Local Leads: 10/5/10

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By Charlie Bragale
|  Tuesday, Oct 5, 2010  |  Updated 9:00 AM EDT
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Local Leads: Longer D.C. School Days?

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

LONGER SCHOOL DAY IN DC?
D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) will introduce a bill Tuesday to extend the school day for 45,000 District public school students by at least a half hour, an effort to give kids more classroom instructional time.  The bill, set to be introduced at the council's regularly scheduled meeting, would extend the school day from the current 6.5 hours to at least seven hours, Cheh said Monday. Currently, the school day at many District schools begins at 8:45 a.m. and concludes at 3:15 p.m. (Washington Post)

SOUTHERN MARYLAND ROCKS
How long will it be before compact discs go the way of the dinosaurs? Weekly album sales last month were among the lowest ever. Consumers bought fewer than 100,000 of one top-selling album. Just a decade ago, they would have bought more than 2 million. (The Recorder)

MORE MILLIONAIRES IN THE REGION
Nearly seven Maryland households in every 100 and six of every 100 Virginia households have liquid assets of more than a million dollars as the rising market for stocks and bonds has restored lost wealth.  The number of millionaire households in each state grew by roughly 8.5 percent -- outperforming the 8 percent national average -- from June 2009 to June 2010, according to a survey by independent research firm, Phoenix Marketing International.  (Washington Examiner)

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