Local Leads: 1/20/11

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    NEWSLETTERS

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

    COMMUTER NIGHTMARE
    Washington Post: "The rush-hour commute stinks, but you know that. There are too many cars on the road, but that's obvious. What you don't know is that you're twice as likely to encounter someone caught up in a bout of road rage and that nobody in the nation spends more time stuck in traffic than you do.  The number of drivers in the Washington region who say they frequently feel uncontrollable anger toward another driver has doubled in the past five years, according to a Washington Post poll taken last year. Almost a third of drivers said they're overcome with that wild rage from time to time. "

    DOORBUSTERS
    The Capital: "Annapolis police are on the lookout for local thieves who have shunned the old burglar's toolkit in favor of a good pair of boots. Since November, 16 burglaries have been reported with entry gained after doors were kicked in, city police spokesman Maj. Scott Baker said. "They have kicked in the front or back door, most of them in the front," he said. "The homeowners have done the right thing. Their doors were locked, otherwise they would not have been kicked in," he said."
     

    MORE SECURITY CAMERAS
    The Examiner: "Big Brother may already be watching you in the District, and he will soon have a lot more eyes trained in your direction. The city's homeland security agency is planning to add thousands of security cameras from private businesses around the nation's capital and the Metro system to the thousands of electronic eyes that authorities are already monitoring 24/7. D.C.'s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency has already centralized the feeds from more than 4,500 cameras operated by the District's department of transportation and school system. Those feeds are watched around the clock by officials from those departments who sit together in homeland security's Joint All-Hazards Operation Center." 

    WRESTLING COACH FIRED
    Gazette: "Parents of a Winston Churchill High School wrestler filed a complaint Tuesday against the principal with the county school system, after she fired the head wrestling coach last week. Coach Brandon Shapiro, who wrestled at Churchill in the early and mid-2000s and was a state wrestling champion in 2002 and 2003, said he was fired Thursday. Since then, students and parents have rallied in support of the first-year head coach, and circulated a petition demanding that he be reinstated."