Local Leads: 5/20/11

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By Charlie Bragale
|  Friday, May 20, 2011  |  Updated 12:55 PM EDT
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Local Leads: Autism Doc's Son Charged

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

AUTISM DOCTOR'S SON ALLEGEDLY PRACTICING WITHOUT LICENSE
Baltimore Sun: "The Maryland panel that oversees doctors in the state has charged a man with practicing medicine without a license just weeks after his father's license was suspended for putting autistic children at risk.  The Maryland Board of Physicians says David Geier worked with his father, Dr. Mark Geier, at the Rockville and Owings Mills offices of Genetic Consultants of Maryland, where they used a drug therapy that autism experts say is based on junk science. The pair has built a national following among parents who believe autism is linked to the mercury in vaccines, a theory discredited by mainstream medicine. They developed a treatment using Lupron, a testosterone suppressant approved for prostate cancer and ovarian fibroids, as well as in chemically castrating sex offenders." 

NEW POLICE STATION FOR BETHESDA
Gazette: " Despite protests from two members, the Montgomery County Council decided Tuesday to move forward with a deal to trade land and spend $9.25 million for a new police station in downtown Bethesda. The deal, more than two years in the making, will give the property that now houses the 2nd District police station on Wisconsin Avenue to developer JBG Companies, who will build a station valued at $21.8 million on Cordell Avenue within five years, said Diane Schwartz Jones, the county's assistant chief administrative officer."

LOCAL AUTO DEALERSHIP HELPS
Leesburg Today: "Purcellville residents Jay and Kelly Hansen and family were the recipients of a 2002 Ford Windstar van Wednesday afternoon, thanks to the generosity of a local car dealership. Dulles Motorcars owner Kevin Saghafi and general manager Jeff Collins made the presentation to the Hansens, who encountered some difficulty earlier this year when Kelly Hansen became unexpectedly pregnant with triplets and her husband Jay was laid off from his job."

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