Local Leads: 10/22/10

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By Charlie Bragale
|  Friday, Oct 22, 2010  |  Updated 1:16 PM EDT
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Local Leads: Mary Washington Students Warned About "Molly"

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

DANGERS OF "MOLLY" DRUG
Fredericksburg.com: "About 20 University of Mary Washington students have been to the emergency room this fall after taking drugs -- especially one called "Molly," according to a letter to students from a top UMW official. "Molly" is a capsule containing the hallucinogen Ecstasy. Police say it's often combined with cocaine, heroine and other substances. Vice President for Student Affairs Doug Searcy sent the letter Wednesday in the wake of news that one former and 14 current UMW students have been charged in an ongoing drug investigation."

ARENA STAGE REOPENS
Washington Examiner: "Arena Stage's planned reopening Saturday will mark more than just a return to its Southwest Waterfront home. Anticipation has been so high that tickets for the Opening Gala Celebration -- which range from $1,500 for one ticket to $50,000 for a table -- sold out "right away," said Managing Director Edgar Dobie"

MORTGAGE RATES
wtop.com: "Rates on 30-year fixed mortgages rose slightly from their lowest level in decades, inching up to a national average of 4.21 percent. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate for 30-year fixed loans was up from 4.19 percent the previous week. That was the lowest level on records dating back to 1971."

MARYLAND FOOTBALL PLAYER STRUCK
Diamondback: "Terrapin football starting right tackle Pete DeSouza was rushed to the hospital last night after he collided with a car, according to police. DeSouza, who was riding a scooter westbound on Campus Drive at the time of the accident, suffered non-life threatening injuries as a result of the collision. University Police spokesman Capt. Marc Limansky said the accident occurred at 9:10 p.m. at 162 Union Lane, which is near the intersection of Campus Drive and Union Lane. The car - a black Toyota sedan - was allegedly making a left-hand turn in front of the oncoming scooter when DeSouza struck the car. The collision caused DeSouza to "go down" according to a news release issued by University Police and the athletics department."

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