Local Leads: 08/20/2010

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

    DC Could Host Historic Peace Talks

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton invited Israeli and Palestinian leaders Friday to relaunch direct peace negotiations after a nearly two-year hiatus, and she set a goal of completing a comprehensive settlement within a year. Clinton asked Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to come to Washington for a series of meetings on Sept. 1 and 2. (Washington Post)

    Historic Trees on the Chopping Block

    After a brief stay of execution, four Historic District trees are expected to be chopped down next week. Work is scheduled to begin Monday, weather permitting. The move comes after city officials first announced they were removing three of the trees last month, only to reconsider and then decide again to proceed while adding a fourth tree to the list. The four trees on death row are all around 40-feet tall and include a great northern and a willow oak on Duke of Gloucester - they're both between 70 and 80 years old - and a 50-year-old Siberian elm and a 30-year-old Linden on Conduit Street. (Hometown Annapolis)

    Good Chesapeake Crab Catch Forecast Coming True

    Predictions of a good Chesapeake Bay crab harvest are coming true, with some watermen saying they are unable to sell all of the crabs they are catching and prices are dropping. Watermen who go out without a dedicated buyer are having trouble at times selling their catch, said Larry Simns, president of the Maryland Watermen's Association. "Well, sometimes buyers put 'em on a limit and sometimes they tell them just not to go," Simns said. (AP/WTOP)

    Under Armour First Ever Basketball Shoe

    Under Armour Inc.'s much-hyped basketball sneaker will hit shelves this November. The public release of the “Micro G” shoe line will end more than a year of anticipation about when the Baltimore sportswear maker would put the sneaker up for sale. Under Armour’s first-ever basketball footwear line will consist of four different sneakers. The centerpiece will be the “Micro G Black Ice,” to be worn this season by Brandon Jennings of the National Basketball Association’s Milwaukee Bucks and an Under Armour endorser. (Washington Business Journal)