Local Leads: 2/8/11

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

    BAY OYSTERS BETTER
    Baltimore Sun: "The Chesapeake Bay's beleaguered oyster population spawned a bumper crop of babies last year, state officials announced Monday, and there are signs that the diseases that have ravaged the bay's bivalves for more than two decades might have loosened their stranglehold." 

    REWARD OFFERED IN CASE OF MUTILATED BEAR
    Insidenova.com: "A $2,500 reward is being offered for information in the killing of a black bear cub found this fall on the border of Prince William Forest Park. The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust announced the reward Monday. A cleanup crew working along the boundary between Prince William Forest Park and Quantico Marine Corps base found the yearling bear’s remains in a trash bag on Nov. 18."

    ALEXANDRIA IS ROMANTIC
    Washington Business Journal: "With Valentine's Day just around the corner, Amazon.com is out with its annual list of the nation's 20 Most Romantic Cities, and Alexandria is No. 1 for the second straight year. Arlington ranked No. 15."

    DC MEAT FREE WEEK
    Washington Post: "After last January's launch of the barbecue-worshiping D.C. Meat Week, Amber McDonald of the blog D.C. Vegan quickly decided a little counter-programming was in order. With just a couple of days' notice, she enlisted a surprisingly eclectic group of local restaurants to spotlight their vegetarian and vegan fare. They dubbed the eat-a-thon -- which featured meatless meals at restaurants such as Nora and the Source -- D.C. Meat-Free Week. This year, the event spreads its reach even further to host author events, visit new restaurants and bakeries -- even food trucks are on board."