Local Leads: 3/9/10

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By Charlie Bragale
|  Tuesday, Mar 9, 2010  |  Updated 11:15 AM EDT
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Local Leads: Laid Off? Free Suit!

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

DON'T SPEED IN VIENNA, OR ELSE
Motorists driving inappropriately through Vienna could be socked with fines of around $400, if town officials authorize additional penalties for speeding in certain residential zones. Town Council members at their March 8 work session decided to have the town’s Transportation Safety Commission review a proposal that would add a $200 civil penalty for violations occurring in those zones.Drivers already pay $5 for each mile per hour over which they exceed the speed limit, plus more than $60 in administrative fees.  (Sun Gazette)

CLOTHESLINE BILL OUT
A bill allowing Virginians to defy community association guidelines and hang their laundry outside has been left out to dry.
A House subcommittee recently tabled Senate Bill 221, which was sponsored by Sen. Linda Puller, D-Mount Vernon. The bill would have allowed homeowners to install clotheslines and other natural drying devices on their property and bypass their community associations. (Gainesville Times)

RICHEST COUNTIES
Loudoun County is the richest in the country, according to Forbes Magazine.  With a median household income of $110,643, Loudoun County sits atop of the magazine's list of the top 25 richest counties. (wtop.com)

LAID OFF? FREE SUIT!
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. is bringing back a “risk free” promotion piggybacking off the nation’s tough job market.
The Hampstead, Md.-based men’s retailer said Monday it will refund a customer up to $199 for a suit purchased from March 8 to March 28 if he loses his job between April 5 and July 1. The customer would only need to provide proof of purchase and unemployment to keep the suit and the cash. (Washington Business Journal)

STOGIES WELCOME
For decades, Washington power brokers have gathered on Saint Patrick's Day to toast, and in some cases invent their Irishness with Guinness, Kelly green cummerbunds and cigar smoke.  Last year, they survived without the smoke. But not everyone was happy, to the point that one legislator has pushed an emergency bill in the D.C. Council to let the stogies burn next week, and tried to make a permanent exception to the city's smoke-free laws. (Washington Post)

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