Local Leads: 1/19/11

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

    POE VISITOR DOESN'T SHOW
    Baltimore Sun: " The mysterious visitor to Edgar Allan Poe's grave has failed to show up for the second year in a row. Fans of the writer waited all night at the Baltimore cemetery where Poe is buried, hoping for a glimpse of the anonymous person who always left roses and cognac at Poe's tombstone. The tradition went on for some 60 years until last year when the visitor failed to make an appearance." 

    NEIGHBORS RALLY TO SAVE TREES
    Gazette: "The trees that line Sedgwick Lane in North Bethesda are twiggy and barren, but Hal Quayle knows there is magic hiding inside. Every April, the cherry blossom trees erupt in a riot of pink, and Quayle, 79, watches the show from his kitchen window. "It's a beautiful tunnel of blossoms," Quayle said. "We know that we will see people out there walking up and down the middle of the street taking pictures. People know to come here to see it."

    EXOTIC DANCER SUES CLUB
    Washington Post: "Claiming she should have been paid a regular wage along with tips, an exotic dancer at the Mile High Club in Prince George's County has filed suit under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act,  Sabrina Tullos, who has appeared on HBO Real Sex and was Miss Black Nude in 2002, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, according to her lawyer Jimmy Bell." 

    MARYLAND COUNTIES THREATEN PROPERTY TAX INCREASE
    The Examiner: " County officials warned they would raise local property taxes and other fees if Maryland lawmakers vote to shift some teacher pension costs onto their budgets.  A proposal to shift 50 percent of teacher pension costs onto counties "would be equivalent to a five-cent increase in the typical county's property tax rate," according to a Tuesday report by the Maryland Association of Counties."