Local Leads: 1/5/11

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

    ANGELOS WANTS ROSECROFT
    Baltimore Sun: "Baltimore Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos is bidding to buy a bankrupt horse-racing track in Prince George's County and resurrecting a push to allow slot machines there. Angelos' proposal came as Maryland's second slots casino opened Tuesday at the Ocean Downs racetrack on the Eastern Shore. Gov. Martin O'Malley, state leaders and Worcester County officials attended the grand opening of the $45 million casino, the latest expansion of Maryland gambling that took many years and rancorous debate to become a reality."

    BARKING DOG IN COLLEGE PARK
    Gazette: " The now-defunct Thirsty Turtle bar in College Park could soon be replaced, and city officials hope its proposed replacement won't prove as problematic as its predecessors. John McManus, owner of The Barking Dog in Bethesda, has expressed interest in opening a second location at 7416 Baltimore Ave. in College Park, formerly home to Thirsty Turtle. McManus is scheduled to go before the Prince George's County Board of License Commissioners on Feb. 22 to request a liquor license for the property."

    SMACKDOWN AT SEARS
    Loudoun Times: "So much for the “softer side of Sears”. Apparently, if the pre-holiday shopping crush wasn’t enough to get up the dander of consumers, the post-holiday customer returns aisle will do the trick. That was the case on Jan. 2 at the Sears store located at the Dulles Town Center in Sterling, where a brawl broke out between two customers standing in line waiting for customer service. According to a police report, a 40-year old Herndon man was in line at the service desk to return or exchange an item when a person in line behind him made “inflammatory remarks regarding the staff” that was helping customers with returned items."

    END OF AN ERA
    Potomac Almanac: "The Pooles are leaving. On Saturday, families showed up to see Santa on his annual visit and enjoy the warmth and camaraderie of Raymond and Billie Poole’s homespun "has everything" general store. But, they also came to say goodbye to the Poole family and farewell to an era.  Raymond and Billie Poole’s advancing age has run up against the economic downturn and news of their pending departure generated what could be called a family crisis in the community."