Local Leads: 11/16/10

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By Charlie Bragale
|  Tuesday, Nov 16, 2010  |  Updated 10:15 AM EDT
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Local Leads: A Ground-Shaking Mystery

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

MARYLAND GAS TAX INCREASE?
The Examiner: "Transportation officials are urging Maryland lawmakers to consider raising taxes and fees on Maryland drivers as federal funding appears increasingly unreliable. 'Financially we're in a lot of trouble at the moment,' said Peter J. Basso, chief operating officer of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. He projected a 35 percent drop in federal funding for state highways by 2013."

WHAT A DEAL
The Capital:  "The developer of an upscale condominium building at the heart of the Annapolis Towne Centre netted millions of dollars in sales yesterday afternoon in what was billed as a special, one-time auction. More than 400 potential buyers attended the event at the Westin Hotel in Annapolis, with bids starting as low as 60 and 70 percent below the original listing price for condos in the 150-unit GrandView building, a Sturbridge Homes high rise in the mixed-used complex just outside the city."

DID YOU FEEL IT?
Insidenova.com: "Read what people had to say about the strange booms on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/insidenova. Folks from Gainesville to Alexandria felt the earth move Monday afternoon. But why it moved is a mystery. Just after 2 p.m., thousands of people heard booms and felt the earth rumble. Windows rattled and some worried residents called police dispatchers, who said they felt it, too." 

WRITE-IN CANDIDATES
Sun Gazette: "What do Karl Marx, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, G. Gordon Liddy and President Obama all have in common? Perhaps not much, but all picked up write-in votes from Arlingtonians participating in the Nov. 2 general election. More than 1,600 write-ins were cast in races for Congress, County Board and School Board, according to final totals released Nov. 15 by the county registrar’s office."

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