Local Leads: 10/13/10

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By Charlie Bragale
|  Wednesday, Oct 13, 2010  |  Updated 2:56 PM EDT
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Local Leads: High, Doggie

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

BATTLE AGAINST WALMART
Fredericksburg.com : "One of the nation's top historians has agreed to testify in the court case over a Walmart Supercenter planned in the Wilderness battlefield area. James McPherson, who received the Pulitzer Prize for his "Battle Cry of Freedom," will testify that the Walmart site was blood-soaked ground in 1864's Battle of the Wilderness."

HOME OWNERSHIP STILL A DREAM
Sun Gazette: "Owning a home has always been considered one of the biggest American Dreams. But as the real estate market has experienced big ups and downs in recent years, is that Dream still a reality? If not, what can those in the real estate industry do to convince potential homeowners that such a Dream still exists? "

10K MORE STUDENTS BY 2016
Washington Examiner: "Montgomery County schools officials are projecting an enrollment jump of 10,000 students by 2016, but don't know how to find the space or the funds for the imminent boom. Elementary schools are expected to get hit the hardest, with an additional 5,568 students, while middle schools will fit almost 4,000 more students. High school enrollment should increase by only 454 at first. "

HIGH DOGGIE
Washington Post: "The patient arrived at the Friendship Heights hospital slack-jawed and glassy-eyed.  "He was very twitchy," reports Nicola Moore, the physician who admitted him. "His pupils were dilated. When he walked, he looked . . . " Well, he looked stoned.  The caretaker who accompanied him to the hospital was concerned. Her charge had been completely listless for hours, ever since lunchtime when, as was his custom, he'd gone out to urinate on the lawn."

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