Local Leads: 11/1/10

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By Charlie Bragale
|  Monday, Nov 1, 2010  |  Updated 10:15 AM EDT
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Local Leads: Smoke and Porn

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

CASINO, OR NO CASINO... QUESTION A
The Capital: "The fate of Maryland's largest and most lucrative casino rests in the hands of Anne Arundel County voters. Depending on whom you ask, Question A can deliver salvation or destroy a community."

SMOKE AND PORN
Alexandria Gazette Packet: "A line of exotic hookahs line the front window of the Glass Stache, a new retail location at the southwest corner of Queen and Lee streets. A white shade obscures most of glass on the front door, which includes a warning that visitors must be 18 years old to enter. A whimsical mustache adorns a sign on the corner."We card," the door cautions.  Welcome to the Glass Stache, Old Town’s newest smoke shop."

K2 FUROR
Falls Church News Press: "The Falls Church School Board took action last week to formally request the Virginia State Legislature to join over a dozen states and jurisdictions in the U.S. and pass a new law making the sale and consumption of the synthetic marijuana-like substance, known as K2, illegal. Since the beginning of the school year last month, the awareness of the "synthetic cannabinoid" has grown dramatically, with varying reports of widespread use in the City due in part by its legal over-the-counter availability for sale at a new City business, Arabica Tobacco. The store is located less than two blocks from George Mason High School."

GUIDE HELPS PANHANDLERS
Sun Gazette: "You’re approached on the street or while sitting in your car by a panhandler, and asked for money. What should your response be: To give some, or say no? The best answer may be a third option.
The Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) has debuted the “Arlington County Street Guide,” a pocket-sized information sheet that can be given to help those in need find services."

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