Local Leads: 11/14/2009

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

    ARMY LOOKS INTO ARLINGTON CEMETERY BURIALS
    The Army ordered an investigation Friday into operations at Arlington National Cemetery after questions about apparently improper burials.  Army Secretary John McHugh said in a statement that the service's inspector general will look into what he said was "lost accountability" of some graves, as well as poor record-keeping and other issues at the cemetery, the nation's best-known burial ground for its military heroes.  The Army said that McHugh's order came after two separate incidents, which were first reported by Salon.com.  One was the revelation that cemetery workers inadvertently buried cremated remains at a gravesite that was already in use. According to the statement, corrective measures were taken immediately, but questions were raised about whether proper procedures were used in correcting the error.
    (WASHINGTONPOST)

    TWIN TEEN BROTHERS CHARGED WITH BURNING A PUPPY
    A Baltimore grand jury Friday indicted 17-year-old twins in the fatal burning of a dog.  Tremayne and Travers Johnson of Baltimore were indicted on five counts charging animal abuse and cruelty. They were being held without bail and will be arraigned Dec. 9.  Police said the two set a pit bull on fire on May 27. A police officer used her sweater to put out the flames, but the dog later died at an animal shelter in Pennsylvania.
    (AP/WASHINGTON TIMES)

    GOVERNOR TOURS VIRGINIA STORM DAMAGE
    Gov. Tim Kaine is scheduled to assess storm damage in Hampton Roads on Saturday.  The governor's office says he will meet with Hampton city officials in the afternoon and survey damage on the Peninsula. Kaine is then set to meet with Norfolk officials in Ocean View and then survey damage in South Hampton Roads.  Kaine declared a state of emergency for Virginia on Wednesday night, directing state agencies to take steps to respond to the storm.
    (WTOP)

    MAN KILLED DESPITE MORE POLICE ON THE STREETS
    A man was shot and killed early Saturday in the Anacostia Historic District of Southeast Washington during the controversial All Hands on Deck (AHOD) crime initiative.  AHOD began at 6 a.m. Friday and concludes at 6 a.m. Sunday.  EMS personnel describe the man as being roughly 40 years old.  He was shot multiple times and found outside in the 2000 block of 16th St SE around 1:15 a.m.  He was taken to Washington Hospital Center and was later pronounced dead.  Police have not speculated on a motive or suspect.
    (DC EXAMINER)

    VP BIDEN'S SURPRISE HOMELESS SHELTER VISIT
    In a foray to a side of the nation's capital that tourists and television cameras rarely see, Vice President Biden helped serve lunch Friday to dozens of homeless men at a shelter on the outskirts of downtown Washington.  Biden's surprise visit to the Father McKenna Center of St. Aloysius Church on North Capitol and I streets NW startled some of the 80 men who stood stiffly as the vice president's entourage rushed past the dining area.  Biden, casually dressed in a black baseball cap, black V-neck sweater, khaki trousers, rubber gloves and a worn brown apron, took his place behind a folding table and a tray of fish sticks.  The vice president said he served the men because "you've got to remind yourself that but for the grace of God there go I. Sometimes you forget that this is real."
    (WASHINGTON POST)