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LAPTOP THEFTS CONTINUE
The Hoya: "Multiple laptop thefts occurred on [the Georgetown] campus in the days leading up to and over Thanksgiving break, according to Public Safety Alerts sent to the campus community on Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning and Sunday evening. Three laptops and several electronic items were stolen from a university office between Sunday, Nov. 20 and Wednesday, Nov. 23. A university employee left an office area in the Car Barn at 11:05 a.m. on Sunday and returned on Monday at 10:20 a.m. to discover a laptop and several electronic items had been stolen from separate offices in that area, according to the Public Safety Alert. Force was used to gain entry into the offices and steal the items, according to Department of Public Safety investigators."
AMERITHRAX EXPERTS DEBATE
Frederick News Post: "The FBI may have closed its Amerithrax case against Fort Detrick scientist Bruce Ivins nine months ago, but some experts are not willing to let the issue die quite so easily. A group of about 25 scientists, professors, writers, terrorism experts and more convened Monday afternoon to discuss the particulars of the investigation and to debate who the real perpetrator may have been."
DC PROPERTY TAX SALE
Washington Business Journal: "The D.C. tax office has put 1,191 parcels with delinquent property tax bills totaling $20.38 million on the auction block -- again. The special deed tax sale, initiated Monday, is a followup to the Office of Tax and Revenue's annual tax auction, held in September."
Herald Mail: "They might look cute and cuddly, but the woolly bear caterpillars submitted for the 2010 Hagers-Town Town and Country Almanack contest brought news of a harsh and severe winter ahead. The Almanack received more than 60 entries during the month of October from local residents and children who gathered, photographed and submitted pictures of the caterpillars for judging. Using the photographs submitted for the contests, Almanack Weather Prognosticator William O’Toole determined the upcoming winter will be cold, snowy and severe, Almanack Editor Charles W. Fisher Jr. said. "
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