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

    NO SEX FOR A YEAR
    If you want to get a divorce in Maryland, you have to live apart for one year. Montgomery County Delegate Luiz Simmons has a better idea. (nbcwashington.com)

    DUI LICENSE PLATES
    There are several tipoffs that a driver might be drunk: swerving, traveling the wrong way on a street, pulling out of a bar late at night. And a Prince George's County lawmaker wants to add one more. He says the state should replace license plates of repeat drunken drivers with bright yellow tags that read "DUI." "Displaying the special license plates will give people some understanding of who they are sharing the roadways with," Marvin E. Holmes Jr., a Democrat, said at a hearing on his bill Thursday. (Baltimore Sun)

    LOCAL STYLIST GOING TO THE GRAMMYS
    It was in the middle of an event taking place at a local Clyde's restaurant when Heidi Wheeler received a phone call with shocking news. In disbelief, she hung up the phone and started to assmiliate the news. It was then, when she couldn't help but scream and run like a kid in excitement. She was going to the Grammy Awards as a band's personal stylist. "People looked at me like I was all kinds of crazy," said Wheeler. (Fairfax Connection)

    CRUISING FOR POACHERS
    Cruising along the St. Mary's River on a chilly but sunny day this week, Cpl. Catherine Peck raises a pair of binoculars and scans the slightly choppy waters for working watermen. There aren't many watermen out on this day, but Peck and partner Capt. Rick Starliper finally find several white boats with crews hauling up small dredges filled with oysters. One by one, they check all the boats, and don't find any undersized oysters or other violations. (The Capital)

    PARK IT, CHARGE IT.
    In the 75 years since the first parking meter sucked down a coin, few kind words have been said about the sidewalk sentinels.
    They demand your money, and if you spurn them or overstay your welcome, you risk a parking ticket. Given that chilly relationship, the warmth Saturday on U Street NW was extraordinary. "That's pretty cool. I like it," said Donis Zepeda as he studied one of eight new meters just east of 15th Street. "I appreciate this," Zach Gittens said after pulling up to another.
    (Washington Post)