Local Leads: 1/31/11

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By Charlie Bragale
|  Monday, Jan 31, 2011  |  Updated 8:45 AM EDT
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Local Leads: Cat Set on Fire

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

GETTING AWAY WITH BANK ROBBERY
Alexandria Gazette Packet: " Sometimes bank robbers who strike in Alexandria are caught here in the city. Other times, they are caught in neighboring jurisdictions. But half the time, according to statistics from the Alexandria Police Department, nobody is ever arrested. Through a spokeswoman, the department declined to make anyone available to answer: Why are so many Alexandria bank robbers walking away with thousands of dollars in cash? For now, the department is choosing to remain silent on that issue."

TEACHER CUTS, INCREASE CLASS SIZE?
Gazette: "Teacher positions would be cut and class sizes would increase by one student per class next year if the county does not give the school system an additional $82 million requested by the superintendent, according to early Montgomery County Public Schools projections. Superintendent of Schools Jerry D. Weast said Friday that without any of the additional money that the school system would receive under a state education funding law, some $48 million in personnel and program cuts would be likely, with the elimination of 650 positions from the $2.16 billion fiscal 2012 budget that Weast proposed Dec. 15."

CAT SET ON FIRE
Baltimore Sun: " A Baltimore animal shelter is treating a cat with severe burns that shelter officials say was intentionally doused with lighter fluid and set on fire three weeks ago.  The cat, called Mittens, who had three kittens when she was injured, lost her ears and received third- and fourth-degree burns on her back and side, said Dr. Sherry Seibel, a veterinarian at the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter."

IT SNOWED, NOW THE MAKEUP DAYS
wtop.com: " School systems are working to make up days lost because of nasty, winter weather."

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