Local Leads: 2/14/11

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

    POSTPONE THAT DIVORCE
    Alexandria Gazette Packet: "Thinking about getting divorced? Think again. According to a new survey published this week by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, many couples report that the recession has deepened their commitment to marriage. Among those who were considering divorce before the recession, a large minority of couples say the recession caused them to postpone or put aside divorce."

    VEGETABLE GARDENS COMING TO SCHOOLS
    Gazette: "New guidelines for gardening at Montgomery County Public Schools that outline recommendations for planting vegetables mark a compromise in a debate between school administration and gardening advocates regarding vegetable gardens at schools. The guidelines, published on the school system's website in January, provide steps for setting up outdoor and container gardens, as well as shopping lists of acceptable plantings" 

    CAN FACEBOOK HELP OVERCOME SHYNESS?
    Washington Post: "Josh Chiles is shy. In a gathering of unfamiliar people, he often waits for someone, anyone, to ask him a question or make small talk. At a party, bar or restaurant, "I just sit there, hoping someone will talk to me," he said. "I wait."  But on Facebook, the 32-year-old Woodbridge resident is Mr. Personality. He constantly refreshes his status, comments on others' updates, posts pictures, makes jokes and registers his likes. More important, when he sees his digital connections in person, he said, his shyness often disappears." 

    WAITERS RALLY FOR HIGHER WAGES
    wtop.com: " On a day when nearly one third of Americans dine out, groups in support of restaurant workers plan to rally against what they believe are low wages and insufficient benefits. Restaurant Opportunities Centers United has called for a national day of action on Valentine's Day, largely considered the busiest day of the year for restaurants."