Local Leads: 03/08/2010

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By Carlos Martinez
|  Monday, Mar 8, 2010  |  Updated 2:59 PM EDT
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Local Leads: DC's Big Mac Attack and Palin's Canadian Healthcare

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

Sarah Palin's family used to "hustle" across the Canadian border to get healthcare, the former Alaska Governor said this weekend. In a speech in Calgary, Palin called it "ironic" that while growing up in a small Alaskan town near the Canadian border, her family used to sneak across to take advantage of the Canadian healthcare system. (The Hill)

 

Va. Colleges Can't Ban Gay Discrimination
Virginia's attorney general has advised the state's public colleges that they don't have the authority to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, saying only the General Assembly has that power.  The letter sent by Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli to state college presidents and other officials Thursday drew swift criticism from Democrats and gay rights activists. (AP/Washington Times)

Quidditch Flies at GW
For all the hidden Harry Potter fans across campus, the time has come to step out of the broom closet. Formed by sophomores Kelsey McPherson and Jenny Durina, the new organization brings together students who have a penchant for combining witchcraft with a healthy dose of rough-and-tumble athleticism. McPherson and Durina, who are the co-presidents of the league, said the idea of a collegiate Quidditch team came to them while they were making cupcakes for a friend's birthday earlier this year.(The Hatchet)

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