The Night Note: 02/03/09

News you need to know

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

Big Three Bloodbath

It was a terrible month for all automakers but especially for Detroit's Big Three, which saw sales drop by an average of nearly 50 percent compared to January 2008. Chrysler was the grim "winner," watching sales drop 57 percent compared to last January, CNBC reported. (Washington Post)

D.C. Drivers Must Remove Snow, Ice

The D.C. Council unanimously approved legislation on Tuesday that will require drivers to remove frozen snow and ice from their vehicles before taking to the roadways, making the District the first jurisdiction to make such a requirement. (Washington Times)

Small Town Officer Stings Internet Predators

From his laptop computer in Dumfries, Officer John Chapman has helped to arrest some of the country’s most dangerous child sex offenders. Posing as a 13-year-old boy, the Dumfries police officer chats with older men from places like South Carolina, Georgia, Quebec and as far away as Hawaii and London, who ask him to send photos of his fictitious persona. (


Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia local news, events and information

Long live Stumpy: Iconic cherry tree removed from DC's Tidal Basin

Air travel surging on Memorial Day weekend

GW Pest Problem

Freshman Stacey Minton caught a mouse in her Madison Hall room last semester. Then she caught another one. And another one. In total, Minton has caught 16 dead mice in her suite-style double on 22nd Street since October. An average of one per week, Minton said she almost lost count of how many rodents had piled up in her room. (GW Hatchet)

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