 01/13/09

News you need to know

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

Bush Declares D.C. Federal Emergency for Inauguration

President Bush declared a federal emergency for the District of Columbia for President-elect Obama's Inauguration, giving the city access to federal funds to help with the cost of the event. In a statement released Tuesday, the White House said that the funds Bush is making available are specifically for "protective measures that are undertaken to save lives and protect public health and safety." (The Hill)

Gov. Kaine: Stimulus to Aid Virginia

Timothy M. Kaine said yesterday that he expects a significant sum of money to come to Virginia from President-elect Barack Obama’s economic-stimulus package. The expected federal money could be welcome news for Kaine and the General Assembly, who are trying to patch a $3.2 billion budget deficit because of declining tax revenues. (

Three Men Rob Patrons, Employees at Takoma Park Restaurant

Three armed men stormed the La Fonda Chiquita restaurant in Takoma Park Saturday, pulling off a bold daylight robbery of patrons and employees. The men, who police say had visited the restaurant earlier that day, returned shortly before 3:30 p.m. with handguns to rob patrons and employees of cell phones, wallets and other personal effects, according to city police spokeswoman Catherine Plevy. (

Two Virginians Had Salmonella When They Died

Two Virginia residents -- one of whom was from Northern Virginia -- had salmonella when they died, but it's not clear whether the illness is what killed them. Virginia state health authorities tell WTOP the deaths have not yet been linked to the salmonella outbreak that's being associated with peanut butter. (WTOP)

A Buff-et of Housing Options at Maryland Resort
Pine Tree Associates Nudist Resort, located outside Annapolis, is offering to rent out rooms to non-nudists, but you may still need to be comfortable walking around in your birthday suit. "Yes, we are renting rooms," said manager Pat Sokoloski. "But as some point you have to get nude."  (DC Examiner)
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