The Night Note: 02/13/09

News you need to know

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

Pilots Noted Ice Build Up Shortly Before Buffalo Crash

A flight voice recorder revealed that pilots of a Continental commuter plane talked about "significant icing on the windshield" and "on the leading edge of the wing" moments before crashing into a house outside Buffalo last night, killing 50 people, a federal official said this afternoon. (Washington Post)

Convicted Sex Offender Hired at Md. Nursery School

Would you hire a registered sex offender to work at a nursery school? One local pastor did and is defending his decision. Five parents pulled their children from Bethesda Cooperative Nursery School after learning the hired maintenance man, Travis Buffington, is a registered sex offender. Ellen Burgess, the school's director, says she did not hire Buffington -- Pastor Todd Thomas did. Thomas apparently did so knowing Buffington, 33, had served time for possession of child pornography. (WTOP)

Juvenile Charged in Crash That Kills Two

A 17-year-old Fairfax County youth was charged today with manslaughter and aggravated manslaughter stemming from a fatal early morning crash which killed two people on Interstate 66 in Arlington late last year.The teenager was charged on juvenile petitions with four felony counts, including two counts of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of aggravated DWI manslaughter for the Nov. 17, 2008 deaths of Jennifer Thi Nguyen, 35, and Tu Nhi Thi Nguyen, 38. (Fairfax Times)

District Will Cut Hours at 25 Public Libraries

The D.C. library system's 25 libraries will cut operating hours beginning March 2 even as the grim economy drives more residents to libraries to look for jobs and to take out free books and CDs, library officials said Thursday."I think this will be a big hardship for the most frequent users," said user Edward Jackson at the Tenley-Friendship Interim Library on Wisconsin Avenue Northwest. He said many people use the library daily as a place to stay warm. (Washington Times)

Go Out on a Limb This Valentine's Day

You'd like to wow your partner with the works for Valentine's Day. Roses, chocolates, romantic dinners and other luxuries will never go out of style.But if you want to supplement those classic treats, try something different or have suffered a job loss or other economic hit, never fear. (Free Lance Star)


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