The following stories have been hand-selected by the Assignment Desk at News4:
DRUNK IN PUBLIC CRACKDOWN
The streets of Arlandria are known for many things — a vibrant Hispanic community, restaurants specializing in Central American cuisine and the annual summertime Chirilagua festival. But this neighborhood near the Arlington border has a dark side. According to the Alexandria Police Department, it’s become the central focus of an ongoing effort to crack down on people charged with being drunk in public. (Alexandria Gazette Packet)
MONTGOMERY SCHOOLS ... FURLOUGH OR LAYOFF?
Montgomery County Public Schools officials must furlough employees or risk having their budget cut by the County Council, Councilwoman Duchy Trachtenberg said Thursday. Currently, the school system is the only county agency to spurn furloughs for its employees; however, its employees make up about two-thirds of all county workers. (Gazette)
10 MORE MINUTES
After researching several posted bell times on school Web sites, Prince William school staff determined that some schools fall short of the state-mandated minimum 990 hours of instructional time, due to the missed days resulting from this year's extraordinary snow storms. Even though Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) has more instructional time in the calendar each day than is required, the extended period in which schools had to remain closed created this unprecedented situation. (Gainesville-Times)
DRIVER ESCAPES SPEED CAM TICKET
A Bethesda woman escaped her speed camera ticket after she uncovered maintenance problems with Gaithersburg's cameras.
Peggy Lucero was nabbed by a speed camera in a 30-mile-per-hour zone on Route 355 in Gaithersburg. Instead of paying the $40 fee like most Maryland motorists, Lucero dug up records on camera maintenance and asked the State Highway Administration to validate the area's speed limit (Washington Examiner)
LINGERIE FOOTBALL LEAGUE
The women trying out for the new Lingerie Football League team coming to Baltimore later this year wore training gear that bared midriffs and cleavage, and that seemed way too skimpy for a workout. But the self-described "girly girls" — most in full makeup as well — trained like guys on the artificial turf field at 1st Mariner Arena where the tryouts were held. (Baltimore Sun)
$35 CUP OF COFFEE
Would you drink something that was made with an ingredient that came out of the behind of an animal that looks like a cross between a monkey and a cat? I did. And I paid $35 for it. Plus tax. (Indsidenova.com)