Local Leads: 1/21/10

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

    GIRL GANGS
    The emergence of sister gangs in Montgomery County is prompting police, prosecutors and recreation officials to call for continued support of after-school programs for county youth, and an eye on needs for specific populations, such as at-risk teenage girls. (Gazette)

    TWO LOCAL CHILDREN DIE IN HAITI QUAKE
    Two children living on Fort George G. Meade were among the hundreds of thousands of people who died in the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti last week, according to county school officials and family members. (The Capital)

    REST STOPS REOPENING
    Motorists traveling along Virginia’s major interstate highways will find a much-needed roadside facility – safety rest areas and welcome centers – much sooner than expected. And AAA Mid-Atlantic is applauding the decision as a victory for motorists, truckers, and traffic safety. Some of the shuttered rest areas will reopen as early as 30 days in a plan approved by Governor Robert McDonnell this afternoon during a meeting of the 17-member Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) in Richmond. (Alexandrianews.org)

    USNS COMFORT IN HAITI
    The faces of the Haitian disaster arrived Wednesday aboard the Navy hospital ship Comfort as a procession of earthquake victims, looking lost and scared, staggered off helicopters or strained to look up from their stretchers while corpsmen carried them below deck. (Baltimore Sun)

    POTHOLE KILLER OUT AND ABOUT
    With the last traces of the major December snowstorm still melting away nearly a month later, Virginia Department of Transportation workers and contractors are hard at work attacking another winter menace: potholes. (Fairfax Times)