Local Leads: 12/21/10

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By Charlie Bragale
|  Tuesday, Dec 21, 2010  |  Updated 12:00 PM EDT
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The following stories have been hand-selected by the Assignment Desk at News4:

VIRGINIA GUARD GAY BAN LEGISLATION
Insidenova.com: "Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, said he will introduce legislation in the 2011 General Assembly that would prevent gays from serving openly in the Virginia National Guard. He said he has history on his side. According to numerous Internet sources, Lt.  Gotthold Frederick Enslin was drummed out of the Continental Army on sodomy charges in 1778."

BIG RIG CHASE
Herald Mail: " A Mississippi man was driving a tractor-trailer that led police on a three-state chase that ended Monday morning with the big rig stuck in the median of Interstate 81 near Greencastle, Pa., authorities said. Thomas L. McNeel, 42, of Pontotoc, Miss., was identified as the driver of the tractor-trailer, which was hauling furniture, according to Maryland State Police."

COPS ON DISABILITY DOUBLE
The Examiner: "The number of Montgomery County police officers who started receiving taxpayer-funded disability payments nearly doubled last fiscal year, according to a new report.  The study released by Montgomery CountyStat, the jurisdiction's data-driven oversight agency, shows that 18 police officers received new disability pay, up from 10 the year before. And 20 percent more employees overall were awarded disability. For years, county officials have complained the system shells out millions of dollars to able-bodied employees -- they recently passed legislation altering the medical panel that reviews the cases -- and say lack of oversight casts a shadow over legitimate claims." 

CELL PHONE TOWER BAN AT SCHOOLS
Gazette: "Citing fears from concerned parents over possible health risks, a Prince George's County delegate is trying to block plans to allow cell phone towers to be placed at county schools. The school board last year approved a policy allowing schools to place the cell phone towers on their properties in exchange for annual fees from telecommunication companies. "That's why we have to act now," said Del. Jolene Ivey (D-Dist. 47) of Cheverly, the bill's sponsor."

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