The Night Note: 02/23/09

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

After Levy, Police Still Struggle

Police appear to be on the verge of closing the District's most high-profile murder case in a decade, but more than 500 deaths since Chandra Levy was killed in 2001 remain unsolved, raising concerns about police resources and priorities.Among the biggest questions is when the Metropolitan Police Department will have its own crime lab, which would allow investigators to pool DNA evidence for thousands of unsolved homicides and rapes dating back to the 1960s. (Washington Times)

Fenty Attends Controversial Tournament on Trip

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty continues to answer questions following his unscheduled visit to the United Arab Emirates. Fenty and his family spent last week traveling to the Middle East, a trip partially paid for by the UAE government. "The family paid for theirs," Fenty tells WTOP. "And the UAE government paid for mine."  (WTOP)

Stimulus Money to Prevent School System Furloughs

Interim Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. had recommended last week furloughing school employees for up to 12 days next fiscal year to save $29.7 million. However, school officials said they were told Friday they would receive about $41 million in funding from the economic stimulus program that could be used to forgo furloughs, cancel a planned increase in the student-teacher ratio for the first through the third grades, add additional classes for students with autism and prevent the school system from dipping into its depleted reserves. (

Man Rapes, Abandons Student Off Campus

Prince George's County Police investigators are looking for a man who raped a student and left her stranded on a highway early Saturday morning after picking her up in his car. The 21-year-old victim was walking at the corner of Yale Avenue and College Avenue on the way back to her residence at about 2:30 a.m. when a man offered her a ride in his vehicle, police said. She accepted the offer, but instead of driving her home, the man took her to an unknown location and raped her. (Diamondback)

Two Women Rob Bank at Valley Mall

Two women robbed Susquehanna Bank’s branch at Valley Mall in Halfway on Monday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department. The women handed a teller a note and one woman displayed a gun, Sgt. Roy Harsh said. They left with money, but police aren’t saying how much. (Herald-Mail)

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