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METRO CRIME UP
Metro sustained a 40 percent-plus spike in robberies through the first eight months of the year, a considerable jump that contributed to a rise in overall crime on the transit system. (Examiner)
DULLES TOLL INCREASE
A plan to boost rates on the Dulles Toll Road is expected to move forward Wednesday despite widespread opposition from commuters. Members of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board will act at committee meetings Wednesday on a staff recommendation that backs raising toll rates. The full board is expected to take up the increases Nov. 4. If approved, they could go into effect in January. (Washington Post)
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY H1N1 CLINICS SUSPENDED
Prince William Health District has temporarily suspended its H1N1 vaccination clinics due to production delays. The district was recently notified that the amount of novel H1N1 vaccine available for distribution is less than expected, and is likely to remain so for at least the next several weeks, said Prince William Health Director Dr. Alison Ansher on Tuesday. As a result, the Dale City vaccination clinic at the Hillendale Fire Station planned to open Wednesday, has been cancelled until further notice. The Manassas clinic, that opened last week at the Manassas Mall, will not reopen Wednesday. (Insidenova.com)
H1N1 OPERATORS STANDING BY
Anne Arundel County officials are more than doubling the number of phone operators handling H1N1 calls, even though no more appointments for the vaccine are available. The county Health Department had set up a number to handle inquiries about getting the H1N1, or swine flu, vaccine. But many callers were unable to get through and the appointments were soon filled. (The Capital)
VIRGINIA "ONE FREE SWERVE"
A Virginia Supreme Court decision that overturned a conviction for drunken driving could result in the commonwealth's intoxicated drivers being given "one free swerve" before being pulled over, with potentially disastrous consequences, U.S. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote Tuesday. (Washington Post)
SOCCER COACH "TOLD TO LEAVE"
A North Bethesda soccer coach who pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual offense must leave the country, a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge ruled on Monday. Juan Jose Aranguri, 47, of the 5700 block of Luxemburg Street in North Bethesda, was found guilty of third-degree sexual offense on Sept. 22 after being charged with sexually molesting three young female soccer players he coached, according to court records. He pleaded guilty to one count of an 11-count indictment. On Monday, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Louise Scrivener sentenced Aranguri to 10 years in prison — the maximum sentence for third-degree sex offense — but suspended the prison time. Scrivener sentenced Aranguri to five years of unsupervised probation and ordered that he leave the country by Tuesday. Aranguri will return to his native Peru, according to Emily White, a spokeswoman for the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office, and will be permanently barred from re-entering the country. (Gazette)
BARNES & NOBLE E-BOOK
Barnes & Noble added a chapter on Tuesday to the e-book competition story. Beginning in November, the No. 1 book store chain will sell an e-reader, called the Nook, that gives users the flexibility to lend their digital books to others – something that isn’t possible with Amazon’s Kindle, the best-selling e-reader. (USAToday)