Local Leads: 10/6/10

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By Charlie Bragale
|  Wednesday, Oct 6, 2010  |  Updated 10:06 AM EDT
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Local Leads: Banned Books Week

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LOCAL WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN OCEAN CITY
Ocean City police have identified a woman whose body was recovered from the ocean over the weekend. Police spokesman Pfc. Michael Levy identified the woman on Tuesday as 32-year-old Tara Chanise Taylor of Lanham. (Baltimore Sun)

BANNED BOOKS WEEK
Councilmember Fred Schultz and his wife, Nancy, took on the topic of twisted, knotted, kinky hair Saturday, reading Carolivia Herron's "Nappy Hair" to a crowd of giggling Takoma Park children at the city's first-ever Community Read-Out. It was the last day of Banned Books Week, and Takoma Park was ending the celebration with a bang. More than 100 people came out to the Takoma Park Community Center, waving signs with their favorite banned book and taking in the picture books that were broadcast on a large screen in the auditorium. (Gazette)

WRONG MAN
There are two Scott Fikes - one is an animal lover who finds homes for strays, and the other is a Washington, D.C., police officer who fatally shot a dog. Scott Alan Fike, who lives in Odenton, learned about the other Scott Fike when he started getting threatening Facebook messages from strangers labeling him a "dog killer." The local Fike's case wasn't helped by the fact that his online profile photo shows him in hunting gear, with a deer. (The Capital)

MIDDLE SCHOOL COPS CUT
Starting next fall, middle schools in Prince William County will no longer be assigned school resource officers thanks to more cuts in state funding. Currently, there are six officers assigned to 15 middle schools, a drop from 10 from the year before because of reduced funding for police departments. More cuts this year meant making tough decisions, county Police Chief Charlie T. Deane told the Board of County Supervisors. (Insidenova.com)

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