The Night Note: 01/23/09

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

Fannie Mae Laying Off Hundreds in D.C. Area

The country's largest financial institution is laying off hundreds of employees, and the decision will have the biggest impact on people in the Washington area. Fannie Mae has confirmed it is reducing staff as part of a company realignment. The mortgage giant will focus on its most critical priorities, including "preventing foreclosures to help keep people in their homes and aiding in the recovery," the company said in a statement. (WTOP)

Expansion of Death Bill a Year Away

An effort to expand the death penalty in Virginia may meet its demise again this year at the governor's desk, but the heated race to replace Tim Kaine bodes better for the bill in 2010. "It's my hope that next year, irrespective of who wins the gubernatorial election, that this bill will finally be signed into law," said Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, Harrisonburg Republican. "That doesn't mean we're not going to fight this year." (Washington Times)

Sheriff’s Office Opens Investigation into Youth Sports League


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Victim details attack at L'Enfant Plaza Metro station

Storms leave behind damage across the DC area

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office has opened an investigation into a possible embezzlement of funds from the Frederick Youth Sports Association, the office confirmed today. The office’s criminal investigations unit opened the investigation earlier this month, said Cpl. Jennifer Bailey. Bailey said she could not release further details because the investigation is ongoing. (Frederick News Post)
Man Murdered Wife for Changing Facebook Status to 'Single'

A Man murdered wife for changing Facebook status to 'single'an murdered his estranged wife after he became “enraged” that she had changed her marital status to single on the social networking site Facebook. Edward Richardson, 41, was found guilty of stabbing to death Sarah Richardson, 26, a hairdresser, in her parents’ house in Staffordshire on May 12 last year. (Times Online)

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