Local Leads: 11/8/10

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By Charlie Bragale
|  Monday, Nov 8, 2010  |  Updated 11:30 AM EDT
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Local Leads: Va. Cigarette Tax Update

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

MARRIED AT THE CCU
The Capital: "The bride wore an elegant strapless gown and a radiant smile. The nervous groom was impeccable in his spotless Air Force dress uniform and a TV-sized heart monitor. Maj. Jonathan Richter, 48, was supposed to marry Bathsheba "Sheba" Phillips, 50, at twilight yesterday at the Annapolis Yacht Club. Instead, the ceremony took place in a corridor of the Critical Care Unit at Anne Arundel Medical Center." 

CIGARETTE TAX
Washington Examiner:  "A significant increase in Virginia's cigarette tax could be a hard sell in Richmond next January, but Alexandria officials are considering giving it a try. In drafts of legislative proposals an Alexandria delegation will take to Richmond for the General Assembly's 2011 session, city officials and several local commissions express support for raising the tax on cigarettes by $1 a pack not just to raise additional state revenues but to help curb smoking in a state with deep ties to tobacco."

CELL PHONE VIDEO TO TRACK CRIME
The Diamondback: "As early as next semester, students at this university may be armed with a new weapon to help prevent and solve crime using a weapon virtually everyone has - a cell phone. After more than two years of development, computer science professor Ashok Agrawala has nearly completed a mobile technology called Video 911, a smartphone application that will let users alert University Police of trouble with a push of a button."

CALL OF DUTY GAMES STOLEN
wtop.com/Baltimore Sun: "Authorities in northeast Maryland say robbers have stolen more than 100 copies of the highly anticipated "Call of Duty: Black Ops" video game, which doesn't go on sale until Tuesday. The Harford County Sheriff's Office says at least two men were involved in the robbery, which was timed for when the GameStop in Bel Air was about to close Saturday night. The men, who were armed with guns, stole four cases full of the "Black Ops" game, which is the latest in the popular "Call of Duty" series. Cash and video game systems were also taken."

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