Local Leads: 5/16/11

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By Charlie Bragale
|  Monday, May 16, 2011  |  Updated 8:52 AM EDT
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Local Leads: Mayor Plays Romeo

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

DC TEEN CRIME SPIKING
Washington Examiner: "Juvenile arrests have skyrocketed in the District this year, and city officials are bracing for the hot Washington summer when teens have extra time on their hands.  The number of children under 18 arrested and charged with violent crimes -- homicide, rape and aggravated assault -- has risen 10 percent this year compared with last year. Burglary arrests of juveniles jumped 90 percent, while robberies shot up 173 percent."

DEER BIRTH CONTROL
ap/wtop.com: "Maryland has become the first state to approve the use of Gonacon, a deer birth control product, but the state's director of wildlife said Friday he can't imagine it ever being used in what he termed the open landscape.
"This is the only immuno-contraceptive for deer that has federal approval," said Paul Peditto, director of the Wildlife and Heritage Service. "It was developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency."

MAYOR PLAYS ROMEO
Insidenova.com: "Amy Wolfe said all she had to do was ask, and local leaders readily agreed to appear in the ballet Romeo and Juliet. Manassas Mayor Harry J. “Hal” Parrish, II, Manassas Councilwoman Sheryl Bass and Prince William County Supervisor Marty Nohe will appear in the ballet about the two doomed young lovers from competing families in Verona, Italy. Parrish will play the Prince of Verona. Bass will play Lady Capulet and Nohe, Lord Montague."

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