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

    PAY UP, MONTGOMERY COUNTY SCHOOLS
    Montgomery County will not have to pay a $23.4 million penalty for failing last year to meet state requirements on local education spending. On Thursday, the House of Delegates joined the Senate in approving the penalty waiver, which comes as lawmakers are re-examining local school spending requirements. (Baltimore Sun)

    EL SALVADOR FEELING OUR RECESSION
    In this small eastern Salvadoran town, new luxury homes tower over the one-story brick, cement and wooden structures that once predominated. On one block, a three-story mansion with a hot tub sits next door to a humble brick home with an outhouse. Many of the homes were built with money sent by former townspeople who immigrated to the United States, people who settled mostly in Montgomery and Prince George's counties, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia. (Gazette)

    BETHESDA POST OFFICE FOR SALE
    The U.S. Postal Service has issued a request for qualifications from developers interested in buying its small office at 7400 Wisconsin Ave. in Bethesda and selling back the service’s retail space. The office is 4,296 square feet and sits on a 13,211-square-foot site atop the Bethesda Metro, but the site could ultimately accommodate up to 40,000 square feet.(Washington Business Journal)

    WORST SCHOOLS
    About two dozen schools in the District and its suburbs have been labeled by their states as the worst of the worst, opening them to millions in federal stimulus dollars for reform. Among the most surprising of the 25 picks is Alexandria's T.C. Williams High School, and among the least surprising are four long-troubled D.C. high schools: Anacostia, Eastern, Spingarn and Dunbar. In D.C.'s Maryland suburbs, each of the 14 designated schools is in Prince George's County. (Examiner)
     

    NO HONKING ZONE
    It's become a tradition: Caps fans honking their car horns after a win on home ice. But now, fans are being asked to stop.
    The honking often begins in the parking garage under Verizon Center, and continues on D.C.'s streets. But the garage has received noise complaints from people who live nearby. So now, after Caps games only, the garage is posting signs asking fans to stop the beeping. (wtop.com)