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By Charlie Bragale
|  Tuesday, Feb 2, 2010  |  Updated 10:46 AM EDT
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Local Leads: Distressed D.C. Property

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ANOTHER METRO CRASH
Less than a week after a deadly accident along the tracks of the Red Line, another incident has come to light. (nbcwashington.com)

TOYOTA DEALERS GETTING READY
Toyota dealers in Maryland, like those elsewhere, are vulnerable to the company's recently damaged image, but say they hope to heal it with quick, efficient service. Toyota, the world's largest automaker, announced a recall on Jan. 22 for eight of its models following isolated reports of sticking accelerator pedals in vehicles without floor mats, according to Toyota's Web site. The recall encompasses about 2.3 million vehicles. (Gazette)

DC LEADS IN DISTRESSED COMMERCIAL PROPERTY
D.C. leads the region in the volume of distressed commercial real estate assets, with $976 million in troubled properties as of January, according to a report by Delta Associates. Real Capital Analytics, which supplied the data for Alexandria-based Delta’s report, defines distressed properties as those in foreclosure, bankruptcy, restructured or modified statuses, and lender REO, which refers to property that has already been foreclosed on by a lendeR. (Washington Business Journal)

TEXTING AND DRIVING
People driving in Maryland would no longer be able to read texts while behind the wheel, under legislation proposed by one state lawmaker. Members of the House Environmental Matters Committee will hold a heading on the bill Tuesday afternoon. Violators of the proposed ban would be guilty of a misdemeanor and could face fines of up to $500.(ap/wtop.com)

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